Robin Dransfield

Robin and Barry Dransfield made their first professional appearance together in 1969. They'd previously worked together for three years in a bluegrass band, the Crimple Mountain Boys, and regular visits to Harrogate Folk Club gave them inspiration as they witnessed gigs by Martin Carthy, The Watersons and Ewan MacColl.

Their blend of folk and bluegrass harmonies defined a distinctive "country and north-eastern" sound and the duo's debut album "Rout Of The Blues" became Melody Maker Folk Album Of The Year in 1970.

Shortly after the release of their second album - 'Lord Of All I Behold' - Robin and Barry signed to Warner Brothers and were invited to support Ralph McTell on tour in the USA. At the end of the tour, they split.

Although they returned to make 'The Fiddler's Dream' and then 'Popular To Contrary Belief' the duo's work remained low-key.

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Ron Geesin

Ron Geesin is one of the UK's leading avant-garde composers, best known for his work with Pink Floyd (Atom Heart Mother) and Music From The Body ith Roger Waters.

Geesin's first solo album was released in 1967: A Raise Of Eyebrows and in the seventies he was often featured on the John Peel and Bob Harris shows on Radio 1.

He has created audio installations around the world including the 'Tune Tube' in Glasgow (1990) and in Japan for Expo 70.

Commissions for BBC Radio and TV include Splashpast (BBC Radio 4,1993) was broadcast on and 'fantasy for Purcell' Mask (BBC Radio 3, 1995), a Sony award nomination. Music for film includes The Body, Sunday Bloody Sunday, Ghost Story, Sword Of The Valiant, and The Girl In The Picture.

He is now Senior Research Fellow in Sound at the University of Portsmouth.

Ron Geesin has been described as "an accomplished composer and musician, an experimenter on the free form edge, poet, and a comedian with a taste for the absurd". Robin Denselow, The Guardian.

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