Published On: Wed, Oct 5th, 2011

Folk Legend Bert Jansch Passes Away

Scottish folk hero and founding member of Pentangle has passed away aged 67.

“At one point, I was absolutely obsessed with Bert Jansch. When I first heard that LP [1965], I couldn’t believe it. It was so far ahead of what everyone else was doing. No one in America could touch that”  – Jimmy Page
“He completely re-invented guitar playing and set a standard that is still unequalled today…without Bert Jansch, rock music as it developed in the ‘60s and ‘70s would have been very different. You hear him in Nick Drake, Pete Townshend, Donovan, The Beatles, Jimmy Page and Neil Young. There are people playing guitar who don’t even realise they’ve been influenced by him one step removed”  –   Johnny Marr

Bert Jansch was born in Glasgow in 1943 and began his career in the early '60s playing a mixture of folk, blues and jazz.

His debut album, Bert Jansch (1965) was both critically acclaimed and hugely influential and showcased his unique talents with an acoustic guitar as well as his incredible songwriting prowess.

After a run of solo albums, Jansch formed acoustic 'supergroup' Pentangle in 1967 with John Renbourn, Jacqui McShee, Danny Thompson and Terry Cox. Pentangle had a hit single with Light Flight in 1970 and eventually split in 1973 after a prolific career together. They reformed in 2008 having received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the BBC 2 Folk Awards, the second time Jansch had won the accolade.

Jansch's released his final album, The Black Swan, in 2006 and last trod the boards with Pentangle on 1st August at the Royal Festival Hall.

See our interview with Bert here




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