Folk Legend Bert Jansch Passes Away
Scottish folk hero and founding member of Pentangle has passed away aged 67.
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