R.I.P. Bert Jansch (1943 – 2011)

I was really sad to learn that Scottish singer/songwriter and acoustic guitar master Bert Jansch died on Wednesday October 5th, aged just 67.

He was an exceptionally gifted musician with a fantastically loose, yet deceptively intricate style of playing that is more or less impossible to replicate, while his songs and tunes always oozed with a beautiful sense of melancholy.

I’ve been listening to both his solo albums and the albums he made with The Pentangle for a number of years now and I’ve always found them wonderful and inspirational. Indeed, the two albums pictured above (the self-titled debut and “Jack Orion”) were important albums for me in the year The Golden Gonk came into being- I played them over and over and they never failed to take me to a slightly strange but peaceful, twilit, autumnal place that I never wanted to leave…

We’ve lost too many of the all-time greats these past few years, especially from that whole Les Cousins ’60s folk club scene (Davey Graham and John Martyn) and unfortunately Bert is the latest of these heroes to pass away.

He was truly a one off and in my view one of the best guitarists of all time.

R.I.P. Bert

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