Saturday, October 8, 2011

Remembering Bert Jansch (1943-2011)

Bert Jansch, who passed away on Wednesday at 67, combined traditional British folk, jazz, blues and classical to become one of the most influential guitarists since the 1960s. Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin was “obsessed” with his playing; Paul Simon “followed [him] around” London; Neil Young likened him to an acoustic Jimi Hendrix. Here Jansch plays “Light Flight” (with Jacqui McShee on vocals) as a member of the folk rock group The Pentangle, active in the late 1960s and early 1970s:

In a solo performance, Jansch plays the folk standard “Blackwaterside,” which inspired Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin to record “Black Mountain Side”:


Michael The Molar Maven said...

I am preparing a tribute to Bert Jansch for the next show (St. James Infirmary) which will include his solo work both early and late in his career, his work with Pentangle and some collaborations. Jansch was one of the most influential musicians of whom too few in America were aware. The next show will "web" on Friday, October 14. Thanks for the space for a shameless plug.

Jeff Tone said...

Michael, I look forward to your tribute to this outstanding and influential guitarist. Don't forget your URL: