Bert Jansch

Artist / Band / Musician
Acoustic / Folk / Blues
“Jansch’s influence on modern music is incalculable” - TIME OUT

“As much of a great guitar player as Jimi [Hendrix] was, Bert Jansch is the same thing for acoustic guitar…and my favourite” – Neil Young

“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” – Johnny Marr

Bert Jansch, legendary songwriter and guitarist, is widely

acknowledged as one of the most influential musicians of all time. Since the

mid 1960s generation after generation have been held spellbound by his extraordinary

ground-breaking guitar playing and classic emotive songs. Jimmy Page, Neil Young,

Nick Drake, Johnny Marr, Bernard Butler and Beth Orton have all been devotees,

and now yet another new generation of musicians and fans, led by Devendra Banhart,

are discovering Jansch for themselves.

Bert began performing his unique synthesis of folk, blues and jazz on the folk

club scene of the early 1960s, having hitch-hiked to London from his hometown

of Edinburgh. His first album, Bert Jansch (played

on a borrowed guitar and recorded on a reel-to-reel tape deck) was legendarily

sold to the Transatlantic label for £100. On its release in April 1965

Bert Jansch caused a sensation for its innovative guitar technique and powerful

songs and it has been phenomenally influential to this day, cited by legions

of guitar players (famous and otherwise) as a major inspiration.

Bert Jansch was followed by It Don't

Bother Me, and the also hugely influential Jack Orion,

where Bert was already exploring innovative treatments of the traditional folk

ballad form, something he took further with Pentangle, the

unique acoustic supergroup he formed with John Renbourn, Jacqui McShee, Terry

Cox and Danny Thompson. Pentangle made six albums and enjoyed

an unprecedented degree of success for an acoustic band, touring the world including

several appearances at London's Royal Albert Hall and Carnegie Hall in New York.

After Pentangle split in 1973, Bert returned to a prolific

solo career.

Bert's twenty-first solo album, Crimson Moon (on

which he worked for the first time with long-time fans Johnny Marr and Bernard

Butler) appeared in 2000 to a torrent of press and TV attention, accompanied

by a Channel 4 documentary, Dreamweaver, and Bloomsbury's

publication of a major biography: Dazzling Stranger: Bert Jansch

and the British Folk and Blues Revival by Colin Harper (reissued

in August 2006 in an expanded new edition with foreword by Johnny Marr). A double

CD tribute album, People On The Highway: a Bert Jansch Encomium,

featuring Bert's songs specially recorded by other artists, was also released

in 2000. In 2001 Bert was awarded a BBC Radio 2 Lifetime Achievement

Award at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. His next album Edge

of a Dream (featuring Bernard Butler, Hope Sandoval, Dave Swarbrick

and Ralph McTell), was released in October 2002 to widespread critical acclaim

across Europe. In November 2003, Bert celebrated his 60th birthday with a BBC

TV Special shown on BBC4, and a triumphant sell-out

birthday concert at London's Queen Elizabeth Hall with special guests.

In 2006, Bert worked with some of the latest musicians to emerge on the scene

on his highly acclaimed album The Black Swan,

(released 18 September 2006), including producer Noah Georgeson

(Devendra Banhart - Cripple Crow, Joanna

Newsom - Milk-Eyed Mender), and musicians and vocalists Beth

Orton, Devendra Banhart, Otto Hauser

(Espers, Vetiver), Helena Espvall (Espers), and Kevin

Barker (Currituck Co.). In February 2006, Bert was involved in the

major BBC TV series Folk Britannia, and appeared in the associated

concerts at The Barbican in London. That May, he shared a bill at All Tomorrow's

Parties with Devendra Banhart, Vetiver, Espers, Jandek and others. Bert also

featured in a book, Guitar Man (published by Bloomsbury March 2006). On 5 June

2006 Bert received the MOJO Merit Award from MOJO magazine

at their Honours List ceremony. The award is "based around an expanded

career that still continues to be inspirational" and was presented by

Beth Orton and Roy Harper.

To date, Bert is still as active, innovative and influential as ever. Most

of his classic back catalogue has been digitally remastered and sumptuously

re-packaged boasting great sound quality, extensive booklets with brand new

and informative sleevenotes, new photographs and facsimiles of all the original

artwork (some also have bonus tracks). In March 2007, a four CD Pentangle box

set The Time Has Come 1967-1973, featuring Pentangle's

seminal work plus much previously unheard material, was released to extensive

critical and commercial acclaim. Bert's January 2007 show at The Roundhouse

in London was a sell-out and he was recently the special guest of Peter

Doherty - another young admirer - at Doherty's solo

shows at the Hackney Empire.

In a live setting, Bert's performances are a rare opportunity to see one

of the British music scene's true legends play. His understated, low key

approach eschews hollow show business routines, and the audience is treated

to a guitar playing master class and an impressive catalogue of some of the

most haunting songs in the British canon.
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