Sunday, October 16, 2011

Farewell to Bert Jansch

Bert Jansch (rhymes with blanch), a Scottish folk rocker, Pentangle co-founder, and guitar hero to Paul Simon, Donovan, Jimmy Page, and scores of other musicians, died earlier this month. Neil Young called him the acoustic Jimi Hendrix, and Rolling Stone placed him squarely in the top 100 guitarists of all time. Whether playing traditional songs, blues, or “folk-baroque,” Bert always exhibited a unique strength and creativity.
“With the release of his first album in 1965 he completely reinvented guitar playing and set a standard that is still unequaled today,” wrote Johnny Marr (the former guitarist for the Smiths) in the foreword to Dazzling Stranger: Bert Jansch and the British Folk and Blues Revival. “Without Bert Jansch, rock music as it developed in the ’60s and ’70s would have been very different.”

Here is Bert playing the ballad "Moonshine" in 1975.

And here he is with "Angie," decades later.


  1. I'm sooo sorry to hear this! I saw him open for Neil Young in Baltimore a few months back. He was absolutely stellar. Totally understated and humble.

  2. He's my idol since I love the way he plays guitar. Thanks.