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 groundbreaking acoustic guitar playing and classic emotive songs.
Bert began performing his unique synthesis of folk, blues and jazz in the early 1960s, having hitch-hiked to London from his hometown of Edinburgh. His iconic first album ‘Bert Jansch’ (April 1965) caused a sensation for its innovative guitar technique and powerful songs, and has been phenomenally influential to this day, cited by legions of guitar players as a major inspiration. It was followed by ‘It Don't Bother Me’ (December 1965) and the hugely influential ‘Jack Orion’ (September 1966), where Bert began exploring innovative treatments of traditional folk, something he took further with Pentangle, the acoustic supergroup he formed in 1967 with John Renbourn, Jacqui McShee, Danny Thompson and Terry Cox.
After Pentangle split in 1973, Bert returned to his prolific solo career. His 21st solo album ‘Crimson Moon’, appeared in 2000. In 2001, Bert was awarded a BBC Radio 2 Lifetime Achievement Award at the Radio 2 Folk Awards. ‘Edge of a Dream’ was released in October 2002 to widespread critical acclaim across Europe.
In 2006, Bert’s most recent album ‘The Black Swan’ was hailed internationally as one of Bert's greatest albums – MOJO called it an "instant classic" and gave it five stars. The following year the magazine awarded him the MOJO Merit Award "based around an expanded career that still continues to be inspirational.”
Bert sadly passed away in October 2011 – but he leaves us an impressive catalogue of some of the most haunting songs in the British canon, carried in the hearts of millions who over the last 50 years have been touched and in many cases irrevocably changed by the emotional resonance of Bert's music.