Today we trace the development of folk music into rock in Britain from the 1960s onwards, and in particular remember the work of John Renbourn, who passed away last Thursday, with examples of his recordings and those of his contemporaries and collaborators.
John Renbourn was possibly best known for his collaboration with guitarist Bert Jansch as well as his work with the folk group Pentangle, although he maintained a solo career before, during and after that band’s existence (1967–1973).
While most commonly labelled a folk musician, Renbourn’s musical tastes and interests took in early music, classical music, jazz, blues and world music. His most influential album, Sir John Alot (1968), featured his take on tunes from the Medieval era.
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The image, by Thom C, shows John Renbourn performing on the Custom House Square stage at New Bedford Summerfest 2005