Bert Jansch — A Tribute

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by Elrik Merlin on Saturday, 8 October, 2011

In today’s programme we celebrate the life and music of folk musician and member of the group Pentangle, Bert Jansch, who passed away earlier this week.

We’ll be playing plenty of his music, and also the music of his friends and collaborators, and those whom he influenced in their own material. You’ll hear music from Pentangle and Jansch’s solo albums of course, plus recording from the likes of Anne Briggs, John Renbourn, Ewan MacColl, Martin Carthy, Sandy Denny, Al Stewart, Paul Simon, Elton John & Bernie Taupin, Nick Drake, Donovan, Fleet Foxes and even Led Zeppelin. We’ll also hear some lesser‐known material such as Jansch’s Avocet album, which Jansch regarded as one of his best, and pieces from his later band CoNuNdRuM.

Says Wikipedia, “Jansch was a leading figure in the British folk music revival of the 1960s, touring folk clubs and recording several solo albums, as well as collaborating with other musicians such as John Renbourn and Anne Briggs. In 1968, he joined the band Pentangle, touring and recording with them until their break‐up in 1972. He then took a few years’ break from music, returning in the late 1970s to work on a series of projects with other musicians. He joined a reformed Pentangle in the early 1980s and remained with them as they evolved through various changes of personnel until 1995. Until his death, Jansch continued to work as a solo artist.

Jansch died on 5 October 2011, aged 67, at a hospice in Hampstead after a long battle with cancer.”

Photo by Joe Mabel of Bert Jansch performing in Seattle on Labor Day 2007

Later on today, please join us at 11am or 7pm Pacific (7pm or 3am UK time) for the latest installments in our award‐winning radio dramas from ZBS Foundation in the ZBS Radio Hour. Today we continue Somewhere Next Door to Reality with Jack Flanders and bring you some more curious tales of life in small‐town America in Saratoga Springs.

Today’s programme is presented by Elrik Merlin and produced by Radio Riel in conjunction with our friends at the Alexandrian Free Library Consortium of Second Life. You can listen to the programme in‐world now at, or simply click here to start your player, if your browser is configured to do so. Listeners in the United States are encouraged to tune in using this link:

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