Bert Jansch — A Tribute

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

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