John Renbourn Remembered

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.

Today’s pro­gramme is pre­sent­ed by Elrik Mer­lin. If you are in the Unit­ed States or Cana­da, please click here to launch the Stream Licens­ing play­er. To lis­ten from out­side North Amer­i­ca, click here to start your play­er .

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The image, by Thom C, shows John Ren­bourn per­form­ing on the Cus­tom House Square stage at New Bed­ford Sum­mer­fest 2005

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