Sad News – Death of Bert Jansch at 67
I was sad to read about the death of Bert Jansch earlier this week.
Born 3rd November 1943 he was well known for his solo work, work with Pentagle and collaborations with John Renbourne.
He took huge influence from fingerstyle guitar innovator Davy Graham (also sadly missed) and combined with a resonant, beautiful tone of voice managed to bridge the gap between folk and innovative experimentation. In turn he influenced others, notably Jimmy Page who performed Black Mountain Side (an instrumental version of Jansch’s Black Waterside) on the 1st Led Zeppelin album.
Jansch died on the 5th October 2011 after finally losing the battle to cancer first diagnosed 3 years ago