Posted in music on October 5, 2011

Bert Jansch @ The Bell House, December 2010 (more by Benjamin Lozovsky)

Scottish folk musician Bert Jansch, a founding member of the band Pentangle and a well-known guitarist in his own right, has died at the age of 67.

Jansch, who had cancer, passed away in the early hours of Wednesday morning at a hospice in Hampstead, north London.

Born in Glasgow in 1943, the musician recorded his first album in 1965 and his last, The Black Swan, in 2006.

Between 1967 and 1973 he was part of acoustic group Pentangle, best known for their 1970 hit single Light Flight.

John Renbourn, Jacqui McShee, Danny Thompson and Terry Cox were the other original members of the band, whose albums included Basket of Light and Solomon's Seal.

The group reformed in 2008 after receiving a lifetime achievement honour the previous year at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.

As a solo artist, Jansch received his own lifetime achievement accolade at the same event in 2001.

He last performed, with Pentangle, at the Royal Festival Hall on 1 August. [BBC]

Bert last played NYC as part of a tour with Neil Young in April. He played Iridium Jazz in December not long after sharing a bill with Pegi Young and special guest Neil Young at the Bell House in Brooklyn. Rest In Peace Bert.



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Comments (20)

RIP indeed. If you don't know Bert Jansch's music, check out his catalog of work. He was an incredible guitar player and lyricist. More than that, his music was honest and relatable in a unique way.

Posted by Brian | October 5, 2011 10:11 AM

A terrible loss. Rest in Peace.

Posted by Anonymous | October 5, 2011 10:14 AM


Posted by Anonymous | October 5, 2011 10:14 AM

Very, very sad

Posted by Jeff | October 5, 2011 10:17 AM

I think we use the term 'legend' far too often ... but in this case it probably applies. I never got to see him live, but he's left an indelible impression on many thousands of music fans. RIP Bert.

Posted by Michael Senchuk | October 5, 2011 10:46 AM

this is like neil young passing away...this man was amazing.

so fucking sad.

Posted by Anonymous | October 5, 2011 11:05 AM

I'm thrilled that I got to see him live, if only once. Was great. I had a moment of shock when I saw this. RIP Bert. I'm grateful for his contribution.

Posted by Anonymous | October 5, 2011 11:55 AM

One of the good ones. Maintained his pure approach to the musical traditions he embraced and made them available to listeners for over 40 years.

Posted by donn | October 5, 2011 12:12 PM

Neil Young has not passed away.

Posted by Anonymous | October 5, 2011 12:28 PM

At least he went out doing what he loved. He toured all the way until the end. He even reunited with Pentangle this Summer.

Posted by Anonymous | October 5, 2011 12:49 PM

Neil Young will never pass away.

R.I.P. Mr. Jansch.

Posted by Anonymous | October 5, 2011 12:54 PM

this is so fucking sad

Posted by Anonymous | October 5, 2011 1:24 PM

Thanks for teaching so many guitar players what they know today. RIP Bert Jansch

Posted by Anonymous | October 5, 2011 1:51 PM

i guess he won't be banging neil young's wife anymore

Posted by Anonymous | October 5, 2011 2:28 PM

Fuck you 2:28!!!

Posted by Anonymous | October 5, 2011 4:12 PM

byebye bertie. you quietly remade music in your image 40 or so years ago. one of the most feeling and innovative guitarists of the last century...

Posted by Anonymous | October 5, 2011 6:43 PM

He influenced so many musicians and even more notable people like Jimmy Page.

Posted by Anonymous | October 6, 2011 3:19 AM

Bert Jansch and Steve Jobs on the same day.
This was a very sad day.

Posted by Anonymous | October 6, 2011 8:38 AM

That's vid is so cool - I didn't know he covered Heart.

Posted by Anonymous | October 6, 2011 8:39 AM

Wow, i can't believe this... one of the absolute musicians in my heart. Fell in love with his music through pentangle. The aura of his music is just magical and calming and to have had the opportunity to watch him play live was an incredible moment in my life. Just a solitary man picking his guitar, singing with a gentle warble ~ everyone was completely transfixed.

Much peace and love to your soul Mr Jansch.

Posted by tiff | October 6, 2011 10:10 AM

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