R.I.P. Bert Jansch

    The BBC is reporting that influential Scottish folk singer Bert Jansch has died at the age of 67. His work with the group Pentangle established his name in the late 1960s and early ‘70s, particularly as the band liked to infuse their folk-oriented sounds with elements of blues and jazz, creating a sound that was uniquely their own.

    Jansch enjoyed a storied solo career outside the band, and fought off his battle with cancer to reunite with Pentangle on several occasions in recent times. His last performance with the group was on Aug.1 this year, although a scheduled solo show at the Edinburgh Festival that month had to be canceled due to his ill health.

    Despite concerns about his well-being, Jansch was highly active over the past few years. His last U.S. appearances were opening for Neil Young in 2010 on the Twisted Road tour, and he also appeared at Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Festival. He leaves behind an impressive legacy and continues to hold considerable influence over his contemporaries. Talking about Jansch’s eponymous solo LP from 1965, Jimmy Page said: “At one point, I was absolutely obsessed with Bert Jansch. When I first heard that LP, I couldn’t believe it. It was so far ahead of what everyone else was doing.” 

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