Originally posted by Marcusr
Sad to hear of the death of Bert Jansch, a giant amongst musicians. Both a fine songwriter and an incendiary guitar player who influenced so many and was one of the reasons I first started to listen to folk music. Think I shall go and listen to Avocet...
Oh man, what a loss. I distinctly remember 1963, Denver Folklore Center run by Harry Tuft. He played the version of the Bert Jansch record that came to the US, 'Lucky Thirteen'. He played Angie, a mind blowing instrumental that most people can't play like that even today 50 years later. I can do it now but decades later. I heard Simon try to do it, didn't come close. Needle of Death, It don't bother me, classic songs. He really influenced my playing and was thrilled to hear he was with Pentangle with John Renbourn and company. They innovated around Davy Graham licks. I met John Renbourn at a guitar festival in Tel Aviv and asked him about how much they sounded like Davy Graham, he said they followed him around London like puppy dogs, going to all his shows, till he flaked out on drugs, he is just now beginning to play professionally again, Davy, not John, Renbourn never stopped playing.
Bert was a unique immense talent and he will be sorely missed in THIS household for sure.