FolkCast co-presenter and musician Ken Nicol pays a personal tribute to Bert Jansch, who has died at the age of 67.
I’ve been thinking of who had the biggest impact on my guitar playing - my sister, Brenda, or Bert Jansch.
It was the mid sixties and, although Brenda never did play the guitar, she’d arrive back ‘up north’ on occasion from her studies in London armed with vinyl, the likes of which would not otherwise have found its way to Lancashire so soon. She was my bearer of inspiration, and never had I been more inspired than when introduced to the 1965 debut album, Bert Jansch.
Bert’s style fascinated me from the word go, and there seemed something particularly individual and deeper within that set him apart from all the lighter, smiley, everybody-sing-along type of folk music out there. I’m sure some thought the subject matter of his songs to be at least “grey”, maybe even depressing, but that suited my mood of the time.
|Bert Jansch: 3rd Nov 1943 - 5th Oct 2011|