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    Posted: November 21 2005 at 14:00

Bert Jansch is a scotish songwriter who started to record as a solo artist in 1965 and became a member of the Folk Jazz band Pentangle before going solo again. He has a brillant Fingerstyle guitar technique combining different styles of folk and country techniques and he has a unique voice  He released over twenty records. There are 2 interesting compilations to get an overview of his work.  'An introduction to Bert Jansch' which regroups the 'Transatlantic recordings of the sixties and nineties and 'Three chord trick' on Virgin/Charisma which gives an overview of the 70's. If you like Fingerstyle  guitar music and wellcrafted songs try it out.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: November 21 2005 at 15:34

Yes he's probably my fave of the UK folkies- his guitar playing is truly stunning, and I also like his touching vocals a lot too.

My fave album of his is probably his eponymous debut, but I've not heard a bad Jansch album.

Incidentally, that 'Three Chord Trick' compilation is I believe, the only time the Charisma albums (bar 'Avocet') have ever been on CD in any form. I heard Bert had to buy an old vinyl copy of one of the Charisma albums himself..

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: November 22 2005 at 08:01
Rosemary Lane and Nicola are my current favourite Bert Jansch albums.
Check out John Renbourn,Jansch's collegue in Pentangle. There's a much more 'Eastern' influence in his playing.Similar in feel to Davy Graham.


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: November 22 2005 at 08:01
I'm only familiar with bits of his solo output, but I really rate his work in Pentangle - he and John Renbourn had a truly magical chemistry going between them.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: November 23 2005 at 10:14

Originally posted by Man Erg Man Erg wrote:

Rosemary Lane and Nicola are my current favourite Bert Jansch albums.
Check out John Renbourn,Jansch's collegue in Pentangle. There's a much more 'Eastern' influence in his playing.Similar in feel to Davy Graham.

Davy Graham another brillant guitar player. My alltime favourite DG composition is 'Anji'. I tried to play it for ages and I never quite got it right. BTW there are two nice versions of 'Anji' by Simon & Garfunkel one with and one without vocals. 

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: November 23 2005 at 10:24
I'm glad there are still some intelligent people around here.

Jansch, Graham and Renbourn are great indeed, but to me Martin Carthy will
always be the king of English folk guitar.
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