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Monday 13 March 2006

Bert Jansch: Ground-Breaking Guitarist @ Komedia

Bert Jansch's ground-breaking virtuoso acoustic guitar playing, deeply affecting songwriting and dark, passionate voice have delighted audiences since the mid sixties.
Bert Jansch: A Legend Performs

Famously admired by Jimmy Page and Neil Young, more recently Noel Gallagher (Oasis), Jarvis Cocker (Pulp), Bernard Butler (Suede) and Johnny Marr (The Smiths) have paid homage to this quiet, unassuming, but hugely revered master.

In the early sixties, having hitch-hiked to London from his hometown of Edinburgh, Bert began performing his unique blend of folk, blues and jazz on the folk club scene of the time, playing the Marquee and the 100 Club amongst others.

His first album "Bert Jansch" (1965), played on a borrowed guitar, caused a sensation at the time for his innovative technique and powerful songs, and was phenomenally influential.

It is still selling today - 35 years on - and is cited by legions of guitar players, famous and otherwise, as a major influence.

"Bert Jansch" was followed by "It Don't Bother Me" and the also enormously influential "Jack Orion".

On this album Bert was already exploring his innovative treatments of full-length ballads - something he took further with Pentangle, the band he formed with fellow guitarist John Renbourn.

Pentangle made six albums and enjoyed an unprecedented degree of success for an acoustic band. On extensive world tours they played the Royal Albert Hall in London and Carnegie Hall in New York.

In 1973 Pentangle split-up and Bert returned to his solo career .. his masterful performances are a chance to see a living legend revisit the songs that made him famous, and to sample his latest offerings which are as satisfying as anything he has ever written.

A Bert Jansch performance is not show business: there are no tried and tested routines.

More recently he has collaborated with the likes of Johnny Marr and Bernard Butler, releasing well-received albums and generally enjoying a hugely deserved revival.

"As much of a great guitar player as Jimi [Hendrix] was, Bert Jansch is the same thing for acoustic guitar ... and my favourite." - Neil Young

"At one point I was absolutely obsessed with Bert Jansch. When I first heard that LP (1965) I couldn't believe it. It was so far ahead of what everyone else was doing. No one in America could touch that." - Jimmy Page

Bert Jansch + Adrien Munden @ Komedia on Tuesday April 4th. Tickets priced £12/10 from the Box Office on 01273 647100 or visit

by: Mike Cobley

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