R.I.P. Bert Jansch

Tom Breihan | October 5, 2011 - 10:23 am

According to the Associated Press, the Scottish folk singer/guitarist and Pentangle co-founder Bert Jansch died this morning in London after a long battle with lung cancer. He was 67.

Jansch was one of the most important figures in the late-’60s British folk revival, the same movement that produced Nick Drake. And like Drake, he was an absolute virtuoso of a guitarist, a man capable of picking out subtle and complex figures and making it look easy. He played with Pentangle from their 1968 formation to their 1972 breakup, and he also released more than 25 solo albums.

Below, check out videos of Pentangle playing “Light Flight” and Jansch solo playing “Angie.”

That guy knew how to play a guitar.