Bert Jansch

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.

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  1. I always kind of held this grudge against Pentangle, they borrowed a lot of jazz structures and progressions and rarely credited the original writer (this was probably their publisher’s fault.) But there is no denying that among his contemporaries (Fairport Convention, John Martyn, Roy Harper, et al), Jansch was one of the most talented musicians technically that ever came out of the UK. And even though he’s a bit of a fringe figure compared to the likes of Nick Drake, he’s certainly partly responsible for every folk-tinged band to come out in the last decade.

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