The world has lost another legendary innovator as Bert Jansch passed away yesterday at 67. Between 1965 and 1972, Bert recorded six solo albums, one collaboration with John Renbourn and six as a member of Pentangle. Jansch and Renbourn laid the framework for Pentangle along with vocalist Jacqui McShee, bassist Danny Thompson, and drummer Terry Cox in 1968. Pentangle rank among Fairport Convention and the Incredible String Band as some of the most important folk acts of the 60s and 70s. Instead of viewing traditional music as something that had to be played traditionally, Pentangle reworked classics and penned originals into beautiful arrangements that showcased the abundant talent within their ranks. Here is a great video of the young band performing “Travelling Song” in 1968. Although Jansch has passed on, his musical legacy will live on forever.
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