Bert Jansch

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Legal name: Herbert Jansch


Herbert "Bert" Jansch (3 November 1943 – 5 October 2011) was a Scottish folk musician and founding member of the band Pentangle. He was born in Glasgow and came to prominence in London in the 1960s, as an acoustic guitarist, as well as a singer-songwriter. He recorded at least 25 albums and toured extensively from the 1960s to the 21st century.

Jansch was a leading figure in the British folk music revival of the 1960s, touring folk clubs and recording several solo albums, as well as collaborating with other musicians such as John Renbourn and Anne Briggs. In 1968, he co-founded the band Pentangle, touring and recording with them until their break-up in 1972. He then took a few years' break from music, returning in the late 1970s to work on a series of projects with other musicians. He joined a reformed Pentangle in the early 1980s and remained with them as they evolved through various changes of personnel until 1995. Until his death, Jansch continued to work as a solo artist.

Jansch's work influenced such artists as Al Stewart, Paul Simon, Johnny Marr, Elton John, Ian Anderson, Bernie Taupin, Bernard Butler, Jimmy Page, Nick Drake, Graham Coxon, Donovan, Neil Young, Fleet Foxes, Devendra Banhart, Neil Halstead, and Roy Harper.

Jansch received two Lifetime Achievement Awards at the BBC Folk Awards: one, in 2001, for his solo achievements and the other, in 2007, as a member of Pentangle.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1965 Bert Jansch Bert Jansch 4
1965 It Don’t Bother Me Bert Jansch 2
1966 Bert and John Bert Jansch & John Renbourn 3
1966 Jack Orion Bert Jansch 3
1967 Nicola Bert Jansch 2
1969 Birthday Blues Bert Jansch 2
1971 Rosemary Lane Bert Jansch 2
1973 Moonshine Bert Jansch 2
1974 L.A. Turnaround Bert Jansch 2
1975 Santa Barbara Honeymoon Bert Jansch 2
1976 Poor Mouth Bert Jansch 1
1977 A Rare Conundrum Bert Jansch 2
1979 Avocet Bert Jansch 4 2
1982 Heartbreak Bert Jansch 3
1985 From the Outside Bert Jansch 2
1988 Leather Launderette Bert Jansch 1
1990 Sketches Bert Jansch 1
1990 The Ornament Tree Bert Jansch 3
1992 After the Dance Bert Jansch & John Renbourn 1
1995 When the Circus Comes to Town Bert Jansch 1
1998 Toy Balloon Bert Jansch 1
2000 Crimson Moon Bert Jansch 1
2002 Edge of a Dream Bert Jansch 1
2006 The Black Swan Bert Jansch 2

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1969 The Bert Jansch Sampler Bert Jansch 1
1992 The Best of Bert Jansch Bert Jansch 1
1995 The Collection Bert Jansch 1
1996 Bert Jansch / It Don't Bother Me Bert Jansch 1
1997 Birthday Blues / Rosemary Lane Bert Jansch 1
1997 Blackwater Side Bert Jansch 1
2000 Dazzling Stranger Bert Jansch 2
2003 Legend: The Classic Recordings Bert Jansch 1
After the Long Night / Playing the Game Loren Auerbach and Bert Jansch 1
Bert Jansch / Jack Orion Bert Jansch 1
Best of Bert Jansch Bert Jansch 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1998 Young Man Blues: Live in Glasgow 1962-1964 Bert Jansch 1
2000 Live at the 12 Bar: An Authorised Bootleg Bert Jansch 1
2001 Downunder: Live in Australia Bert Jansch 1
2004 The River Sessions Bert Jansch 1
2012 Sweet Sweet Music Bert Jansch 1

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