Musician Bert Jansch dies aged 67


Scottish folk guitarist and founding member of Pentangle Bert Jansch has died at the age of 67 in London.

Jansch, who had cancer, died at a hospice in Hampstead, north London early this morning.

He was considered one of the most influential musicians of all time with artists such as Neil Young, Johnny Marr, Paul Simon and Jimmy Page all admitting their debt to him.

Born in Glasgow in 1943, the musician began his career in the 1960s and was a leading figure in the British folk music revival scene. He formed the legendary band Pentangle in 1967 with John Renbourn, Jacqui McShee, Danny Thompson and Terry Cox.

After the group split in 1973, Jansch resumed his solo career and continued performing until very recently. His last Irish show was with Joanna Newsom in Dublin’s Marlay Park in July.

The Black Swan, Jansch's last album was released in 2006. It was the artist's 23rd album and included contributions from Beth Orton Devendra Banhart.

Jansch received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards in 2001 and the Mojo Merit Award in 2006.

The musician is survived by his wife Loren and by his sons, Kieron and Adam. Another son, Richard, predeceased him.