Bert Jansch: In Memoriam, 1943-2011

On a bus, far too large for the winding alpine streets of Switzerland, my music player of choice shuffled, and for the first time I heard Bert Jansch, his self titled release. A master of acoustic guitar, he created haunting melodic phrases eerily fitting for the blanketing blizzard outside. His rough vocals as he describes his loafing, rambling lifestyle complement the almost sparse instrumental pieces. There is no better acoustic folk than Jansch. He pioneered the medium, or at the very least heavily influenced it, and is credited with being one of the most revered and respected folk musicians of […]

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