Bert Jansch, the legendary songwriter and guitarist, widely acknowledged as one of the most influential musicians of all time has died at the age of 67.
He passed away at 12.30am this morning and had been diagnosed with cancer in 2009.
Born in Glasgow in 1943, the musician recorded his first album in 1965 and his last, The Black Swan, in 2006.
Between 1967 and 1973 he was part of acoustic group Pentangle, best known for their 1970 hit single Light Flight.
Johnny Marr Tribute
Jimmy Page, Nick Drake, Graham Coxon, Donovan, Neil Young, Bernard Butler and Paul Simon have all been influenced by him, as was Johnny Marr who described him as a "leader of his generation".
"Playing with Bert was like a long walk through the woods, mysterious, ancient and natural, " Marr told 6 Music News.
Jansch got two Lifetime Achievement Awards at the BBC Folk Awards – one for his solo achievements in 2001 and the other, in 2007, as a member of Pentangle – who again reformed in 2008.
Mike Harding, Radio 2 folk show presenter said:
“Bert Jansch was one of the greats of the folk world, and easily one of the most influential musicians of his generation. In person he was a quiet and gentle man, but when he picked up his guitar he was the centre of everyone’s attention. He was a true original.”
In July 2011, 6 Music spoke to Bert at rehearsals before more Pentangle shows, during that interview he confirmed that he was writing new music, but it's unclear whether any of those tracks were committed to tape.
Last year he also performed a two-month, co-headlining US tour with Neil Young.
Click here to listen to the interview Bert did with Lauren Laverne at Glastonbury this year.
Meantime tune into 6 Music from 10pm this evening for a special look back at the life of Bert Jansch.
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