The Pentangle

Formed 1967. Disbanded 1973.
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Pentangle - Interview, Glastonbury 2011

Lauren interviews Jackie McShee and Bert Jansch from Folk legends Pentangle.

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Pentangle (or The Pentangle) are a British folk rock band with some folk jazz influences. The original band were active in the late 1960s and early 1970s, and a later version has been active since the early 1980s. The original line-up, which was unchanged throughout the band's first incarnation (1967–1973), was: Jacqui McShee, vocals; John Renbourn, vocals and guitar; Bert Jansch, vocals and guitar; Danny Thompson, double bass; and Terry Cox, drums.

The name Pentangle was chosen to represent the five members of the band, and is also the device on Sir Gawain's shield in the Middle English poem Sir Gawain and the Green Knight which held a fascination for Renbourn.

In 2007, the original members of the band were reunited to receive a Lifetime Achievement award at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and to record a short concert that was broadcast on BBC radio. In June 2008, the band, comprising all five original members, embarked on a twelve-date UK tour.

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BBC Reviews

  1. Review of One More Road/Live 1994

    One More Road/Live 1994 2007

    Reviewed by David Sheppard
    Britfolk lifetime achievers still on form in the studio and live on this fine re-issue.
  2. Review of Reflection

    Reflection 2004

    Reviewed by Darren Overs Pearson
    Fresh, intimate, strangely funky, beautifully's time to welcome...
  3. Review of The Lost Broadcasts 1968-1972

    The Lost Broadcasts 1968-1972 2004

    Reviewed by Rob Webb
    ...a representative history of Pentangle at the BBC
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