Bert Jansch, a virtuoso guitarist and singer who influenced generations of post-British Invasion luminaries including Jimmy Page, Paul Simon, Donovan, Nick Drake and Johnny Marr, died after a long battle with cancer, the Guardian reported earlier this morning.
Jansch, who performed last year at the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford, is best known as a founding member of the group Pentagle, a late 1960s/early 1970s band who mixed traditional folk music with the progressive British styles of the period, along with vocalist Jacqui McShee, guitarist John Renbourn, bassist Danny Thompson and drummer Terry Cox. He went on to record a number of solo records throughout the 1970s and 1980s. His last studio album was 2006's The Black Swan.
Here's a great clip of Jansch doing what he did best.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun