Bert Jansch Dies Aged 67

Folk musician Bert Jansch has passed away after a long battle with lung cancer according to BBC News. Jansch, a founding member of the band Pentangle and well-known solo guitarist.

He had recently cancelled a scheduled gig in Edinburgh, stating on website:

Bert’s Edinburgh show on Saturday 20th August has sadly had to be cancelled as Bert is unwell. Both he and his doctors were hoping he would be well enough in time to do the show, but unfortunately that has not been the case and he will be in hospital at least until next week. Bert is desperately disappointed to miss the show, and apologises profusely to all the fans and those who were hoping to see him. Hopefully see you next time!

His work influenced such artists as Paul Simon, Johnny Marr, Bernard Butler, Jimmy Page, Nick Drake, Graham Coxon, Donovan, Neil Young and Devendra Banhart. He has received two Lifetime Achievement Awards at the BBC Folk Awards: one, in 2001, for his solo achievements and the other, in 2007, as a member of Pentangle.

The 67 year old had a long-spanning career that saw him record his first album in 1965 and his last, The Black Swan, in 2006.

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