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Wee Ally someone must know somthing about BERT (Jansch) (31) RE: someone must know somthing about BERT 30 Oct 99


I grew up in Edinburgh and we sort of took Jansch for granted in the '60s - he came from Glasgow originally (I think) but he performed regularly in Edin, mainly, in the early days, with John Renbourn, and later with Pentangle. His early stuff was brilliant - I still have a couple of his first LPs. He was influenced, of course, by Davy Graham, who is a real talent still. Last time I saw Jansch performing was about 5 years ago in Edinburgh. He still plays well but I was somewhat underwhelmed, and a bit disappointed as I'd been one of his greatest fans for the best part of 30 years. Over all this time he doesn't seem to have developed his style or technique at all - you'd think he'd have matured and brought out something different by now, but no - same old stuff. I still love the early recordings though. I used to sing and play quite a few of them when I played on the Scottish folk scene, and somewhere I've got a copy of the songbook. If the original author of this message thread is genuine (I'm a bit dubious due to the awful spelling etc - is it a 9-year-old? or just a dyslexic? And with a 'traverse' email address - surely an Edinburgh connection?) I'll look it out and try to copy some. Which songs are you interested in?


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