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Bert Jansch - UK TV (BBC4) tonight

GUEST,Ed 28 Mar 14 - 04:31 AM
Rain Dog 28 Mar 14 - 06:58 AM
GUEST,Tunesmith 28 Mar 14 - 08:48 AM
Will Fly 28 Mar 14 - 09:51 AM
Big Al Whittle 28 Mar 14 - 06:24 PM
Banjo-Flower 28 Mar 14 - 06:53 PM
Richard Bridge 28 Mar 14 - 08:01 PM
Big Al Whittle 28 Mar 14 - 08:03 PM
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Big Al Whittle 28 Mar 14 - 09:35 PM
Will Fly 29 Mar 14 - 02:45 PM
Sir Roger de Beverley 29 Mar 14 - 03:26 PM
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GUEST,Hootenanny 29 Mar 14 - 03:51 PM
GUEST,Tunesmith 29 Mar 14 - 04:13 PM
Big Al Whittle 29 Mar 14 - 04:41 PM
GUEST,Derek Schofield 29 Mar 14 - 05:48 PM
GUEST,Hootenanny 29 Mar 14 - 06:51 PM
Big Al Whittle 29 Mar 14 - 09:29 PM
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Subject: Bert Jansch - UK TV (BBC4) tonight
From: GUEST,Ed
Date: 28 Mar 14 - 04:31 AM

May be of interest to some:

BBC4 10:00 pm

The Genius of Bert Jansch: Folk, Blues & Beyond

"A celebration of the Scottish guitarist and songwriter and founding member of the band Pentangle, who died in 2011. Interviews and rare archive footage weave together performances from a multi-artist concert at the Royal Festival Hall in London. With contributions by Ralph McTell, Robert Plant, Donovan, Bernard Butler, Martin Carthy, Martin Simpson, Lisa Knapp and members of Pentangle"


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Subject: RE: Bert Jansch - UK TV (BBC4) tonight
From: Rain Dog
Date: 28 Mar 14 - 06:58 AM

If you go to the website for the programme there are a number of clips from it. I don't know if those clips are available to those of you outside the UK or not.

The Genius of Bert Jansch: Folk, Blues & Beyond


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Subject: RE: Bert Jansch - UK TV (BBC4) tonight
From: GUEST,Tunesmith
Date: 28 Mar 14 - 08:48 AM

It seems strange using a phrase, "folk, blues and beyond", associated with Davy Graham for a programme about Bert!


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Subject: RE: Bert Jansch - UK TV (BBC4) tonight
From: Will Fly
Date: 28 Mar 14 - 09:51 AM

D'you know, Tunesmith, that was exactly my thought when I looked at the Radio Times just now!

I shan't hear it tonight - out at a club - but will catch up with it on the iPlayer sometime over the weekend.


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Subject: RE: Bert Jansch - UK TV (BBC4) tonight
From: Big Al Whittle
Date: 28 Mar 14 - 06:24 PM

congratulations beeb4.

the worst versions of Needle and Blues Run the Game I've ever heard.

must have taken some doing.....


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Subject: RE: Bert Jansch - UK TV (BBC4) tonight
From: Banjo-Flower
Date: 28 Mar 14 - 06:53 PM

Not to my taste too bluesy and jazzy switched off halfway through

Gerry


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Subject: RE: Bert Jansch - UK TV (BBC4) tonight
From: Richard Bridge
Date: 28 Mar 14 - 08:01 PM

I think the only bit I REALLY enjoyed was Martin Carthy's SUBLIME accompaniment. I think there is a Jansch in session thingy at half-past-midnight.


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Subject: RE: Bert Jansch - UK TV (BBC4) tonight
From: Big Al Whittle
Date: 28 Mar 14 - 08:03 PM

quite liked fresh as a sweet summer morning.

Ralph and Wizz were sublime as usual. lots of the rest I didn't care for.

how come none of these bbc4 wallahs have never given Wizz an in concert programme. l

he's 74 years old now. I don't feel the evidence should be destroyed showing what the smart arses decided wasn't folk music. his fingers are at genius level. right now!

A great English voice and folk song technique.

if you don't like jazz and blues - its not likely you would dig the programme. Bert Jansch didn't spend his life in a remote Sussex village. his folk music reflects his ability to absorb all sorts of genres into his technique.


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Subject: RE: Bert Jansch - UK TV (BBC4) tonight
From: Richard Bridge
Date: 28 Mar 14 - 08:35 PM

Accepted. Wizz Jones was good too. And Thompson's bass. And the other bass with the beard, and one of the kit drummers. McTell made an acceptable doing of Anji, although the concentration showed!


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Subject: RE: Bert Jansch - UK TV (BBC4) tonight
From: Big Al Whittle
Date: 28 Mar 14 - 09:35 PM

I loved that song Ralph wrote about Bert and Anne Briggs. It would have been nice to hear her sing Blackwaterside.

I hope he records it. I have the boxed set of his lovesongs and I can't recall it being on.

such a beautiful song about young love's passing nature as opposed to the permanence of great art.

for now I think we all see Jansch's Blackwaterside - as a monumental piece in the history of acoustic guitar.


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Subject: RE: Bert Jansch - UK TV (BBC4) tonight
From: Will Fly
Date: 29 Mar 14 - 02:45 PM

I watched a few minutes and then switched off. I met up with some friends this afternoon - their comment: "Dire", so I doubt that I'll bother.

If you want to know about Bert Jansch, read "Dazzling Stranger".


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Subject: RE: Bert Jansch - UK TV (BBC4) tonight
From: Sir Roger de Beverley
Date: 29 Mar 14 - 03:26 PM

Contrary to earlier opinion The Neil Young version of Needle had me in tears. Granted it was a poor quality recording but the sincerity shone through. Took me right back to being 18, sharing a flat with a friend and playing that album on the turntable until we could hardly hear anything for the crackling.

R


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Subject: RE: Bert Jansch - UK TV (BBC4) tonight
From: Sir Roger de Beverley
Date: 29 Mar 14 - 03:28 PM

The bizarre moment for me was Beverley Martin (on the strength of appearing on the cover of his second album) singing a Bob Dylan song!!


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Subject: RE: Bert Jansch - UK TV (BBC4) tonight
From: GUEST,Hootenanny
Date: 29 Mar 14 - 03:51 PM

I forced myself to watch about 55 minutes and agree with Will Fly's friends: "Dire". I love jazz and blues but didn't hear any here. I saw one unbelievably bad number by Beverley Martin, a crap version of Angie by someone who I believed would do better, two other female singers as bad as any floor singers that I have ever suffered, rubbish from Donovan Leitch and part of an unmemorable song about Jansch learning Blackwater Side, waffle by some talking heads and an unbelievable filmed insert of someone in a mock up self recording booth doing Needle of Death.The whole thing reminded me again of why I gave up going to folk clubs.

Unbelieveable.

Hoot


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Subject: RE: Bert Jansch - UK TV (BBC4) tonight
From: GUEST,Tunesmith
Date: 29 Mar 14 - 04:13 PM

Not impressed with Neil's version!
Not impressed with his singing, and the guitar playing! Has he got arthritis or something?


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Subject: RE: Bert Jansch - UK TV (BBC4) tonight
From: Big Al Whittle
Date: 29 Mar 14 - 04:41 PM

pity Neil wasn't sincere enough to learn the words and the tune.

one of the great guitar moves that Jansch showed us all was the A minor in the G. Just as Tom Paxton showed us all the C inside the G.

Granted other guitarists had used it as an embellishment (Rambling Jack Elliot in Candyman - we're talking people who visited the English folk scene.)

But Bert used this move to such great effect with the melodies of Needle and Running from home.

Reinforces my long held opinion that BBC relies on people who know sod all about our music. They've done fair job of killing off the folk music revival.


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Subject: RE: Bert Jansch - UK TV (BBC4) tonight
From: GUEST,Derek Schofield
Date: 29 Mar 14 - 05:48 PM

This thread, as many others on Mudcat, just goes to show that, in art, people have different views and interpretations. It would be a poorer world if we all thought the same.
But it's a poorer world when we can't recognise and appreciate that there are differing views and interpretations.
Of course, as in many of these events, some were there to honour the person being remembered, one or two were there to promote their own careers.
Nevertheless, I was confused by Hoot's comment, "The whole thing reminded me again of why I gave up going to folk clubs." This was hardly a folk club - it was a concert in a large London concert hall... not quite sure what it had to do with folk clubs!

best wishes to all

Derek


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Subject: RE: Bert Jansch - UK TV (BBC4) tonight
From: GUEST,Hootenanny
Date: 29 Mar 14 - 06:51 PM

Derek,

Of course it wasn't a bleeding folk club. It was listening to people like Donovan and his ilk and others mentioned on the programme like Jackson Frank that had sod all to do with folk music and it included Neil Young (who was a singer/songwriter rather than a folk musician) making an awful attempt at a Jansch song that was not in my opinion folk however good a song it might be. It was this type performer and material that came into the folk clubs that kept me away.

And by the way in case you haven't noticed, it isn't only in art that people have different views. Life's like that.

Hoot


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Subject: RE: Bert Jansch - UK TV (BBC4) tonight
From: Big Al Whittle
Date: 29 Mar 14 - 09:29 PM

Ralph McTell wouldn't know how to play a crap version of Anji or write an unmemorable song.

Folk clubs is where the folk are. maybe you don't like folk - you just want some ossified load of old taters that has its natural place on a shelf in Cecil Sharp house. or declaimed by the great and good of all the folk dynasties from the festival stage -elevated above the heads of ordinary folk.


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Subject: RE: Bert Jansch - UK TV (BBC4) tonight
From: Big Al Whittle
Date: 30 Mar 14 - 06:54 AM

no jazz, no blues - that was a segue into Lullaby of Birdland from Anji.


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Subject: RE: Bert Jansch - UK TV (BBC4) tonight
From: GUEST,Tunesmith
Date: 30 Mar 14 - 06:59 AM

I thought Ralph's Angie was quite interesting. I love Bert, but his Angie is played too fast for my liking, and, like Bert did with Davy's Angie, i.e. altering things and inserting a different tune ( Worksong?), so did Ralph.
If there's one thing that you must do when playing Angie, it's to never play it exactly - even if you can - like Bert or Davy!


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Subject: RE: Bert Jansch - UK TV (BBC4) tonight
From: GUEST
Date: 30 Mar 14 - 07:39 AM

Al,
"no jazz, no blues"? To quote from an old non folk song "It ain't what you do it's the way that you do it".

It may be you that doesn't like folk but that's your choice and if you enjoyed the programme that's fine. "Different strokes for different folks" and also non folk.


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Subject: RE: Bert Jansch - UK TV (BBC4) tonight
From: GUEST,Hootenanny
Date: 30 Mar 14 - 07:40 AM

Apologies all, the above post was from me.


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Subject: RE: Bert Jansch - UK TV (BBC4) tonight
From: Big Al Whittle
Date: 30 Mar 14 - 11:43 AM

well I thought Bert deserved better....

barring colds and flu, I like to get out to folk clubs and stuff like that several times a week. have done for years. that's the folk music I like - music with folk attached - not some bloody abstraction.

and by and large, I don't just like the company of folksingers - I love it.


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Subject: RE: Bert Jansch - UK TV (BBC4) tonight
From: GUEST,matt milton
Date: 30 Mar 14 - 01:37 PM

great thing about iPlayer is that you can immediately fast-forward the bits you don't like to the bits you do.

As a guitarist I enjoyed watching Ralph McTell playing Anji (or however it is you spell it), Martin Simpson playing Blues Run The Game & Heartbreak Hotel and I even enjoyed Donovan's song, even though he's a hippy prat - it had quite a cute Bert-influenced riff to it. I thought it was even slightly touching when he said that the song, a love song addressed to a girl in the lyrics, was basically about Bert.

Sure, every one of us could doubtless have programmed a better tribute concert for Bert Jansch to be filmed and broadcast by BBC4. But none of us were in a position to do so and none of us did! So stop complaining. There's so little on TV that's worth watching on any channel – be it music, comedy, drama, movies, documentaries, anything – that I'm just pleased there's something about a musical hero of mine on the box.


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Subject: RE: Bert Jansch - UK TV (BBC4) tonight
From: GUEST,Dulwich Dave
Date: 30 Mar 14 - 02:08 PM

Martin Simpson , Ralph McTell and Wizz Jones were by far the best in my opinion - I would have preferred to see Martin Carthy do something alone really - I though it was an odd pairing with Lisa Knapp - Donovan was lousy and the singalong "Strolling Down The Highway" at the end was just embarrassing.


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Subject: RE: Bert Jansch - UK TV (BBC4) tonight
From: GUEST, Paul Slade
Date: 30 Mar 14 - 04:37 PM

Anyone know who the musician Whizz Jones mentioned was? The guy Bert felt he'd let down and wrote the song to apologise for that?


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Subject: RE: Bert Jansch - UK TV (BBC4) tonight
From: GUEST,Mr Pedant
Date: 31 Mar 14 - 03:00 AM

its Wizz mate - not Whizz


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Subject: RE: Bert Jansch - UK TV (BBC4) tonight
From: Big Al Whittle
Date: 31 Mar 14 - 04:44 AM

sorted out for wizz and h?


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Subject: RE: Bert Jansch - UK TV (BBC4) tonight
From: breezy
Date: 31 Mar 14 - 05:03 AM

Martin Simpson performing Blues Run the Game was unbearable and totally unrecognisable, -          altered the melody, over embelished the accompaniment and played it way too fast. Sounded under rehearsed.
I think many of us could do a better version.

Like he didnt have a B J number to perform ?

Ralph's rendition of Angie was solid after all its only a play on a the chord structure but was far too long and became tedious.

Pentangle were brill though much of the material didnt really appeal to me as a 'folk' fan.

It would be better to describe the evening as a reflection of contemporary 'Folk' in Soho, London in the 60s

Now its time to put emback into the box , close the lid, replace on the shelf for academic studies in later years.

Shame about Neil Young's singing.

Saw Jackson C F and Paul Simon at Les C, mainly on the evenings when there was hardly an audience . usually mid week.

see ya at Loughton folk Club Thurs 15th May


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Subject: RE: Bert Jansch - UK TV (BBC4) tonight
From: Big Al Whittle
Date: 31 Mar 14 - 05:10 AM

have a good 'un!


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Subject: RE: Bert Jansch - UK TV (BBC4) tonight
From: Peter Butler
Date: 31 Mar 14 - 12:02 PM

Towards the end of last year, Heather Jansch (his second wife) published a book about her time with Bert. It's not a kiss and tell, nor are there any guitar transcriptions. Rather it's a delightful love story, with lots of illustrations and photographs in a beautifully bound volume.

Details can be found here: Bert Jansch - Living with the legend


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Subject: RE: Bert Jansch - UK TV (BBC4) tonight
From: Claire M
Date: 31 Mar 14 - 02:05 PM

Hiya!

*Love bbc4. Even w/ nothing to watch all week I still check it (but there's usually a flurry of texts asking whether I've watched something on it) Loved RP's renditions but then I love him anyway. Jacqui McShee was terrific; I was a mass of goosebumps.


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Subject: RE: Bert Jansch - UK TV (BBC4) tonight
From: Sir Roger de Beverley
Date: 31 Mar 14 - 03:40 PM

It was odd hearing everyone talking about Bert and John Renbourn (I confess that Bert and John is one of my all-time favourite albums) and then find that Renbourn wasn't part of the concert. I know that they had their issues over the years, but was it that or, perhaps, illness that meant that Pentangle had neither of their guitarists present.

R


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Subject: RE: Bert Jansch - UK TV (BBC4) tonight
From: GUEST,Tony Rath aka Tonyteach
Date: 01 Apr 14 - 09:13 AM

I watched bits of it thought that a large part of it was not a suitable memorial to a great singer and folk guitarist. Donovan for Gods sake. Did not like him in the 60s and 70s and he has not improved with age. Wizz jones totally agree about this but thats the Beeb for you full of Oxbridge prats who do not know the folk scene.

As a lifelong ugly it was sad to see the aging process in action from the original photos of Pentangle to the present day. Bert and Jacqui and the others were good looking people when young


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Subject: RE: Bert Jansch - UK TV (BBC4) tonight
From: Will Fly
Date: 01 Apr 14 - 10:01 AM

well, I don't know about "Oxbridge prats who do not know the folk scene". Here's the bio of the programme executive producer, Mark Cooper:

Mark Cooper

I think he probably knows quite a lot about music. Whether we all agree with his take on it is another matter...


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Subject: RE: Bert Jansch - UK TV (BBC4) tonight
From: Sir Roger de Beverley
Date: 01 Apr 14 - 11:30 AM

Whether you like Donovan or not, he did acknowledge Bert Jansch as an influence very early on. He included a couple of Jansch songs on his first album that was released in the wake of the success of Catch The Wind.

So, he had every right to be there in that tribute concert.

R


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Subject: RE: Bert Jansch - UK TV (BBC4) tonight
From: Big Al Whittle
Date: 01 Apr 14 - 12:21 PM

I agree sir rog. having said that - he wasn't very well recorded on the programme' he's never been one of those people who could really project. but the recorded product has always been of an excellent quality.

I bet Bert was pleased to have Donovan covering his songs.


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Subject: RE: Bert Jansch - UK TV (BBC4) tonight
From: Sir Roger de Beverley
Date: 01 Apr 14 - 12:27 PM

I think that "do you hear me now" was the first one that he recorded. However, I checked and it wasn't on his first album - so apologies.

R


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Subject: RE: Bert Jansch - UK TV (BBC4) tonight
From: Big Al Whittle
Date: 01 Apr 14 - 12:34 PM

Oh come on Will - whatever mark cooper's qualifications - he didn't have the bottle to say to Neil wotsit - sorry mate that was shit - we are trying to honour someone important to a lot of people- either learn the song, or get someone else to play the guitar for you - and singing from a cribsheet isn't good enough.

performing a song is to do with passion like delivering a speech by Shakespeare.

either do it properly or get off the pot.


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Subject: RE: Bert Jansch - UK TV (BBC4) tonight
From: Will Fly
Date: 01 Apr 14 - 01:21 PM

I agree with you Al, but that doesn't necessarily means he know bugger all about folk music - merely that he had a load of ideas that several of us obviously disagree with!


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Subject: RE: Bert Jansch - UK TV (BBC4) tonight
From: GUEST
Date: 01 Apr 14 - 06:41 PM

OK you know the folk scene right and you are running a programme on national TV and you let people go on who are simply not in the same league as the person who is being honoured Thats having a different idea all right thats incompetence that is


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Subject: RE: Bert Jansch - UK TV (BBC4) tonight
From: Big Al Whittle
Date: 01 Apr 14 - 07:46 PM

anybody read the Heather Jansch's book. twenty five quid plus postage seems a bit steep


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Subject: RE: Bert Jansch - UK TV (BBC4) tonight
From: Edthefolkie
Date: 02 Apr 14 - 07:27 AM

Well I blooming well enjoyed all of it, so there. Breezy got it right - obviously supposed to be a reflection of an evening at the Cousins, Scots Hoose, Troubadour etc. Complete with wagon wheel on the wall.

Neil Young as slightly frazzled floor singer who finds himself trapped inside a Voice-o-Graph booth was admittedly a bit left field. But I have seen stranger things in folk clubs.

Donovan can be a pain in the bum but seemed pretty OK this time. I was chuffed to see Bev (first time I'd seen her singing since 1973), also Bonnie Dobson and Lisa Knapp. Ralph McTell's performance of "A Kiss In The Rain" was both appropriate and moving. And Wizz Jones - blimey! WHAT a player. As ever.

Should mention Paul Wassif and Bernard Butler - Mr Butler extremely tasteful playing throughout. And Robert Plant, supplying effortless gravitas. The reminiscences and general chat were enjoyable too.

But I too think Wizz and Danny T were standouts. Especially Danny in the old film of himself in too-small Speedos. Wot a larf.


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Subject: RE: Bert Jansch - UK TV (BBC4) tonight
From: GUEST,Dollycat
Date: 02 Apr 14 - 08:10 AM

No Mention in the programme of Gordon Giltrap, who was a great friend of Bert's and his wife, Loren. Did a tune on the night that had people in tears.


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Subject: RE: Bert Jansch - UK TV (BBC4) tonight
From: Big Al Whittle
Date: 02 Apr 14 - 08:28 AM

NY deserves permanent confinement in the phonebox for that bugger...til he's learned to play Needle of Death (which I reckon could work out at twenty to life).

I agree - seeing Gordon would have been more to the point. he was part of that transatlantic records gang.


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Subject: RE: Bert Jansch - UK TV (BBC4) tonight
From: Will Fly
Date: 02 Apr 14 - 10:01 AM

Well I blooming well enjoyed all of it, so there. Breezy got it right - obviously supposed to be a reflection of an evening at the Cousins, Scots Hoose, Troubadour etc. Complete with wagon wheel on the wall.

It's odd isn't it - how reactions to programmes can be polarised. I only watched the first 5 minutes and then wasn't beguiled enough to bother with any more. So my opinion has little real value.

However, I was at an open mic last night and somebody called out, "Anyone see the Bert Jansch programme the other night?" There was a general murmur of derision and remarks like, "Terrible", "Bloody awful", "What a waste", etc. I don't think I heard a single positive comment about it from the assembled musos.

Just shows you how tastes can vary.


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Subject: RE: Bert Jansch - UK TV (BBC4) tonight
From: Pete Jennings
Date: 03 Apr 14 - 07:48 AM

I was in France so missed it.

Every time I pick up a guitar, I play something by Bert.


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Subject: RE: Bert Jansch - UK TV (BBC4) tonight
From: breezy
Date: 03 Apr 14 - 09:11 AM

would that be Brixton Bert?

If anyone on here dares to show up at my gig on Thurs 15th May in Loughton I'll add N o D to my set list , well maybe , funny how hearing it has rekindled the song, then again how many others will be doing it just to get it back out there too?

When you have a youth full family and friends have had their kids going down that road , one stops to think awhile

1968 I would sit and listen to Ralph M and Gordon G on a Tuesday evening in Herne Hill with only a handful of others.


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Subject: RE: Bert Jansch - UK TV (BBC4) tonight
From: Claire M
Date: 03 Apr 14 - 09:38 AM

Hiya!

Liked Donovan's guitar. Was going to get HJ's book but not @ that price, esp. when I know I'll only read it once, if that.

I'm sure you weren't/aren't Tony. I think Jacqui's voice is better now myself. Same w/ Planty; not as keen to take a walk in the morning dew w/ him now though. Shame his version of said song isn't @ all like the one he sang on said programme.


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Subject: RE: Bert Jansch - UK TV (BBC4) tonight
From: GUEST,Philip Andrews, aka ((:o)x
Date: 03 Apr 14 - 10:07 AM

Greetings from Shetland!

At the danger of being very boring, I'll include excerpts for general consideration, from a couple of recent email exchanges with a good friend of mine in Notts:


"    I got the Beeb 4 'Genius of Bert Jansch' recording on the second try - truly one of the greats. Hats off IMHO to all who contributed to making it such a sympathetic and revealing exposition of Jansch's life - and if it has the effect of drawing attention to the whole of Bert's incredible musical back catalogue, it'll do a considerable service to future generations of thinking and contemplative folk musicians."

And:


"> I thought simpson had significantly changed the melody.


    I wondered about that during the first verse - and then realised that, just like all of the skilled Kottke copyists, he couldn't very well just crank out a standard version of Jansch's own arrangement (both guitar and vocal) and expect to get away with it. Apart from anything else, Simpson's own style on guitar would have got in the way. It would be like coming up here as a known incomer, and trying to talk to the locals in a Shetland accent - it would be viewed as bogus and suspect at best, and insulting and duplicitous otherwise. In the same way, I think that all of the players on that tribute show were stuck with the same problem - because, even if they'd been able to reproduce Bert's arrangements and twiddly bits for all the rest of the tunes, where would be the point? (I did that for years, as an amateur folk-club floor-spottist - but my 'excuse' was that I didn't view myyself as being a guitar player at all: I was a would-be singer, who wanted to sing the songs with their original accompaniments; and that applied to material by Jansch, Donovan, James Taylor and a great many others besides ... I just loved singing the songs, and for me, that was where it began and ended - until my stupid smoking habit finally caught up with me in 1993, and brought any ideas of singing to a very sudden end. All I get now when I try it is choking fits - and since there's insufficient emotional content involved in simply playing the guitar, there went the motivation to do either. The Kottke thing that came later was genuine - but it still turned out to contain too little of what I needed without the vocals to be worth continuing with, which is why, for now, it's in abeyance.) If the screening of that show revives specific interest in Jansch among the latest generation of folkies and would-be folkies, and increases general younger-generation interest in the folk scene, that would be a substantial legacy for Bert Jansch to have left behind him - and more power to his friends for doing the show for him so well and respectfully.



> Anyway, why no renbourn for gods sake? Did they fall out?


    I wouldn't have thought so - it's far more likely that Jansch fell out with playing the guitar for a living (consider how rough his playing became in his last few years, and how he couldn't remember the old arrangements to tunes such as 'Strolling Down The Highway' etc, possibly due to how heavily he used to drink); and in the process of effectively stopping doing it, he'd have lost any common ground he might have had with Renbourn. These things happen, unfortunately, and they don't always take a falling-out to cause them."

I missed Jansch's early musical adventures by about ten years, apart from seeing Pentangle at Bradford Uni in 1969. The age difference between us (ten years), plus the lack of resources on my part, prevented me from wandering around the country at will, soaking up his music 'live', as I did for decades with later players. One of Bert's tunes, 'Alice's Wonderland', has kept my interest in (and curiosity with) the guitar alive for nearly fifty years - and it still intrigues me in all of its neatness. One of my brightest musical memories is that of playing 'Running From Home' on two guitars with another good friend - George Baker - at the Ducklington Folk Club in 1981. (I did the easy bit - George was the better player of the two of us, and followed the guitar arrangement one bar behind. We didn't get thrown out for doing it - possibly because the club organiser was a very civilised person, and quite probably still is.) All I can say is a heartfelt 'thanks' to the likes of people such as Bert Jansch, for creating the small musical wonders that lit up my enthusiasm for so many decades, and which still do whenever I return to them (which is more often these days).

More than you all wanted to read, I bet :o)


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Subject: RE: Bert Jansch - UK TV (BBC4) tonight
From: Big Al Whittle
Date: 03 Apr 14 - 01:01 PM

not at all enjoyed your reflections - feel free to write more anytime. I've got a facebook page and I would be interested in what you have to say.
not sure I agree about Martin Simpson. he plays half a dozen styles very creditably. his decision to speed the piece up and add all the piedmont style fancy bits was presumably his choice. he could have done it in the standard way with bass F on the C - slowing it down and giving that yearning feeling. but he must have decided not to.


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Subject: RE: Bert Jansch - UK TV (BBC4) tonight
From: GUEST,Philip Andrews, aka ((:o)x
Date: 03 Apr 14 - 06:18 PM

Haven't got much to say really - I ran headlong on all fronts from about early 1973 to a few months ago without stopping for breath, and am only now picking up all of the bits and trying to make sense of what I've done.

I wasn't being critical of Martin Simpson earlier - not in the least - and I am well aware of his skill and creative ability, ever since seeing him for the first time at the Bedford (New St. George) Folk Club in 1979. All I was trying to say is that he couldn't very well just lift the original LA Turnaround arrangement for the Tribute Concert. (As an aside, I learned 'Blues Run The Game' from an excellent guitar player from Hull by the name of Dave Parker, last seen somewhere in the vicinity of Cheltenham in the early '70s, after he moved there with his job. I had no idea that what he played was more or less the way Bert put it together on LA Turnaround in 1974 - except that I made Dave's recording of it - which I've lost, unfortunately, or maybe not - it could be here - in 1971.)

I have a Facebook page too, but I'm not self-absorbed enough to think that much (if any) of how I've spent my time on Earth is actually worth retailing to anyone - and especially not to a world-full of strangers, pardon my diffidence. I haven't the literary skills that I'd need to be able to deploy, in order to describe the floating sensation I'd get (sober and straight, mind) when listening 'live' to players such as Bert. His gig at the New Theatre in Oxford in 1975, though, was almost a complete bust: because he'd clearly necked a few sherbets before the gig started, and carried on drinking throughout the set. After a few fumbles and mumbles, suddenly 'here it comes' - a fantastic fifteen minutes of sheer lucid brilliance ... which was succeeded by an almost incoherent and steadily-more-drunken wander through a few more tunes, before the gig sort of just ran out. I was pretty disappointed - it was the first solo gig of Bert's that I'd managed to catch, and my own small adventures in front of very forgiving folk club audiences during the preceding 2-3 years had taught me not to drink at all before the gig (in order to get up enough courage to play - 'sober and straight or not at all' became my unbreakable rule, or I knew that the performance would go to pieces and I'd be ill later as well); and yet here was the professional-musician guy I'd loved and admired for so long, literally falling off his chair with drink less than halfway through his gig. He more than made up for it a few years later at Whittlebury Folk Club, though - he was touring 'Avocet' with his band at the time, and was consistently and utterly brilliant throughout the evening. He was also completely sober, which may have had something to do with it. The deceptively thrown-away stand-out track of the night, emotionally, was 'Ask Your Daddy' (which I'd never heard before, and which had a similar effect on me as hearing 'I Am Lonely', performed ten years eariler at Bradford Uni during the Pentangle gig, also as a throwaway) - so the band would presumably have been Conundrum as at around 'Thirteen Down' time, with Polly something-or-other on perfectly-supportive vocals. It was a very good gig indeed - and on that occasion, the only problem the organiser had was to find where the band had disappeared to during the intermission. (They were seated around a table in the bar, heavily involved in a card game.)

The folk clubs were, of course, a lot more than just small music venues. They were - and presumably still are - social nexi, where a person on their own (and maybe in a new and strange area) could go along, join in or not but be accepted and included anyway, hear some great music virtually for free, and generally feel like a proper normal human being for a few hours. That, for me, was the true value of such places - that they had two functions, only one of which was musical. An outstanding place of that kind was, and I very much hope still is, The Grove in Leeds, where I hung out for a number of happy years before the long-term ill-effects of smoking home-rolled cigarettes finally caught up with me. After that series of episodes, I couldn't be in any place where there was smoke - of any kind - or dust either, in the air. At one stroke, my entire social life vanished in 1993, and hasn't been revived yet, even though most places are now smoke-free. I can count myself lucky that my tobacco-induced throat condition remains pre-cancerous (so far), and that I had so many good years of innocent entertainment playing the clubs and chasing around after a variety of excellent players. I would just have preferred that it had gone on for a bit longer ... which is why BBC Four and its music content is such a fantastic resource (for me) these days, because it's revived some of what I thought I'd lost forever and has also presented me with a great deal of thought-provking material that I'd never have had the resources (or imagination) to get access to any other way. And in spite of a certain amount of criticism that I've read of the Bert Jansch Tribute Concert, I'd say that everyone who played it did their part correctly - by leaving their egos in the cloakroom and doing their best to honour the memory of one of the most intriguing and genuinely valuable folk musicians of the era. In other words, they all acted like true old-style folkies - even though a lot of them weren't even born when Bert was busy upending things in spots like Les Cousins, playing 'proper' guitar for the rockers who'd dropped in for a music lesson, after their own gig was over.

OK ... I've just seen a couple of men in white coats walking past my window, carrying a gorilla net between them - so it's probably time for me to split. I'll have less to say next time, I expect ... all about stalking various solo players and pub bands with a cassette player and a microphone in hand, on my continuing quest to obtain outstanding but definitely niche-audience music. I had a great time, met some excellent people, and still have the recordings I made (which is certainly the best part). That way, all of those people are still very much alive (for me), even though so many of them have passed on.


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Subject: RE: Bert Jansch - UK TV (BBC4) tonight
From: GUEST
Date: 03 Apr 14 - 07:45 PM

I have just rewatched the show. The remnants of Pentangle great - hated Donovan - Ralph McTell good. Blokes who sang 900 sorry but not for me Robert Plant no Martin Carthy and girl singer very good indeed rest OKish I liked Wizz Jones and admire his playing ditto Martin SImpson well I like his playing anyway

I have got on the Iplayer the Bert Jansch concert which I will enjoy no doubt


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Subject: RE: Bert Jansch - UK TV (BBC4) tonight
From: breezy
Date: 04 Apr 14 - 03:58 AM

Thanks Phil, I read your CV I was touched, have been for a while.

I was in the Grove 64-7 when at collge in Leeds our paths may have crossed

Portable machines were useful.

I'll be appearing at the Loughton Folk Club on Thursday 15th May and I dont care who knows.

we all owe much to the Folk club scene.

Dont you worry 'bout the men in white coats, let them worry for themselves but worry for the gorilla.

as for martin S , nah I dont get him. Over rated.


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Subject: RE: Bert Jansch - UK TV (BBC4) tonight
From: GUEST
Date: 05 Apr 14 - 03:34 PM

Yo Breezy -

The men in white coats turned out to be some passing sheep. A quick trip to Specsavers fixed my problem. All I have to do now is somehow to get these gorilla nets off me ...

Fair comment on MS (and Donovan too, for earlier posters), up to a point - but bearing in mind that all music is a form of synchronised noise, and that the urge to 'instant replay' a particular track (or tracks) from any given player is wholly a matter of personal taste and opinion, I'd have to suggest that there isn't any 'good' or 'bad' music at all. What it comes down to IMHO is the reaction of amazement and wonder that results from hearing a specifc offering, and how durable it turns out to be over time - so let's not get too critical when that doesn't happen, eh? That was my own unspoken and instinctive reaction to what I heard on the radio and on records when I was a child, long before it was suggested to me by my late uncle that maybe I should take up the guitar and have a go at it myself. I duly did that, and ended up with a straight-line trajectory from The Shadows to Donovan, to Bert Jansch, to Joni Mitchell, to Isaac Guillory (from whom I learned that 'it doesn't always have to be the same'), to Leo Kottke and beyond.

From the regrettably late Isaac Guillory in particular, I learned to listen with an open mind, and to give everything I heard a fair shake, regardless of circumstances and who was playing. (I attended what was very nearly Ike's last gig at the Trades Club in Hebden Bridge, towards the end of the year 2000, knowing all too well that he was very nearly gone by then; and I was amazed at how well he held it all together, in spite of the appalling amount of pain he was in by then.)

I also attended what turned out to be one of the very last gigs ever played by Tim Hardin, before he ODed on heroin and brought his act to an unnegotiable end. It took place on a summer's evening in 1980 in a pub down in Putney, just along the embankment from the boat sheds ... I'd gone down on spec. from where I was living at the time, to see what was what - and found to my great pleasure that he was presenting a lot of new material. I realised right away that I definitely wanted to hear it - because it was jolly good stuff, and IMHO was at least as engaging as his earlier 'pop' material. Unfortunately, his audience that evening consisted mainly of people who were a good deal younger and more brash than I, and who were also uniformly uncool, possibly shouldn't have been there at all, and clamoured loudly and annoyingly throughout his set to hear his older creations ('Baltimore' etc, which I also still feel were very good). After a few numbers of this nonsense and insolence going on, and with all these people shouting ignorantly right through his performance, he gave a resigned shrug and a half-smile and obliged them with the older material. Barely three months after that ruined gig, his final accidental and unfortunate encounter with heroin silenced him forever, to the very considerable loss of the folk-musical world. How much effort would it have taken for those people to simply have sat and listened, and maybe in the process have discovered something new and valuable, and encouraged the man sufficiently to keep him off the needle and continue with his voluntary retreat from his killer habit? It's far too late to say now - but not too late to bear in mind the negative effects of unreasonable criticism, and to mindfully withhold it in all of its futile destructiveness under all circumstances.

There you go - more garbled musings from the madman from Shetland ... but who else is going to speak up for those incredible musicians, who all crashed and burned too early through accidenta or unwise lifestyle choices? There are far too many of them already, and no doubt there'll be more of them in the future. The best we can do is to encourage them to keep on playing and creating new material, make them feel to be wanted and valued, and in the process somehow keep them between the ditches.


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Subject: RE: Bert Jansch - UK TV (BBC4) tonight
From: Big Al Whittle
Date: 06 Apr 14 - 08:26 AM

wouldn't it be great if we could all go out and see him play tonight. I wish i'd been to see him more now. wish I made more effort to talk to him. a simple human thing.


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Subject: RE: Bert Jansch - UK TV (BBC4) tonight
From: Pete Jennings
Date: 06 Apr 14 - 11:57 AM

I spoke with Bert quite a few times. One thing I've never forgotten is his advice to "play it your way".


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Subject: RE: Bert Jansch - UK TV (BBC4) tonight
From: Big Al Whittle
Date: 06 Apr 14 - 12:15 PM

I duuno - sometimes your own way is crap


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Subject: RE: Bert Jansch - UK TV (BBC4) tonight
From: GUEST,Philip Andrews, aka ((:o)x
Date: 06 Apr 14 - 02:41 PM

All good players admit that - Bruce Welsh (of The Shadows) said that same thing on a recent Beeb 4 doucmentary - but he also said that if you keep at it, it'll change and improve. If you know it's crap, you're more than half-way to being able to fix it, surely? Very few players ever hit the ground running - there's always a learning curve. Bert was right.


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Subject: RE: Bert Jansch - UK TV (BBC4) tonight
From: cooperman
Date: 07 Apr 14 - 08:31 AM

Agreed - good advice there from Bert and Bruce


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Subject: RE: Bert Jansch - UK TV (BBC4) tonight
From: Pete Jennings
Date: 07 Apr 14 - 12:53 PM

Come on Al, we're your friends, you can tell us! LOL.

Martin Simpson agrees with Bert and Bruce. There again, I play Bert's stuff the way he does. Mostly.


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Subject: RE: Bert Jansch - UK TV (BBC4) tonight
From: Sir Roger de Beverley
Date: 23 May 14 - 05:22 AM

The Neil Young recording of Needle of Death that I liked so much (and others didn't) has now been released as part of a new NY album recorded entirely in that booth. The Guardian review of the album is here:

http://www.theguardian.com/music/2014/may/22/neil-young-a-letter-home-review

R


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Subject: RE: Bert Jansch - UK TV (BBC4) tonight
From: GUEST, Sminky
Date: 23 May 14 - 06:32 AM

I've spent the last forty years trying to play like Bert. I never succeeded but, man, what an enjoyable journey.

In the last few years of his life I made a point of going to his gigs, wherever they were. We got to know each other. I once drank champagne with him at St Brides, Edinburgh in the company of Loren, his lovely wife and Tam White. An unforgettable moment.

The last gig of his I saw was at Birkenhead. I was sitting with Loren and remarked how well he was looking. She agreed. I never saw either of them again.

I'm just going to keep on trying to play like him.

Thanks Bert.


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