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Bert Jansch, R.I.P.

By on 10.5.11 | 11:30AM

Folk music legend Bert Jansch passed away today after a lengthy battle with cancer. He was 67.

Jansch achieved success in the late 1960s and early 1970s both as a solo performer and with the British folk group Pentangle with his distinctive guitar picking style and his equally distinctive Scottish burr when he sang as you can hear in "A Woman Like You."

Jansch is perhaps best known for his rendition of Davey Graham's instrumental "Angie" (which was also notably covered by Paul Simon.) Here's a much younger Jansch with Pentangle introducing "House Carpenter" in which he sings a couple of verses while playing banjo to accompany Jacqui McShee's powerful lead vocal.

Bert Jansch is one of those musicians I wish that I had a chance to see perform but now never will.

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