Bert Jansch set for 2011 Edinburgh Festival date
- Stewart Smith
- 16 August 2011
This article is from 2011.
Returning folk hero, pal of Neil Young and Devendra Banhart
One of the great acoustic guitarists, Bert Jansch comes to Edinburgh fresh from an American tour with Neil Young and a London show with folk-jazz supergroup The Pentangle. Jansch has been doing an annual Festival show since the mid-90s, touching base with his hometown. During the height of the folk revival at the turn of the 60s, Jansch was ‘resident guitar teacher cum janitor and odd job man’ at a bar called The Howff. ‘I used to hang out with Robin Williamson and Clive Palmer of The Incredible String Band,’ Jansch tells The List.
‘They used to run a club there called the Crumb Bar. There was a lot going on. I saw so many people play, like [Scottish folk singers] Hamish Imlach and Archie Fisher. They used to bring in people like Pete Seeger and Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee. At the age of 16 I saw all that stuff. It encouraged me.’
Jansch’s 2006 album Black Swan saw him work with the likes of Devendra Banhart and Espers. He’s glad to see younger generations discovering folk and acoustic music. ‘It proves this music has a value, a worth,’ he says. ‘All music is basically folk music when you think about it.’
Queen’s Hall, 668 2019, Sat 20 Aug, 7pm, £19 (£17).