The truly talented Scottish singer-songwriter, Bert Jansch, passed away this past Wednesday after a battle with cancer. His contribution to folk music with Pentangle and through his own work has been prolific, and his style is echoed in the music of his contemporaries and those that followed.
From the guardian.co.uk:
Those he influence included Jimmy Page, Nick Drake, Graham Coxon, Donovan, Bernard Butler and Paul Simon. According to fellow guitarist Johnny Marr: "He completely reinvented guitar playing and set a standard that is still unequalled today... without Bert Jansch, rock music as it developed in the 60s and 70s would have been very different."
"He is a hero of mine, one of my greatest influences. Bert was one of the all-time great acoustic guitarists and singer songwriters" -Neil Young
The music speaks better than I ever could so I hope you will take a moment to listen. Love you, Bert.