Scottish folk legend Bert Jansch passes away at 67

Bert Jansch, Scottish folk musician and founding member of the band Pentangle, has died at the age of 67 after a long battle with cancer.

Jansch was born in Glasgow on November 3, 1943, and was also renowned for his prowess as a guitar virtuoso.

Some of the musicians he influenced included Jimmy Page, Johnny Marr, Nick Drake, Graham Coxon, Donovan, Neil Young, Bernard Butler and Paul Simon.

That guitar talent along with his singing and songwriting skills saw him become a leading figure in the British folk music revival of the 1960s, with some characterising him as a British Bob Dylan.

Jansch had been due to play at The Queen’s Hall in Edinburgh on August 20, though the show was cancelled after he was hospitalised, the news bringing hundreds of get-well messages from fans online. He passed away at 12.30am this morning.

Some current stars have already expressed their condolences. Indie singer-songwriter Owen Pallett said simply: “Thank you Bert Jansch.” Meanwhile fans and music-lovers are taking to the internet in their droves to post their own highlights of the great Scottish musician.

Recording several solo albums, Jansch attained further recognition after becoming a founding member of popular folk-rock band Pentangle in 1968, touring and recording with them until their break-up in 1972 and also during the 80s and early 90s after their reformation.

Jansch received two Lifetime Achievement Awards at the BBC Folk Awards – one for his solo achievements in 2001 and the other, in 2007, as a member of Pentangle – who again reformed in 2008 to acclaim.

In 2009 he was diagnosed with lung cancer, but after treatment went on to perform a two-month, co-headlining US tour with Neil Young last year. About his massive influence on other musicians, he told the Guardian last year: “"I'm not one for showing off. But I guess my guitar-playing sticks out."

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