The brilliant Jansch was a man of few words, he prefered to let the songs, and in particular, his fingers do the talking. Since he became a regular on the 60s UK folk scene he performed and recorded prolifically. His powerful deep nasal voice was a perfect accompaniment to his effortless and often breathtaking virtuosity on acoustic guitar. Using Davey Graham as a template for his guitar style (as well as Graham’s solitary masterpiece Anji), he bettered Graham’s technique and is now one of the acknowledged giants of folk-based acoustic music. In addition to his lengthy solo career he was a key member of the legendary folk/jazz combo Pentangle, and also worked as a duo with another guitar master, John Renbourn. Jansch has influenced and will continue to influence many aspiring acoustic guitarists. His early albums on Transatlantic Records are essential, but much of his more recent works have also been quite outstanding.
Followers: Johnny Marr, Bernard Butler, John Martyn, Jimmy Page, Paul Simon
Influenced By: Davey Graham, Lead Belly...