Guitar Artistry Of Bert Jansch, The: Conundrum In Concert 1980
Bert Jansch, legendary songwriter and guitarist, is widely acknowledged as one of the most influential musicians of all time. Since the mid 1960s generation after generation have been held spellbound by his extraordinary ground-breaking acoustic guitar playing and classic emotive songs. Jimmy Page, Neil Young, Nick Drake, Johnny Marr, Bernard Butler and Beth Orton have all been devotees, and further generations, led by Devendra Banhart and Pete Doherty, are still discovering Bert for themselves.
Bert began performing his unique synthesis of fold, blues and jazz in the early 1960s, having hitch-hiked to London from his hometown of Edinburgh. His iconic first album, Bert Jansch (April 1965), was played on borrowed guitars and recorded on a reel-to-reel tape deck. Bert Jansch caused a sensation for its innovative guitar technique and powerful songs, and has been phenomenally influential to this day, cited by legions of guitar players (famous and otherwise) as a major inspiration. It was followed by It Don't Bother Me (December 1965) and the also hugely influential Jack Orion (September 1966), where Bert began exploring innovative treatments of traditional folk, something he took further with Pentangle, the acoustic super group he formed in 1967 with John Renbourn, Jacqui McShee, Danny Thompson and Terry Cox.
After Pentagle split in 1973, Bert returned to his prolific solo career but missed playing in a group context. The Bert Jansch Conundrum came into existence as the 1970s waned. Jansch recorded a solo album called A Rare Conundrum in 1977, with mandolinist Rod Clements and fiddler Mike Piggot as supporting players. When Piggott was unable to go out on a Scandinavian tour, Martin Jerkins was hired on to play violin on those dates. They hit it off and Nigel Portman-Smith came aboard to play bass. the toured Europe and America. Bert recalled:"I got to know Martin in that period between the original Pentangle splitting up and the beginning of the eighties. I knew him pretty well and we did a lot of gigs together. At one point we were playing with Rod Clements, who used to be in Lindisfarne and Pick Withers on drums - I seem to remember Mike Piggott was involved as well; I've been in so many different line-ups I just can't honestly remember!"
The first part of the DVD collection presents Bert Jansch Conundrum in concert, recorded in Athens, Ohio. This is followed by three tunes by Bert and Martin recorded in 1978 in Stockholm, Sweden. The DVD concludes with a documentary that Bert recorded in 1985 that combines interviews, solo concert performances and rehearsals.
Bert Jansch Conundrum In Concert, 1980
Poor Mouth, Daybreak, Blues Run the Game, Bittern, Ask Your Daddy, Running From Home, Let Me Sing, Blackwaterside, Medley of Jigs & Reels, Nightfall, Sovay and Alimony