For Bert Jansch: Pascal Froissart “Veronica”

For Around the World in 80 Plays, Pascal chose to play Veronica. “Every time I play it, I can hear the whole rhythmic section of the Pentangle. It shows how much Bert contributed to the Pentangle’s music by providing a structure very close to jazz. It reminds me of John Coltrane’s quartet with McCoy Tyner in the early 60s.”

#ForBertJansch #AroundTheWorldin80Plays #80PlaysForBert  Musicians around the globe are saluting Bert Jansch, the legendary guitarist and singer song-writer who would have turned 75 in November 2018. The Bert Jansch Foundation is sending a special guitar, the Yamaha TransAcoustic – the latest incarnation of Bert’s favoured L series – across continents from artist to artist, enabling musicians to connect with his timeless music and enduring legacy.

See who is taking the guitar on the next stage of its journey at https://80plays.bertjanschfoundation….

Small World: How Paul Simon Found Himself in the ‘60s English Folk Scene

In 1965, a dejected Paul Simon went for an extended stay in England. When he returned home to New York toward the end of the year, he brought Anji with him.

Well, “Anji.” A piece of music, not a woman.

“Anji” — sometimes spelled “Angi” or “Angie” — was written and first recorded in the late 1950s by English guitarist Davy Graham, considered by many the first star of the U.K. folk guitar renaissance. It’s a snappy little fingerpicked number, a series of trills over a descending bass line. Really more jazzy than folkie. By the time Simon first heard it, apparently via the playing of another young star of the scene, Bert Jansch, it had become the touchstone for English acoustic guitarists. This was the piece they had to master to gain entry into that world and in the process serving to popularize the dark modal DADGAD open tuning as the scene standard.

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