The Queens Hall, 85-89 Clerk Street, Edinburgh EH8 9JG
Since bursting onto the early 1960s music scene at Edinburgh's legendary Howff club, Bert Jansch's unique style of folk, blues and jazz has inspired generations of genre-defining musicians including Neil Young, Jimmy Page and Johnny Marr. Bert Inspired 2017 features music that shaped Bert and songs he gifted us, performed by musicians who worked with Bert over his long career: Jacqui McShee of Pentangle with Mike Piggott, Steve Tilston, Bernard Butler, and not least Bert's original guitar teacher, Archie Fisher. It also features artists who have been touched by Bert’s music: Ben Watt, Karine Polwart and Alasdair Roberts, who says “It’s kind of impossible to be a Scottish guitarist and singer nowadays without confronting and exploring the work of the great Bert Jansch - the achievements he made and the precedents he set so early on are like a challenge to the rest of us, a gauntlet thrown down.” This concert is in support of the Bert Jansch Foundation and is part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival that Bert always used to play. It also marks Music Sales’ publication of Bert Transcribed: the Bert Jansch Songbook which features 24 new transcriptions of Bert’s songs and notes on his innovative techniques, by an expert team of guitarists and transcribers assembled by the Foundation.