Bert Inspired 2017 – a tribute to Bert Jansch
Monday 21 August 2017, The Queens Hall, Edinburgh
The Foundation is delighted to present Bert Inspired 2017 at Edinburgh Fringe Festival, where Bert always used to play. It also marks the publication day 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.
Bert Inspired 2017 will feature music that shaped Bert and songs he gifted us, performed by musicians who worked with Bert over his long career: Jacqui McShee of Pentangle, Steve Tilston, Bernard Butler – all of whom recorded and toured with Bert – and not least Bert’s original guitar teacher, Archie Fisher. It also features artists who have been touched by Bert’s music: Everything But the Girl’s Ben Watt, and multiple BBC2 Folk award-winning Karine Polwart and Alasdair Roberts. We delighted that the celebrated Edinburgh novelist Ian Rankin will be the special guest compere, as he says, “As a long-time fan of Bert’s – I last saw him play live on the stage of the Queen’s Hall – it’s an honour to be involved in what promises to be a remarkable concert.”
Monday 21 August 2017. Doors 19:30, show 20:00
The Queens Hall, 85-89 Clerk Street, Edinburgh EH8 9JG
Bert Inspired 2017 follows sold-out tributes to Bert in London in 2013 (broadcast on BBC4), and at Celtic Connections in 2016. “The ambiguity in the simple two-word title for these concerts staged by the Bert Jansch Foundation is entirely deliberate. Of course the artists who make up the varied bill acknowledge the influence of Jansch on their own music, but equally they explore the music that he drew upon.” – The Herald, 2016 ★★★★