Online Bert Jansch Guitar Workshops

Online Bert Jansch Workshops for November 2021

14, 20 and 21 November 2021: Dariush Kanani and Jon Riley are presenting more virtual workshops on Bert Jansch’s music this autumn.
These are good for all guitarists who can fingerpick, read tab or notation and who want to get to grips with Bert Jansch’s characteristic playing. There is a guide to the complexity of each tune: Level 1 is the least complex and level 3 the most.

As well as taking you through the intricacies and secrets of Bert’s style his elements, riffs and vamps, hammer-ons and pull-offs, Dariush and Jon have chosen special pieces showing Bert’s exquisite harmonising and re-harmonising of songs.

Sunday 14 November 12.00–3.00pm GMT
Dariush Kanani: Katie Cruel Trad (Level 1) and October Song (R Williamson) (Level 1)

Saturday 20 November 3.00–6.00pm GMT
Jon Riley: Downunder (Level 2) and The Wheel (Level 2-3)

Sunday 21 November 12.00–3.00pm GMT
Dariush Kanani: Crimson Moon (Level 1-2) and Kingfisher (level 2-3)

(tutors and repertoire subject to change).

Each Zoom workshop lasts for three hours with an intimate group ensuring that you have plenty of individual attention.

£50 for an individual course, £40 each if booking two or three.

Book now and pay by bank transfer or via the ‘donate’ button at the bottom of this page.  Please contact with any queries about the online workshops. Once confirmed, you will be sent the Zoom link and other details to join the workshop. Download a free copy of zoom at

The workshops are presented by the Bert Jansch Foundation in association with Bert Jansch Studio at the Cheese and Grain, Frome, Somerset, with support from Young Somerset.

The Foundation’s established programme of Bert Transcribed workshops give special insights into Bert’s idiosyncratic style and also his influences. Players of all ages and backgrounds who can fingerpick and read tab or staff notation are welcome. Workshop leaders include Jon Riley, and Thomas Fairhurst, key creators of Bert Transcribed: the Bert Jansch Songbook and Dariush Kanani, Bert Jansch Foundation Young Artist. We hope that in-person workshops can resume soon.


2020 Workshops

2020: 11-31 October – online workshops Series of online workshops.

2020: 24 May – 11 June Series of online workshops.

2020: April, Sunday 5 (Cancelled due to Lockdown): London, Cecil Sharp House

2019 Workshops

2019 December, Saturday 14: London, Cecil Sharp House

2020 September, Saturday 28: Truro, Shortlanesend Village Hall

2020 May, Saturday 11: London, Cecil Sharp House

2018 Workshops

2018 October, Saturday 27: Sage Gateshead

2018 October, Friday 26: Newcastle University

2018 October, Wednesday 24: Goldsmiths University of London

2018 October, Sunday 21: London Cecil Sharp House

2018 August, Sat and Sunday 18/19: Green Man Festival Crickhowell, Wales

2018 April, Sunday 29: London Cecil Sharp House

2018 March, Thursday 22: Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow

2019 Workshops

Comments from participants:

“Working through sections of the music – step by step was really useful”

“Really enjoyable – lovely atmosphere – friendly, and very inclusive”

“I loved it.  Opened new ideas about playing Bert’s tunes”

Bert Jansch Guitar Workshops

The first Bert Jansch guitar workshop was held during the 2016 Celtic Connections Festival in Glasgow, together with two sold-out Bert Inspired concerts. Subsequent workshops have taken place in the UK and abroad, at Cecil Sharp House, London, at the Sage Gateshead, in Truro Cornwall, at Edinburgh Napier, Newcastle, and Goldsmiths Universities, at a Jazz College in France and a Songwriters Club in Denmark. Workshops take place at festivals such as the Green Man Festival in Wales and Frome Festival in Somerset.  If you would like to join or host a workshop in your area – contact

To support the Bert Jansch Foundation, please click the ‘Donate’ button below.