Bert Jansch Guitar Workshops

Learn to play Bert Jansch’s special riffs, vamps, elements and iconic compositions

Workshop leaders including Jon Riley, Thomas Fairhurst and Dariush Kanani, key creators of Bert Transcribed: the Bert Jansch Songbook, give special insights into Bert’s influences as well as his idiosyncratic style. They provide study materials, special exercises and some of his most loved compositions. Players of all ages and backgrounds are welcome. It will be helpful if you can fingerpick and read tab or staff notation.

See the listings below for current workshops. If you would like to have a workshop in your area – contact


2020 Workshops

2020 October, Sunday 25: London, Cecil Sharp House

2020 July, Sunday 5: Frome Somerset

2020 April, Sunday 5: 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

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