Online Bert Jansch Guitar Workshops

Online Bert Jansch Workshops for March 2021

3 teachers / 9 online guitar workshops / 6 – 25 March 2021 / 3 hours each / £50 each (£10 off if booking more than one workshop at the same time)

Bert Jansch Foundation presents a further series of online guitar workshops led by three expert teachers. Following the success of the two series of online workshops in 2020, Dariush Kanani, Jon Riley and Paul Wassif return with a wider repertoire of Bert’s songs to examine his unique playing style.

Limited numbers for each session – so BOOK NOW!

Week 1 – the blues
Week 2 – traditional
Week 3 – Bert’s own compositions

Jon Riley: Saturdays 14.00–17.00 GMT
6 March – the blues: Come Back Baby, Black Cat Blues
13 March – traditional: Reynardine, The Road Tae Dundee
20 March – Bert’s own compositions: Needle of Death, One for Jo
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Dariush Kanani: Sundays 17:00-20:00 GMT
7 March – the blues: Strolling Down the Highway, Singing the Blues
14 March – traditional: Blackwaterside, Wishing Well
21 March – Bert’s own compositions: High Days, Chambertin
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Paul Wassif: Thursdays 18.00–21.00 GMT
11 March – the blues: My Pocket’s Empty, Key to the Highway
18 March – traditionalRosemary Lane, The Auld Triangle
25 March  – Bert’s own compositionsFresh as a Sweet Sunday Morning, Build Another Band
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Suitable for guitarists of all ages and backgrounds who can fingerpick and read tab or staff notation, each 3-hour workshop costs £50 (£10 discount off each workshop when booking more than one) and will have a maximum of six participants so you will get individual attention and come away playing some of Bert’s iconic songs.

Choose one or more workshop with one of 3 great exponents of Bert Jansch’s music, to take you through the intricacies and secrets of his style – at different levels. (All tutors and titles subject to change).

Book now and pay by BACS 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.