Bert Jansch Foundation Guitar Workshops

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

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


Our Participants have said:

“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”

Workshops story

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, Edinburgh Napier University, a Jazz College in France and a Songwriters Club in Denmark, the Green Man Festival in Wales and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow. Our next workshops are in in Truro in September 2019 and a return to Cecil Sharp House, the home of English Folk Dance and Song in December

2019  Workshops   

2019 December, Saturday 14: London, Cecil Sharp House

Full day workshop 10am – 5pm.

£35 (Students with ID £15), £2 booking fee.

More details and booking at Cecil Sharp House website.

2019 September, Saturday 28: Truro, Shortlanesend Village Hall

Full day workshop 10am – 4pm, with guest tutor, Dariush Kanani, the young guitarist who has studied and worked with Bert’s colleagues Jacqui McShee, the late John Renbourn and also Stephen Grossman and Clive Carroll.

£25 (Students with ID £15)

For players of all ages who can fingerpick and read tab or staff notation.
Book with James Parkin 07854 026860 or

2019 May, Saturday 11: London, Cecil Sharp House

Full day workshop, from 10am – 5pm.

2018  Workshops   

2018 October, Saturday 27: Sage Gateshead

half-day 2.00pm – 6.00pm (guitarists invited to participate) booking

2018 October, Friday 26: Newcastle University

Half-day 2.00pm – 6.00pm (for students only)

2018 October, Wednesday 24: Goldsmiths University of London

Half-day 2.00pm – 6.00pm (for students only

2018 October, Sunday 21: London Cecil Sharp House

Full day 10am – 5.00pm

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

Green Man Festival Crickhowell, Wales

2018 April, Sunday 29: London Cecil Sharp House: Full day 10am – 5.00pm

Full day 10am – 5.00pm

2018 March Thursday 22: Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow

Half-day 2.00pm – 6.00pm (for students only)

Host a Workshop

If you are interested in hosting a workshop where you are, anywhere in the world, and have a venue where you can gather 10 to 20 players, for your college, guitar club or any group, please email a request to who will try to facilitate.


The Bert Jansch Foundation is grateful to Yamaha, makers of Bert’s favoured guitars, for supporting these workshops.

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