Like millions of others, hearing the news of the death of Bert Jansch was a great sadness. In my musical firmament he was one the brightest stars. I remember listening to his first albums when I was at school. These early albums – the first two now available on one CD – still haunt me to this day. I particularly love Bert And John – the instrumental record he made with John Renbourn – which I still play regularly in the mornings to brighten up the day. Later I saw several Pentangle shows, including one show at Brighton Dome where I went backstage to interview the legendary guitarist John Fahey and got Pentangle’s autographs.
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With my son Louis saw him twice – a double pleasure – once at the University of Sussex just after my 50th birthday, when I got to thank him and shake his hand, and last time playing with Johnny Marr at the Royal Festival Hall during Patti Smith’s Meltdown festival.