Bert Jansch, 'Hendrix of the Acoustic Guitar,' Honored in London

Posted on December 5, 2013 | by David Knowles

In honor of what would have been Scottish folk icon Bert Jansch's 70th birthday, several notable musicians gathered at London's Royal Festival Hall on Tuesday to celebrate his legacy and perform his music. 

Former Led Zeppelin front man Robert Plant was joined by Donovan, Ralph McTell, and others to pay tribute to the man who Neil Young once described as the Jimi Hendrix of the Acoustic Guitar. A man deserving of superlatives, Jansch was alternately regarded as the UK's equivalent of Bob Dylan. 

"Jansch was what we had," McTell told Reuters. "The Americans had Bob Dylan, who picked up Woody Guthrie, we had Bert, who picked up the hidden music of these islands. 

Born in Glasgow, Scotland, Jansch died of lung cancer in 2011 at the age of 67. In honor of his memory, check out the video above of Jansch giving a casual performance of the traditional folk song "Blackwaterside."

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