"A lot of people are going to have a lot of fun playing something on this guitar."
Each chosen artist is playing something Bert-inspired. It might be a piece they have specially created, or their version of a Bert song – or something of their own that resonates with Bert’s music or his ecological and social concerns. Each musician sends their video here, to the Bert Jansch Foundation, before choosing the next artist who will receive the travelling guitar. Bert’s light is still riding high – as evidenced by these amazing artists and their tributes.
Johnny Marr Starts the Journey
Johnny Marr, guitarists of the Smiths, who became friends and performed with Bert in his later years kicked-off this journey playing on the latest version of Bert’s favourite Yamaha – the LL TransAcoustic. Johnny is captivated by the ‘hidden magic’ within this guitar and we are sure that Bert would have loved it too. This is the guitar chosen by the Bert Jansch Foundation to travel across continents for Around the world in 80 plays – a project that will support the Foundation’s aims of helping young acoustic musicians.
Latest Video - Mike Walker
Mike Walker – One for Bert.
Location: Edinburgh, Scotland
Mike has often mastered Bert, John and the Pentangle, catalogues, collaborating with both Bert and John, and is now part of the Foundation’s Bert Transcribed team. He continues to run Renbourn Guitar Workshops with John’s family’s blessing. “I thought the guitar being played in Sandy Bells, the legendary folk pub of the ’60s and ’70s scene, might add a dimension to this project. It epitomises the pubs where Bert started, before his London days. This is a nod to the early Bert/John/Pentangle days.”
Go to Mike Walker’s page
If you would like to participate or to nominate someone else for a ‘wildcard’ stopover on this journey, apply to the Bert Jansch Foundation by email and say why you or your nominee should be considered.Email us