March Flare

A piece by Chris Murphy for Bert Jansch

Recorded in Sheffield, United Kingdom
December 2018

Chris says: “This song is an instrumental that I wrote just after the birth of my second son in March 2018. Its major influence was Bert as I always loved his use of octave patterns on songs such as ‘Blackwaterside’ as well as the exquisite, near constant slides of ‘Chambertin’. I was also inspired to write something that explored different chord voicings and changes to the picking pattern, as well as moving freely and regularly from one end of the fretboard to another. Bert is my favourite acoustic guitarist. I am thrilled to be involved in this project.”

When Chris had the Yamaha TransAcoustic with him in Sheffield in December, he enjoyed playing Bert covers. Here you can hear his rendering on it of Poison and Katie Cruel.

Artist's own music and media

The album, Arcana Valley’ showcases Chris’s fingerstyle guitar style and also features sweeping strings and lush harmonies.