The Unfair Funfair

a piece by Michael Watts for Bert Jansch

Recorded in Oxshott, Surrey
August 2021

“I wrote this piece when I heard of Bert’s passing and is dedicated to him. It reminds me of him every time I play it and that makes me happy. I often play it near the start of my set to get the blood pumping! Bert’s music was like mother’s milk to me. I grew up with the sound of the “Blue” Album and my dad would play me some of Bert’s songs on guitar before I could walk. I really loved “Smoky River” apparently! I only met Bert on a couple of occasions. Once at the Edinburgh festival and another time a decade or so later at the Sage in Gateshead for the Pentangle reunion tour, after I’d become friendly with John Renbourn.”