One for Bert
A piece by Mike Walker for Bert Jansch
Mike says: It crossed my mind that the guitar being played in Sandy Bells, the legendary folk pub of the ’60s and ’70s scene, might add a dimension to this project. Sandy Bells epitomises the folk pubs which Bert started off in, before his London days. It remains very much its old self – and is still a mecca for folkies. Bert used to like to compose by just communing with the guitar and then working and re-working/re-voicing the ideas that flowed out. So, I have tried to use that process for this track. The result is a bit old school and is a nod to the early Bert/John/Pentangle days. I have called it ‘One for Bert’ and I hope it will resonate with Bert fans.
This guitar is really impressive. When I received it the balance of sound from it acoustically felt just right. In fact, I don’t remember the last time I picked up a ‘strange’ guitar and took to it so immediately without thinking about set-up, action. string gauges for ease of playing, sound balance etc. If I’d been keeping it, I wouldn’t have changed a thing.