Peder Skytte, born in Denmark in 1952, works with sound and music, wooden sculptures, painting and writing. He says: “I first heard Bert Jansch in the late 60s, I was hooked. From first off, his guitar took me along. Later I heard him in many concerts here in Denmark and experienced the magic of seeing him live. His concerts often were held in small places, I got a good impression of his friendly open personality. I met him twice. What caught me about Bert was not only his guitar. I heard such a complete person true to his very soul. This process of ‘cooking’ substance and forming it into music, for Bert, must have been a creation of love.
Mariam And Her Sister
A piece by Peder Skytte for Bert Jansch
This was the first song I thought of when I was accepted to Around the World in 80 plays. It is hugely inspired by Bert’s songwriting and way of playing. It’s one of the first songs I was able to complete. Not that I didn’t write any songs before, but none seemed to work out well for me. My inspiration from Bert comes from his music – and what he says: that all he writes is self-experienced. From Bert I learned to keep a connection to the lyric, often transformed into a poetic form.
“Always I will be able to hear his tone among others, so clear and touching, so original and true. His songs are more than just a song to me, they seem to have grown out of his guitar playing, the words (poetry), his singing, true creations … so original and clear, I believe he touches every soul.”