Pentangle’s John Renbourn dies, aged 70

The legendary folk musician reportedly passed away at home from natural causes

Pentangle‘s John Renbourn has died at the age of 70.

The guitarist and songwriter was found at his home in Hawick in the Scottish Borders by police this morning (March 26), after he failed to turn up for a gig at the Ferry in Glasgow last night (March 27), reports The Guardian.

Renbourn was on tour with Wizz Jones. Speaking to Uncut, a member of staff at the Ferry commented: “He didn’t show. Nobody knew where he was. Wizz Jones was in the dark about what had happened. He did the show on his own. We tried to contact him. Wizz Jones called his agent this morning. He didn’t know what was happening so he called the police local to where he lived. They went round to his house and found that he had died.” It is thought he suffered a heart attack.

After working as a solo artist and recording the album ‘Bert and John’ with Bert Jansch in 1966, Renbourn founded influential folk group Pentangle in 1967 with Jansch, Danny Thompson, Jacqui McShee and Terry Cox. The original line-up of the band released six albums, before splitting 1973. He continued his solo career and also made music with The John Renbourn Group.

The original line-up of Pentangle reunited to tour the UK in 2008. Bert Jansch passed away in 2011 after losing his battle with cancer. He was 67.