Folk legend Bert Jansch dies aged 67

Former Pentangle guitarist was a big influence on Johnny Marr and Graham Coxon

Bert Jansch died this morning (October 5) after losing his battle with cancer. He was 67.

The legendary Scottish folk musician had been suffering with the disease over the past couple of years and passed away at a hospice in Hampstead, North London, his family confirmed to BBC News.

Jansch cancelled a scheduled gig in Edinburgh in August, with a statement on his official website saying he was “unwell” and set to spend “at least” one week in hospital.

A founding member of ’60s/’70s folk rock band Pentangle – who reformed in 2008 – Jansch made his live comeback last year after battling back from cancer, playing a co-headlining US tour with Neil Young. He also played at Eric Clapton‘s Crossroads Festival last year.

A virtuoso acoustic guitar player, the 67-year-old is widely considered to have influenced the likes of Jimmy Page, Johnny Marr, Graham Coxon and Pete Doherty, with whom he has collaborated live. Jansch also appeared on Babyshambles‘ 2007 album ‘Shotters Nation’, playing guitar on closing track ‘The Lost Art Of Murder’.

Meanwhile, Coxon once told Uncut: “I’m not as good as him, but I’m a huge fan of Bert Jansch.”