Celtic Connections: Robert Plant leads Bert Jansch tribute concert

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Celtic Connections reaches a crescendo at the end of the month with a spectacular array of talent coming together to honour the late Glaswegian guitarist, singer and songwriter Bert Jansch.

Former Led Zeppelin frontman and bona fide rock god Robert Plant pays tribute to his “enormous and longstanding” musical debt to the Scottish folk player by performing alongside an eclectic line-up.

Bert Inspired: A Concert for Bert Jansch takes place on 31st January at the Old Fruitmarket. A second date at the Royal Concert Hall on 1st February was added by the Celtic Connections festival due to the enormous demand for tickets.

Other performers will include Pentangle’s Jacqui McShee, Ben Watt, Ryley Walker, Archie Fisher (Sunday only) and Martin Simpson.

Bert Jansch

Bert Jansch

Suede guitarist and indie stalwart Bernard Butler will also play at the concert alongside Graham Coxon, founding member of Blur. Both were influenced by Jansch who emerged from the British folk revival of the 1960s to form the band Pentangle which toured extensively between 1967 and 1972. Jansch was born in Glasgow before moving to Edinburgh, busking in Europe and settling in London to hone his improvised guitar playing style. In 2001 Jansch received a lifetime achievement award at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. He died in 2011.

The shows are in aid of the Bert Jansch Foundation, which works to support emerging acoustic musicians.

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