Bert Jansch + Pegi Young
A British folk troubadour makes a rare stateside appearance, with an up-and-coming guest.
Mon Dec 6 2010
Photograph: Loren Jansch
The Bell House; Wed 15
Having maintained a low stateside profile for decades, British folk legend Bert Jansch is in the midst of an overdue career resurgence. Since 2006, the Scottish-born singer and guitarist has won an enthusiastic young American following, while collaborating with fans like Beth Orton and Devendra Banhart, touring with longtime admirer Neil Young and signing with esteemed indie label Drag City. During his absence from U.S. stages, Jansch never stopped delivering mesmerizing live performances or making quietly stirring albums— his most recent studio effort, The Black Swan, ranks with his best work.
Jansch's massively influential body of recordings stretches back to his eponymous 1965 debut LP. One of the first British folkies to emphasize original compositions over traditional material, he has recorded more than 20 solo albums, which match his guitar virtuosity with a haunting voice and a starkly evocative songwriting talent. From 1967 to 1973, he maintained a parallel career as a member of acoustic quintet the Pentangle, which achieved some success with mainstream rock audiences. But solo performance remains Jansch's mtier, and this one-man set offers a rare opportunity to see a singular master at work.
Sharing the bill is Pegi Young, whose status as Neil Young's wife and sometime backup singer is less pertinent than her late-blooming emergence as an artist of immense depth and resonance. Her eponymous 2007 debut and its recently released follow-up, Foul Deeds, carry a stately, slow-burning intensity that's well suited to her intimate, emotionally complex songwriting.
Bert Jansch also plays atDec 20.