Bert Jansch: Let No Man Steal His Thyme

Bert Jansch died today after a battle with cancer. He was a giant of British music, not just folk music; I hope by the end of his life he appreciated the impact he had on so many, including me and, more significantly, other musical heroes of mine like Neil Young, Jonny Marr, Beth Orton andContinue reading “Bert Jansch: Let No Man Steal His Thyme”

Stop me if you think that you’ve heard this one before …

For anyone who thinks you can understand an interview purely from the transcription, Exhibit No1: Mr. J Marr talking about his craft and sullen art. It’s only about 3 minutes in you realise he’s making very little sense verbally, but somehow alongside the riffing demonstrations, it all kind of hangs together. But you need allContinue reading “Stop me if you think that you’ve heard this one before …”

Man of Aran: A Story For Our Times

I started off thinking I’d post on this because it was a thing of beauty, even though it’s not very current – and then I realised, it sort of is current, in a funny kind of way.  (And anyway, why need we always privilege novelty over substance? Shore isn’t the News of the World.) There’sContinue reading “Man of Aran: A Story For Our Times”