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Bert Jansch remembered: the interview (2) honouring 'five decades of music'

This is the second and final part of an interview with Bert Jansch’s sister-in-law, Karen Kidson, who also manages the Bert Jansch Foundation, ahead of the Bert Jansch 80th birthday concert at London’s Royal Festival Hall in November. The interviewer... Read more →

Bert Jansch remembered: the interview (1) 'Pentangle could have been as big as Fleetwood Mac'

For a time, Bert Jansch made it OK to like folk. Unless memory is fooling me, here was a lugubrious, brooding, occasionally difficult figure as cool as anyone in rock. He wrote songs that suited the age and played guitar... Read more →

'Can I please be Linda Thompson?' Rachel Unthank's dream

What a heroine and what a tribute. Moonlighting from her band, Rachel Unthank joined another North-eastern artist, Paul Smith, for a short tour, which our Andrew Curry caught at the Bush Theatre in London. The heroine? Linda Thompson, once famously... Read more →

Celtic Connections: young blood and lesser-spotted folk talent

For the fourth part in his superb series looking back at the Celtic Connections festival in Glasgow, Andrew Curry considers the important role played by performers whose names and music may be less familiar than the event's headliners …. Herkja:... Read more →

Celtic Connections: Duncan Chisholm gives musical life to Scottish hills

Andrew Curry is a neglectful music website editor's dream. He comes up with ideas for which gigs he should review, pays his own way there and into the venue and files his articles as promptly, cleanly and engagingly as if... Read more →