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Category: Bert Jansch, Folk Music,

Nic Jones ‘Clyde Water”

Let’s have some classic Nic Jones.

This is his great arrangement of ‘Clyde Water’ – an arrangement which, in my opinion, ranks with masterpieces like Bert Jansch’s ‘Blackwaterside’ and Davey Graham’s ‘Nottamun Town’:

‘Time’s Revenges and Revenge’s Time’: A Theme Time 45 Minutes (or thereabouts) – Part 1

This is the fourth ‘theme time’ instalment. In it, I have included those songs with a substantial historical element under the ‘time’ label. Unlike in earlier instalments, I have also included two songs from those artists who, in my opinion, have handled such themes particularly effectively

So, here goes

1. Phil Ochs, ‘Changes”:

——-, ‘Links on the Chain”:

Apparently ‘Changes’ was one of Drake’s favourite sings

2. Nick Drake, “Time has told me’

—–, ‘Time of no reply’:

3. Bob Dylan, ‘Blind Willie McTell’:

—–, ‘Girl from the Red River Shore’:

http://www.pandora.com/bob-dylan/tell-tale-signs-bootleg-series-vol-8/red-river-shore-736-unreleased-time-out-of-mind (sample only)

4. The Kinks, ‘Victoria’:


5. Howlin Wolf, ‘The Natchez Burning”;

6. John Lee Hooker, ‘Tupelo’:

7. Bert Jansch, ‘There comes a time”

——, ‘The Ornament Tree’:

8. Merle Haggard. ‘When times were good’:

8. Dick Gaughan, ‘The World Turned Upside Down’:

9. Pete Seeger, ‘Turn, Turn, Turn”:

——, ‘Guantanamera’:

10. Woody Guthrie, ’1913 Massacre”;

11. The Clash, “Spanish Bombs”:

12. Edwyn Collins and Frank Roussel, ‘Time”:


“In Christ there is no East or West- John Fahey

Have just recently discovered this great instrumental by the excellent American guitarist, John Fahey:

For comparison purposes, here is the version by one of the great guitarists of recent times, Leo Kottke (not as good as Fahey’s, I think, but still a fine performance, if a bit inclined to grand-standing):

To my mind, this belongs up there with ‘Anji’ as one of the great guitar tunes. Here’s the classic version by Bert Jansch:

And the original by Davy Graham:

Robbie Murphy, Bert Jansch, Phil Ochs

To follow on from my last post, here are two songs as a tribute to Robert.

The first is ‘High Days’ from Bert Jansch’s last album, ‘The Black Swan’:

The second is Phil Ochs’ great song, ‘When I’m Gone’

The Late Great Bert Jansch

A couple of tracks from the great Bert Jansch, who died in October last year.

First up us his extraordinary version of ‘Reynardine’. The arrangement here, I think. is among is very best:

For comparison purposes here is the Matin Carthy & Dave Swarbrick version:

And here is my favourite Bert Jansch performance (along with “Needle of Death’) – his great version of ‘She moved through the Fair’;

Had the privilege of seeing Bert play in concert several times – a very modest man and a great great guitarist…