Bert Jansch: Around the world in 80 plays
A worldwide journey for Bert Jansch
To launch on Bert’s 75 birthday, 3 November 2018
Supporting the Bert Jansch Foundation (BJF)
Bert Jansch would have been 75 on 3 November 2018. Although he has been gone for seven years, his music and spirit are ever-present. Today, some of his closest friends and collaborators begin a world-wide musical odyssey in his honour.
Johnny Marr has kicked off this voyage called ‘Around the world in 80 plays’, in which a TransAcoustic guitar, the latest version of Bert’s favoured Yamaha L series, will be sent from artist to artist across the globe to play and say something special for Bert. Each artist then chooses the next recipient, anywhere in the world, for the next stopover on the journey.
Johnny has passed the TransAcoustic in turn to Bernard Butler who also collaborated with Bert. Bernard is sending the guitar to the extraordinarily talented guitarist and songwriter, Anna Calvi. Graham Coxon and Beth Orton have also had this guitar in their hands for their contribution to this odyssey.
All the contributions will be showcased on a dedicated section of the BJF website https://80plays.bertjanschfoundation.org/ where the public may watch and hear the journey, make comments and can also suggest artists to receive this guitar, which, as Johnny Marr says, has some amazing ‘hidden magic’ inside, that Bert would have loved.
The guitar is travelling with a Travel Diary to write or draw in, and the acclaimed Bert Transcribed: The Bert Jansch Songbook, which has 24 songs optimally transcribed by an international team of Bert enthusiasts. Each artist will sign the guitar which will eventually be auctioned to aid the Foundation.
Initiating this international journey, Johnny Marr said: ‘Bert was a big inspiration to me, a hero and a friend. He was a great believer in the power of the tradition of passing stories and wisdom and information on through songs and music. Good luck to everyone involved.’
Bernard Butler says: ‘Bert was a friend of mine – I played with him and hung out with him. This amazing journey is taking Bert’s inspiration – his humanity, his heart, his vision and passing it on – and passing it on – until it comes into all these different forms. That’s what folk music is all about and I think that Bert would really love this to be happening right now.
The Bert Jansch Foundation is pleased to see that Bert’s personality and his music still resonate across the world. They say ‘It will be fascinating to see where the guitar visits, and to hear the music that ensues. We are very grateful to all the artists who are supporting the mission of Bert’s Foundation to help young acoustic musicians.’
The project goes live at https://80plays.bertjanschfoundation.org/ on 3 November 2018.