In 1967 Bert Jansch and John Renbourn were already popular folk artists in their own right, Jackie McShee was singing on the folk circuit and Terry Cox and Danny Thompson had been playing together in Alexis Korner's Blues Incorporated. They came together to form folk's first super group and for the next 6 years worked relentlessly, touring and releasing albums.
Discovering Pentangle's Basket of Light as a teenager was the beginning of my long love affair with 1960's and traditional folk music. Their music initially surprised me, (there really isn't much else out there like it) but I found myself drawn in by the traditional songs, Jackie's beautiful and capable voice and the mesmerising jazz-folk jams.
I made it my mission to see all members play individually over the years but I never did catch the full line up in 2008 when they reunited for a tour. This was the tour captured for FINALE, a new 2 disc CD that I was delighted to be asked to design.
Sadly, Bert died in 2011 closely followed by John in 2015. Unfortunately, making this their last tour with the original line-up. I must say I felt quite a responsibility to design something that was a fitting memorial of two of the finest (and nicest, so I've heard) folk guitarists in the world. There was a lot of love and respect put into the artwork. I do hope they would approve.
FINALE is available to buy here.