Robert Plant and Eric Clapton to Perform at Bert Jansch Tribute Concert
Robert Plant and Eric Clapton are two of the stars who will perform at a tribute concert for Bert Jansch, guitarist for the influential British folk-rock band Pentangle who died in 2011. The show will take place at London’s Royal Festival Hall on Dec. 3.
‘A Celebration of Bert Jansch’ is a benefit for the foundation set up on Nov. 3, 2013, which would have been his 70th birthday. The organization aims to “sustain the creativity associated with Bert Jansch and his music by helping in the education and promotion of future generations of acoustic musicians.” This will be accomplished through scholarships and workshops that focus on Jansch’s 40-year career.
According to Uncut, the Royal Festival Hall was a natural choice for the concert. It was the site of both Pentangle’s first major performance in 1967 and Jansch’s last-ever concert in August 2011, two months before his death. The band also recorded the live half of their 1968 double album ‘Sweet Child’ there.
Among the other well-known names on the bill include Donovan, Roy Harper and Martin Carthy. Three of his Pentangle bandmates, Terry Cox, Jacqui McShee, Danny Thompson, will also perform. The concert will be recorded, with highlights shown on British television on an undisclosed date in early 2014.