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Herbert Jansch (3 November 1943 - ), known as Bert Jansch, is a Scottish musician and founding member of the band Pentangle. He was born in Glasgow and, particularly in his early career, was sometimes characterized as a British Bob Dylan. This, however, was misleading, in that Jansch's best work has always been fundamentally instrument-driven unlike Dylan's which is primarily lyric-based. In the 1960s, he was heavily infuenced by the guitarist Davey Graham and folk singers such as Anne Briggs. His work influenced such artists as Johnny Marr, Bernard Butler, Led Zeppelin and Neil Young, and earned him a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2001 BBC Folk Awards.

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