Acous­tic leg­end Ren­bourn dies

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tHE HuGELY iN­FLu­EN­tiaL acous­tic folk gui­tarist and singer-song­writer John ren­bourn has died from a heart attack, aged 70, at his home in the Scot­tish bor­ders. He was due to play a gig in Glas­gow and didn’t show up, so friends and col­leagues con­tacted the po­lice, who found him the fol­low­ing morn­ing.

ren­bourn was best known for his col­lab­o­ra­tions with fel­low gui­tarist bert Jan­sch, as well as his pi­o­neer­ing work with the folk band Pen­tan­gle, who blended folk with other gen­res in­clud­ing jazz and rock. Pen­tan­gle were a con­sid­er­able in­flu­ence on mu­si­cians as di­verse as folkrock­ers Fair­port Con­ver­tion and Pete town­shend, who de­scribed them as “fresh and in­no­va­tive”. in 2007, ren­bourn and other mem­bers of Pen­tan­gle were pre­sented with a Life­time achieve­ment award by david at­ten­bor­ough at the bbC ra­dio 2 Folk awards and ac­knowl­edged as one of the most in­flu­en­tial groups of the late 20th Cen­tury.

ren­bourn also has a suc­cess­ful ca­reer as a solo artist, re­leas­ing many crit­i­cally-ac­claimed al­bums in­clud­ing John ren­bourn (1965), the Lady and the uni­corn (1970), the Gui­tar of John ren­bourn (1976, 2005), a Maid in bed­lam (1977), the En­chanted Gar­den (1980), Folk blues of John ren­bourn (1988), will the Cir­cle be un­bro­ken (1995) and Palermo Snow (2011).

ren­bourn was re­cently in­ter­viewed for bbC 6 Mu­sic by dJ Cerys Matthews, who tweeted: “So sorry and sad to hear of John ren­bourn’s pass­ing. a lov­ing, lovely man. riP John. it was an hon­our and plea­sure to meet you”. Fel­low acous­tic gui­tarist Gor­don Gil­trap said: “i’m still numb from the news that my old friend John ren­bourn has passed away”. and nov­el­ist ian rankin added: “ach, and now John ren­bourn has died. what a gui­tarist...”

what a gui­tarist in­deed - he will be sorely missed! GHS have aug­mented their popular Boomers string range with the ad­di­tion of the Thin and Thick Core Boomers for elec­tric gui­tars. The Thin Core Boomers have been de­signed to pro­vide light­en­ing quick ac­tion to en­able fast speed runs to be com­bined with ac­cu­rate arpeg­gios and mu­si­cal bends. The Thin Core Boomers are in avail­able in Ex­tra Light, Cus­tom Light, Light, Thin-Thick and Medium sets with gauges rang­ing from 9 to LC52. In con­trast the Thick Core Boomers (also avail­able in a va­ri­ety of gauges) are for play­ers who want a beefier sound, which fo­cuses on the low end, thick tones. The stiffer ten­sion of­fered by th­ese strings pro­duces bet­ter sus­tain, which al­lows for greater em­pha­sis of sound fea­tures. Visit www.ghsstrings.com for fur­ther in­for­ma­tion and other prod­ucts.

Ren­bourn was best known for his work with Bert Jan­sch and also the pi­o­neer­ing folk band Pen­tan­gle.

John Ren­bourn: in­flu­enced many folk and rock play­ers

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