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Bert Jansch, Davy Graham, Ralph McTell & Martin Carthy

Acoustic Routes (Music from the Television Documentary)

Leman Productions Ltd

Released: 26th May 2008 | 20 track folk-blues album
The film ACOUSTIC ROUTES tells the story of seminal guitarist and singer Bert Jansch, from his early days in Edinburgh to becoming the guitarist that everyone still wants to be.

As a young man, Bert had sat at the feet of Brownie McGhee at the Howff Folk Club mesmerised by Key to the Highway. Armed with that raw American Blues influence and a bewildering technique, he fashioned sublime interpretations of traditional and blues music on the guitar. The result was music that transcends time or fashion.

Specially recorded on location at The Great American Music Hall in San Francisco, Oakland California, Santa Monica Hills, The London Troubadour, Bunjies Coffee House, The Half Moon in Putney, and The Howff in Edinburgh, ACOUSTIC ROUTES the soundtrack features original live performances by Bert Jansch, Brownie McGhee, Davey Graham, Anne Briggs, Ralph McTell, Wizz Jones, Martin Carthy, Peter Kirtley, Jacqui McShee, Duck Baker, Al Stewart, and Billy Connolly.

Among the many highlights on this release are unique recordings of Brownie and Bert playing together in Oakland, along with special collaborations with Anne Briggs, Martin Carthy, Peter Kirtley and Jacqui McShee.

ACOUSTIC ROUTES was an Independent production for BBC Television, directed and edited by Jan Leman. The Producer was Maureen White, Executive Producers John Archer and Kate Swan. Nominated Best Arts Programme by BAFTA in 1993.
"Jansch plays beautiful melancholy guitar in a style that's based on blues. And he sings in a way that makes the hairs on the neck stand on end."
The Times
"Acoustic Routes... brought a smile to the lips and a tear to the eye."
The Glasgow Herald
"Brilliant."
Folk Roots
"A splendid film."
MOJO
"A marvellous documentary."
Q MAGAZINE
"Breaks the documentary mould... this is a beautiful film, beautifully made."
The SCOTSMAN