Folk veteran back on the road to Langholm

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On the verge of turning into an septuagenarian, folk guitarist John Renbourn continues to perform and takes in the Buccleuch Centre this month.

The 69-year-old Englishman, a founder member of folk group Pentangle and well known for his work with Bert Jansch, originally studied classical guitar at school and was influenced by skiffle music.

It was 1963 that he teamed up with Jansch, who had moved to London from Edinburgh, and together they formed a duet that became known as folk baroque. Their album Bert and John is a fine example of their playing.

Renbourn put together several albums in the 1960s before forming Pentangle with Jansch, bassist Danny Simpson, drummer Terry Cox and singer Jacqui McShee.

The group enjoyed success over a five-year spell together, with 1970 proving their best with 12 TV appearances, a performance at the Isle of Wight Festival, and a tour of America which included playing at Carnegie Hall.

However, the band were to split in 1973 after record sales dried up.

Renbourn continued his career as a solo artist and recorded more albums in the 1970s and 1980s.

He went back to university in the 1980s to earn a degree in composition and also formed a group briefly in 1988.

He continues to tour and record, and three years ago played 24 gigs in 30 days alongside Robin Williamson, including a date in Langholm as he released album Palermo Snow in 2011.

Tickets for his show at the Buccleuch Centre are priced at £12, concessions £10, while under-18s are £5.

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