Pentangle – Light Flight

By • Jul 30th, 2008 • Category: Acoustic, Folk, Jazz, Music

A long long time ago, in a reality that took it’s chances along with the rest of us, there was an amazing band called “Pentangle”. It consisted of a truly amazing collection of musicians; Bert Jansch and John Renbourn on guitars, vocalist Jacqui McShee and talented jazz rhythm section Danny Thompson on acoustic bass and Terry Cox on drums.

The band had a mix of jazz and folk that I always found intriguing and having listened to the tracks over at it would seem I still am. “Light Flight” for example is still musically adventurous as it was back when I headr it in the early Seventies.

Pentangle – Light Flight at YouTube…

Some stuff from the website…

For six relentlessly active years spanning 1967-73 British folk/jazz ‘supergroup’ Pentangle were one of the most exciting and innovative groups in the world, genuinely pushing boundaries and exploring new musical avenues.

With their unique jazz/folk fusion Pentangle quickly became both stars of the underground and darlings of the mainstream. From humble beginnings at the Horseshoe Hotel in Tottenham Court Road, the heart of swinging ’60s London, Pentangle’s first concert appearance as a band was at The Royal Festival Hall on May 27 1967. They went on to enjoy an unprecedented degree of success worldwide for an acoustic band, performing regularly at The Albert Hall, Carnegie Hall, The Fillmore East (alongside Canned Heat and Rhinoceros), The Fillmore West (alongside The Grateful Dead), Newport Folk Festival and two Isle of Wight Festivals – amongst many other prestigious shows.Pentangle’s influence and musical impact is still revered and relevant today, as evidenced by the critical and commercial acclaim for The Time Has Come – the lavish and definitive four CD box set released in March 2007 (which is both a gloriously accessible ‘best of’ for the curious and a treasure trove of lost gems for the faithful) – and Pentangle’s BBC Radio 2 Lifetime Achievement Award presented in February 2007 at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards by Sir David Attenborough – as well as by legions of young emulators and self-confessed disciples on the current music scene.

I can’t recommend this band highly enough. Head to the website at and make sure you have a listen.

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