Scholar announced for Renbourn Guitar Workshop on Bert

31 August 2014

John Renbourn and team, in association with The Bert Jansch Foundation, award scholarship to September's workshop to 22-year-old Canadian, selected from an exceptionally strong field.

Zach Coombs has been awarded the Bert Jansch Foundation Scholarship to attend the Renbourn Guitar Workshop Bert Jansch – Origins, Influences & Techniques at Gilwell Park next month. We are all delighted that he will be able to work with one of Bert's closest colleagues, John Renbourn, and guest tutor, Wizz Jones, to learn more about what made Bert such a unique and inspiring musician.

The scholarship for an under-30 player attracted a very high standard of entrants from across the world. John and his co-teachers, Remy Froissart and Mike Walker, had a difficult task to pick just one. John said "We have been overwhelmed by the terrific response and by the quality and sincerity of the applications. It's a great joy to know there are so many talented young guitarists out there carrying on the Renbourn/Jansch tradition."

Zach said *"I applied for this scholarship because I'm a huge fan of Bert and The Pentangle, and because I've always loved the sound of Celtic music. I was born in Newfoundland, where the music and cultures are very Irish, English, Scottish and French. I was able to appreciate Bert's approach to his music: a home feel with something else thrown in that was always awesome and inspiring. I'm extremely excited to meet everyone involved in the workshop."

The Bert Jansch Foundation, which aims to help nurture future generations of acoustic musicians, thanks John Renbourn and his team for creating this special course on Bert’s style, and for their dedication in seeking the best scholarship student. The Foundation also thanks Gilwell Park, the home of The Scout Association, for donating accommodation for the scholarship winner.

The week-long workshop starts on Saturday 27 September 2014 and will study many of Bert's most iconic songs and provide insights into the genres and artists which influenced his playing and writing. Use the contact form at to enquire about last minute availability of places.