John Renbourn


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JOHN RENBOURN – 1944 – 2015

This website was John’s own project and all content and updating was by him. It will remain as is in the meantime as a mark of respect following the sad news of his death.

To say he will be missed is an understatement and his passing leaves a void in so many peoples’ lives.

Rest in peace dear friend.

                                                                                 CRETE WORKSHOP



   We will be heading beck to southern Crete for another guitar workshop in May – same place as last time – just along the coast from Agia Galini, a really idyllic spot. I have been gently reminded that fifty years have slipped by since little Dorris and I recorded an LP’s worth of songs together. So, there is an idea to include at least some of those arrangements at the next gathering. Tabs will be going up on the workshop site in due course. The original album ‘There You Go’ came out on CD a while back and should be easy enough to find.

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                                           DORRIS HENDERSON and ACCOMPANIST


   Our low-key tribute to Bert Jansch at Gilwell Park in November turned out to be a nice event. Wizz Jone’s contribution was much appreciated. Wizz will be coming out for the Crete workshop which we are planning to extend to a second week devoted to young players interested in picking up on some of this old stuff.  Details for the above can be found at  and pictures from Gilwell are up on the workshop facebook page.


                                                                   GUITAR WORKS PUBLISHED

The big news for me is that a project that has been on the go for the last seven years has finally seen the light of day. It’s a collection of my pieces arranged for the classical guitar and is published by Faber&Faber in conjunction with Volonte & Co in Milan.  The idea came from guitarist Marco Rossetti and we’ve been batting thoughts back and forth since then. Marco’s transcriptions are meticulous as are his interpretations on the attached cd recorded on an instrument by Florentine luthier Andrea Tacchi.

A very nice review by Chris Dumigan has been included in the April edition of the UK Classical Guitar Magazine.

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