John Renbourn (born 1944)

English singer-songwriter and classically-trained guitarist, singing his own songs and traditional songs and blues and playing some early English dance tunes.

(John Renbourn has also recorded with Pentangle and in duets with Bert Jansch, Stefan Grossman and Robin Williamson)
(The John Renbourn Group consisted of John, Jacki McShee, Keshav Sathe, Sue Draheim and Tony Roberts)
(Sue recorded with Albion and Steve Ashley)
(Jacki recorded with Pentangle)

Solo Albums.

John Renbourn1965Transatlantic TRA 135
[Reissue][UK]1965 Reprise6482
[Reissue] (with bonus tracks) 2008 Sanctuary/ Castle MusicCMRCD 359
Another Monday1967TransatlanticTRA 144
[Reissue]2008 Sanctuary 
Sir John A Lot of Merry Englandes Musyk (*) 1968Transatlantic TRA 167
[Reissue][UK]1968 Reprise6344
[Reissued with bonus tracks]2003 Castle 
[Reissue] 2008 Sanctuary 
The Lady and the Unicorn1970Transatlantic  TRA 224
[Reissue][UK]1970 Reprise6407
[Reissue] 1986 Lost Lake ArtsLL-0087
[Reissue with 2 bonus tracks] (CD) 2003 Sanctuary/ Castle MusicCMRCD 625
[Reissued] (vinyl)2004 Earmark42023
[Reissued] (CD)2008 Commercial Marketing 
Faro Annie1971Transatlantic  TRA 247
[Reissue] 1971Reprise 2082
The Guitar of John Renbourn (**)1976 CastleCMRCD1124
The Hermit1977Transatlantic TRA 336 
[Reissue]2008 Sanctuary  
Black Balloon1979 TransatlanticTRA 355 
[Reissue]1979 Kicking Muke163
[Reissue]1997 EdselEDCD527
[Reissue]1990 ShanachieSHCD 79009
[Reissue]2008 Castle 
So Early in the Spring1979Denon (Nippon Columbia) VSCD 702 
Under The Volcano1980 SonetSNTF 161 
Enchanted Garden1980 TransatlanticTRA 356 
The Nine Maidens1985 SPIN/Making Waves SPIN 102 
[Reissue]2008 Sanctuary 
The Medieval Almanac1989 DemonTRADEM 6 
Will The Circle Be Unbroken1995 Castle Communication429 
Lost Sessions1996 Edsel RecordsEDCD 490 
Traveller's Prayer1998 Shanachie Records78018 

(* Full title: "Sir John A Lot of Merry Englandes Musyk Thynge and ye Grene Knyghte").
(** Also known as "The Guitar Artistry of John Renbourn". Recorded 1976 but not released until 2005)

Group Albums - The John Renbourn Group.

A Maid in Bedlam1977Transatlantic  TRA 348
[Reissue] 1977 Shanachie79004
[Reissue] 2008 Sanctuary 
The Enchanted Garden1980Transatlantic 

Group Album - Ship of Fools.

Ship of Fools1988Flying Fish  
[Reissue]2008 Sanctuary 

Multi-volume albums.

Lady and the Unicorn/ The Hermit 1997 Sanctuary?
John Renbourn/ Another Monday1996 Castle?

Collaboration - Dorris Henderson and John Renbourn.

There You Go1965Columbia SX 6001
Watch the Stars1967FontanaTL 5385

Collaboration - Bert Jansch and John Renbourn.

Bert and John1966Transatlantic TRA 144
[Reissue]2008 Sanctuary 

Collaboration - Stefan Grossman and John Renbourn.

Title.year.Label. Number
Stefan Grossman and John Renbourn1978 Kicking MuleSNKF 139
[Reissue]1978 Sonet69081
Acoustic Guitar1978 EastworldEWLF-98001
Under the Volcano1979 Kicking Mule 
[Reissue]1998 ? 
Live ... In Concert (*)1985 SpindriftSPIN 401
[Reissue]? Shannachie95001
The Three Kingdoms1987Shanachie 95006
(* On this album, Renbourn's name appears first)

Collaboration - Duck Baker and John Renbourn.

A Thousand Words1992  

Collaboration - John Renbourn and Robin Williamson.

Wheel of Fortune (*) 1994 Castle CMRCD1279
[Reissue] 2008Sanctuary 

(* Recorded live 1993)


The John Renbourn Sampler1971 TransatlanticTRASAM20
Heads and Tails1973 TransatlanticTRASAM18
So Clear: The John Renbourn Sampler Vol Two1973 TransatlanticTRASAM28
The Essential Collection Vol 1: The Solo Years 1987Transatlantic TRACD603
The Essential Collection Vol 2: The Moon Shines Bright1987 TransatlanticTRACD605
Folk Blues of John Renbourn 1988Demon TRANDEM2
Essential John Renbourn1992 TrandenTRANCD10 
After The Dance: Historic Collaborations (*) 1994 Shanachie 
So Clear1997 Snapper MusicSMD CD 152
Definitive Transatlantic Collection1998 EssentialESMCD569 
Heritage2001 EMI Plus724357628822
Nobody's Fault But Mine: An Anthology (2 CDs) 2006Castle 
[Reissue] 2008Sanctuary 
Down on the Barge2000 Delta47 042
The Best of John Renbourn2008 Sanctuary 

(* Jansch and Renbourn)

Compilations - Stefan Grossman and John Renbourn.

Keeper of the Vine (*)1982 Shanachie97028
Snap a Little Owl (**)1997 Shanachie97003 

(*) Selected tracks from "Stefan Grossman and John Renbourn" and from "Under The Volcano"
(**) Selected tracks from "Stefan Grossman and John Renbourn" and from "Under The Volcano" - this is a different selection from the ones chosen on "Keeper of the Vine"

Live Albums.

Live in America (*) 1983Flying Fish FF 103CD
[Reissue]2008 Sanctuary 
Live ... In Concert (**)1984Spin  
Live In Italy (? recorded c 1989)2006 CastleCMRCD1326
(*) The John Renbourn Group.
(**) John Renbourn and Stefan Grossman.

Best albums(*).

Sir John A Lot Of Merry England1968
Maid in Bedlam1977
Heads and Tails1973
The Lady and The Unicorn1970
Enchanted Garden1980
The Black Balloon1979

(*)Based on critical opinion.

Anthology - Davey Graham, Martin Simpson, Richard Royal Baker (*), John Renbourn and Stefan Grossman.

Music of Ireland: Jigs, Reels, Hornpipes and Marches1979  
[Reissued as "Music of Ireland Airs Jigs Reels Hornpipes and Marches"] 2005Shanachie 
(* Richard Royal Baker is Duck Baker)

Anthology - John Renbourn, Anne Briggs, Martin Simpson, Shirley and Dolly Collins, Ewan MacColl, Kate Rusby, Andrew Cronshaw, Mr Fox, Waterson Carthy et al.

The Beginners Guide to English Folk (3 CDs) 2009NascenteNASBOX040 
(* Richard Royal Baker is Duck Baker)


Rare Performances 1965 - 19952004 
In Concert2004 
The Art of Fingerstyle Guitar (*)2004 
Celtic Melodies and Open Tunings taught by John Renbourne2005 
Flok, Blues and Beyond taught by John Renbourne 2005 
Live in Italy (**)2006 
John Renbourn and Stefan Grossman (***) 2007 
(* John Renbourn, Martin Carthy, Stefan Grossman and Bob Brozman)
(** Recorded 1987)
(*** Recorded 1982)

Popular downloads.

Sweet Potato
Lady Goes To Church
The Earle of Salisbury
The Trees They Do Grow High
The Lady and the Unicorn
The Cuckoo
Down on the Barge

Last updated 22/09/2010