Bert Jansch: The Black Swan

You’ll have to leave normal Pop/Rock aisles of HMV and stroll over to the Folk section to locate this little gem. My attention was first drawn to Bert Jansch about 25 years ago when I first got into Led Zeppelin and learnt that “Black Mountain” side on the first Zeppelin album was a reworking of some classic Bert Jansch. Echoes of that same style can still be heard on this new offering off mellow acoustic bliss. Bert must have had a fairly high profile year (by his standards), as I spotted him at one of last summers music festivals in North Devon on one of those steamy hot days back in June. Great for your middle class dinner parties, and in case anyone asks, it’s Beth Orton on vocals on those tracks.