Bert Jansch (born 1943)

Scots acoustic guitarist and singer, playing songs and instrumentals, both traditional and contemporary. Also influenced by blues and jazz.

(Bert has also recorded with Pentangle and Donovan)


Young Man Blues: Live In Glasgow 1962-64 (*)1964Big BeatCDWIKD 182
[Reissue]1998 Chiswick 
Bert Jansch1965TransatlanticTRA 125
[Reissue]1980TransatlanticTRS 117
[Reissue]1988Transatlantic/ DemonTRANDEM1
[Reissue] (CD)2001CastleCMRCD 204
[Reissue] (Vinyl)2003  
It Don't Bother Me1965TransatlanticTRA 132
[Reissue as "Early Bert"]1976XtraXTRA 1163
[Reissue]1993Transatlantic/DemonTDEMCD 304
[Reissue]2001 Castle 
Jack Orion1966TransatlanticTRA 143
[Reissue]1970 VanguardVSD-6544
[Reissue as "Early Bert vol 2"]1976XtraXTRA 1164
[Reissue]1991 VanguardVMD 6544
[Reissue] (CD)2001CastleCMRCD 304
[Reissue] (Vinyl)2003 Earmark42007
Nicola1967TransatlanticTRA 157
[Reissue as "Early Bert vol 3"]1976XtraXTRA 1165
[Reissue]2002 Castle 
Birthday Blues1969TransatlanticTRA 179
[Reissue]2001 Castle 
Rosemary Lane1971 TransatlanticTRA 235
[Reissued as "Early Bert vol 4"]1977XtraXTRA 1170
[Reissue]1971  RepriseRS 6455
[Reissue]1994Transatlantic/LineTACD 9.007840
[Reissue]1998Wooded HillHILLCD 2
[Reissue]2001 Earmark42018
Moonshine1973 RepriseK44225
[Reissue]2001 Castle 
LA Turnaround (Vinyl)1974 CharismaCAS 1090 
[Reissued with bonus tracks] (CD) (**) 2009 EMICASDX1090
[Reissued] (Vinyl)2009 Drag CityDC413
Santa Barbara Honeymoon1975 CharismaCAS 1107 
[Reissue]2009 EMI5099996486429
Poor Mouth1976 ExlibrisEXL 20011
A Rare Conundrum1977 Kicking Mule302 
[Reissue]1977 CharismaCAS 1127
[Reissue] (CD)2009 EMI5099996486528
[Reissue] (Vinyl)2009 Drag CityDC415
Avocet1979 Ex LibrisEXL30.005 
[Reissue]1979 CharismaClass 6
[Reissue] 1980Kicking Mule KM310
[Reissue]2003 CastleCMQCD763
Heartbreak1982 LogoGOL 1035 
From The Outside1985 KonnexionKOMA 788006 
[Reissue]1993 Hypertension8
[Reissue]2001 Castle 
Strolling Down The Highway1986  
Leather Launderette1988 Black CrowCRO 218 
The Ornament Tree1990 Run RiverRRA 0012 
Sketches1990 TempleTP 035 
[Reissue]2007 Temple 
When the Circus Comes To Town1995 Cooking VinylCOOK CD 092 
[Reissue]2000 Cooking Vinyl 
Live At The Twelve Bar1996 Jansch RecordsBJCD002 
Toy Balloon1998 Cooking VinylCOOK CD 139 
Crimson Moon2000 When! (Castle Communications) WENCD211 
Edge of A Dream2002SanctuarySANCD136
Black Swan2006SanctuarySANCD430
[Reissue]2006 Drag CityDC325

(* released 1998)
(** This is an ECD - Enhanced CD, with 13 minutes of video)

Multi-volume Albums.

Title Year. Label. number.
Bert Jansch/ It Don't Bother Me1996 Essential?

Live Albums.

Radio 1 Live In Concert (1980 - 82)1993 WindsongWINCD 039
Live at the Foret1980 Nippon ColumbiaYX7273AK
Radio 1 Live In Concert (1980 - 82)1993 WindsongWINCD 039
Live in Australia2001 Castle 
As Sweet As a Sunday Morning (*) 2007Mooncrest?
The River Sessions (**)2007 River 

(* Live concert 2006)
(** Live at City Hall Glasgow, 1974)

Collaboration - Bert Jansch and John Renbourn.

Bert and John1966TransatlanticTRA 144
[Reissue]2001 Castle 

Collaboration - John Renbourn and Bert Jansch.

After The Dance1992  

Collaboration - Bert Jansch and Conundrum.

Thirteen Down1980 SonetSNKF 162 

Collaboration - Loren Auerbach and Bert Jansch.

After the Long Night2002 Castle?

Various artists - Bert Jansch, Dougie McLean, Cara Dillon, Roy Harper, Steve Ashley, Gordon Giltrap, Andy Irvine and Fairport Convention.

Title. year. Label. No.
The Wildlife Album 2005 Market Square   

Various artists - Bert Jansch, Richard Thompson, Anne Briggs, Liam O'Flynn and Karine Polwart.

Title. year. Label. No.
The Wildlife Album vol 2 [Live in Hope] 2006    

Anthology - Dave Mattacks, Dave Pegg, Chris Leslie, Phil Beer, Rick Sanders, Bert Jansch.

Title. year. Label. no
Master Craftsman 2002    

Anthology - Various artists including Bert Jansch, Rod Clements, Dick Gaughan, Ray Jackson et al.

Woody Lives (A Tribute to Woody Guthrie) 1987Black Crow CRO 127


Lucky Thirteen1966VanguardVSD 97212
Stepping Stones1969VanguardVMD 6506
The Bert Jansch Sampler1969 Transatlantic 
Box Of Love - Bert Jansch Sampler Vol 21972 Transatlantic 
Anthology1978TransatlanticMTRA 2007
Best Of Bert Jansch1980TransatlanticTRA 333
Essential Collection vol 11987  
Essential Collection vol 21987   
Best of Bert Jansch1992ShanachieSHANCD 99004
Gardener: Essential 1965-19711992 Transatlantic/DemonTDEMCD 9
Blackwater Side1998  
Dazzling Stranger: Anthology2000 Castle 
Downunder: Live in Australia2001 CastleCMRCD022 
An Introduction to Bert Jansch2002  
The Collection1995 Castle 
Running For Home2003  
Legend: The Classic Recordings 2003Metro 

Tribute album - various artists.

Title. year. Label. Number.
People on the Highway: A Bert Jansch Encomion 2000    
[Reissue]2007 Market Square 

Best Albums(*).

Bert Jansch 1965
Jack Orion1966
Rosemary Lane 1971
Dazzling Stranger: Anthology 2000
Birthday Blues 1969

(*)Based on critical opinion.


Title. year. Label. Number
Needle of Death (EP) 1966 TransatlanticTRA EP 145
Life Depends on Love/ A Little Sweet Sunshine 1967 TransatlanticBIG 102
Oh My Father/ The First time Ever I Saw Your Face 1973 RepriseK44234
In the Bleak Midwinter/ One For Jo 1974 CharismaCB240
Dance Lady Dance/ Build Another Band 1975 CharismaCD 267
Black Birds of Britanny1978 StreetsongStreetsong 1
Time and Time/ Una Linea Di Dolcezza 1980 SonetSOK44
[Reissue]1980 Kicking MuleSCK44
Heartbreak Hotel/ Up To The Stars 1982 LogoGO 409
On the Edge of a Dream/ Up To The Stars 1982Sanctuary SANXD185


Title year. Label.
As Sweet As a Sunday Morning (*)2007  
(* Live concert 2006)

Popular downloads.

Needle of Death
In The Bleak Midwinter
Blackwater Side
A Woman Like You
Courting Blues
The Black Swan
Strolling Down the Highway
Alice's Wonderland

Album tracks.

Edge of a Dream Running time: 40 minutes 49 seconds. Recorded and released in 2002. Bert Jansch (vocal, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, bass guitar), Bernard Butler (electric guitar on 1 and 5, keyboards on 8), Adam Jansch (bass guitar on 1 and 9), Makoto Sakamoto (drums on 1 and 3), Hope Sandoval (vocals on 2), Colm O'Ciosoig (drums on 2), Dave Swarbrick (violin on 4 and 7), Johnny 'Guitar' Hodge (Spanish guitar on 5),  Loren Jansch (vocals on 9), Paul Wassif (slide guitar on 10), Ralph McTell (harmonica on 11). Produced, engineered and mixed by Bert Jansch. Adam Jansch is the son of Bert Jansch. The liner notes give the words to all the songs. "Gypsy Dave" is dedicated to Dave Swarbrick.



1. On the Edge of a Dream Bert Jansch
2. All this Remains Jansch/ Hope Sandoval
3. What is On Your Mind Bert Jansch
4. Sweet Death Bert Jansch
5. I Cannot Keep From Crying Trad
6. La Luna Johnny 'Guitar' Hodges
7. Gypsy Dave (instr) Bert Jansch
8. Walking this Road Bert Jansch
9. The Quiet Joys of Brotherhood Trad
10. Black Cat Blues (instr) Bert Jansch
11. Bright Sunny Morning Bert Jansch


Last updated on 08/12/2010