Bert Jansch is a Scottish folk musician and founding member of the band Pentangle. He has recorded at least 25 albums and has toured extensively starting in the 1960s and continuing into the 21st century. In 2007, Jansch featured on Babyshambles' second album Shotter's Nation, playing acoustic guitar in the closer, Lost Art of Murder. Doherty and Jansch have also played several live sets together, including "An Evening with Pete Doherty" at The Hackney Empire, London in 2007. He later commented on the Hackney Empire performance saying, "The place was packed, and these young kids knew every single word. Literally. It was exactly like a folk club. Then when Carl Barat got up, that was just wild. To me, it was like music hall."
In 2006, Jansch's track 'Needle Of Death' featured on Back to the Bus, an album released by Babyshambles, including songs by their favorite artists. Jansch also played guitar when Doherty performed 'Needle of Death' at the 2007 Hackney Empire gig. Jansch has said that he finds it "depressing" to perform the song, however, as it was written for a friend who died of a heroin overdose.
Full nameBert Jansch