September 14, 2006 10:08

Stars sign up for Bert Jansch album

Beth Orton is among the artists on 'The Black Swan'

Stars sign up for Bert Jansch album
Devandra Banhart and Beth Orton have all contributed to folk singer Bert Jansch's new LP.

The pair, plus Philadelphia folk group Espers, all make guest appearances on the singer's forthcoming 23rd album 'The Black Swan'.

Speaking about the collaborations, Jansch told Billboard: "Beth and I struck up a relationship and she wanted to play with me, which was great. But since it's my album, I did most of the writing. She did introduce me to the song 'Katie Cruel' though. I really think that one gels well."

Jansch was also introduced to Banhart at a gig in London, and through subsequent billings, they also forged a relationship.

He added: "We got to know each other really well at All Tomorrow's Parties. The American approach to folk these days is still very new to me. But I like it and got most of his [Banhart's] band on the album."

Jansch's 12-track album was recorded over a period of three years.

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