Avocet (album)

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Studio album by Bert Jansch
Released February 1979 in UK; 1978 in Denmark
Recorded February 1978 at Sweet Silence Studios, Copenhagen
Genre Folk
Length 37:06
Label Charisma
Earth Recordings (2016 reissue)
Producer Bert Jansch
Bert Jansch chronology
A Rare Conundrum
(1977)A Rare Conundrum1977
Thirteen Down
(1980)Thirteen Down1980
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]

Avocet is the twelfth album by Scottish folk musician Bert Jansch, released in 1979 in UK. The album was first released by Ex Libris in Denmark in late 1978 with alternate album cover and one alternate track title, although no difference in recorded content. The title track "Avocet" was inspired by the traditional song "The Cuckoo". All tracks on the album are named after a sea bird or wading bird.[2]

On 5 February 2016, Earth Recordings reissued the album (remastered by Brian Pyle, with new sleeve art) in digital, CD, and vinyl formats; the latter available in an 'art edition' which included six lithograph prints of illustrations of each of the birds on the album, made by Hannah Alice.[3]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks composed by Bert Jansch; except where indicated

  • (All the tracks on this album are instrumentals)
  1. "Avocet" - 17:59
  2. "Lapwing" - 1:33
  3. "Bittern" - 7:49
  4. "Kingfisher" - 3:44
  5. "Osprey" (Martin Jenkins) - 3:14
  6. "Kittiwake" - 2:47



  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ "Bert Jansch website". Archived from the original on 5 December 2008. Retrieved 2008-11-25. 
  3. ^ "Avocet". Bandcamp. Retrieved 21 July 2016.