Ian Rankin to compere Bert Inspired 2017 show in Edinburgh

25 July 2017

Celebrated author joins the musical cast to pay tribute to Bert Jansch's distinguished career at special concert as part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Edinburgh’s award-winning novelist, Ian Rankin, will be the special guest compere for the Bert Inspired - a Tribute to Bert Jansch show, in the city where Bert grew up. Rankin has long-held a deep affection for Jansch’s music; which has even permeated one of his celebrated Jack Rebus series of novels. He says "As a long-time fan of Bert's - I last saw him play live on the stage of the Queen's Hall - it's an honour to be involved in what promises to be a remarkable concert."

Ian Rankin will be introducing the artists paying musical tribute to Bert’s long and varied career: Pentangle’s singer, Jacqui McShee, Bernard Butler, Ben Watt, Karine Polwart, Alasdair Roberts and Archie Fisher. He will also reveal how Jansch’s deep blues and folk has inspired him personally.

Bert Inspired - a Tribute to Bert Jansch, Queens Hall, 85-89 Clerk Street, Edinburgh EH8 9JG Monday 21 August, doors, 19:30, show 20:00 Queens Hall Box office 0131 668 2019 or EdFringe box office 0131 226 0000

Bert Inspired 2017 follows sold-out tributes to Bert in London in 2013 (broadcast on BBC4), and at Celtic Connections in 2016. “The ambiguity in the simple two-word title for these concerts staged by the Bert Jansch Foundation is entirely deliberate. Of course the artists who make up the varied bill acknowledge the influence of Jansch on their own music, but equally they explore the music that he drew upon.” – The Herald, 2016 ★★★★