Needle of Death

played by Jay Ansill and Sung by Anne Hills, for Bert Jansch

Recorded in Bucks County, Philadelphia
May 2022

Jay says: “One of the first ‘folkie’ concerts I saw was Bert at the Music Academy in Philadelphia. It was one of the things that made me want to be a musician. A few years ago, I recorded this song with the singer Anne Hills for a compilation CD to mark the anniversary of Appleseed Records. I think it is a beautifully written and evocative, haunting and important song and I love the way Anne sings it, so I invited her to sing it for this video.”

“My first exposure to ‘folk music’ came via my interest in the Incredible String Band. Through them I found my way to John Renbourn, Martin Carthy and of course Bert Jansch. In the 90s I worked for Robin Williamson as his east coast tour manager/driver and we crossed paths with Bert a number of times and I got to spend some time with him.”

Origami, Jay’s first album for Flying Fish Records, was voted Best Folk Album by the Philadelphia Music Foundation. Jay’s highly acclaimed selection of settings of poetry by Robert Graves, A Lost World has taken him to the UK and Spain for performances. His work has been performed by the Maryland Symphony and the Southwest Michigan Symphony, as well as several string quartets. His original music for theater has been nominated for several awards.