THIS IS AN INTEGRATED SITE CONTAINING DISCOGRAPHY AND SOME LYRICS FOR ABOUT
  20 FOLK SINGERS, MANY OF WHOM NO LONGER PERFORM. TO SEE THE SINGER LIST, CLICK
  ON The Singers IN THE MENU (LEFT-HAND) PANEL.
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~ 2005 The Penguin Eggs album is now 25 years old ~

 
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Master of folk guitar, fiddle, and the long ballad. Nic Jones was part of the folk revival in Britain in the 1970s. The Mudcat forum thread entitled "Celtic Music/Dave Bulmer saga: Pt 2 " will probably tell you all you need to know about the missing CDs (Vinyl albums that never made it to CD) but I'm glad to hear that as of May 2005 www.musikfolk.com are selling Ballads And Songs and Nic Jones on CD format.

Additionally, CDs of archive material ( In Search Of, Unearthed and Game, Set, Match ) are available. There is a wealth of information about Nic Jones in FOLK ROOTS MAGAZINE, (now called fROOTS) issue number 190 (April 1999). For information on fROOTS, see their web site. Back copies of the magazine can be ordered via the web site, but now that Nic has his own official website you'll probably find identical or similar material there.

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WHERE TO GET INFORMATION
Nic Jones Official Site where you get it all from the horse's mouth ~ Biography, CD ordering details, etc
Wikipedia entry for Nic Jones
The Living Tradition SiteExplanation and review of In Search of Nic Jones by Pete Heywood
Article about Nic Jones and his playing style by colleague Mike Raven (June 97)
BBC Radio 2 Site in which the Artist Database is of primary interest and the entry for Nic Jones is here
Phil Beer's Site Update about Nic by colleague Phil Beer
Slipcue Site This is a large world-music site, with a 'celtic' section. Some wonderful words about Nic's albums, and also Anne Briggs, Shirley/Dolly Collins and Peter Bellamy.
You Tube search on Nic Jones. Currently there is a clip of Nic Jones singing, and also examples of playing guitar in Nic's style (see here).

And still upon this site
Page 2 — Sleeve notes for Ballads & Songs
Page 3 — Availability of tablature
Page 4 — Note on Mad Tom of Bedlam
Page 5 — Sleeve notes for Unearthed
Page 6 — discussion threads from the Digital Tradition at The Mudcat Cafe

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Nic has his own Official Web Page now. Please refer to it for album availability and ordering details, and for extensive biography on Nic Jones the singer, reviews, gallery, news etc.

The Official Website is at www.nicjones.net

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See also
 
SIDMOUTH 2010

On 5th August some dozen folk singers paid homage to Nic, who was present, in what proved to be one of the high spots of the folk week ~ a concert celebrating the legendary singer and guitaris's influence on the UK folk scene. Between 750 and 1000 folkies queued in the Sidmouth sun to hear the musicians perform their choice of a Nic Jones' song, and of course to see Nic himself. The concert fired off with a standing ovation for the honoured guest.

Musicians:~ Martin Simpson, Pete Coe, Chris Coe, Jim Moray, Jackie Oats, Belinda O'Hooley, Faustus, Nancy Kerr, James Fagan, Jon Boden, Chris Wood and Sam Carter.

You'll notice that apart fron the late Tony Rose, the Bandoggs line-up was all present and the whole assemblege sang a few Bandoggs songs. There are two spendid reviews from the Guardian newspaper concerning Nic's involvement here and here.

Albums
GAME SET MATCH
(archive material)
2006 Topic TSCD566; CD




01  1924 Bonny Light Horseman
02  2535 Seven Yellow Gypsies *
03  1326 Flanders Shore
04  xxxx Rufford Park Poachers*
05  xxxx Jolly Bold Robber
06  xxxx Clyde Water*
07  xxxx Billy Don't You Weep For Me *
08  xxxx Demon Lover
09  xxxx Master Kilby *
10  xxxx Banks of Fordie *
11  xxxx Hamburger Polka
12  xxxx Isle of France *
13  xxxx Dives and Lazarus *
14  xxxx Ploughman Lads *
15  xxxx Lakes of Shillin *
Click song for more details — KEY : T = lyrics transcribed from album : C = Child ballad
Asterisk * indicates the song is on one of Nic's other albums.

Another helping of live performances from Nic, playing in the late 1970s.

The album is available by post from Mollie Music.

 

 

NIC JONES UNEARTHED
(archive material)
2001 Mollie   CD










 
DISC ONE
01  1924 The Jukebox As She Turned
02  2535 Bonny George Campbell
03  1326 Roxburgh Castle (instrumental)
04  xxxx Boots of Spanish Leather
05  xxxx Warlike Lads of Russia
06  xxxx Prickly Bush
07  xxxx Captain Glen *
08  xxxx Billy Don't You Weep For Me *
09  xxxx Fare Thee Well My Dearest Dear
10  xxxx Plains of Boyle (instrumental)
11  xxxx Icarus
12  xxxx Rufford Park Poachers *
13  xxxx Oh Dear, Rue The Day
14  xxxx Love Will You Marry Me (instrumental)
15  xxxx On A Monday Morning
16  xxxx Yarmouth Town
17  xxxx Master Kilby * *
 
DISC TWO
01  xxxx Jimmy Allen (instrumental)
02  xxxx William of Winesbury
03  xxxx Nine Times A Night
04  xxxx Annachie Gordon *
05  xxxx Taoist Tale
06  xxxx Rapunzel
07  xxxx Clyde Water* *
08  xxxx Hamburger Polka (instrumental)
09  xxxx Barbara Ellen
10  xxxx Wanton Seed *
11  xxxx Sonny Brogan's Mazurka (instrumental)
12  xxxx Dives and Lazarus *
13  xxxx I'm Going In A Field
14  xxxx Ten Thousand Miles *
Click song for more details — KEY : T = lyrics transcribed from album : C = Child ballad
Asterisk * indicates the song is on one of Nic's other albums.

Archive material collected from taped performances, private sessions and radio. This double album gives us a huge helping of Nic Jones' work. It is almost unfair to select individual tracks for special mention, but for those of you with worn-out vinyls albums there is Annachie Gordon, Master Kilby and Ten Thousand Miles now at CD quality.
Clyde Water, although available on the Penguin Eggs CD, is a great live performance with a guitar accompaniment (rather than the fiddle/recorder accompamiment of the Penguin Eggs version).

The album is available by post from Mollie Music.

An internet review here.
The album notes are reproduced (on this site) here.

 

273 IN SEARCH OF NIC JONES
(archive material)
1998 Mollie   CD


01  1924 Seven Gypsies *
02  2535 Texas Girl At The Funeral Of Her Father
03  1326 Lord Franklin
04  2131 Swimming Song
05  2536 Ploughman Lads *
06  2537 Ruins By The Shore
07  2538 On Board The Kangaroo
08  0000 Hardiman The Fiddler (instr)
09  2540 Green To Grey
10  1845 Rose Of Allendale
11  2541 Teddy Bears Picnic (instr)
12  2542 Thanksgiving
Click song for more details — KEY : T = lyrics transcribed from album : C = Child ballad
Archive material collected from BBC's "Folk on Two", and from taped performances and private sessions. Extensive notes by Dave Emery, contemporary of Nic Jones. A message from Nic himself, in which he relates how the tapes were rescued at the eleventh hour from being recorded over! Generous sleeve notes for the songs, too. Unfair to single out one track of course, but The Rose of Allendale is beautiful. The album is available by post from Mollie Music.
A review from Folk Tales by Chuck Lipsig is here.

 

079 PENGUIN EGGS
(Fifth solo album)
1980
1991
Topic
Topic
12TS411
TSCD411
CD


01  0382 Canadee I O §
02  0644 The Drowned Lovers
03  1015 The Humpback Whale §
04  1296 The Little Pot Stove
05  0509 Courting Is A Pleasure
06  0179 Barrack Street
07  1707 Planxty Davis (instr)
08  0759 The Flandyke Shore §
09  0701 Farewell To the Gold
Click song for more details — KEY : T = lyrics transcribed from album : C = Child ballad
Melodeon (Tony Hall) and recorder (Bridget Danby) ring the changes, but the over-riding impression from this album is the guitar playing which has developed into such a distinctive style. Generally regarded as Nic's finest work.

"It may be the best British acoustic folk album ever made" Stuart Maconie, BBC Radio 2 (about Penguin Eggs)

This album represents Nic Jones' last recording - he was injured in a car crash and he had to retire from active participation in the folk scene.

 

LP FROM THE DEVIL A STRANGER
(Fourth solo album)
1978 Trailer LTRA507 LP


01  1971 The Singers Request §
02  2012 Some Say the Devil's Dead (instr)
03  0220 Billy Dont You Weep For Me* §
04  2455 William Glen §
05  0249 The Blind Harper
06  1294 The Little Heathy Hill (instr)
07  0712 Far From Home (instr)
08  1413 Master Kilby §
09  1233 The Lakes of Shilin *
10  1539 Newport Street
11  0895 The Green Mossy Banks of the Lee
12  1539Singer's Request
Click song for more details — KEY : T = lyrics transcribed from album : C = Child ballad
Tunings:

Billy don't you weep for me  D G D G Bb D
William Glen  C G C G C C
Little Heathy Hill D G D G B D

Another collection of interesting traditional material. Helen Watson adds piano accompaniments.  After 20 years I've only just noticed how similar Far From Home is to Some Say The Devil's Dead.....

 

LP NOAH'S ARK TRAP
(Third solo album)
1977 Trailer LER2091 LP


01  2329 The Wanton Seed
02  1135 Jackie Tar (instr)
03  2158 Ten Thousand Miles
04  0864 The Golden Glove §
05  1106 The Indian Lass
06  1437 Miles Weatherhill
07  1116 Isle of France §
08  0521 Crockery Ware
09  0082 Annachie Gordon §
Click song for more details — KEY : T = lyrics transcribed from album : C = Child ballad
A six-year wait for the third solo album brought us less well-known songs, beautifully played and without breaks between the tracks. But no sleeve notes unfortunately. Helen Watson plays harmonium on The Indian Lass and Chris Coe plays bodhran on Miles Weatherhill (the latter track has a long instrumental fade-out; Crockery Ware has a long instrumental fade-in).

Many rate this album equal-first with Penguin Eggs and this is my view.  Of course it has Ten Thousand Miles, the version that showed everyone how to arrange and sing this simple short song.  The slow ballads Isle of France and Annachie Gordon are superb.  As a set piece, the album is technically excellent, possibly giving it the edge over Penguins, but since we're all listening to scratchy vinyl copies (or worse, not listening to it at all) it is naturally eclipsed by the CD quality of Penguins

 

LP NIC JONES
(Second solo album)
1971 Trailer LER2027 LP


01  1245 The Lass of London City
02  1523 Napoleons Lamentation
03  0298 The Bonny Bunch of Roses §
04  0666 Edward §
05  1643 The Outlandish Knight V2
06  2453 William and Nancys Parting §
07  1325 Lord Bateman
08  0541 Dance To Your Daddy
09  2278 The Two Brothers
10  0159 Banks of Green Willow
Click song for more details — KEY : T = lyrics transcribed from album : C = Child ballad
Tunings:

William and Nancy's Parting  D G D G A D  open G with 2nd to A
Dance to your Daddy  D A D G A D  open D with 3rd to G

Very much a continuation of the themes of the previous year's album, and with the same detail of sleeve notes. I prefer the version of The Outlandish Knight that Nic gives us on this album.

 

LP BALLADS AND SONGS
(First solo album)
1970 Trailer LER2014 LP


01  1979 Sir Patrick Spens
02  0366 The Butcher and the Tailors Wife
03  0650 The Duke of Marlborough
04  0083 Annan Water §
05  1559 The Noble Lord Hawkins
06  0623 Dont You Be Foolish Pray
07  1643 The Outlandish Knight V1
08  1811 Reynard the Fox
09  1417 Little Musgrave §
Click song for more details — KEY : T = lyrics transcribed from album : C = Child ballad
Tunings:

Sir Patrick Spens   D A D E A E
The Butcher and the Tailor's Wife  D A D G B E  6th to D
Annan Water  D G D G B D open G

This first solo album seems to set the tone for Nic Jones' five album set. The intricate guitar work is immediately apparent, while the forceful singing drives the long ballads at a pace which demands the listener's full attention. Somber, perhaps, but never repetitious.

Album introductory notes by Dave and Toni Arthur

The song notes are by Nic Jones :

Three very common ballads are included on this record: Sir Patric Spens, The outlandish knight and Musgrave. All three are well-known to anyone with a knowledge of balladry, as they are well represented in most ballad collections.

The tune of Sir Patric Spens is basically that which appears in Christie's Traditional Ballad Airs, a collection well worth working through for anyone after some good tunes. The melody for The outlandish knight is from Cecil Sharp's published collection of English Folk Songs. Musgrave's tune is more a creation of my own than anything else, although the bulk of it is based on an American variant of the same ballad, entitled, Little Matty Groves.

Annan Water is not such a well-known ballad. I have altered and simplified it considerably. The original verses may be found tucked inconspicuously away in an appendix of volume 4 of the Child Ballads. The tune used is an adaption of The brisk young lively lad, found in The Folk Song Journals. In addition to The outlandish knight, Cecil Sharp also very kindly supplied me, through the aid of his book, with The Duke of Marlborough. Versions of this have been collected in Lincolnshire, Sussex, Norfolk and Somerset, all having probably derived from a printed broadside copy. The tune used here is the only major one collected, and very fine it is too.

The printed broadsides are often accused of stunting the growth of folk-songs and of solidifying the words by submitting them to print. True as this is in many cases, they also created and diffused a great many songs which possess a deal of charm in themselves. Don't you be foolish pray is a good example of this, probably created by a townsman with his idealised view of rural life. In many instances, songs such as this appealed very strongly to the country singers and were allotted high positions in their repertoires.

Another song that I obtained from a broadside is The butcher and the tailor's wife. The poor tailor is subjected to a multitude of indignities throughout a great many songs, for examples, The tailor's breeches, Benjamin Bowmaneer, The tailor and the louse and The bold trooper. Here we pour ridicule on him yet again.

One interesting factor which has contributed to the development of folksongs throughout the years has been the desire of singers to localize their songs. Where a town is mentioned, or a person, a public house or even a regiment, local names will be used. Witness The white cockade, Dido Bendigo, Uncle Tom Cobleigh and The rambling soldier. It seems highly probable that this has occurred in the case of Bold Reynard the fox where Jerry Balsam, farmer (Simon) Stewart and the Dolphin are names used to fit the song to a particular area. The tune used in this song is not the one usually given with the words. It is a dance tune called May day morning, sung by a blind man on the Isle of Man named Tom Kermode.

Noble Lord Hawkins may have been the result of another bout of name-adaption. He appears to have existed at one time as Sir Arthur in Sir Arthur and charming Mollee, the story being more or less the same. Noble Lord Hawkins was collected by H. E. D. Hammond from Mr. R. Barrett of Piddleton and it was printed in the Folk Song Journals where I found it.

 

Other Albums

LP BANDOGGS
with Tony Rose, Chris & Pete Coe
1978 Trailer LTRA504 LP


01  2136 Tailor in the Tea Chest
02  0114 Astleys Ride
03  2295 Up and Away
04  1845 The Rose of Allandale
05  0984 Hind Horn
06  0966 Herrings Head
07  1887 Salmon Tails Up the Water
08  1292 Little Fishes
09  1220 Ladies Dont Go A-thieving
10  0832 Geordie
11  0636 Dragoon and the Lady
12  2007 Soldier Soldier
13  0020 Adam Was A Poacher
14  0931 Hares in the Old Plantation
15  1020 Hunt the Hare
Click song for more details — KEY : T = lyrics transcribed from album : C = Child ballad
Very early project and very-well liked by the lucky few who have this vinyl album.
 

 
LP THE HALLIARD
The Halliard with Jon Raven
1968
1997
Broadside
Mike Raven
BR0106
MR77
CD




01  0376 Calico Printer's Clerk
02  2292 Unquiet Grave
03  1220 Ladies Don't Go A-thieving
04  0000 Midsummer Fair (instr)
05  2221 To the Weavers Gin Ye
06  1318 Long Lankin
07  0860 Going For A Soldier Jenny (Vocal Nic Jones)
08  2487 Workhouse Boy (Vocal Nic Jones)
09  1860 Row Bullies Row
10  1237 Lancashire Lads (Nic Jones fiddle, Tony Rose concertina)
11  0008 A Thousand Miles Away
12  1336 Love and Murder
13  1249 Last Farewell
14  1168 Jolly Joe
15  1781 Rambling Sailor
Click song for more details — KEY : T = lyrics transcribed from album : C = Child ballad

Mike Raven, Nic Jones, 1997, from Halliard-CD booklet

The Halliard may be purchased directly from Mike Raven :
Michael Raven,
Yew Tree Cottage,
Jug Bank,
Ashley,
Market Drayton,
Shropshire TF9 4NJ
United Kingdom
Tel: +44 1630 672304

This re-issue is a fine album, and the CD is excellent value since it includes the 14-tracks of The Jolly Machine, these being a collection of social folk songs from the industrial West Midlands, collected by Mike Raven.  The CD has extensive sleeve notes.

The Halliard were Dave Moran, Nic Jones and Nigel Pattison.  On this, their second album, they were joined by Jon Raven. We have Michael Raven to thank for the re-issue of this 1968 recording, the original vinyl was produced in limited quantity to be sold on their farewell tour.

The Black Country Three were Jon Raven, Mike Raven and Derek Craft.

 

LP FIELDVOLE MUSIC (Tony Hall)
(Nic plays guitar and fiddle on this
rare accordion album)
1976 Free Reed FRR012 LP




01  0000 Tripping Upstairs (instr)
02  0000 Wooden Ended Reel (instr)
03  0000 Trumpet Hornpipe (instr)
04  0992 Holmfirth Anthem
05  0000 Banks of the Seine (instr)
06  0073 Andrew Rose
07  0000 Gerrys Slow Tune (instr)
08  1933 Shallow Brown
09  0167 Bantry Bay
10  0000 Peeler Creek (instr)
11  2254 Trim Rig Doxie
12  0000 Bottom of the Punchbowl (instr)
13  0000 Weavers March the Quaker (instr)
14  1853 Rounding of Cape Horn
15  0000 Major Minor Tune (instr)
16  1183 Just As the Tide Was Flowing
17  0000 Wind That Shakes the Barley (instr)
Click song for more details — KEY : T = lyrics transcribed from album : C = Child ballad
An interesting album this, put together shortly after the Silly Sisters tour, on which Andy Irvine, Nic Jones and Johnny Moyniham were the instrumentalists. Nic and Johnny, together with Keith Pearshouse and Ian McCoy, accompany Tony Hall on this album.

" Tony is a master of the melodeon, his live performances, like his albums, are rare treats to be savoured.  Incidentally, his latest CD, 'Mr Universe', the first for a mere 25 years, is now available! He started playing in Beccles, Suffolk when he was 11, but that he had to teach himself because there was no-one else around familiar with the melodeon.  He has since performed with Nic Jones on 'Penguin Eggs', Maddy Prior and June Tabor, The Kipper Family and Peter Bellamy" — from St. Neots Folk Club, announcing a gig by Tony Hall.

 

LP SONGS OF A CHANGING WORLD
(Jon Raven, Tony Rose, Nic Jones)
1973 Trailer LER2083 LP


01  1848 The Rosemary (sung by MR)
02  2357 Wedgefields Wakes (sung by MR)
03  2246 Travelling People (sung by MR)
04  0137 The Bad Squire (sung by MR)
05  0000 The Lancashire Lads (sung by MR)
06  2435 Wife For Sale (sung by TR)
07  1735 Poverty Knock (sung by MR)
08  0902 The Grinders (sung by MR)
09  0986 Hold the Fort (sung by MR)
10  1518 The Nailmakers Strike (sung by NJ)
11  1168 Jolly Joe the Colliers Son (sung by TR)
12  2502 You Wont Get Me Down Your Mine (sung by NJ)
13  0246 The Blantyre Explosion (sung by MR)
Click song for more details — KEY : T = lyrics transcribed from album : C = Child ballad
This is an album of working songs, similar to those produced by Bert Lloyd and Ian McColl. Extensive notes came with the LP

Other appearances:

The Irish in Me (SOC1058 1967), of which "they do not like to be reminded".  In fact, it isn't bad - sounds similar to early Dubliners (but I have no ear for Irish music) but the sleeve notes would make anybody cringe.

Seven Drunken Nights / Courtin' In The Kitchen / Liverpool Lou / The Zoological Gardens / The Merry Ploughboy / Spanish Lady / The Wild Mountain Thyme / The Black Velvet Band / The Minstrel Boy (instrumental) / Kerry Recruit / Mountain Dew / Wild Rover / Lowlands Low / The Croppy Boy

The Bonny Banks of Fordie *
(Child 14) : BALLADS, Fellside FECD110 1997

CD notes: Nic collected this version from verses to be found in Child and the tune was inspired by the one in Dean Christie's ``Traditional Ballad Airs For The Laird of Drum''. Child discovered five versions of this song and noted that the ballad could also be found in Ireland, Norway, Sweden, Denmark and the Faroe Islands. Bronson reported eight versions including four from North America.

With Peter Bellamy : THE TRANSPORTS Track 2   Us Poor Fellows
and on MERLIN'S ISLE OF GRAMARYE – fiddle
On the web, see this dedicated site

With June Tabor : ASHES AND DIAMONDS (Guitar on tracks 1, 4, 7, 10), & AIRS AND GRACES

On the Fellside compilation album FLASH COMPANY Nic plays and sings The Warlike Lads of Russia

With Shirley Collins : NO ROSES Guitar, fiddle, chorus.

With Maddy Prior : MEMENTO ; SILLY SISTERS

With Richard and Linda Thompson : DREAMS FLY AWAY;; WATCHING THE DARK;; POUR DOWN LIKE SILVER

Dave Burland : YOU CAN'T FOOL THE FAT MAN Nic plays guitar and fiddle on three tracks.

Martyn Wyndham-Read : MARTYN WYNDHAM READ
Trailer LER 2028  1971  ~ Though for some reason uncredited on the album, Nic plays fiddle. Terry Potter is there on mouth organ, Dave Arthur on melodian, Toni Arthur on vocals, Packie Byrne on whistle, and Dave Bland on banjo and concertina.  The whole crew are also featured gathered in a living room (Bill Leader's?) on the cover, Nic standing far left. [thanks to Andy Nagy for this one.]

Various : FYLDE ACOUSTIC
Trailer LER 2105 ~ A 1977 compilation of special recordings celebrating Fylde guitars. Nic with Pete & Chris Coe give us "The Heights of Alma." Others on the album are: John James, Pete Berryman, Mike Harding, Sara Bracken, Martin Simpson, Martin Carthy, Chris Foster, Vin Garbutt, Archie Fisher & Lucy Cowan, John Renbourn & Gordon Giltrap, Michael Chapman. Archie Fisher duetting with his wife on a set of variations on 'Black Joker'. [thanks to Chris Robinson and Andy Nagy for this one.]

Dave and Toni Arthur: HEARKEN TO THE WITCHES RUNE
Trailer LER 2017,  1970 ~ Nic plays fiddle on "Alice Brand" and "Broomfield Hill. [thanks to Andy Nagy for this one.]

Derek & Dorothy Elliott: DEREK & DOROTHY ELLIOTT
Trailer LER 2023  1972 ~ Nic plays fiddle, Dave Burland plays guitar [thanks to Andy Nagy for this one.]

Dave Burland: DAVE BURLAND
Trailer 2082  1972 ~ Nic plays guitar on "Cawsand Bay." [thanks to Andy Nagy for this one.]

Chris Foster: LAYERS
Topic 12TS329 recorded December 1976, released 1977 ~ Nic adds fiddle to several songs on Foster's classic debut [thanks to Andy Nagy for this one.]

Martyn Wyndham-Read: ANDY'S GONE
Broadside BRO 134  1979 ~ Nic plays fiddle, Dave ∓ Toni Arthur also play a wide variety of instruments and Dave arranged half the songs. [thanks to Andy Nagy for this one.]

Gerry Hallom: TRAVELLING DOWN THE CASTLEREAGH
Fellside FE026   1981 ~ Nic plays fiddle, Jez Lowe adds guitar, John Bowden plays melodeon and sings. Another classic debut that Nic was involved with! [thanks to Andy Nagy for this one.]

Paul Metsers: CAUTION TO THE WIND
Highway SHY 7014  1981 ~ Nic writes the liner notes introducing this New Zealand songwriter and performer, who wrote "Farewell to the Gold." Nic plays guitar on "Writer's Song," fiddle on "Crossroads" and sings on a total of  seven songs, including "Farewell to the Gold." Helen Watson, Steve Turner, and Mick Doonan also appear. [thanks to Andy Nagy and Austin Pollard for this one.]

Martyn Wyndham-Read: EMU PLAINS
Fellside FE027  1981 ~ Nic plays fiddle [thanks to Andy Nagy for this one.]

The English Country Blues Band: NO RULES
Dingles DIN 323  1982 ~ Nic guests on fiddle in "Baby, What You Want Me To Do" and "Handsome Johnny." The band was comprised of Maggie Holland, Ian A Anderson, Rod Stradling & Sue Harris. Other guests are John Kirkpatrick, Chris Coe, Dave Peabody and Danny Stradling. [thanks to Andy Nagy for this one.]

Martyn Wyndham-Read: ENGLISH SPORTING BALLADS
on tracks 3,4,6,7,10 and 12. [thanks to Austin Pollard for this one.]

plays fiddle and guitar on FROM THE BEGGARS MANTLE FRINGED WITH GOLD by Barbara Dickson. Re-issued by Celtic Music CM 029, originally issued by Decca SKL 5116, 1971

To which we may add the following, discovered on Nic's official website ~

From a Beggar's Mantle - Barbara Dickson (1971)
A Dalesman's Litany - Dave Burland (1971)
Make the Rafters Roar - John Collins/Jim Mageen (1979)
Jigging One Now - Steve Turner (1982)
Old Australian Ways - Gerry Hallom (1989)
On the Periphery - Gerry Hallom (1997)


Here is a snippet I found at www.acousticguitar.com/issues/ag101/qanda101.shtml
"It’s likely that Nic Jones used his Fylde guitar for that [Penguin Eggs] recording (Fylde Guitars, www.fyldeguitars.com). The Fylde Oberon was Jones’ primary guitar throughout most of his career. It was damaged in the 1982 car accident that ended Jones’ career, but it has since been repaired, and Jones still has it today. Fylde guitars have been made in the U.K. by Roger Bucknall since 1973 and are popular among many British guitarists, including John Renbourn, Martin Carthy, and Martin Simpson."

Trad Arr Jones

An album has been made by John Wesley Harding of fifteen of Nic Jones' arranged traditional songs. (Marked as § in the discography above.) You can get more information here. They are certainly Nic's arrangements, but they are not (and nor did they intend to be) cloned songs. I like them. Track listing with lyrics is on this songbook site. The cassette is now re-issued as a CD with some 4 extra folk-rock versions of Nic's songs.

You might like to look at www.citybeat.com/1999-05-13/music.shtml to read a fascinating interview with John Wesley Harding.




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