THE MIDNIGHT JUKEBOXMAKE TIM HAPPY SPECIAL

I received the following email earlier today:

No I hadn't. Yes, there is. And here it is. Loads of it. Enjoy.

My favourite is the last but one track,
"Little Pot Stove." I have no idea why.

Nicolas Paul "Nic" Jones was born on 9 January 1947 in Orpington, Kent. He first learned to play guitar as a young teenager. His interest in folk music was aroused by some old school friends who had formed a folk band called The Halliard. When the members of the group decided to turn professional, one of them left to pursue a different career and Nic was invited to take his place. Whilst playing with The Halliard, Jones learned to play the fiddle, and also how to research and arrange traditional material. The group toured the UK between 1964 and 1968, eventually splitting up when two of the members decided to pursue careers outside the folk music business.

Jones decided to pursue a career as a solo folk artist. He started playing professional gigs in 1969, and in 1970 released his first album. Between 1971 and 1980 Jones recorded four more solo albums. Apart from Jones' trademark vocals, fingerstyle guitar and fiddle, the records also introduced guest instrumentalists playing piano, harmonium, bodhran, melodeon and recorders.

During his career, Jones was much in demand as a session musician and he guested on albums by leading UK artists such as June Tabor, Shirley Collins, Barbara Dickson, Richard Thompson and many others. He was also a member of short-lived folk group "Bandoggs", comprising Jones, Tony Rose, Peter Coe and Chris Coe, and which released one album in 1978.

In February 1982 Jones was involved in a serious car accident while driving home after a gig at Glossop Folk Club. Jones' car ran into a lorry pulling out of "Whittlesea brickworks" on the road between Peterborough and March in Cambridgeshire. He suffered very serious injuries, including many broken bones and brain damage, and required intensive care treatment and hospitalisation for a total of eight months. Jones's injuries left him with permanent physical co-ordination problems and unable to play the guitar as well as before – he could also no longer play the fiddle at all. The accident effectively ended his career as a touring and recording professional musician.

On 5 August 2010, after an absence of 28 years, Jones made a return to the stage. He appeared at an event dedicated to his music at Sidmouth Folk Week. Jones sang three songs with one of his former bands Bandoggs and commented that he would "consider performing again – but wanted to sing his own songs." (WIKIPEDIA)

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THE MIDNIGHT JUKEBOXMAKE TIM HAPPY SPECIAL — 12 Comments

  1. I could post before and after shots of you, Larry, if you want 🙂 Alternatively I could do the same for myself but I would need two lenses – one normal and one panoramic.

  2. REaders might wish to know that there is a list of available recordings of Nic on his website here. Only ‘Penguin Eggs’ is a studio recording (from 1980); the others are collections of live recordings, radio tapes etc. THe reason for this is that Nic’s first four (excellent) albums from the 70s have been mired in a record company dispute for years, and he gets no income from them whatsoever – doesn’t even own the copyright. So his friends have been releasing compilation discs of live tracks to satisfy the demand from his fans – and also, of course, to bring Nic and Julia a bit of income. So if you like the music, please visit the store and buy something!

    Nic’s recent concert appearances have been with other people playing guitar for him. There’s a fine recording of a performance at the Southbank Centre in May 2011 with his son Joe playing guitar for him here. The song is one of the best-known of Nic’s many traditional arrangements.

  3. My goodness! The vinyl editions of the unavailable albums are worth a bit. Although my copies are not exactly in pristine condition.