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A Folk Classic
on 2 May 2011
For those who don't know the story of Nic Jones, here it is in a nutshell. He was a folk singer who made various albums in the 1970's both solo and with a group called Banddogs. Then in 1980 he made this incredible album. Quite rightly so it was hailed as a true classic by numerous music critics and won a number of awards, including Folk Album Of THe Year.
Sadly, Nic never got to record a follow up because in 1982 he was involved in a terrible car crash that left him in a coma for six months. Although he recovered sufficiently to lead a normal life once more, his injuries (particularly to his right hand) had put an end to his recording and performing career.
So this album proved to be his last, but what an album !
The standout track has got to be Canadee i o, where his beautiful percussive guitar accompaniment simply has to be heard to be believed. On some tracks he is helped out by a few friends on backing vocals, mellodeon, and recorder and the harmony vocals on a couple of these (Little Pot Stove & Farewell To The Gold) are so well sung that they almost bring tears to your eyes.
The song arrangements are sparse and uncluttered and there isn't anything you could call a weak track.
This recording should be used as a template for how good folk records should be made. It is truly magnificent from start to finish and is the work of a master craftsman at the absolute peak of his powers.
What A great pity that fate stepped in so cruelly.