Mudcat Café message #165231 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #17171   Message #165231
Posted By: GeorgeH
19-Jan-00 - 10:53 AM
Thread Name: Nic Jones
Subject: RE: Nic Jones
F*** forgot I was typing in an HTML editor window AGAIN! Sorry about the lack of line breaks in the last post . . but you can see what it says.

But someone asked "is anyone still doing stuff like Nic?" which really begs the question of what aspect of Nic you're looking for . . Like JenEllen, I'd say Kate Rusby is a good start; her "Annan Water" is a VERY good interpretation of Nic's version though I think she says she learnt it from Dave Burland (who probably learnt it from Nic). Like Jen I do find most of her recordings somewhat uneven; but the outstanding one is her first recording as an album, the duo with Kathryn Roberts.

No-one can reproduce Nic and his guitar work; fortunately few would be foolish enough to try. If you're looking for people who treat (largely English) folk song with respect mixed with restrained originality I'd nominate (today's list; tomorrow's might differ):

Dave Burland (but his output is sometimes uneven)

Pete Coe

Tony Rose

If you'll accept a touch more originality at times then I'd add June Tabor and (on his less-blues non-instrumental recordings, such as the excellent "Live") Martin Simpson.

All of whom recognise Nic as an influence AND (as I recall) all of whom have worked with Nic in the past.

G.