Nic Jones - Penguin Eggs-LP-South

Nic Jones - Penguin Eggs

Greatly influenced by Martin Carthy, whose percussive guitar style Jones adopted for his own, he first surfaced during the late 1960s as a member of the group the Halliard, mounting a solo career in 1970 with his debut album 'Ballads And Songs'. A collection of traditional tunes distinguished by Jones' outstanding instrumental work, the record also established his mastery of the long ballad; a self-titled effort followed in 1971, but was his last album for six years - the follow-up, 'Noah's Ark Trap' finally appeared in 1977, with 'From The Devil A Stranger' appearing a year later.

Around that same time Jones also joined the short-lived group Bandoggs, releasing an eponymous LP in 1978; other projects included appearances on albums from artists including Richard Thompson and June Tabor. 1980's 'Penguin Eggs' - named "Folk Album of the Year" by Melody Maker and Froots - was his final new recording; in 1982 he was critically injured in an auto accident and forced to retire from performing.