Nic Jones, Penguin Eggs

Jason Verlinde

By Jason Verlinde

on 04.22.11 in Reviews

Penguin Eggs

Nic Jones
A great British folkie at his finest

Never underestimate the power of a man, his Fylde guitar and a whaling song. There are more than a few "masters" of British folk floating around, but Jones will always be a favorite. His deftly played guitar work and tasteful arrangements made even ancient sea shanties sound like required listening. The fact that his career was cut short in 1982 by an automobile accident that left him unable to perform makes his few recorded statements all the more important. Every song on this 1980 album should be heard, but "Canadee-I-O" and "Courting Is a Pleasure" are two that best showcase his incredible dexterity on guitar. If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, Jones should be a happy man: Bob Dylan arguably took inspiration from Jones '"Canadee I-O" (and covered it a decade after this version) and singer-songwriter John Wesley Harding released an entire tribute album, Trad Arr Jones.