The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #150538   Message #3509068
Posted By: GUEST,henryp
26-Apr-13 - 06:41 AM
Thread Name: Nic Jones Project
Subject: RE: Nic Jones Project
One of the features of Nic Jones' act, for me, was that he provided a seamless link between traditional and contemporary work.

His strong singing and stunning guitar playing enabled him to perform both in breath-taking manner. He brought Annachie Gordon into the traditional repertoire. And he picked up Icarus, a contemporary song. Then he sang them side by side, to the obvious approval of an all-too-fickle folk audience.

At the time of his accident, Nic was evolving towards contemporary songs and music - including writing his own songs. So far, he had successfully carried his audience with him. We'll never know what he might have achieved, or whether the folk music world would have approved.

I have been fortunate to see him very recently. In the sympathetic company of his son Joe and Belinda O'Hooley, his individual character still shone through.