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Nic Jones: New CD release here soon!

14 May 01 - 08:29 AM (#461880)
Subject: Nic Jones: New CD release here soon!
From: GUEST

A week or so back I caught up with our old friend Ralph Jordan and obtained an update on Nic; given Mudcatters past interest in the subject I'm relaying that information here (with Ralph's permission, of course).


For "new readers" I'll add some background to the end of this article. In brief, Nic was one of the very finest young performers and interpreters of the UK folk revival, who produced some of the most outstanding recordings of arrangements of traditonal song.


In 1982 he had an accident when driving home from a gig, and has been unable to perform since. There are only two Nic recordings still available; Click_here for details and some bacground.


The second of those recordings, In Search of Nic Jones is a collection of material gathered together after his accident and published to provide income for Nic and his family - and as a service to folk fans (see the above "clicky thingy" for confirmation). For a while there's been talk of a second volume of this material.


The good news is that it's nearly ready! It will (almost certainly) be entitled Unearthed and will feature a rather macarbre cover design from Tony Hall - which, I hasten to add, Nic and Julia Jones have seen and had a good laugh over . . . The track order has now been fixed and it's "ready to go". However having missed the opportunity of getting the album out in time for the Festivals those involved in the project have decided to go for an autumn release so shop early for Christmas. Ralph is maintaining a list of those who want to be notified when its ready; if you want to go on that list then send me your email details [Click here to mail me] and I'll forward them to Ralph.


More good news is most of the material on Unearthed was professionally recorded, so the quality is generally excellent. Ralph's really excited about it, and he's a guy whose judgement can be trusted! As for why it's taken so long . . . well, the idea has always been to keep costs to a mimimum so as to maximise the benefit to Nic and his family, so it's had to be fitted in around peoples day jobs.


The bad news is that this is almost certainly the last of the unreleased recordings of Nic, so don't miss it!


On the personal level, Ralph reports Nic as being in excellent spirits, and playing a bit of guitar for his own amusement - Ralph said the two of them knocked out a few tunes. (Before anyone asks, there's no chance of Nic performing again - although Pete Coe did report a while back that he was joining in the choruses at the Banddogs reunion at the Ryburn Three Step club . . )


Oh, and sorry to be here so seldom these days . . . it's the pressure! I'll try to keep an eye on this thread, but sorry but I'll have to try especially hard to ignore everything else.


Very best wishes to you all, George

Some notes on the people mentioned: Nic is well-covered on the Mudcat; use the searches.

Ralph Jordan is one of the nicest guys I have the pleasure of knowing. He's also the best sound engineer I've met (I'd guess the highspot I've seen in this area is his work with "Andrew Cronshaw and . . (including June Tabor)", but he's also Stocai's favourite. He's also probably the most under-acknowledged performer in the UK folk scene; fine guitarist, McCann duet 'tina player, and singer. These days he's most likely to be seen as an honorary Fraser Sister.

Tony Hall works as a cartoonist for an East Anglian regional paper (and elswhere), and a very fine one he is (his works go under the name of Fieldvole). He's also an outstanding melodeon player. Club organisers - it's well worth booking him for the sight of his arriving by motorcycle with boxes strapped everywhere, but his performance won't disappoint, either. He emerged all too briefly from his usual obscurity to peform (on record and on tour) as part of the original Silly Sisters band. Out of that project also emerged his first recording, Fieldvole Music on which he had Nic Jones and Johnny Moignihan (sorry, I can't spell!) guesting for him. It is a classic recording - which, sadly, has been Bulmered. He made a second recording Mr Universe some 20 years later, which is excellent but doesn't match the earlier one.


14 May 01 - 08:31 AM (#461882)
Subject: RE: Nic Jones: New CD release here soon!
From: GUEST

Oops, sorry about the screw-up on the links . .

G.


14 May 01 - 08:37 AM (#461889)
Subject: RE: Nic Jones: New CD release here soon!
From: GeorgeH

Oops; didn't relise my cookie had expired before posting that lot . . sorry, more haste, less speed.

If I failed to give away who I am you'll find it fixed here. And the para. about Tony Hall should have read:

Tony Hall works as a cartoonist for an East Anglian regional paper (and elswhere), and a very fine one he is (his works go under the name of Fieldvole). He's also an outstanding melodeon player. Club organisers - it's well worth booking him for the sight of his arriving by motorcycle with boxes strapped everywhere, but his performance won't disappoint, either. He emerged all too briefly from his usual obscurity to peform (on record and on tour) as part of the original Silly Sisters band. Out of that project also emerged his first recording, Fieldvole Music on which he had Nic Jones and Johnny Moignihan (sorry, I can't spell!) guesting for him. It is a classic recording - which, sadly, has been Bulmered. He made a second recording Mr Universe some 20 years later, which is excellent but doesn't match the earlier one.

Cheers!

G.


14 May 01 - 04:51 PM (#462242)
Subject: RE: Nic Jones: New CD release here soon!
From: Art Thieme

I do hope you'll have a better way to pay for the new CD than those damn International Money Orders. PLEASE !!

Art Thieme


14 May 01 - 06:47 PM (#462357)
Subject: RE: Nic Jones: New CD release here soon!
From: GUEST,Ed

Many thanks for the information, George.

Am already looking forward to it.

Appreciate your posting what you know.

Ed


14 May 01 - 08:10 PM (#462420)
Subject: RE: Nic Jones: New CD release here soon!
From: Dita

Good news GeorgeH, thanks.
I posted the info a while back that Bulmer had claimed, to a reliable source, that he had returned the Leader masters to the Jones's.
I have not heard any more on that.
In conversation last month with Dick Gaughan, he told me that a number of years ago, when he worked with Bulmer, Dick remastered Nic's 1st album, so that at least should still be in good condition.
love, john.


14 May 01 - 08:31 PM (#462434)
Subject: RE: Nic Jones: New CD release here soon!
From: Noreen

Art, I'm sure Dich Greenhaus and CAMSCO records will be able to supply it for US folkies: he did for In Search of Nic Jones.

George, many thanks for the info; e-mail on its way!

Noreen


22 May 01 - 06:49 AM (#467733)
Subject: RE: Nic Jones: New CD release here soon!
From: GeorgeH

REFRESH (once only by me, in case anyone missed it first time!)

George


22 May 01 - 05:52 PM (#468149)
Subject: RE: Nic Jones: New CD release here soon!
From: GUEST,Neil Comer

Can I take it that some of the original recordings may become available once more?


23 May 01 - 07:27 AM (#468542)
Subject: RE: Nic Jones: New CD release here soon!
From: GeorgeH

No, every assessment I have is that there is approximately zero chance of any of the Bulmered recordings being re-released. The entire catalogue under Nic's name will be:

Penguin Eggs In Search of Nic Jones Unearthed

(although there's a reasonable number of other recordings on which Nic features).

Sorry!

George


23 May 01 - 06:31 PM (#469027)
Subject: RE: Nic Jones: New CD release here soon!
From: GUEST,Neil Comer

If you have any of 'said' recordings, could I be so bold as to ask for copies? If you do ( and you need to trust me on this) as to send you some blank tapes? ( I know that I will release the wrath of the music community in general ny this suggestion)I thought in the past of contacting the Jones's directly with the same suggestion and an offer of money. Please advise


23 May 01 - 07:11 PM (#469050)
Subject: RE: Nic Jones: New CD release here soon!
From: Malcolm Douglas

Neil: you might like to look at this message from last year:  RE: Nic Jones


24 May 01 - 05:20 AM (#469327)
Subject: RE: Nic Jones: New CD release here soon!
From: GeorgeH

Thanks, Malcolm . . . that makes it a bit easier . . I'm afraid I have to respect Nic and Julia's wishes here (I can say in all honesty that the only times I've taped complete records for other people has been with the artists' permission).

There IS a reasonable cross-section of Nic's work available; that will improve considerably when "Unearthed" comes out, and there are good reasons for wanting to stay "squeaky-clean" over all this.

Sorry!

George