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Orpington, Kent (1964 – 1982, 2010 – present)

Nicolas Paul “Nic” Jones (born 9 January 1947 in Orpington, Kent) is an English folk singer, fingerstyle guitarist and fiddle player. He career was cut short in 1982 when he seriously injured in car accident while driving home after a gig at Glossop Folk Club. In 2001, his 1980 album Penguin Eggs was voted the 2nd best folk album of all time. On 5 August 2010, after an absence of 28 years, Jones made a return to the stage. He appeared at an event dedicated to his music at Sidmouth Folk Week and sang three songs with one of his former bands Bandoggs.

Jones is widely recognised as one of the most enduring artists to come out of the 70s English folk revival. Although he originally styled himself as a folk singer, his fame rests largely on his skill as a guitarist and in composing memorable arrangements for traditional songs.

His early musical interests included acts like Ray Charles and The Shadows. He first learned to play guitar while at school. His interest in folk music was aroused in 1964 by some old school friends who had formed into a folk band called the Halliard. When the members of the Halliard decided to turn professional, one of them left to pursue a different career and Nic was invited to take his place. Whilst playing with the Halliard, Nic learned how to play the fiddle, and also how to research and arrange traditional material.

The Halliard split up in 1968 as the members decided to pursue individual interests. For Nic, after a period at home with his family, this meant forging a career as a solo artist.


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  • yerbyderby

    I call him in one breath with the great Martin Carthy.

    11 Feb 2014 Reply
  • Nochek

    thank you.

    17 Sep 2013 Reply
  • warmandcrispy


    11 Aug 2013 Reply
  • headey

    SAurprised there aren't more shouts here... check the website for gigs

    25 Feb 2013 Reply
  • Mahglazzies

    How do people like this go so underappreciated? Nic Jones all the way, especially Penguin Eggs.

    11 Mar 2012 Reply
  • enid_coleslaw_

    Why have I gone most of my life without knowing of him?

    25 Apr 2011 Reply
  • WhiteHare

    There can be no doubt he is one of the most important figures in folk music. Nothing could be better than his "Penguin Eggs". 素晴らしいよね!

    15 Feb 2011 Reply
  • JanViool

    artikel over Penguin Eggs van Nic Jones in New Folk Sounds 130, augustus/september 2010 (

    15 Aug 2010 Reply
  • Lenny

    Nic, you´re one in a million, songs that will never sound outdated. Thanks.

    19 Mar 2010 Reply
  • Judas_Iscariot

    I still can't get over his talent for arrangement. Sometimes the original tunes are driven from my head and all I can remember is Nic's version.

    16 Apr 2009 Reply
  • KeithJones

    His album "Penguin Eggs" must be of the best ever!

    5 Mar 2009 Reply
  • Kunitsune

    Amber_Eye, as for his classification as 'Canadian' I think we have a tendency to think anyone who ever bothers singing about Canada (his amazing track 'Canadee-I-O') must be Canadian. Its a rule that works most of the time... but not always!

    3 Dec 2008 Reply
  • fergalmc

    Nic may you have 1million plus plays!

    26 May 2008 Reply
  • Judas_Iscariot

    Don't forget Female Vocalists!

    19 Sep 2007 Reply
  • tigerclown

    Talking about arrangemants and if they should be copyright. What about the theme song for the film Fly Away Home. It is a pure lift from Nic Jones' 10000 Miles.

    25 Aug 2007 Reply
  • tigerclown

    The lost albums are available. I have them all. Let me know if you want them. Nic Jones is supremely GOOD.

    24 Aug 2007 Reply
  • Amber_Eye

    What are all these crazy tags - 'alt-country'? 'Canadian'?? 'Celtic'??? 'Freak Zone'???? ....what are you people listening to?!

    1 Feb 2007 Reply

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