A change of genre this week to folk and a change that I'm sure will meet with the approval from George and many others.
Nic Jones' 1980 album on the Topic label Penguin Eggs was voted the 2nd best folk album of all time on the BBC Radio 2 Mike Harding Folk Show - second only to the recently featured Fairport Convention's Liege and Leaf.
Nic first crossed my radar having watched an inspiring documentary on BBC4 (The Enigma of Nic Jones - Return of Britain's Lost Folk Hero ) on his recovery from a serious road accident in 1982 which resulted in many broken bones and temporary paralysis.
I thought after watching it that I would make it my business to acquire Penguin Eggs and what a terrific album it is too- 9 tracks. While not quite a concept album there is very much a nautical feel to many of the songs and it is pretty traditional in nature even although he puts his own stamp on them.
Allmusic has described the album as one of those rare records where not just every song, but each instrumental part is worth hearingFor those like me wondering as to the origin of the album title look no further than the lyrics of the track The Little Pot Stove where for the crew of a whaling ship fresh penguin eggs were seen as a culinary luxury.
Despite permanent injuries following his accident which have impinged on his guitar playing and stopped him playing the fiddle he made a welcome return to music as part of the Nic Jones Trio -with his son Joe amd Belinda O'Hooley and as a duo with his son. He is now 75 and I am not aware as to any recent activity. Given his injuries I hope he is enjoying as healthy a retirement as he can.