Our eagerly awaited documentary on folk legend Nic Jones is revealed to the world tonight!
Nic Jones was the rising star of the folk world in the early ’80s. His 1980 record Penguin Eggs remains among the top 100 albums of all time and he was playing sell-out gigs up and down the country.
Driving home late after one such performance, he collided with a brick lorry. He was lucky to survive. The resulting injuries destroyed his career and left him unable to play guitar in the intricate, percussive style he had pioneered. Last summer, after almost three decades, he returned to the stage with his son, Joe.
We follow Nic in his return to performing and speak to his family, friends and fans about his journey and his legacy.
Packed with guest appearances from fellow musicians, this moving tribute to Britain’s lost folk hero is a treat for your ears and your eyes. Catch it tonight at 10pm on BBC4.
“Gorgeous, moving tribute” – The Guardian
“Affectionate and perceptive” – The Daily Telegraph
“Director Michael Proudfoot’s biggest tribute to Jones is understatement, largely remaining faithful to his [Jones’] cheery nonchalance about the cruelty of fate and the dark humour of his son, Joe…” – Colin Irwin, MOJO Magazine
“It’s a lovely, lovely film.” Mark Radcliffe reviews the documentary on BBC Radio 2, with a beautiful track from one of the comeback gigs: