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Thread #152226   Message #3562919
Posted By: Howard Jones
30-Sep-13 - 02:27 PM
Thread Name: The Enigma of Nic Jones
Subject: RE: The Enigma of Nic Jones
Tunesmith comments that he doesn't remember Nic "bringing the house down". My recollection is that very few of the performers at the time brought the house down. The attitude was very respectful of the music and the performers, and we were a bit suspicious of those who played to the gallery and seemed to put themselves above the music. Even the outstanding performers, of whom Nic was undoubtedly one, were received warmly and enthusiastically, but "bringing the house down" was not behaviour which was welcome. Looking back I suspect we took it, and ourselves, all a bit too seriously.

Having just caught up with the programme on iPlayer, I was struck by the quality of the performance. I've heard bits of his comeback performances on the radio, and my reaction had been that while it was lovely that he was back on stage, and the emotional impact of the event went without saying, considered objectively his singing wasn't up to much. Having now seen that performance, my opinion is completely reversed - he still has that wonderful sense of timing and delivery that made his singing so distinctive. Masterful.