Penguin Eggs

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Penguin Eggs
Studio album by Nic Jones
Released 1980
Studio Livingston Studios
Genre Folk
Label Topic Records
Shanachie Records
Producer Tony Engle
Nic Jones chronology
From the Devil to a Stranger
Penguin Eggs
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]

Penguin Eggs is an album by Nic Jones, released in 1980. Allmusic described the album as "one of those rare records where not just every song, but each instrumental part is worth hearing".[2] The album was awarded Melody Maker Folk Album of the Year in 1980.[3] English folk musician Kate Rusby states that Penguin Eggs is her favourite album of all time.[4]

The album is listed in the accompanying book to the Topic Records 70 year anniversary boxed set Three Score and Ten as one of their classic records[5]:54 with The Humpback Whale as the first track on the first CD in the set.

Track listing[edit]

The detail after the title below is either the composer's name or references from the three major numbering schemes for traditional folk songs, the Roud Folk Song Index , Child Ballad Numbers and the Laws Numbers.

Nic Jones sings and plays guitar on all tracks except track 6.

No. Title Accompaniment Length
1. "Canadee - I - O" (Roud 309)   5:58
2. "The Drowned Lovers" (Roud 91; Child 216) Tony Hall (melodeon), Bridget Danby(recorder) 6:31
3. "The Humpback Whale" (Harry Robertson)   6:04
4. "The Little Pot Stove" (Harry Robertson) Tony Hall(melodeon), Bridget Danby(recorder and vocals) and Dave Burland(vocals) 5:37
5. "Courting Is a Pleasure" (Roud 454) Bridget Danby(recorder) 5:22
6. "Barrack Street" (Roud 1902; Laws K42) Nick Jones(fiddle),Tony Hall(Melodeon), Bridget Danby(recorder) 4:28
7. "Planxty Davis" (Instrumental)   2:51
8. "The Flandyke Shore" (Roud 2636) Tony Hall(melodeon) 2:53
9. "Farewell to the Gold" (Paul Metsers) Bridget Danby(vocals) and Dave Burland(vocals) 5:17


  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Eder, Bruce. "Penguin Eggs". Allmusic. Retrieved 30 April 2009. 
  3. ^ Larkin, Colin (2002). The Virgin Encyclopedia of 70s music. Virgin. p. 203. ISBN 978-1-85227-947-9. Retrieved 21 June 2013. 
  4. ^ "Conversations with Kate Rusby (3)". Salut! Live. 8 September 2007. Retrieved 5 March 2012. 
  5. ^ Three Score and Ten Accompanying Book