Mazlyn Jones

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b. Nigel Maslyn Jones, 26 June 1950, Dudley, Warwickshire, England. Jones started playing guitar, as well as writing poetry and music, when only 14 years old. When he left school, in 1969, he moved to…
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b. Nigel Maslyn Jones, 26 June 1950, Dudley, Warwickshire, England. Jones started playing guitar, as well as writing poetry and music, when only 14 years old. When he left school, in 1969, he moved to the Channel Islands to work for Gerald Durrell and returned to the mainland in 1971, where he started to teach guitar. It was after moving to Cornwall in 1973 that he began to concentrate on performing and writing, and in 1975 toured folk clubs and smaller festivals. Due to confusion, he changed the spelling of his name to Mazlyn, as it was often misspelt or incorrectly pronounced. Jones is a performer who encompasses elements of world music, new age and rock, with a sprinkling of folk, often with environmental themes. He has played with a variety of well-known performers, including Roy Harper. Jones toured as support act to Barclay James Harvest in 1981, playing every major venue in the UK and Europe. Following the 1981 tour, Mazlyn took a break from live touring to concentrate on the recording of Breaking Cover. Live, Mazlyn also presents a show featuring songs accompanied by back projections to highlight the theme of the material. He produced the debut album by new age band Solstice, in 1984. Johnny Coppin is featured on Jones’ first two albums, while the fourth release, Water From The Well, has Nik Turner, of Hawkwind, on saxophones and flute on two songs, and Guy Evans, from Van Der Graff Generator, on percussion. In 1986, material from Breaking Cover was used by independent television for a documentary on the World Surfing Contest, which was held in the UK the same year. Nik Turner again appeared, playing flute, on the 1991 release Mazlyn Jones. Jones now performs and records as Mazlyn Jones, having dropped the name prefix.