Ian's Blog 

23rd January 2022

23rd January 2022

I have put together a you tube project for an author called Diana Rubino using one of my instrumentals. Here is a link to the completed project

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KtmOseReCjk

Diana has written about my music in her blog dated 20th January 2022

www.dianarubinoauthor.blogspot.com


16th January 2022

16th January 2022

David Hincliffe was due to give another lecture at the Palace Theatre in Paignton about the Torquay Pageant of the 1920s. I enjoyed his lecture about this at Torquay museum just before we went into lockdown. I wish I could have attended this one in Paignton as he tells me that he now shows the video with my song about it during this lecture.

The Mortimer History Society are continuing to use my music to introduce their lectures on youtube. Here are the links for two of 19th December 2021:-

Dr David Green: ‘Edward III and a Plantagenet Apanage Policy’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kgoZ5946L_c&authuser=1

Dr Matt Raven: ‘Edward III and the lords of the Welsh March: Power and privilege’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YlLBEv674Eg&authuser=1

9th January 2022

9th January 2022


While trying to play a version of an old folk song called the Blacksmith I got the idea for a new melody. A few days later I was reading an article in the latest edition of the Ricardian Bulletin. It is titled 'The valiant squires of sacred Easter day.' This gave me the idea for some new lyrics to go with the tune which is about the young squires of the also young Richard Duke of Gloucester. These squires were killed at the battle of Barnet. They were both buried together in the prestigious London church of the Greyfriars. I think that Richard was deeply affected by their deaths. This is because their names are recorded in an indenture in which he instructs the recipients of an endowment to pray for his family, deceased members of the house of York and includes the names of the two squires.


The Valiant Squires


Young Thomas Parr killed on Easter day

As the morning mist slowly fades away

Revealing the dead bodies fallen on the ground

The aftermath of battle scattered all around


The valiant young Squires of sacred Easter day

For their souls young Richard he would pray


John Milewater killed on Easter day

As the morning mist slowly fades away

The humble and the mighty fallen on the ground

Including the Kingmaker whose name is so renowned


The valiant young Squires of sacred Easter day

For their souls young Richard he would pray


Buried in London's church of the Greyfriars

A noble resting place for the Duke of Gloucester's Squires


The valiant young Squires of sacred Easter day

For their souls young Richard he would pray

2nd January 2022

2nd January 2022

Just before Christmas I did some recording for two old traditional folk songs, one is called My Thing is My Own. I have changed some of the words and I am calling it Her Thing is Her Own. I hope Lord Zarquon will like it.

Next came a young fellow, a notable spark With green bag and inkhorn, a Justice's clerk He pulled out his warrant and looked quite sincere But she sent him away with a flea in his ear. A Master of Music came with an intent To give her a lesson on her instrument She thanked him for nohing, and bid him be gone For her little fiddle should not be played on Now here she could reckon a hundred and more Besides all the Gamesters recited before That made their addresses in hopes of a snap But young those she was she escaped every trap

I have recently scanned some things from one of my old scrap books dating back to 1982. There is some nice memorabilia about the local music scene in Torbay in that year. Here is an old poster for a couple of gigs in December 1982. One of these was at the Palk Arms when the landlord complained that the bass guitar was making his beer glasses rattle during the sound check. He said that there was no bass guitar on the Chapter 29 cassette we had given him.


December 25th 2021


19th December 2021

19th December 2021

It's the 62nd birthday of Chris Greenway in a few days time and I have recorded a new version of his birthday song. I have also made a special CD cover for him including his image over where he lives in Exmouth.


HERE'S YOUR SIXTY SECOND BIRTHDAY SONG

AND ALL OF YOUR FAMILY CAN SING ALONG

WE'VE HIDDEN SOME RUBBISH IN YOUR NEW BIN

PLEASE DON'T GET UPSET WHEN CRYSTAL PALACE WIN


YOUR FILOFAX IS KEPT UP TO DATE

WITH HISTORICAL EVENTS YOU CAN CELEBRATE

AND THE CRYSTAL PALACE FIXTURE LIST

ALL OF THESE THINGS MUST NOT BE MISSED


HERE'S YOUR SIXTY SECOND BIRTHDAY SONG

AND ALL OF YOUR FRIENDS CAN SING ALONG

YOU'RE GETTING OLDER AND YOU'VE GOT A BAD BACK

BUT YOU LOOK SO DASHING WEARING MY CRAVAT


YOUR DESK IS TIDY BUT YOU'RE NOT UP STRAIGHT

WHEN YOU GO TO YOGA DURING YOUR LUNCH BREAK

YOUR PRIDE AND JOY IS YOUR OLD STAPLER

IT'S AN ANTIQUE PIECE LIKE YOUR CALCULATOR


HERE'S YOUR SIXTY SECOND BIRTHDAY SONG

AND EVERYONE AT CHARLTON CAN SING ALONG

YOUR SPECIAL WORK CHAIR COST A PACKET

MUCH MORE THAN MY FIRE MARSHALL JACKET


BRING BACK BREEZE SOUNDS FOR YOUR BIRTHDAY PARTY

FORGET YOGA AND TAKE UP KARATE

THE SOUNDS OF THAT DISCO WOULD BE REALLY COOL

I HOPE THIS WOULDN'T BE THE SOURCE OF RIDICULE


HERE'S YOUR SIXTY SECOND BIRTHDAY SONG

AND EVERYONE IN EXMOUTH CAN SING ALONG

DON'T FORGET YOUR DESK IS THE BANK

AND THE BLOCKED WORKFLOW SEPTIC TANK



December 12th 2021

12th December 2021


Jules and Jay came over to see me on Monday and I recorded Jay playing bass on my new songs, Sir Cloudsley Shovell and Haytor Granite. Another one was the recording of a traditional song called A Man You Don't Meet Every Day. Lord Z finished the mastering of this traditional song on Thursday. Later in the week Rowan Curle came to stay for a few days and I recorded him singing some harmony vocals on the chorus of Sir Cloudsley Shovell and my new song called Cornish Folklore.


Sir Cloudsley Shovell


Now gather round and hear this tale

Of Sir Cloudsley Shovell

He was a hero you should know

Who gave the French much trouble


It was a stormy autumn night

Near the Isles of Scilly

The charts were inaccurate

And this would cost him dearly


HMS Association

Sunk by the Isles of Scilly

Two thousand sailors drowned that night

A tragedy quite clearly


His flagship struck the Gilstone reef

Of the Isles of Scilly

Longitude and latitude

Were confused and queried


The Eagle and Romney lost

Sunk by the Isles of Scilly

Two thousand sailors drowned that night

A tragedy quite clearly


They found his body washed ashore

On a cove of St Mary's

Of Those deadly western rocks 

Brave sailors must be wary


And Firebrand struck the Western rocks

Of the Isles of Scilly

Two thousand sailors drowned that night

A tragedy quite clearly

December 3rd 2021

Here is a scanned copy of the recent LTS newspaper article in the Teignmouth Post and here is a link to it in the Mid Devon Advertiser


https://www.middevonadvertiser.co.uk/article.cfm?id=121598&headline=Sailor%E2%80%99s%20story%20inspires%20song&sectionIs=news&searchyear=2021

Paper


28th November 2021

28th November 2021


For most of this year I became so engrossed in the Songs About Devon music project and then planning an album of South West songs that I nearly forgot about several songs I had recorded with Phil Swann and Martyn Hillstead that we had originally intended for an album project that never came to fruition. 

A few weeks ago I gave these unfinished recordings to Lord Zarquon who has been beavering away at completing them in his recording studio. A couple of these recordings have now been completed and eventually there should be enough for an album which won't be anything to do with the South West songs which I am also currently recording with Lord Zarquon. 

One of the songs is a version of a traditional folk tune/sea shanty called the Wellerman. The completon of this recording is a bit of a land mark for the Legendary Ten Seconds and is the first time that we have completed the recording of a traditional song.

21st November 2021

21st November 2021


My Ricardian songs continue to be the most popular ones that I have written so I felt that I ought to try to compose another one for my next album. I recalled that the Lancastrian Earl of Oxford had captured St Michael's Mount during the reign of Edward VI and so I wrote this song:-



The Siege of St. Michael's Mount 


After defeat at the battle of Barnet

John de Vere fled to France

He'd escaped via Scotland

With such sorry circumstance


He would still oppose King Edward

And gain support from the King of France

Who was a universal spider

Was this John de Vere's last chance


John de Vere the Earl of Oxford

Then turned to piracy

A privateer in the summer

In the channel's narrow sea


At the end of September

He sailed to the Cornish coast

St Michael's Mount he took by force

Of it's capture he could boast


An embarrassment for King Edward

Though not a threat so he believed

The King's man in Cornwall

Was placed in charge of the siege


John de Vere offered bribes

So that supplies could be received

The King's man was corrupt

Of this King Edward was displeased


John Fortescue the chief justice

Was dispatched to gain a victory

Along with him he would bring

The master of the royal artillery


Free pardons and rewards were offered

To the men under John de Vere's command

One byone his men deserted

John Fortescue gained the upper hand


John de Vere then surrendered

There was no prospect of success

For many years he was in prison

For his Lancastrian faithfulness


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