Ian's Blog

18th July 2021

18th July 2021


I am currently reading a couple of books. One of them is called Devon and Cornwall's Oddest Historical Tales by John Fisher. So far I have written three new songs after reading the first three chapters of this book. I have also written a song about when Lord Z lost his Lordly status on facebook.

11th July 2021

11th July 2021


I have made a video for Lord Z's birthday:-


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xn55qRuWJOU



4th July 2021

4th July 2021


A revised edition of my book about my songs has now been published. Here is a link to it

https://books.apple.com/gb/book/id1554758658

The original version of Songs About Richard III was published in 2016 and this revised edition includes details of the songs which have been recorded up until the end of 2020. It includes information about the Mer de Mort album which was recorded to commemorate the tenth anniversary of the Mortimer History Society. It also includes details about the Torbay Pageant concept albums which was the main focus of The Legendary Ten Seconds throughout 2020.

Here is a link to an article about my book

https://www.theprsd.co.uk/2021/06/28/songs-about-richard-iii-book-on-life-and-times-of-the-king/

27th June 2021

27th June 2021

Last Sunday afternoon I started to get a new idea for a song while I was listening to Torquay United lose the National League play off final on BBC Radio Devon. In the evening I had a reasonable idea of the chord structure for a verse but I didn't have any lyrics. I was trying to think of an idea for the lyrics based upon the mood that the chords created in my head. It made me think of Torbay on a sunny summer's afternoon and then I thought about the man that draws patterns in the sand at low tide on Torquay sea front. By Monday morning I had written a new song based upon this article


https://www.devonlive.com/news/devon-news/how-art-helped-famous-devon-3886966

20th June 2021

20th June 2021

Someone in Austin, Texas likes listening to my songs about Richard III. Last week they listened to my songs 66 times on Apple music. The week before that it was 41 times while in that week someone in Houston, Texas listened to my songs 87 times. The week before that it was 56 times. The week of the 4th June 2021 was probably my best ever week for people listening to my music on Apple music with a total of 186 plays.

On Tuesday I met up with Phil Swann and Martyn Hillstead in Teignmouth on a glorious sunny evening. We did consider going to a nearby pub but we were told that it was extremely crowded so we just enjoyed the nice weather and scenery.

Teignmouth back beach June 2021Ian, Martyn, Phil Teignmouth June 2021


13th June 2021

13th June 2021


Peter Cartwright who has a show on Riviera FM in Torbay sent me an email to let me know that he gave my birthday a mention on the radio. He has told me that he is continuing to play a Legendary Ten Seconds song on a weekly basis. You can hear him giving me a mention in the last hour of his radio show via this link:- 


https://www.mixcloud.com/RivieraFM/good-morning-torbay-peter-cartwright-4th-june-2021/


It is about 2 hours and 7 minutes into the show just after a song about a wedding. You can hear one of my radio jingles and my song about the Brixham Mayflower. This song features Martyn Hillstead on drums, Phil Swann on mandolin, Lord Zarquon playing bass guitar and Bridgit England singing with me.

6th June 2021

6th June 2021

Work continues on the Songs About Devon music project. Drums and bass have now been recorded for several new songs including the ones about Plymouth in the Second World War and the terrible Lynmouth flood in the 1950s.

Here are the lyrics for my latest song


Haytor Granite


This granite tramway that you see

Was built in eighteen twenty

For Haytor granite was in demand

Used in construction throughout the land


London bridge was built of it

Over the river Thames to sit

Also used at Ludgate Circus

The stone has such a fine surface


This granite tramway that you see

Was built in eighteen twenty

For Haytor granite was in demand

Used in construction throughout the land


There's Haytor stone on Cathedral green

The finest cross I've ever seen

For those lost in the First World War

To remember them for ever more


Stover house such a grand home

Is also made of Haytor stone

Throughout the country you may roam

And you might see the Haytor stone


This granite tramway that you see

Was built in eighteen twenty

For Haytor granite was in demand

Used in construction throughout the land

23rd May 2021

23rd May 2021

There is a new article about the Torbay songs of the Legendary Ten Seconds on this webpage:-

https://www.theprsd.co.uk/2021/05/19/the-legendary-ten-seconds-putting-torbay-history-to-music/

16th May 2021

16th May 2021

Details about my Wars of the Roses music has been included on this shop webpage of the Tewkesbury battlefield societyhttps://www.tewkesbury.org.uk/shop

I received an email last Sunday to tell me about my music being played on some local radio shows. The songs Old Family Photos and Country Fayre on EVRV (Phonic FM) and Strange Daze (Soundart Radio). Here is a link to the show on Soundart Radio


https://www.mixcloud.com/stevebrownartist/evrvstrange-daze-lofgren-n-harrow-luke-haines-springsteen-thompson-byrds-searchers-apr21/

Good progress continues with the Songs about Devon project and I have just started to record a new song about Plymouth during the 17thcentury


The Siege of Plymouth

Intro

Bm, E. D, A, Bm 


First verse

Bm

Civil war was declared

E

Astley left for pastures new

D A

Plymouth declared for Parliament

Bm

In Sixty Forty Two

Link


Bm, E. D, A, Bm, E, Bm


Second verse

Mayor Francis then took charge

While the rest of Devon fell

Against the royal army

Plymouth was a citadel


Bm, E. D, A, Bm, E, Bm


Chorus

C Em

There followed years of hardship

G B7

During the long siege

B7

Of the awful suffering


F#m

It's so hard to believe

Link

Bm, E. D, A, Bm 


Third verse


A new line of defence

Around the city made

The men of Plymouth laboured

With pick axe and spade


Second chorus


There followed years of hardship

During the long siege

Of the awful suffering

It's so hard to believe


Middle bit


D

Every man signed an oath

A

To say he'd rather die

D A

And not see the royal army

B

Once more so satisfied


Link

D, A, Bm, E, Bm


Instrumental verse x2


Instrumental chorus


Link

Bm, E. D, A, Bm 


Fourth verse


At Pennycomequick

There was a deadly trap

But Birch the Plymouth officer

Was such a clever chap

Inside the fort was quiet

Which was not a good sign

He shouted for Parliament

At the Royalist picket line

Link

Bm, E. D, A, Bm, E, Bm


Last chorus

C Em

There followed years of hardship

G B7

During the long siege

B7

Of the awful suffering

B7

It's so hard to believe

9th May 2021

9th May 2021

Lord Zarquon has been busy since we started the Songs About Devon music project. So far he has finished the recording of 6 songs for this album. I have also been in contact with Graham Moores who is in the process of creating the album cover


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