Ian's Blog

2nd May 2021

2nd May 2021

I received some exciting news from Dave Clifford last week. He has been able to find his friend Carl Hutson on Linkedin. Dave shared a flat in Brentford with Carl and played him the short recording that I had made of a Decontrol gig. Carl called the recording the Legendary ten Seconds! Dave had lost touch with Carl many years ago so it is great news that they have now made contact with each other. Here is a photo of my Popular Obscurities Tshirt which shows the names of all the bands who played at a day long concert at Torquay Town Hall back in April 1982. This includes Decontrol


25th April 2021

25th April 2021

There is a song about Perkin Warbeck on one of my Ricardian albums which I wrote several years ago while on holiday in Scotland. Last Sunday I finished writing a second song about this pretender to the English throne.


At the Gates of Exeter


A young pretender to the throne

His real name is still not known

Came to the West Country with intent

A warning to the Tudor king was sent


He raised his standard at Penzance

Towards Exeter he would advance

Gathering supporters along the way

He was Richard of York some do say


At the gates of Exeter he arrived

And to force an entrance he duly tried

Attacks on the North and East gates failed

The defence of Exeter prevailed


I have also started to scan some old photos of the Torbay music scene of the early 1980s. Here is a photo of Jerry Brimicombe and me about to set off for our second Chapter 29 gig in early 1982.

Ian and Jerry C29 1982


18th APRIL 2021

18th April 2021

A few days ago I wrote a song about a smuggler who was born in Beer, South East Devon, called Jack Rattenbury. I am now trying to concentrate on writing songs with a Devon theme. For the time being I have parked my comedy album idea despite having written enough songs for it. Later this year I am also hoping to release another album of songs that I have recorded with Phil Swann and Martyn Hillstead. The only thing that is left to complete this is the album the artwork and the addition of some vocals to a few of the songs.


Jack Rattenbury


Jack Rattenbury the smuggler

Was born in the village of Beer

Where his family lived in poverty

With no comfort throughout the year

Jack Rattenbury the smuggler

Was born in the village of Beer


His father was pressganged

And was never seen again

Jack was the oldest child

And sought work with the fishermen


Jack became a smuggler 

All around the coast of beer

Chased by custom officials

Of the risks he had no fear

Jack became a smuggler 

All around the coast of beer


He was a local hero

Giving money to the poor

With lots of trusted friends

To protect him from the law


His memoirs were published

In eighteen thirty seven

And I wonder if Jack

Is a smuggler up in heaven

I do wonder if Jack

Is a smuggler up in heaven


Jack became a smuggler 

All around the coast of beer

Chased by custom officials

Of the risks he had no fear

Jack became a smuggler 

All around the coast of beer


He was a local hero

Giving money to the poor

With lots of trusted friends

To protect him from the law

Lots of trusted friends

To protect him from the law

11th April 2021

11th April 2021

A small section of music recorded for the Mer de Mort album has been used to introduce the following recent Mortimer History Society lectures:-


Dr Sean Cunningham: The Battle of Mortimer's Cross and its Political Legacy in the Fifteenth Century.

https://youtu.be/O_tsejwdOd0

Steve David:The Mortimer Retinue 1451-1469

https://youtu.be/dRqrCekrRH0

Anthony Rich TD: “Mortimer’s Cross 1461 – The Elusive Battlefield”

https://youtu.be/Pg3BueKwOr8


I instantly recognised my mandola and the sound of Lord Zarquon's keyboards when I started watching the introdction to one of the lectures but I didn't recognise the tune. I then asked Lord Z to listen to it on you tube and he didn't recognise it either and we then began to wonder if perhaps it hadn't been recorded by us. I then decided to listen to the Mer de Mort album to see if I could find it on the album. I thought that perhaps it was the introduction to one of the songs but I eventually found that it is taken from the middle instrumental section of The Round Table 1279:-

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

2nd April 2021

2nd April 2021

Last weekend I recorded two jingles for Peter Cartwright of Riviera FM which I think he will use for his radio show. This has given me the idea for a new album which would start and end with the radio jingles and would have songs all about various aspects of the county of Devon. I have written several unreleased songs already about this subject matter and I have started sending new recordings to Lord Z for him to consider. So far this year I have been mainly recording with Phil Swann but now I intend to concentrate on mainly recording with Lord Z ( I can hear him groan as he reads this while Phil breathes a sigh of huge relief! ). I will also try to write and record some new songs with Martyn Hillstead who has written some very good lyrics which have resulted in some excellent songs over the last twelve months or so.

28th March 2021

28th March 2021

Having recently written a song about terrible tenants I have now written a song about a fictitious terrible landlord

Graham the Greedy Landlord


Graham was a greedy landlord

Who charged extortionate rent

He owned lots of properties 

Throughout the county of Kent


He had a very lavish life style

And owned a fast sports car

Dining at expensive restaurants

With champagne and caviar


Graham was a greedy landlord

Who charged extortionate rent

His tenants were caught in a poverty trap

And of this they would often lament


He went on expensive holidays

Drinking cocktails in the sun

Dreaming of his rents rolling in

Always looking after number one


Graham showed no mercy

If his tenants couldn't pay their rent

He'd kick them out as soon as he could

Into the street they were sent


Graham was a greedy landlord

Who charged extortionate rent

He owned lots of properties 

Throughout the county of Kent


He had a clever accountant

So he never had to pay any tax

With complicated trust accounts

He would always cover his tracks

21st March 2021

21st March 2021

Have I previously mentioned the Semi Acoustic Almanac on this blog? I can't remember if I have. This has been mainly recorded with Phil Swann and Martyn Hillstead and follows on from the Acoustic Almanac as a separate project from the recordings with Lord Z. I guess it is a bit like Lord Z's Prophet's project (although the music is completely different in style) except that I'm using the LTS brand name for both of my musical ventures. Could be a bit confusing of course.

Photo of Semi Acoustic CDs


For the time being I have decided not to get any CDs duplicated for the Pageant of Torbay Part Two album as I want to see if I can sell the Torbay Pageant Part One CDs at local lectures provided we come out of lockdown in the summer. Depending on this I will then consider duplicating CDs for the Part Two album. I didn't really want to get CDs duplicated for the Semi Acoustic album but Phil Swann did and is paying half of the cost so if any one wants a CD please send me an email. Here is a link to a promotional video that I have made for this album

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hUYcK1cTDfo

Also the Pageant of Torbay Part Two album is mentioned in the Torbay Weekly. Here is a link to it

https://www.torbayweekly.co.uk/news/legendary-10-seconds-7799186

14th March 2021

14th March 2021

Some of my music has been used as an introductory piece for a few of the recent Mortimer History Society lectures. Here is a link to one of the lectures:-

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZYdNS8PlDuM

Last week I had a great idea for a new guitar riff and I decided to see if I could use this for a new song. I then decided to see if I could write a new one about the battle of Jutland and here are the lyrics for the new song


They departed from the Firth of Forth

While the German fleet sailed North

Sailing towards that fateful day

A naval battle at the end of May


The Germans had hoped to lure and trap

A portion of the British fleet

But their signals were decryted

And Jellicoe's larger fleet

Admiral Scheer would meet


They departed from Scapa Flow

To the south they would go

Sailing towards that fateful day

A naval battle at the end of May


The Germans had hoped to lure and trap

A portion of the British fleet

But their signals were decryted

And Jellicoe's larger fleet

Admiral Scheer would meet


In the run to the south

On the British ships was wrought

The German superb gunnery

As the battle cruisers fought

7th March 2021

7th March 2021

I have been exchanging emails with Stephanie Medwell and I have just discovered that her grandmother's sister used to live in Shiphay. In actual fact in the same road where my sister lives, literally opposite her house. Like myself, Stephanie remembers the prefabs in Wallace Avenue in Shiphay. Here is a link to my song about Christopher Marks Churchward and Stephanie's grandmother on you tube:-

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

Stephanie's grandmother Olive in Shiphay



28th February 2021

28th February 2021

On Monday I spoke to the organiser of the annual Agatha Chrisite festival in Torquay. Apparently someone complained about the content of my song and video about Agatha Christie's house in Torquay because it didn't contain the blue prints for the plan of the property!!! The festival organiser deleted the comment on you tube which I thought was a bit of a shame.

On Tuesday morning I was interviewed via the internet by Peter Cartwright of Riviera FM and this was included in his lunchtime radio show on Friday. You can hear me about two thirds of the way into the show via this link:-


https://www.mixcloud.com/RivieraFM/good-morning-torbay-peter-cartwright-26th-february-2021/


There is an article about the Torbay Pageant Part Two album on this website:-


https://wearesouthdevon.com/the-second-legendary-10-seconds-album-just-released/


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