The Legendary Ten Seconds started off as the solo music project of Ian Churchward during the time when he was the lead guitar player of The Morrisons who were featured on John Peel's radio one show back in 1987. In 2013 Lord Zarquon joined Ian's music project and since then the line up has gradually expanded and various guest musician's and vocalists have helped out in the recording studio. The most recent musician to join the project is Phil Swann who also plays guitar in a band called the Estuary Buoys. The sounds of the Mellotron feature quite significantly in the songs.
Most notably The Legendary Ten Seconds have recorded many critically acclaimed English folk rock albums which chronicle the Wars of the Roses and the life and times of Richard III in England during the late fifteenth century. The albums are available on Amazon and itunes and the band have donated money to a scoliosis charity from some of the income generated from the sale of their music. The CD versions of the albums are available via the Richard III Society in the UK.
In 2018 the band recorded the Mer de Mort album which was commissioned by the Mortimer History Society to commemorate the Society's tenth anniversary. It is a historically accurate album of songs which chronicles the story of the significantly important Mortimer medieval family from their roots in Normandy prior to the battle of Hastings and into the 15th century. The album includes historical narratives read by the actor John Challis ( Boycie in Only Fools and Horses ) who is the patron of the Mortimer History Society.
2019 saw the release of four albums, Devon Roses, History Book Part One. Instrumental Legends and Thrilling Blunder Stories.
In February 2020 the History Book Part Two album was completed and released the next month. This has been followed by The Acoustic Almanac and the Pageant of Torbay Part One albums.
The Pageant of Torbay Part Two album was released in February 2021.
The band have performed several concerts for the Richard III Society including one for the USA branch in Denver. Ian Churchward has also published a book about the music of The Legendary Ten Seconds which is called Songs About Richard III and is available from Amazon.
Review by Kim Harten of Bliss Aquamarine http://www.blissaquamarine.net/singlereviews26.html
THE LEGENDARY TEN SECONDS Introducing... CDR (Golden Pathway)
The Legendary Ten Seconds is one of several bands featuring Ian Churchward (the others including old-school indiepoppers The Morrisons, and traditional English country dance band Phoenix). The Legendary Ten Seconds make jangly indiepop straight out of the late 80s. Like many examples of this genre, the happy-go-lucky melodies and arrangements often mask a melancholic mood, as seen in lyrics like "It's a beautiful day but I want to cry/Inside my thoughts turn to cloudy skies". This is real authentic old-school indiepop, made by someone who was involved in the scene the first time around (The Morrisons were originally formed in the 80s, and reformed in more recent years). The last track, Medieval Garage, shows a very different side to The Legendary Ten Seconds, and it is this side of the band I tend to prefer, having moved away from indiepop over the last decade or so, in favour of modern interpretations of folk and medieval music. This track is fantastic medieval/Renaissance inspired folk-rock, much in the vein of Philip Pickett and Richard Thompson's The Bones of All Men album, which incidentally I rate very highly.