As you will observe from their appearance on Diana Rubino’s blog , The Legendary Ten Seconds now have a book featuring information on some of their best-known songs about Richard III, his time and Devon, of course.
My Review of The Legendary Ten Seconds for the Ricardian Register (magazine of the American branch)
As a longtime Ricardian, I enjoy music from his era, but The Legendary Ten Seconds, led by balladeer Ian Churchward, who writes the music and lyrics, writes songs of Richard III’s life. They each tell a story about different times and events in Richard’s life before and during his reign, and the music will transport you right back to medieval times. The accompanying flute, as well as Ian’s singing voice, instantly made me think of one of my favorite bands of all time, Jethro Tull, with flute virtuoso Ian Anderson’s lively melodies and smooth voice. It’s folksy, yet some of the songs have a faster tempo, as the folk-rock of Tull, and you’ll find yourself tapping your foot as you listen to the livelier songs. Richard, who appreciated music and was reportedly a great dancer, would have thoroughly enjoyed these songs.
The CD covers are works of art. The CD Loyaulte Me Lie, (Richard’s motto “Loyalty Binds Me”), released the year after his remains were discovered under a Leicester car park in 2012, features an image of Richard based on the facial reconstruction that shows us what Richard looked like.
If you’re not a Ricardian (yet) you will learn much about Richard from these stories put to beautiful music.
I just purchased Loyaulte Me Lie from Amazon and will undoubtedly purchase more from this multi-talented group of musicians, who, incidentally, donate profits to a UK scoliosis charity.