the legendary ten seconds



For about the last 6 years I have been mainly recording songs with Lord Zarquon who used to play in a local Torquay band called Strange Red Earth. 

In November 2018 we finished an album for the Mortimer History Society which is called Mer de Mort.

I have been recording songs as The Legendary Ten Seconds since 2003. I would like to thank Guy Bolt for his brilliant drumming on some of my songs. Guy has also played some bass guitar, keyboards and harmonica on some of the recordings. He did everything on the comedy rap "Fagends Toothpaste" apart from writng the words. Apart from that my only contribution was brushing my teeth to this one. Tom Churchward also brushes his teeth on this comedy rap. Rob Blaikie plays mandolin on my songs Nothing Is Going Your Way, Tudor Tune, Dorchester Fair and The Travelling Medicine Show which were all recorded between August and October 2006. 

Steve Ley has played drums on some of my recordings and he used to be the drummer of Strange Red Earth.

David Clifford plays bass guitar on my songs Can't Find A Girlfriend and Shoot The Moon and on some of the songs on the Murrey and Blue album. Nigel Howells makes an amusing vocal contribution to "Can't Find A Girlfriend" and is also featured on my CD "Chasing Chances" available from Golden Pathway records. Thanks also to Steve Honeywill for his contribution on this CD. I must also thank Graham Moores for all the brilliant art work. He has also done a lot of The Morrisons artwork including the flexi disc which was played by John Peel in 1987 and on The Playroom Discs EP.

Simon Lane for harmonica on one of the versions of the Ed's Mixed Bag jingle and my song "I Just Can't Live Without You Babe. This song was inspired after hearing a tape of my favourite band Quciksilver Messenger Service performing You Don't Love Me sometime in 1966. I thought there's a cool guitar riff and tried to learn how to play it and as usual failed but came up with an alternative riff instead.

Violet Sheer wrote the words for the song "Cobwebs" and also sings on this song and one of the several versions  of "What Else Can I Do" that I have recorded. She sings the backing vocal on "The Travelling Medicine Show" recorded October 2006.  Most recently she has helped with some singing for my albums about Richard III and the Wars of the Roses.

I would like to thank my wife Elaine for putiing up with all the noise I make in the basement at Rock Lee when I am recording and rehearsing. She wrote the words for the songs Dorchester Fair ( called York City Fair on the Loyaulte me lie album ), Travelling Medicine Show and Chasing Chances. Someone else  I must thank is Phil Andrews for his lead guitar on my song Hung Up On The Past which was one of the first songs I recorded as The Legendary Ten Seconds. This recording session led to the Morrisons getting back together. Then there is Andy England who plays some guitar on my tune Farewell and his wife Bridgit plays violin on this track and she also sings backing vocal on my song Destitution. I used to play in band called Just A Shadow with Andy and Bridgit and this was how I met my wife Elaine who was also in the band.

I would like to say a big thank you to the following:-

Mike Middleton who played bass on the song York City Fair on the Loyaulte me lie album.

Thank you to Sandra Heath Wilson for writing and reading the narratives on the Tant le desiree album.

Ashley Mantle for all of his lyrics.

Fleur Elliott for singing on the Mer de Mort album.

Rowan Curle for singing on the chorus of the song Leitwardine.

John Challis for reading the narratives for the Mer de Mort album.

Philip Hume for all his help and support with the Mer de Mort album.

Camilla Joyce for singing on several of my Ricardian songs.

Anna Bolt for singing the chorus for Mortemer Castle on the Mer de Mort album

Phil Helmore for his vocal contribution to the Battle of Barnet song.

Ashley Dyer for the trumpet playing on my songs

Pippa West for singing on the Murrey and Blue and Mer de Mort albums.

John Bessant for playing lap steel guitar on the Murrey and Blue album.

Ed Ovett, Jackson Cooper and Phonic FM for frequently play my music on their radio shows.

Lastly I must thank my sister who showed me how to play my first chords on the guitar way back in 1979 and also to Joe Strummer of The Clash for the inspiration.

Reviews by Kim Harten of Bliss Aquamarine

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. I will be writing about more of Ian Churchward's music shortly, but in the meantime visit and for more information.

Review of Podtastic by Blissaquamarine

THE LEGENDARY TEN SECONDS Podtastic CD (The Golden Pathway)
The Legendary Ten Seconds is the other band of Ian Churchward of The Morrisons. This album also features appearances from The Morrisons' Phil Andrews and Elaine Churchward. The Legendary Ten Seconds share The Morrisons' jangly indiepop approach to a certain extent, but they add to that large helpings of traditional-style English folk music, psych-folk-rock, and Tudor-inspired melodies played in psych-rock or folk-rock style. There's also Can't Live Without You, a 60s pop meets blues number with wailing harmonica. Some of the songs are romantic and/or happy-go-lucky, but the band are also unafraid to touch on more serious issues, such as I'm So Rich, a piece of wry social commentary that aims its ire at those who are rolling in cash but too selfish to give anything more than a token few quid to charity.
Basically The Legendary Ten Seconds are updating folk music for the modern era, combining traditional musical motifs with modern lyrical concerns (such as references to modern technologies such as cars, credit cards and the internet, and colloquialisms such as 'chill out' and 'cool'), as well as musical styles with their origins in the 20th century, such as psych and indiepop. The music is eclectic yet coherent, and is very listenable. The 'Pod' bit in the title refers to podcasts; the songs here all appear to have been recorded specifically for podcasts and radio shows, and each one includes a jingle promoting the show at the end. Available from

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