The Legendary Ten Seconds | Loyaulté Me Lie

Go To Artist Page

Recommended if You Like
Donovan Moody Blues Traffic

Album Links
facebook page Band website

More Artists From
United Kingdom

Other Genres You Will Love
Folk: British Folk Rock: Folk Rock Moods: Solo Male Artist
Sell your music everywhere
There are no items in your wishlist.

Loyaulté Me Lie

by The Legendary Ten Seconds

An English folk rock music album about the life and times of Richard the third, the last Plantagenet king of England who was killed at the battle of Bosworth in 1485
Genre: Folk: British Folk
Release Date: 

We'll ship when it's back in stock

Order now and we'll ship when it's back in stock, or enter your email below to be notified when it's back in stock.
Continue Shopping
just a few left.
order now!
Buy 2 or more of this title's physical copies and get 10% off
Share to Google +1

To listen to tracks you will need to update your browser to a recent version.

  Song Share Time Download
1. York City Fayre
3:18 $0.30
2. The Battle of Barnet Song
3:43 $0.40
3. Loyalty Binds Me
1:53 $0.40
4. Lord Anthony Woodville
3:10 $0.40
5. The Lord Protector
1:48 $0.50
6. Fanfare for the King
2:09 $0.50
7. The Lady Anne Neville
2:38 $0.50
8. Wheat in the Field
3:29 $0.50
9. Tudor Danse
2:08 $0.50
10. House of York
2:52 $0.50
11. Mystery of the Princes
3:43 $0.50
12. Sans Charger
2:21 $0.50
13. Fellowship of the Whyte Boar
3:02 $0.50
14. The King in the Car Park
2:43 $0.50
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
In this brilliant collection of songs, the Legendary Ten Seconds reveal the unquenched fighting spirit of the House of York and the steadfast loyalty of Good King Richard. They also bring to life the haunting sadness of death itself. This album is indeed worthy of King Richard III’s motto.
( November 2013 )

Artwork by Red fox illustraions


All songs Recorded 2013

Inspired by the discovery of the grave of Richard III in a car park in Leicester

The musicians:-

Ian Churchward lead vocals, 6 & 12 string guitars, bass guitar and mandolin
Lord Zarquon Mellotron, Hammond -Nord Electro 3, Roland XP50, MTron Pro and Mini Moog keyboards
Percival Thirlwall drums
Guy Bolt drums on Fanfare for the king
Elaine Churchward backing vocals
Phil Helmore backing vocals on The Battle Of Barnet Song
Tom Churchward backing vocals on The Battle Of Barnet Song
Ashley Dyer trumpet on Fanfare for the king & The Lady Anne Neville
Rob Blaikie mandolin on York City Fair
Mike Middleton bass guitar on York City Fair & Wheat In The Field

Songs in historical order

York City Fair written by Ian Churchward & Elaine Churchward

The Battle of Barnet Song ( April 1471 ) written by Ian Churchward & Lord Zarquon

Loyalty Binds Me ( 1472 ) written by Ian Churchward

Lord Anthony Woodville ( April 1483 there is a theory that he poisoned King Edward VI in early 1483 ) written by Ian Churchward & Lord Zarquon

The Lord Protector ( the death of Edward VI early April 1483 ) written by Ian Churchward

Fanfare For The King ( coronation of Richard III July 1483 ) written by Ian Churchward

The Lady Anne Neville ( death of the wife of Richard III 1485 ) written by Ian Churchward

The Wheat In The Field ( August 1485 ) written by Ian Churchward

Sans Charger ( new instrumental, it was the motto of Lord Stanley who betrayed Richard III at the battle of Bosworth in August 1485) written by Ian Churchward

The Mystery of the Princes written by Ian Churchward & Elaine Churchward

Tudor Danse written by Ian Churchward

House Of York ( Richard of York ) written by Ian Churchward & Lord Zarquon

The Fellowship Of The Whyte Boare ( a song about the Richard 3rd society ) written by Ian Churchward

The King In The Car Park ( 2012 discovery of the grave of Richard 3rd ) written by Ian Churchward & Elaine Churchward


Richard was born on 2nd October 1452 at Fotheringhay castle. He was the 11th child and youngest to survive into adulthood of Richard Plantagenet, the 3rd Duke of York and his wife Cecily Neville. His oldest brother reigned as Edward IV. Richard fought bravely with Edward at the battles of Barnet and Tewkesbury in 1471 after they both returned from a brief period in exile in Burgundy. At the time Richard was only 18 years old. Edward IV had fallen out very badly with Warwick the kingmaker who had changed his allegiance over to the house of Lancaster during the period known to us as the wars of the roses.
This falling out with Warwick had largely stemmed from Edward's secret marriage to Elizabeth Woodville.

Throughout the reign of his brother, Richard was a loyal and faithfull supporter and held the title of the Duke of Gloucester. Edward IV died rather unexpectedly after a short illness and Richard was named as Lord Protector upon the kings death, as Edward's oldest son and heir to the throne was only 12 at the time.

It appears that Richard's interests, property and also his life would have been put at severe risk if his nephew Edward V had been on the throne as the boy king would have been heavily influenced by his mother and her Woodville family. The Woodville's in turn probably felt threatened by Richard as Lord Protector. Richard may have had fears that England would have been plunged into another civil war and these reasons may largely be why he took the step to make himself king when he discovered that his older brother had already been secretly married to Lady Eleanor Butler when he married Elizabeth Woodville thus making Edward's marriage to Queen Elizabeth bigamous and his heir Edward V illegitimate.

After a brief reign of just over 2 years Richard III was killed at the battle of Bosworth in August 1485 and his victorious opponent took his place as the new king Henry VII. Most simple history books quote the traditional view that Richard was a very cruel and evil monarch and amongst his many supposed crimes was that he killed his 2 young nephews so that he could take the throne. Careful examination of the confusing information from the records of the late fifteenth and early sixteenth centuries casts severe doubt over these traditional views. In fact it actually appears that Richard was a much more just ruler than the usurper Henry VII and that Richards name was blackened by the victorious Tudor king who had an extremely poor claim to the throne.

This is a review of Loyaulté me lie :-

Album: Loyaulté Me Lie
Label: Pastime Records, Cat Number Pastime 050
Tracks: 14

There are of course many inspirations in the folk world, often stemming from historical events that occurred at the time. Folk music has often been seen as a way of telling history and stories in a way that will help the information be kept alive and past on.

It is only fitting that actually some folk artists will base all of their music around certain historical events and for The Legendary 10 Seconds, this would be the medieval era around Richard III and the War of Roses.

The album 'Loyaulté Me Lie' chronicles certain events from this time into catchy song form right up until the fairly recent discovery of the grave of Richard III in Leicester.

The music is very much lyric based with backing instruments consisting of electric guitar, percussion and multi skills on the keyboard. Each track from the very first 'York City Fayre' to 'The King in The Car Park' is a piece of history put into a detailed song form and this seems to the primary goal of the music.

The vocals of Ian Churchward and the entire guest backing vocals are the perfect platform for this goal as they are clear, concise and meet you with a sense of power and authority on the subject. Interestingly most of the vocal tracks have a similar sound, but there are a few instrumental tunes that are a different style. The 'Fanfare For The King' for example uses the traditional fanfare style with some modern adaptations. Similarly 'Tudor Danse' is the kind of music you hear when looking at modern adaptations of historical scenes, whether this be for atmosphere or cliché.

These short intermission tracks are really helpful to the overall feel of the album as they have that typical historical feel about them and make the entire album feel almost like a film soundtrack from some sort of modern film adaptation.

Some may look at the album tracklist and worry that there is a strong historical vibe that excluded people who do not know their history, but really the album can be enjoyed no matter what your level of historical knowledge and understanding the events being described in the songs is not necessary for enjoying the music itself.

Paul Rawcliffe, Fatea 2014



to write a review

Sandra Heath Wilson

Top notch folk-rock music...
Every so often something new, exciting and different comes along that makes me sit up attentively. From the first haunting notes of the flute on this wonderful album, you know you’re in for a treat.
Given the name ‘folk-rock’, you might expect a blend of traditional English songs and instruments with the more modern sound of electric guitars synthesizers. This is mostly what you get, but when put together expertly, the resultant production is tuneful, seamless, melodic and, to me, exhilarating. There is nothing loud, thudding or brash in this, but there is beauty and it’s very pleasing to the ear.
Yet . . . a whole album based around Richard III? Can it be possible? Yes, it can, and every track of Loyaulte me lie pays homage to the last and most enigmatic of the Plantagenet kings. The songs are in chronological order, with only the first undated. The others lead us from 1471 and end, of course, in 1485. Well, actually, it ends more recently, with the rediscovery of Richard in that Leicester car park.
York City Fayre brings to mind a day when a youthful Richard takes his sweetheart, Lady Anne Neville, to the fair in York and gives her ribbons to wear in her hair. It’s a gentle, light-hearted song of a lover and his lass. I believe the song started out as something else entirely, but was adapted to fit Richard’s time. Whatever its original meaning, to me it’s a day out at York fair, with Richard and Anne as loving and carefree as all young sweethearts should be.
The Battle of Barnet Song (1471) is, despite its subject, an amusing account of some Yorkist soldiers on their way to the battle, but getting themselves side-tracked by too much ale and wine, so they end up missing the fight. Jaunty and wry, this is a foot-tapping track.
In Loyalty Binds Me (1472), Richard tells us of his unerring adherence to his brother, King Edward IV. He is Lord of the North, with Anne at his side, a faithful, contented man who will always support his brother. This, probably the happiest, period of his short life is told in an easy, lilting song.
When King Edward IV died suddenly, the queen wanted her family to be supreme, but he had entrusted everything to his brother Richard’s care. Lord Anthony Woodville (1483) is about the poet and famous jouster who was the queen’s brother, and who had charge of his nephew, the new boy king, Edward V. Musically, the pace is somewhere between a trot and a canter, bringing to mind Anthony’s swift procession of two thousand horsemen as he took the new king from Ludlow to London, intending to side-track Richard. But he made a fatal halt at Stony Stratford, where Richard found him out. It cost Anthony dearly.
At the moment of Edward IV’s death, his queen fears that Richard was named The Lord Protector (1483). She does not like Richard and suspects his motives, but only after it’s too late does she discover that he is a man of honour. This is a sad, slow song, filled with regret; not only that of the queen, but also of Richard, whose discovery of Edward IV’s bigamy means he, Richard, is the rightful king, not his nephew, Edward V. Richard does not want the crown, it is thrust upon him, and his days of happiness are at an end.
The splendour and pageant of Richard and Anne’s coronation is easily evoked by the instrumental Fanfare for the King (1483). Dignified, yet lively, it manages to conjure the solemnity of the ceremony but with a lighter refrain to remind the listener that Richard will be a good, honest king and true leader. England will prosper under his rule.
The Lady Anne Neville (1485), a plaintive but uncompromising melody, tells of the sad year in which Richard lost both his son and his wife, before losing his own life. It relates the grief through Anne’s eyes, even to the eclipse of the sun on the day she died. Sad, but defiant.
Sorrowing, alone and doomed, Richard and the House of York must then face a foreign threat led by the Lancastrian usurper Henry Tudor. The Wheat in the Field (1485) tells of the invasion, with Tudor’s army of traitors and Frenchmen marching through the fields to Bosworth, crushing the harvest and caring nothing. Tunefully determined, the song strides along, creating a vision of the relentless approach of Richard’s enemy. And the inevitability of his heroic and noble death.
Bosworth is over, and the solemn, graceful instrumental Tudor Danse pictures a slow dance at the court of the new king, Henry VII. The music is beautiful, but makes one think of what it might have been like had Richard still been king. It is, I think, intentionally slightly muted, a tinge of regret perhaps, but very lovely. The elegant movements of the dancers are almost visible.
Slain through the treachery of the Stanley lords and others who had sworn allegiance to him, The House of York (1485) tells of the cruel treatment dealt to Richard’s body and reputation after Bosworth. Henry Tudor has no intention of allowing his predecessor any honour, and thus destroys his own. The better man lost. This track is wistful and filled with heartache for what has gone forever.
We still do not know the fate of the two sons of Edward IV, but those who believe in Richard, believe in his innocence. The Mystery of the Princes (1485) reflects upon the rumours and unsolved question of what happened to the boys known to history as the Princes in the Tower. There is no answer to this infamous mystery. The music sways along, spreading like ripples . . . and rumours. Down the centuries those whispers come.
Sans Charger (1485) is another instrumental, sprightly and yet with an edge of something undefined. The title is the motto of Thomas, Lord Stanley, who deserted Richard at the Battle of Bosworth and just happened to be Henry Tudor’s stepfather. I don’t want such lovely music to be for the likes of him! So instead I high-handedly choose to hear it as a celebration of Richard’s innocence. Vindicated, without charges against him.
In 1924, a company of early Ricardians formed The Fellowship of the Whyte Boare, eventually becoming the Richard III Society. The story of the unstoppable growth of support for Richard is told to in this lilting track.
The final track is The King in the Car Park, the title of which is self-explanatory. It begins with imperative drumbeats, and then moves along gladly to tell the incredible events that culminated in Richard being found again where Greyfriars once stood in Leicester. Played over by schoolchildren, walked over by office workers, even parked upon by vehicles, he has been rescued at last. The most talked-about English king ever—he reigned for only two years—he arouses more passions than the others put together. And deservedly so.
This album is not just a treat, it’s a royal banquet, both for music lovers in general and for Ricardians in particular. Richard’s life is celebrated with superior tunes, lyrics and production. The music is peculiarly intimate, as if you are in the room as it is being played. It is also novel, exceptional and well worth hearing. You may not like folk or rock, let alone folk-rock, but if you give it a chance, you may be very agreeably surprised.
And there will soon be a second royal banquet . . . er, album. Again all about Richard!
Loyaulte Me Lie by The Legendary Ten Seconds
Pastime Records 030
© 2014 The Legendary 10 Seconds
Amazon: CD
Amazon: MP3

Judy Jacobs

Life of Richard III in music and lyrics
I downloaded this album just before Christmas and still play it a great deal. The lyrics, which are very good and well worth listening to, are written by Ian Churchward, with some by his wife, Elaine. Ian has a very good voice and the music is basically folk rock but has a haunting mediaeval ambience which is very moving.
It is a fine collection of songs and instrumentals, even if you are not particularly interested in Richard III.
I am very pleased to recommend it to all.

Loyaulté Me Lie

A Special Gem
When I first read about this album I was a little skeptical and not quite sure what to expect. What would the sound and the instrumentation be like, would it be in English or Latin? Well, the lyrics are all English, the instruments are diverse and so is the sound and rhythm. The songs are an excellent mix of slow, medium and fast pace, some instrumental only, but all of the songs have a story to tell of Richard the 3rd - his life, a song of the astonishing time when he was found and one about the R III Society - The Fellowship of the Whyte Boare. You are serious songs like "Mystery of The Princes" and the almost haunting, but really beautiful song "Loyalty Binds Me" - a song that really grips me, followed by a rocking piece called "Lord Anthony". There are also fun songs like "The Battle Of Barnet Song" - it's a fun "drinking song" and I always get a good chuckle hearing it.
There are a number of songs on this album that have become my favourite songs and one of them is "The House Of York". It is superb story telling and truly moving.
A very special album with excellent music, well written lyrics, outstandingly performed by The Legendary Ten Seconds. I wholeheartedly recommend this album to any music lover! ENJOY