My Recording Debut

Okay, so this isn’t a normal blog post.

It’s not about security.

Bruce Schneier playing doumbek

I’ve been playing doumbek with a band at the Minneapolis Renaissance Festival called Brother Seamus. They’ve released a CD, “Hale and Sound,” where I play on three of the tracks.

If you’re interested in a copy, it’s only $15—including shipping anywhere in the world.

If you’re in Minneapolis, come to the Renaissance Festival tomorrow to hear us play—I’m not going to be there on Sunday.

Signed or unsigned?

Click to order Brother Seamus’ “Hale and Sound.” Order it here; the PayPal button on the CD’s webpage doesn’t work.

Posted on October 1, 2010 at 2:43 PM49 Comments


Richard October 1, 2010 3:17 PM

Fantastic. Congratulations on the CD and concert. I played doumbek and frame drum for years, still remember many rhythms… might have to pull my drums out of the basement.

By the way, my wife calls the drum the “dumb beck.” Ugh.

Rob October 1, 2010 4:02 PM


“Do it here, it doesn’t work there” isn’t that a classic phish type of line?

Just sayin’.

ha October 1, 2010 4:11 PM

I like how the credits on the back say that Unicorn Studio is responsible for the “Reverse Engineering”.

Jenny Juno October 1, 2010 4:14 PM

What, no electronic distribution?
You should look at: (artists without a label in the UK) (australia and pacific rim)

Most of these will get you “everywhere” – itunes, amazon, some will even get you in the mall stores but most important is to make sure they get you on the streaming services like, pandora, rhapsody, napster, spotify, etc — not only do you earn a penny or two for each streamed copy it makes it super easy for anyone to find your music and actually listen to it, which is what it’s really all about, right?

TimH October 1, 2010 9:54 PM

Bruce, you appear a weasely bit younger (and serpently less happy) in your main picture than this one… is you is or is you ain’t going to confess to vanity?

never go full hippy October 2, 2010 1:43 AM

plz make this your official photo at top-right, but larger so we can see you better.

d3sm0nd October 2, 2010 2:16 AM

It is a little bit disappointing that there is no sample of the music available– no .mp3 snippet hosted somewhere, no youtube’d snatch of a performance. If whoever is curating your files could arrange for the availability of such a thing, it would be helpful; as much as I’d love to have a piece of music to which you contributed, without any idea whatsoever as to whether I’d enjoy the genre or style, it’s difficult to commit to!

Rohit October 2, 2010 7:01 AM

Ha ha ha ha
Good one Bruce, I wish you had little extra time on your trip to do a tiny session of this too.


Chelloveck October 2, 2010 8:40 AM

It’s nice to know that if this security gig doesn’t pan out, you’ve got a lucrative career ahead of you on the RenFaire circuit.

Clive Robinson October 2, 2010 12:37 PM

@ Bruce,


Can I comend to you and others a little ditty,

It was recorded a little while before you where born but hey it just seems so appropriate…

Other records by the same artist copied by many others since are “Albert and the Lion” and “The return of Albert”, Oh and the one most people know him for from the film “My Fair Lady” is CI’m Getting Married in the Morning”.

Daniel Rothman October 2, 2010 2:19 PM

new entry for the Trivial Pursuit refresh – “What was the name of the band featuring Schnier on percussion, and what was the name of their debut CD?”

Or maybe jeapordy, “Alex, I’ll take security trivia for $10,000”

j October 2, 2010 6:42 PM

Sorry about staring like that! I was trying to figure out whether it was you or not — what are the odds of randomly seeing Bruce Schneier playing a doumbek at a ren faire? 🙂

Shial October 2, 2010 6:48 PM

Damn, the one day I don’t go there. I’m friends with a bunch of the people there at the troubadour stage and I’ve been there to see brother seamus playing

drum fan October 2, 2010 9:47 PM

@ Richard: But let us remember that it’s “bodhran” that rhymes with “moron”.

Richard Hartmann October 3, 2010 4:49 AM

Using facebook is unacceptable for quite a large chunk of Bruce’s readership.

That being said $15 is not that much and I’m willing to risk it.

Still, Bruce should know better than not providing snippets to listen to. Some would go as far as saying he is computer literate so he should be able to manage it 😉

Richard October 3, 2010 5:32 AM

@drum fan: True enough. Although I play(ed) “tar” which rhymes with… uh, well, imagine something witty.

I’d be interested to know if Bruce ever travels through US airports with his metal dumbek… my guess is TSA finds it “interesting,” especially if it’s right off the boat from Egypt or wherever its made as it has various odd residues still on its skin.

John Campbell October 3, 2010 9:09 AM

Well, Bruce is in good company…

After all, Richard Feynman played the bongos…

Lives close October 4, 2010 9:14 AM

Dang it! If I’d have read this on Friday instead of Monday I’d have gone, just to meet you in person.

Stephen of Solaris October 4, 2010 11:45 AM

@ Chelloveck
It’s nice to know that if this security gig doesn’t pan out, you’ve got a lucrative career ahead of you on the RenFaire circuit

Guess I’m not the only Rennie here. During the week I do security at a bank, and on weekends, I protect Their Majesties at the Carolina Renaissance Festival. (I’ll be the one with the eight-foot halberd)

There do seem to be a lot of geeks that completely unplug from the world at Faire.

Clive O October 4, 2010 11:47 AM

Cool. It’ll have to be added to the

Metadata says it was the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T9 6 MP Digital Camera that took the picture. Not a bad little camera. But I would rather have Geoffrey Stone’s Canon EOS 5D used to take the official blog photo.

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