My debut album - Long Runner

in Music6 months ago

It has been a long time coming, but today I officially release my first album of original songs. It is called Long Runner. You can listen to it on Bandcamp and it is available for download for free or whatever you choose to pay. I am not doing this for the money, but anything I make can go towards some better music gear.


I have played guitar since my early teens, but never performed much. I only started writing songs in the last ten years as I got into playing at pub sessions. I started one in my home village of Arlesey and found a load of musicians who inspired me. One of those was Glenn Cole who wrote some great songs, but sadly passed away a couple of years ago.

The songs are sometimes inspired by life, but others just pop into my head. I am happy to answer any queries you have about the songs or recording process.

This album is an entirely self-produced affair, all recorded in 'Studio Spoon', aka my study. I used Ardour on Ubuntu Studio. Everything was recorded with an M-Audio Fasttrack Pro interface. Guitar (Taylor 210) and ukulele (Tanglewood Tiare) were plugged in and everything else through an MXL 990 condenser microphone.

I produced some backing tracks using the iReal Pro. I am not so good at programming drums, but played some djembe on a couple of tracks.

I am no expert at recording, so it is all a learning process. Perhaps for my next effort I will get professional assistance, but this was a zero budget project for fun. I wanted to get some reasonable recordings to share with a few family and friends, but thought I could make it generally available.

I need to think about writing some new songs now and perhaps there will be a follow-up album some day.

Rock on!


Congrats on your first music album. Bought. 👏 👏 😎 📻 🎧 🎤 🎶 🎼 📢

Wow, thanks. My first record sale!

You're welcome! I support independent musicians! 😎 📻 🎧

I've bought more music on Bandcamp in the last few years than anywhere else. Lots of cool stuff out there.

Yeah, me too. Or to say differently: in the last few years, I bought music only from Bandcamp. Nowhere else. :)

Born in the seventies is a great song!

Cheers! I enjoy the creative process. I'll be interested to see what reactions I get.

Awesome job Steve! I shall enjoy having a listen in the coming days.

It's not very long. Most of my songs are pretty short. Enjoy.

Hell yeah, that's awesome! I know a few people who put out their first albums this year and it was because the pandemic finally allowed them the time to get it done. I guess every black cloud has a silver lining. I will definitely check this album out as soon as I can.

Cheers. This has been brewing for a while and I'm happy to finally get it out. It was partly done for my parents. Hope you enjoy it.

Nice job man. From the first quick listen-thorough, it's a good debut. Rock on man!

Cheers. It was fun to do. I need to work on my skills for the next one.

Congratulations! Publishing is always an important step in the creative process.

It's a new experience for me, but I already have a couple of sales to Hive people.

Yeah!! downloading!, congrats my friend! lml

Cheers. It's funny that this is not the sort of music I might have imagined I'd be making, but it's fun and people seem to like it.

wow, will have to check this @steevc - becoming a real rockstar soon!

Well I have had a few sales. It's something I have wanted to do for a few years, so it feels good.

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Wow! Great news, I will check it out, nice time of year to choose for a release!

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I don't know as though I have ever done anything with Bandcamp. I might have to check it out at some point. Is Dsound still around? I remember when a lot of people used to post stuff to that.

DSound is out of action for now. I buy a lot of music from Bandcamp and they do a good deal for musicians. It feels like the right place for my music.