Mark Swanson is a member of the Guild of American Luthiers and the Grand Rapids Federation of Musicians Local 56

All images and music copyright Mark Swanson Music.

“ To the Makers of Music, all worlds, all times” - Inscription on NASA Voyager spacecraft, 1977

Recordings from the Studio

I have recorded and written songs for as long as I remember, but for some reason much of that activity has taken a back seat to playing live music. Between building my instruments, and playing live and maintaining a band it gets hard to find studio time! But I manage to get some writing and recording done.

I have a small home studio, and run Pro Tools there. These songs all feature instruments that I built, and I played all of the parts- except for the notable work of drummer and good friend Tom Davis on some songs. Enjoy, and please comment!

Playing Live Music

I cannot describe the fun and great release that I get from playing live music for people who are listening.
As fall is settling in, and the summer’s gigs are all done, you can find me playing a few solo spots around western Michigan. I’ll announce them as I get them.

I also host open mic nights in and around Grand Rapids. I’ll see you around!

Live performance!


Please visit my page on Soundcloud!

Soundcloud is an on-line community for hosting music and sound. There is a large supportive group there, and I chose that place to put the songs I want to share with the world. I will be updating and adding material as I go, and also I’ll be putting up some different things now and then, old and new. So visit and mark my page there.