About Us

Established in 1997, the Lanarkshire Songwriters Group come together to share songs and stories in an informal evening of music and discussion. Professional, semi-professional and complete beginners are encouraged to come along and participate in musical projects and learn from one anothers experiences of songwriting and performing in a wide genre of styles including contemporary, blues, country and traditional.

Having established the group in ‘The Cave’ in Lanark, the songwriters later moved to The Cartland Bridge Hotel near Carluke and ‘The Crosskeys’ in Stonehouse before settling on the banks of the Clyde at ‘The Crossford Inn’ in the Clyde Valley. From here songwriters young and old have shared stories, expereinces, advice and knowledge of songwriting in encouraging one another and those seeking to improve their skills as musicians and crafters of song.

Over the years participating musicians have produced several CDs recounting themes associated with Lanarkshires’ historical and social past. As well as participating in performamnces across Lanarkshire and beyond, members have also been involved in working with the communities and school providing songwriting and musical workshops supported by the Scottish Arts Council, Local Authorities and the New Makars Trust.

If you have an interest in songwriting and would like to learn about the groups activities then come along and share your songs and experiences of songwriting.

Some of our songwriters