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!

 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.


See me at the River Rock Lounge on Friday June 23, from six until ten!

In Grand Rapids, Ann Street and US131.

And July 22 and 29, I will be at The Score in Grand Rapids from noon until four!