The Songmaker Story

Verbal tradition holds that Songmakers was started in the late 1940's as an informal jamming group. A recently-unearthed newsletter from 1963 reveals that the club was formally launched in 1953 as a "workshop" for songwriters. Over the years it has evolved into more of a mutual support group for songwriters, musicians and singers wanting to improve their craft, meet other like-minded folks, play lots of music together, and generally have a lot of FUN! Songmakers was incorporated in the '60s as a non-profit organization. At that time a set of by-laws was adopted, a board of directors was formed, and a more formal organizational structure was thus adopted. We don't let that interfere with our FUN, however!

Songmakers is somewhat like a folk music club, except that (we feel) we welcome and embrace a more eclectic mix of musical genres and styles, such as country, oldies (from the 20's through yesterday), bluegrass, gospel, blues, humorous songs, and of course folk. The only common thread is that everything we do is acoustic (with the exception of occasional performances before large groups) and FUN!

We currently have about 450 members.

Hoots, Song Circles, musical get-togethers and attending other musical performances and events is what Songmakers is all about. Our members are musicians ranging from beginning to professional and just plain folks that love traditional and acoustic-style music.

A Hoot is a Songmakers sanctioned, formal get-together, usually at a private home and attended by anywhere from 10 to 60 people. Everyone gets one or more turns at which time they may either Perform a song, Lead a sing-along song, request a song or performance by someone else, or simply "Pass."
Hoots are held eight times a month in locations from Orange County to Ventura County. Click on HOOTS for detailed information.
Song Circles are similar but do not have the same restrictions as hoots regarding alcohol for example and are also listed on the Hoots page.

Save your old guitar strings in the packaging that the new strings came in for the Second Strings Project
give them to any board member, Click HERE for more info

Bulletin Board

LUCK O’ THE IRISH Soledad Canyon Campout
Mar 16-19, 2017
Registration Form

Songmaker Badges

Current Hoot Guidelines

Kay Conroy has been converting vintage Songmaker videos from the archives to DVD's
See your latest E-Chord for details

Dana Charette’s Kenney Grove Videos are available online
Click HERE