The Society exists principally to bring Scottish-based lute and early guitar players together to play to and with each other. All standards from complete beginner to professional will be encouraged to take part. This is a ‘safe place’ to try out that new piece you have been working on, ask questions, share info, etc. 


SLEGS is society for the history and construction of, and performance upon early* plucked musical instruments, primarily the lute and the early guitar, of music composed for these instruments and the techniques used to play them.

*’early’ in this context ranges from the earliest times up until the middle of the 20th century.


Future meetings will include presentations, workshops and concerts. But the main aim is to get players together. 

Interested in joining? All you have to do is turn up. Look out for the date of the next meeting – it will be on the main page.

Email Rob MacKillop for more info: robmackillop@gmail.com 


11 responses to “About

  1. I wish the Society every success.
    Please keep me informed of future events – although I live some way away, I do visit a sister in Scotland from time to time.

  2. I’d like to second Alan’s sentiments. I’ve been meaning to visit Edinburgh for years (it’s shocking that I’ve never been) and a SLEGS event – perhaps you’re not using the acronym, though at least you aren’t in Ulster! – would make the perfect excuse…

  3. I have a five course lute and want to know where to find music for it. I play many stringed instruments, including the ukulele, that is how i found you. I am a classical guitarist so am comfortable with finger style playing. I belong to Heart of Iowa Classical Guitar Society and am so happy people like you are doing things so people like me can learn and grow. Thank you so much.

    • Dear Jean,
      A five-course lute is a medieval lute, often played with a quill. Either you have a copy of an instrument in a painting, or you might have a modern oud or ud from the Middle East, which is more likely. There is almost no surviving music specifically for the medieval lute, so you have to be creative in adapting known medieval tunes.

      You will get more info at http://lutegroup.ning.com


  4. Thank you. I’ll work on that. 🙂

  5. I moved to Fife just over two years ago. I’m a member of The Lute Society and have a 6 course renaissance lute, which – for various reasons, I haven’t played for 5 years now. However, I intend to start again and am very interested in meeting other people interested in early music.
    I’d be grateful if you could keep me informed about any meetings coming up.
    With best wishes
    Inger Betts

    • Hi Inger. It’s good to have another lute player around. As you’ll read in the latest post, I have given up the reins of the Society. The new management team will be making another website soon. I don’t have your email address, otherwise I would have sent it to them for inclusion in their email list. So, email christopherjupp3@gmail.com for inclusion and further information. I’m sure Chris will be happy to hear from you.

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