The club was formed in 1944 to provide quality live music and other theatrical performances for the wartime population of Dunoon and Cowal. The club hosted puppet shows and ballet as well as Chamber music for which it is now renowned.
In 1975 the club moved into Kirn Church Centre until storm damage caused the closure of the building and the departure Cowal Music Club to a new home.
In 2014 the club was going to celebrate 70 years and to mark the occasion renowned Scottish composer, Eddie McGuire was commissioned to create a piece of music to be performed by Hoot (Helen MacLeod (harp) and Emma Wilkins (flute). In an innovative collaboration, Eddie worked with two artists, Don McNeil DA & Jean Bell, bounced ideas off each other, affecting both music and the paintings, and the whole experience has been captured by film maker Gordon Davidson.
In the Autumn of 2017 the club entered into a partnership with the Dunoon Burgh Hall where all their concerts are now held.