Founded in 1974, our goal is to foster and support music traditions from the many different cultures and communities found in Austin and surrounding areas, to encourage playing, learning, dancing, and sharing our musical heritage in its many forms as they evolve with each new generation.  Joins us.

AFTM is a 501(c)3 organization dedicated to traditional music. We present 2 yearly music festivals highlighting the central Texas music community and featuring local, national, and international folk musicians. Our Mid-Winter Festival is held in late January and features 12 local traditional bands in 12 hours. The festival also promotes designating the month of January in Austin as Folk Music and Dance Month in conjunction with the national and international observance. The Austin String Band Festival is in the Fall and is an old-time and bluegrass centered event with the purpose of passing along traditional music to the next generation of enthusiastic musicians. We also host house concerts, jam sessions, and dances. AFTM serves as an educational and informative resource through its newsletter, web page, and local musician's registry.


Austin Friends of Traditional Music offer two youth grants to attend the Old-Time Music Gathering at Wilson Warren College in North Carolina.  The deadline to apply is February 8, 2015.  Anyone in the Austin area, 30 years of age or younger may apply.                                           


templogoMWF2015.jpg2015 MIDWINTER FESTIVAL 

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Dougherty Arts Center, 1110 Barton Springs Road, Austin, TX   Doors open at 12:30 pm



Between the workshops, the performances and the silent auction, there is something for everyone at the AFTM Mid-Winter Festival! This festival goes on each year and is possible only by the time and effort of AFTM members and volunteers. We want to sincerely thank you in advance for donated items to the silent auction, the volunteers who help to make this event run smoothly and last but not least the musicians for being so generous with their time and expertise in their performances and workshops.

Admission at the door (no advanced ticket sales)
$25.00 - General public
$20.00 - AFTM member 
$15.00 - Student
Children 12 years old and under are free.




                         Performances 1PM - 9PM  ***  Workshops 1:30 PM - 4:15 PM

Lost Klezmer Ramblers - Yiddish folk music, Texas style
Aidan - Traditional Irish Music
Texas Serenaders - Old time singing, country rags, blues and breakdowns
Ragtime Willie - Syncopated surprises
The Maud Muller Crankie Show by the Lick Creek Girls
Double Eagle Stringband with Erica Braverman - Old-time favorites and dancing
Sean Tracey & Chojo Jacques - Original songs in bluegrass and old-time style
Vana Mazi - Greece, Italy, Central Asia, & the Balkans with Gypsy Jazz/Turkish beats

The funds raised at the festival will go a long way towards helping AFTM to bring great live traditional music to the Austin community in 2015! Also, we look forward to getting more young people from our community involved in traditional music through our Young Musician’s Grant (deadline for applications:  Feb. 8, 2015)!


This year for the first time we are using VolunteerSpot to organize our festival volunteers.
Here's how it works: 
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Photos by Tom Delaney of MWF 2014  can be found at this link

Here is a clip from last year!

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Read about our Scholarship Winner's experience at the Swannanoa Gathering, Swannanoa, North Carolina.


2014 AFTM String Band Festival
October 17-19 @ Camp Ben McCullough


2015 AFTM Mid-Winter Festival
February 7th @ Daugherty Arts Center



Membership is open to everyone. In order to carry out its goals, AFTM needs the support of interested persons, organizations, and businesses through tax-deductible donations. But donations are not all that maintain the vitality of AFTM. More info


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