AUSTIN FRIENDS OF TRADITIONAL MUSIC 2013 YOUTH SCHOLARSHIPS
AUSTIN FRIENDS OF TRADITIONAL MUSIC has announced the 2013 scholarship recipients.
Congratulations to Josh Moore & Isaiah Sibi-Hackney.
Josh Moore is the 20-year old banjo player for Bottom Dollar String Band in Austin. Josh will attend The Swannanoa Gathering Banjo Week in August at Warren Wilson College in Asheville, N.C. Congratulations Josh and we know you will enjoy your time at The Swannanoa Gathering!
Isaiah Sibi-Hackney is a 10-year old 5th grader and is a 5th generation player of the fiddle. He has been playing for over a year but has been around old time fiddling since he was born. He has attended the Swannanoa Gathering several times as a camper but this will be his first year as a student.
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Read about our Scholarship Winner's experience at the Swannanoa Gathering, Swannanoa, North Carolina.
FOUR POTATOES PODCAST
Marc Airhart is an Austin Contra Dance Caller who also podcast about traditional American music and dance. You can listen to his most recent podcast about Kentucky banjo picker Maggie Patrick Isaac and her granddaughter, Sharon Isaac, at http://www.fourpotatoes.org/.
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.