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Welcome to Austin Friends of Traditional Music


Founded in 1974, AFTM fosters and supports traditional music and dance from the many different cultures and communities found in Austin and its surrounding areas.  We encourage playing, learning, dancing, and sharing our musical heritage in its many forms as they evolve with each new generation.

We sponsor the annual Austin String Band Festival and Mid-Winter activities. We regularly host house concerts, jam sessions, dances. AFTM serves as an educational and informative resource through its Reel Times newsletter,web page and workshops.

Join AFTM Today!

Reel Times Fall 2017

The Fall 2017 edition of the Reel Times newsletter is here. Don't miss it! You can view this and past editions on the Newsletters Page.

News and Coming Events

String Band Festival 2017

The 12th Annual Austin String Band Festival, October 20-22

Camp Ben McCulloch

Camping jamming, workships, good eats and great traditional and old time music.

Featuring: Spencer-Rains trio with Emily Mann; Jake Penrod & His Million-Dollar Cowboys; Molsky’s Mountain Drifters; Rodney Sutton; Catching Up the Slack; The Mar-A-Lago Strugglers; Missy Beth & The Morning Afters; Up Around the Sun; The Barn Owls with Sharon Isaac; Rabbit Sanchez & Lorenzo Martinez; Jesse Lege,Peter Schwarz and Cajun Ramble.


More details here.

Festival Admission

Tickets are available at the gate by cash, check or credit card. Or you can order in advance from Brown Paper Tickets.

  General AFTM Member Student *
Friday only
Red Band
$30 $25 $20
Saturday only
Pink Band
$40 $35 $30
Blue Band
$50 $45 $40
Kids under 16
Star Band

* students must provide ID

AFTM Meeting and Jam - October 8


The AFTM Monthy Meeting and Jam is held on every second Sunday at Sam's Town Point
Meeting at 12:30 pm – Jam to follow at 2:00 pm..


Go here for location and more information ...

mid-winter-header-xs.jpgMidwinter Festival
Saturday, February 10th, 2018

Save the date!  Our Midwinter Festival will be held at 

Life in the City UMC
205 E Monroe St, Austin TX  78704


Swannanoa Old-Time Music and Dance Week - July 23-29, 2017

AFTM offers an annual scholarship to a young musician, singer or dancer (30 years old or younger) to attend the Swannanoa Old-Time Music and Dance Week at Warren Wilson College, Asheville, North Carolina.

This year's recipients have been selected.  Watch for more information and think about applying for 2018.

Click here for details.

stonesoup-instruments-200.jpgStone Soup Sessions
October 15, 2-5pm
Texas Music Museaum


Stone Soup is the monthly jam and song circle featuring all kinds of traditional music featured in Reel Times Summer 2017 edition.   The sessions are held third sundays, 2 to 5pm at:

Texas Music Museum
1009 E. 11th Street, Austin, TX 78702

Check the AFTM website for occasional changes of date or venue.

House Concert: Chris Brashear and Peter McLaughlin - October 7

brashear-mclaughlin.jpgHillside House Concerts present an evening with Chris Brashear and Peter McLaughlin. Though steeped in bluegrass tradition, they perform many original songs and draw from a deep repository of acoustic roots music. Their shows always include dynamic vocal harmonies, intricate arrangements and stunning instrumental virtuosity

To reserve your place for the concert please send a message to  Hillside House Concerts with the number of people in your party.  You will receive an e-mail with the location and other relevant information.  Suggestion donation for the concert  is $15.

More information about the performers here...



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