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