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
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
Mazel Tov Kocktail Hour CD Release Party - December 2 - 7pm
The finest klezmer band this site of the Pecos!
Mazel Tov Kocktail Hour, an 8-year-old tranditional Jewish Music band, celebrates the release of their first album "Shoyn Avek Der Nekhtn" (Yesterday is Dead).
Doors open at 6pm at Agudas Achim, 7300 Hart Lane, Austin
Admission is $12, get tickets at http://www.mazeltovkocktailhour.com/
AFTM Meeting and Jam - December 10
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..
Stone Soup Sessions
December 17, 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.
Swannanoa Old-Time Music and Dance Week - July 2018
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.
Watch for more information and think about applying for 2018.
Les Blank Tribute Screening: The Music Films - December 3
The Austin Film Society will screen three documentary films by Les Blank, about Texas and Louisiana musicians Lightnin' Hopkins, Manse Lipscomb and Dewey Balfa. Les' son, Harrod Blank with introduce the films.
Show time is 8:00 pm at AFS Cinema, 6406 N I-35 Suite 3100 Austin, TX
Wassail 2017 - December 17
A Solstice-Christmas Family Celebration
with a Texas-Czech Flair.
Featuring music dance, clowns, magic, puppets, plays and polkas!
Children's show: 2:30pm
Main show: 5:30pm
Tickets: Adults $15, Children 12 and under $5, available in advance at scottishritetheater.org
All proceeds go to a charity of children in the Darfur region of Sudan.
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