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 Spring 2016
The spring 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
AFTM Meeting and Jam - June 11, 2017
The AFTM Monthy Meeting and Jam is held on every second Sunday at Lee Elemenatary school:
Meeting at 12:30 pm – Jam to follow at 2:00 pm..
2017 Texas State Championships
Pearl Community Center - Pearl Texas
State contests for Mandolin, Guitar and Banjo. Held during the free Pearl Bluegrass Jam and Stage Show Weekends at the Pearl Community Center in Pearl Texas., Prizes are: 1st place - $500 and entry to Winfield National competition and Festival. 2nd $350, 3rd $200. Open to all Texas Residents.
Contest rules and early registration http://bayareabluegrass.org/Contest.php
Map and more information: http://www.pearlbluegrass.com.
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.
Deadline for applications extended! May 1, 2017
Bluegrass Jamming Classes
April 30 through June 4
Master fiddler Andy Lentz teaches a series of bluegrass jamming classes, in the Wernick method. Classes will be held weekly (except memorial day) in south Austin.
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