at the Beautiful Camp Ben McCulloch, Driftwood, Texas
THE FESTIVAL GOES ON RAIN OR SHINE!!!
2013 AUSTIN STRING BAND FESTIVAL PHOTOS by Tom Delaney
If you missed this year’s festival, don’t worry! Please join us at our Midwinter Festival on February 8th, 2014 at the Daugherty Arts Center.
Classic Banjo from Smithsonian Folkways
Classic Banjo from Smithsonian Folkways Explores the Versatility and Vitality of an American Musical Staple, Out August 6 on Smithsonian Folkways.
The history of the banjo stretches across a complex, international terrain, from West Africa and the Caribbean, to North America and around the world. On August 6, Smithsonian Folkways will release ‘Classic Banjo from Smithsonian Folkways,’ a 30-track compilation that captures the great versatility of the banjo and how it helped shape American musical identity, including the instrument’s vital role in the 1960s folk revival.
The collection offers an introduction to some of the many faces behind the music of the banjo, such as a recording of a young Pete Seeger performing a rapid-fire banjo medley as well as Doc Watson’s 1976 rendition of “Rambling Hobo,” the first banjo tune Watson, better known for his guitar playing, ever learned. Other featured performers include Elizabeth Cotten, Bill Evans, Snuffy Jenkins, Bill Keith, Dink Roberts, Roni Stoneman, Tony Trischka, and Don Vappie.
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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.