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.
The Fall 2018 edition of the Reel Times newsletter is here. See it and past editions on the Newsletters Page.
This issue features a preview of the 2018 Austin String Band Festival performers, introduces the new Swap Shop at the Festival, and has a bio of the beloved Festival Cafe manager, Sara Weber, and more!
News and Coming Events
Stone Soup Sessions
December 16, 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.
AFTM Meeting and Jam - December 9, 2018
The AFTM Monthy Meeting and Jam is held on every second Sunday at The Barn on Brodie Lane. Meeting at 12:30 pm – Jam to follow at 2:00 pm.
Hillside House Concerts
Hillside House in Austin offers a chance to see performers up close in an informal setting and relaxed atmosphere.
There are a number of terrific performers who will be appearing at Hillside House in the next few months.
Coming December 8, Will Taylor adn Karen Mal, December 13, Songs from the Road (Bluegrass)..
Strings Night at the Sahara
Friday, December 7, 8pm to 1am
A crazy night of string playing featuring American Dreamer, Indian & the Jones, Chalkboard Poets, and the Troll Smashers. The Sahara Lounge, 1413 Webberville Road, Austin, TX, $10 cover.
John McCutcheon House Concert
December 1, 2018, 8:00, Above Mosaic, Smithville,Texas
Doors open at 8:00 pm, concert starts at 8:30.
John McCutcheon folk music's renaissance man — master instrumentalist, powerful singer-songwriter, storyteller, activist, and author.
Or call (512) 360-2531 or (512) 694-8935
Fourth Annual Festival of Texas Fiddling
Saturday, December 1, 2018,
Twin Sisters Dance Hall, 6720 US-281, Blanco, TX 78606
The festival day program includes a symposium, presentations, workshops and showcase concerts by master fiddlers from styles across Texas. The evening western swing dance features Texas favorites Bobby Flores and the Yellow Rose Band.
Swannanoa Old-Time Music and Dance Week - July 2019
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 2019.
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