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 2018
The Spring 2018 edition of the Reel Times newsletter is here. This issue has several great articles including "Black Fiddlers and Texas Fiddle Music" by Dan Foster. Don't miss this one! Well, actually, don't miss any of them. You can view current and past editions on the Newsletters Page.
News and Coming Events
Rios de Norte y Sur - July 7
Central Presbyterian Church - 200 E 8th St, Austin, Texas
The newly released album 'Rios de Norte y Sur' is collaboration of the band Radio Jarocho from New York and son jarocho legend Zenen Zeferino. On July 7, they will be teaching a son jarocho workshop, including jarana and zapateado, and then perform a concert. The fee for the workshop includes a ticket to the concert.
Workshop and concert- $20
Concert - $10
Jarana workshop with Zenen Zeferino 5:00PM - In this workshop students will learn strumming, phrasing, and lyrics of traditional son jarocho songs.
Zapateado workshop with Julia del Palacio 6:00PM - She will teach the basic steps of son jarocho with combinations for more advanced students.
For more information see the FaceBook Event
Stone Soup Sessions
July 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.
AFTM Meeting and Jam - July 8, 2018
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.
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.
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