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Welcome to Austin Friends of Traditional Music

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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.

Join AFTM Today!

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

mid-winter-header-xs.jpgMidwinter Festival
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

mark-gilston-xmas-300.jpgMark Gilston Hillside House Concert – Saturday, January 6, 7:30pm

With special guests The Annoying Instuments Orchestra (AIO)

Celebrate the end of the holiday season with songs and music. Mark Gilston and special guests from AIO will sing and play traditional music from around the world on dulcimer, concertina and more. Jam / song swap to follow the concert.

Suggested donation: $15

Contact Hillside House Concerts for reservations.

AFTM Meeting and Jam - December 10

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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..


 

Go here for location and more information ...

stonesoup-instruments-200.jpgStone 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-xs.jpgScholarship:

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.

Click here for details.

Wassail 2017 - December 17

A Solstice-Christmas Family Celebration
with a Texas-Czech Flair.

Wassail 2017 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.

 

Calendar

Click the button to show our Google calendar of AFTM events and other related traditional music and dance events. Click any event for more information.

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