Welcome to Austin Friends of Traditional Music
Reel Times, January 2023
The latest issue of our newsletter, Reel Times, is now out! Read it here
AFTM Camp Jam - March 17-19, 2023
Join us the weekend of March 17-19 at Camp Ben McCulloch for a weekend of music, camping, picking, and good times. Admission will be free! Campers will have to pay Camp Ben's normal camping fee.
Jams are Returning
Check out our Jams page for a listing of known jams in the Austin area.
We'll update our page as we find out information about changing jam conditions. If you host a jam or have information we could share, please contact us.
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Web site and YouTube channel manager
The AFTM channel on YouTube now features a series of interviews conducted by our Reel Times editor Gary Mortensen.
Here are the latest interviewees:
Each year the Austin Friends of Traditional Music awards a scholarship to promising musicians and dancers, 30 years of age or younger, who wish to further their studies of old time music and dance.
In years past we have supported our scholars to attend the Swannanoa Gathering’s Old-Time Music and Dance Week. Since the Swannanoa gathering has been canceled this year we will instead support these young musicians to further their study through on-line courses and lessons.
On Line Singing and Picking
During the COVID-19 empidemic some of our regular jams and song circles have gone on-line using Zoom video conferencing. Too bad, we can't really jam together over Zoom but we can take turns performing and listening. Not the same thing but it is fun. The following sessions have now gone on-line:
- Terry's Song and Tune Circle, each Saturday at 4pm
- Celtic Song Session, first Sundays at 2pm
- Stone Soup Session, third Sundays at 2 pm
Click the following link to register to get the video conference links in your email:
On that same page you'll also find links to articles by Chip Bach and Terry SoRelle explaining how you can enhance your on-line music making.
See and hear past sessions on our YouTube Playlist.
For a calendar of other virtual song sessions in the US, UK and around the world see:
Boston Song Sessions - Virtual Sessions
Remember the good old times? They'll come again! Meantime, join us on line.
Kids in a New Groove
Kids in a new groove (KING) combines the power of mentoring with music instruction by providing private, in-home, music instruction to Central Texas youth in foster care.
Volunteers are needed! Apply here.