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Welcome to Austin Friends of Traditional Music

AFTM supports traditional music and dance from the many different cultures and communities found in Austin and around the world. We encourage playing, learning, dancing, and sharing our musical heritage in its many forms as they evolve with each new generation.

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Reel Times Fall 2019

The Fall 2019 - String Band Festival - edition of the Reel Times newsletter is here. This issue includes feature articles on festival performers and plenty more!

See all issues of Reel Times on the Newsletters Page.  

AFTM Meeting and Jam - October 13, 2019 

The AFTM Monthy Meeting and Jam is held on every second Sunday at Batch on 3220 Manor Road. Meeting at 12:30 pm – Jam to follow at 2:00 pm. Bring your own folding chair.

Go here for location and more information  

Austin Stringband Festival 2019

Tickets are available at the gate by cash, check or credit card. Or, order on-line....

  General AFTM Member Student *
Friday only $25 $20 $15
Saturday only $40 $35 $30
Weekend $50 $45 $40
Kids under 16 Free

* students must provide ID

Camping available. Fees and information here...

Volunteers needed. Signup here

Austin String Band Festival - 2019
Save the Date!  October 18 through 20th

It may be hot as blazes right now in Texas, but October at Camp Ben McCulloch is going to be a delight. The festival will feature a variety of string band music, dancing, workshops, food and camping, all in a natural setting with close-in parking. This family-friendly festival features live performances and workshops of Old-Time Appalachian, Bluegrass, Cajun, conjunto, swing, gospel and other traditional string band music styles. On the roster so far: 10 Bands, 11 Mini-Sets, 3 Square Dances. Watch this space for details.


  • Steam Machine - Old time meets bluegrass
  • Lone Piñon - Southwest traditional music
  • Jesse Lége & Bosco Stomp - Cajun dancehall
  • Big Cedar Fever - Classic western swing
  • The Barn Owls & Sharon - Long time favorite
  • Stovetop Rangers Reunion
  • The Here & Now with Tony Davoren - Irish
  • Lloyd and April Wright - Old time and gospel
  • Pace and Barber - Traditional string band
  • Flat Earth Rounders

Mobile-friendly schedule (https://aftm.us/asbf)


  • Dances of the American Southwest
  • Cajun Dance    
  • Swing Dance
  • Callers: Larry Edelman, Sharon Isaac, Rich MacMath
Buy Tickets on-line

More details here

Upcoming Concerts and Events

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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.


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Wednesdays at 7:30-9:45 pm
Hancock Recreation Center, 811 E 41st St, Austin

Contra-dancing for young and old alike.

Third and Fourth Saturdays, 7:15-10:15 pm
Shirley McPhail School of Dance (SMSD), 8018 Mesa Dr., Austin

Dances are taught by our local and guest callers. Suggested donation $6
Dare to Square

Dare 2 Square

A place to find out when and where old-time Appalachian Square Dance happens in Austin. 

Jam Sessions and Song Circles

New Location for Rio Rita Jam

The long time home of the jam, Rio Rita Lounge, is no longer available, but the jam continues on!  Big thanks to the Aristocrat Lounge for giving the jam a new home, at least temporarily, just in our hour of need.

The jam continues every Tuesday at 7:30 until late, All skill levels are welcome. The tunes are still raging and the drinks are still cold. And a food truck can be found in the back.  Come by and check it out! 

Aristocrat Lounge, 6507 Burnet Road, Austin, TX 7875

See our Facebook page

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Every first Sunday of the month, 11:00 am to 1:00 pm
Brentwood Social House, 1601 W. Koenig Lane

The Sunday social and old time Jam

Every First Sunday of the month, 2 to 5pm
The Barn - 6218 Brodie Ln, Austin

A monthly song circle of all music celtic

Third Sunday of the month
Texas Music Museum ,1109 E 11th Street, Austin

A tune and song circle where all types of traditional music are welcome.

Fourth Sunday of the month. Beginners 2 to 3:30, Intermediate 3:30 to 5:00
In homes (click through for information)

Jams for budding musicians young and old

Every Tuesday 6:30 to 10pm
Aristocrat Lounge 6507 Burnet Road

Pick and grin every week.

Every Saturday from 5 pm
St. Roch's Bar, 515 Pedernales St, Austin

A great jam for Cajun fans and everyone!

Scholarship: Swannanoa Old-Time Music and Dance Week - July 2020

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.
Click here for details.

Swannanoa Festival