IMPORTANT NOTICE:  During this time of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) concern, most concerts, jams and meetings have been cancelled.  Check with the event contact before attending and check these pages for recent updates.  All of us at AFTM hope that you and your friends and family are staying well.

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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 Special Issue May 2020

The May 2020 special issue of our Reel Times newsletter is here. This issue focuses on how we can keep our music alive during the pandemic, with an in-depth feature by Chip Bach on "virtual pickin'".

See all issues of Reel Times on the Newsletters Page.  

AFTM Meeting and Jam

The AFTM monthly jam is on hiatus due to COVID-19.  Board meetings continue via video conference.  Use our contact form for more information, questions or concerns for the board. 

Cabin Fever Tunes

In order to keep musicians employed and the rest of us entertained, our friend Beth Chrisman has created a directory for streaming concerts and artist support at cabinfevertunes.com,

We are so greatful to Beth for this service to all of us in these dreary times.  Be sure to visit the site and consider a contribution to her work.

See the concert schedule here 

AFTM Scholarships

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.

See our scholarship page for more information . . .

Swannanoa Festival

Regretably, most and probably all the events, jams and dances listed below have been suspended due to COVID-19.  We are keeping this schedule here in anticipation of better days to come when our dancing and music making together will resume.

Upcoming Concerts and Events

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Kids in a New Groove

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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.

Dances

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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.
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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. 
https://www.facebook.com/AustinDare2Square/

Jam Sessions and Song Circles

On-line Tune and Song Circle

Every Saturday afternoon at 4pm

Link and updates at https://www.2quakers.net/music/tune-and-song-circle

The tune and song circle is our attempt to keep making music in
spite or our isolation during the pandemic. Due to the limitations of video
conferencing it is practially impossible to actually play together. The delayed
timing throws us off. But we can share our music by performing one at time.

Joining our Zoom video meeting is a simple matter of clicking the link on our
main page. Just follow the prompts to install the Zoom application on your
computer or mobile device. You may want to optimize your Zoom sound
configuration by following the instuction on our Zoom Music Page."

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, 2 to 5pm
The Barn - 6218 Brodie Ln, Austin

A monthly song circle of all music celtic
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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.
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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
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Every Tuesday 6:30 to 10pm
Aristocrat Lounge 6507 Burnet Road

Pick and grin every week.
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Every Saturday from 5 pm
St. Roch's Bar, 515 Pedernales St, Austin

A great jam for Cajun fans and everyone!
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Fourth Saturdays, 7pm-10pm
Friends Meeting of Austin, 3701 E Martin Luther King

Temporarily cancelled due to COVID-19. Open sing-along sessions using the Rise Up Singing songbooks.
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Second Fridays, 7 to 10 pm
UU Church, 4700 Grover

Jam and sing-along using "Rise Up Singing” and “Rise again” songbooks which contain more than 2400 mostly traditional songs.