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 Summer 2018
The Summer 2018 edition of the Reel Times newsletter is here. This issue features a preview of the 2018 Austin Stringband Festival line up and a profile of banjo player Dave Seeman. Don't miss this one! Well, actually, don't miss any of them. You can view current and past editions on the Newsletters Page.
Austin Friends of Traditional Music presents
Austin Stringband Festival
October 19-21, 2018 - Camp Ben McCulloch - Driftwood Texas
Save the date! Further details coming soon.
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News and Coming Events
Stone Soup Sessions
August 19, 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 - September 8, 2018
The AFTM Monthy Meeting and Jam is held on every second Sunday at The Barn on Brodie Lane. Meeting at 12:30 pm – Jam to follow at 2:00 pm.
Swannanoa Old-Time Music and Dance Week - July 2019
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.
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