Midwinter Festival 2018

Saturday, February 10th, 2018 

Life in the City UMC, 205 E Monroe St, Austin TX  78704

The Austin Friends of Traditional Music (AFTM) will host its annual Midwinter Festival Saturday, February 10, 2018, at Life in the City, 205 E Monroe St, in Austin from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Come join in the fun, meet old friends and new, hear some great music.  Play some yourself.  Jamming is welcomed.   In addition to concerts there will be workshops ranging from Afro-Cuban dance to autoharp to the history and songs of migrant Texas cedarchoppers. This is a family festival about making, learning, listening, and enjoying music for its own sake.

The festival will also raise the funds to continue the concerts, workshops and scholarships we sponsor throughout the year

Long before record players and radio stations, people made music, learning the secrets of tradition over generations.  Traditional music is a living thing, from different peoples the world over, each heritage distinct but holding in common the determination to see its treasures survive and grow.   Where'd you get your music from?


Location:  Life in the City UMC Church - 205 E Monroe St 


The festival provides a showcase for musicians, some well-known, others who make music primarily for family and friends. 


Main Performances


Our workshops will give participants a window into a variety of folk traditions. 

1pm to 2pm

  • Leon Grizzard, Dan Foster - Guitar Accompaniment, Western Swing Style
  • Ryan Gould - Bass workshop
  • Alexa DeeDeep Roots: History and Songs of Migrant Texas Cedar Choppers

2pm to 3pm