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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 an around the word. 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 Winter 2019

The Winter 2019 edition of the Reel Times newsletter is here. This issue features Mira Dickey and the Hardanger fiddle a preview of the Midwinter Festival and more!

See all issues of  Real Times  Newsletters Page.  

AFTM Meeting and Jam - January 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.

Go here for location and more information  

Midwinter Festival - Saturday, February 9

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

Mark your calendar now.  It's the most wonderful time of the year!  The festival celebrates all kinds of Austin-area traditional music and dance with performances, jams, dancing, workshops and a silent auction. This year the festival will feature a diverse selection of wonderful performers including:

  • Ustad Ghulam Farid Nizami Ensamble
  • Troupe Abzhirwa
  • Pace and Barber
  • Mira Dickey and Ian Files
  • Flat Earth Rounders
  • And more!

We'll need the help of our gracious volunteers to make it a success! We have numerous open positions and time slots. Volunteering for any slot will get you free admission to the festival.

Sign up for a volunteer position right here >>

Midwinter Festival

Upcoming Concerts and Events

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Friday, January 25, 2019
Hillside House

San Francisco-based singer/songwriter Kyle Alden performs at the Hillside House Concert series with Texas singer/songwriter Rob Shaw. $15 suggested donation.
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Saturday, February 23rd from 6:30 to 8:00
The Wildflower Community Room - 1314 East Oltorf Street, Austin

The Wildflower Unitarian-Universalists of Austin present their annual songfest (Hootenanny)

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

Jam Sessions and Song Circles

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Every first Sunday of the month, 11:00 am to 2:00 pm
Brentwood Social House, 1601 W. Koenig Lane

The Sunday social and old time Jam
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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
Rio Rita Lounge at 1203 Chicon Street

Pick and grin at Rio Rita 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!

Scholarship: 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.
Click here for details.

Swannanoa Festival