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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.
 

Join AFTM Today!

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 - April 14, 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  

 Midwinter Festival - 2019

Everyone agrees that our Midwinter Festival on February 9, 2019 was a great success.

If you missed it, or want to recapture some great memories, see our...

MWF 2019 festival history page

And don't miss Gary Mortensen's wonderful photos on Flickr.

Erika and Brit at the festival

Upcoming Concerts and Events

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March 23, 10am and 5pm
10621 Pioneer Farms Dr, Austin, TX 78754

Celtaire will perform Folk, Bluegrass and dance tunes at 11am and 2pm, at The Pioneer Farms Spring Stampede

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

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