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 Winter 2018
The Winter 2018 edition of the Reel Times newsletter is here. With special feature on Midwinter Festival. Don't miss it! You can view this and past editions on the Newsletters Page.
News and Coming Events
Rise Up Singing!
With Annie Patterson & Peter Blood
Concert and Workshop March 24th, 2018
Austin Friends Meeting House, 3701 East Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd
The creators of the songbooks Rise Up Singing and Rise Again, are coming to Austin!
Concert at 7pm: Peter and Annie will be teaching and leading songs from their new songbook Rise Again in a benefit concert for Interfaith Action of Central Texas (iACT) .
Admission will be for a suggested donation of $15-25 for adults and $5 for children. Tickets availble at the door. or on the Rise up Singing Concert Page.
Workshop at 3pm: Earlier in the day, Peter and Annie will lead a workshop offering a more intimate opportunity to hang out and share songs. Admission at the door (space permitting) for a suggested donation of $20-40. A simple meal is included. Space is limited to 25 participants. You can sign up in advance at Rise up Singing Workshop Page
"Be generous! Be affordable!", No one turned away for lack of funds.
Erynn Marshall & Carl Jones House Concert
March 25th, 2018
Concert: 7:30 pm. Doors open at 7pm. Seating limited! Contact Elise Bright (firstname.lastname@example.org) to reserve your seats.
Admission: $15 general. Directions provided after you reserve your seats. Optional: bring a snack to share or byob. Bring your instrument for jamming after!
Erynn Marshall and Carl Jones, old-time musicians and inspired tunesmiths from Galax, Virginia, present southern song-duets and fiddle, guitar, mandolin, banjo tunes. While rooted in the traditional sounds of older players, they stay true to their own muse by composing new, tradition-rooted music.
For more information about Carl and Erynn visit www.dittyville.com
Click the picture for video of 'Tune Tramp' on YouTube.
Stone Soup Sessions
March 18, 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.
Swannanoa Old-Time Music and Dance Week - July 2018
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 2018.
Click the button to show our Google calendar of AFTM events and other related traditional music and dance events. Click any event for more information.
AFTM Meeting and Jam - April 8, 2018
The AFTM Monthy Meeting and Jam is held on every second Sunday at Sam's Town Point
Meeting at 12:30 pm – Jam to follow at 2:00 pm..
(February meeting cancelled due to Midwinter Festival)