Past AFTM Events

John Lilly - House Concert May 27, 7pm

john-lilly.jpgJohn Lilly is a singer, guitarist, mandolin player, songwriter, yodeler and storyteller from Charleston, West Virginia. He is a former member of the Green Grass Cloggers dance team, a former member of the old-time string band Ralph Blizard and the New Southern Ramblers, and a former tour guide at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville. John writes new songs that sound as old as the hills and sings old songs like they were made yesterday. According to one reviewer, “If Hank Williams had a sunny disposition, he’d be John Lilly.”

Suggested donation is $15.

For location, reservation or additional information, contact Elise  at

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Barn Dance - May 11, 7:45pm to 10pm
With Clara and the Last Stringband, Caller Sharon Isaac

barn-dance.jpgLife in the City, 205 E. Monroe Street, Austin

No partner? No experience? No problem!

Admission $10 or $5 with student ID

Volunteers are needed, contact

Marla Fibish - Irish Mandolin, April 15marla-fibish.jpg

Workshop: 2pm to 4pm, Admission $35, Call 512-452-3900
Concert:  7:30, Admission $15

Fiddler's Green Music Shop
1809 West 35th Street, Austin

Marla Fibish, one of the prominent voices on the mandolin in Irish music, presents a workshop and concert  in the barn behind Fiddlers Green Music Shop.  The workshop will discuss the skills needed for playing Irish music on the mandolin and explore phrasing, ornamentation and variations.

Erynn Marshall & Carl Jones House Concerterin-carl-600.jpg
March 25th, 2018

Concert: 7:30 pm. Doors open at 7pm. Seating limited! Contact Elise Bright ( 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

Rise Up Singing!peter-annie.jpg
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 

hot-pickin-200.jpgHot Pickin' 57,  House Concert – Sunday, January 21st, 3:00 - 5:00 PM

The Hot Pickin 57s bluegrass band (with Eddie Collins, Max Zimmet, Mike Montgomery and Vance Hazen) celebrate the release of their self-titled CD. They will play two acoustic sets of their new tunes, featuring many originals. Be prepared to enjoy some flashy picking and engaging storytelling! Here is a link to their website, with samples of their music:

The concert will be held at the Cat Mountain Villas Clubhouse, 6007 Mount Bonnell Road, Austin,  Doors open at 2:30. BYOBeverage, and a snack to share if you want to munch on anything.  Suggested donation: $10.

Contact Hot Pickin Concert for reservations.

mark-gilston-xmas-300.jpgMark Gilston Hillside House Concert – Saturday, January 6, 7:30pm

With special guests The Annoying Instuments Orchestra (AIO)

Celebrate the end of the holiday season with songs and music. Mark Gilston and special guests from AIO will sing and play traditional music from around the world on dulcimer, concertina and more. Jam / song swap to follow the concert.

Suggested donation: $15

Contact Hillside House Concerts for reservations.

Les Blank Tribute Screening: The Music Films - December 3

lightnin-200.jpgThe Austin Film Society will screen three documentary films by Les Blank, about Texas and Louisiana musicians Lightnin' Hopkins, Manse Lipscomb and Dewey Balfa.  Les' son, Harrod Blank with introduce the films.

Show time is 8:00 pm at AFS Cinema, 6406 N I-35 Suite 3100 Austin, TX

Tickets and more information on the AFS Website.

Mazel Tov Kocktail Hour CD Release Party - December 2 - 7pmmazeltov-200.jpg

The finest klezmer band this site of the Pecos! 

Mazel Tov Kocktail Hour, an 8-year-old tranditional Jewish Music band, celebrates the release of their first album "Shoyn Avek Der Nekhtn" (Yesterday is Dead).

Doors open at 6pm at Agudas Achim, 7300 Hart Lane, Austin

Admission is $12, get tickets at

3rd Annual Festival Of Texas Fiddling - December 3

Texas Folklife presents the 3rd Annual Festival of Texas Fiddling! Saturday December 2nd, 2017 at Twin Sisters Dance Hall in Blanco, TX. The festival day program includes a symposium, presentations and showcase concerts by master fiddlers from styles across Texas. The evening western swing dance features Texas favorites Bobby Flores and the Yellow Rose Band.

Tickets: $10 for day program, includes all day-time activities of the festival.  The evening dance is separate and costs $20 at the door - all proceeds go to band. 
Children twelve and under are free for the day events.

More information at

Amplify Texas Folklife - March 1

AFTM urges you to support our friends and supporters at Texas Folklife during their on-line fundraising event. Folklife aims to raise $3,000 in 24 hours on March 1.

Go to this Amplify Austin link to contribute:
and forward the link to your friends. And don't be shy to contribute if you miss March 1!

tex-folklife-banner.pngTexas Folklife promotes, presents and documents the state's rich cultural legacy through a vibrant mix of exhibitions, performances, community residencies, apprenticeships, and educational programs around the state. Texas Folklife is committed to preserving the diverse living heritage of Texans, while exploring the vital role of tradition in contemporary society