History of the Atlanta Area Friends of Folk Music (AAFFM)
The Atlanta Area Friends of Folk Music, Inc., is an all-volunteer IRS designated 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and promoting traditional folk music and arts in the greater Atlanta and Southeast regional areas.
AAFFM was founded in 1975 by folks who loved traditional music and dance. AAFFM has grown to encompass a large and diverse group of people who support and enjoy the traditional and contemporary acoustic performing arts. AAFFM activities include publishing a monthly newsletter, maintaining the website, sponsoring periodic concerts, and hosting occasional workshops and social musical gatherings.
The monthly newsletter and our website have grown from simple club events calendars to publications that include information about contra, folk and international dance; articles about Celtic, Cajun, Bluegrass, Blues and other roots music and related events; shape note singing; various other folk/acoustic activities, events, broadcasts and performances; and links to local bands, traditional music radio stations, music stores, etc. It is the single most comprehensive source for folk/acoustic music information available in the region.
AAFFM sponsors a local monthly coffeehouse, Fiddler's Green, that features concerts that include traditional music, singer-songwriters, poetry and storytelling (current show info). Originally located at Garden Hills in a rustic cabin in the woods. Fiddler's Green was retired in 2007 after almost 15 wonderful years. However, for 2010/2011 AAFFM received a grant from the Fulton County Arts Council to revive Fiddler's Green at the same location, again on the third Saturday of each month. When that grant expired, Fiddler's Green moved to a new venue at Anthony's Pizza & Pasta in Decatur, GA. (info) (directions) Fiddler's Green Coffeehouse continues on the third Saturday of each month.
AAFFM also hosts house concerts and co-sponsors other concerts with local acoustic music establishments. See the Events page for a calendar of up-coming concerts and events, including Fiddler's Green and other AAFFM sponsored concerts and workshops.
An Archive of past Fiddler's Green Performances is here: Archive