History

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., then to Steve’s Live Music in Sandy Springs, GA for nearly two years. In September of 2015, Fiddler’s Green moved its location to Epworth at Candler Park, the United Methodist church that will serve as home for the Frank Hamilton Folk School.

We’re deeply grateful to Steve’s Live Music for hosting us for nearly two years. Steve Grossman and his fine staff have been warm, generous, and accommodating to us; and the cozy venue is attractive and great for acoustic music. As individuals your AAFFM leaders will still be frequent patrons, and we encourage you to do so. Steve presents a wide variety of music and is especially passionate about fostering folk music in all its forms.

However, we on the AAFFM board and the Folk School founding committee believe both Fiddler’s Green and the school will benefit from having a consolidated presence in one location. And the hall Epworth is offering for both activities is ideal for our purposes. The church already presents the “5@5” coffeehouse performance series there each Sunday afternoon. In some ways the venue is reminiscent of our original, long-time home at the Garden Hills Community Center. We’ll have more control over our environment, without the distractions that are unavoidable in a restaurant/club. And the Candler Park neighborhood is demographically advantageous for cultivating audiences. We very much appreciate the warm welcome the church is extending to us.

We have returned to our traditional 8:00 start time. Coffee, tea, and light refreshments will be sold, and you’re also welcome to bring your own picnic as well. But, unlike the old days at Garden Hills, alcoholic beverages will not be permitted. 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