Atlanta Area Friends of Folk Music

Special Event, February 2024

Four Shillings Short — Celtic, Folk, and World Music

Four Shillings Short is the husband/wife duo of Aodh Og O’Tuama from Cork, Ireland and Christy Martin from California.

They play traditional music from the Celtic lands, Europe, Asia, and the Americas on a fantastic collection of world instruments: Indian Sitar, dulcimers, mandolins, Renaissance woodwinds, bouzouki, recorders, tinwhistles, banjos, guitar, charango, percussion, and psaltery.

Four Shillings Short


Red Light Cafe & Frank Hamilton School of Music present

Four Shillings Short

Monday, February 5, 2024
8:00-10:00 PM
Doors open at 7 PM

Red Light Café
553-1 Amsterdam Ave.
Atlanta, GA 30306
(404) 874-7828

$10 advance/$15 door


Frank Hamilton School of Music presents

Around the World in 30 Instruments Concert
with Four Shillings Short

Family concert followed by hands-on musical instrument petting zoo!

Sunday, February 11, 2024
2:00-3:30 PM

Decatur Legacy Park Auditorium
Admin Building, 500 South Columbia Drive
Decatur, GA 30030
(404) 880-5525

Free will donation ($10 suggested/no one turned away)

Fiddler’s Green February 17, 2024


Dana Cooper

Dana Cooper started his devotion to music at just age two. Since then this Kansas City native has logged millions of miles as a renowned songwriter and storyteller. This song poet engages and inspires audiences around the world with his quick wit, insightful stories and lyrics. Dana’s mixture of flat-picking, finger picking, and percussive strumming is legend among other guitarists. His harmonica playing is equally impressive. As one critic noted, “he sings like an angel and plays like the devil.”

Dana’s first self-titled release was on Elektra Records in the 70’s, celebrating the 50th anniversary this year. Since then he has worked with Lyle Lovett, Kim Carnes, Tom Kimmel, Shake Russell, Pat Alger, Hal Ketchum, Susan Werner & Kim Richey to name a few. His discography measures at 30 albums and collections, with more in the works.

During his years as a troubadour, Dana has received many accolades, including: In the Spirit of Folk Award, Heritage Musician Award, Best Male Songwriter Award- Indie Acoustic Project, Best Record- The Tennessean, Nashville Music Award Nomination Best Pop Album, and Veteran of the Kerrville Folk Festival.

Dana’s music does not belong to one genre. His latest CD, I Can Face The Truth, Charted on five different radio Charts- Americana, Indie Folk, Alt Folk, Alt Country & Roots & 3 Best of Year End Charts for 2022.

Georgia Grass

Georgia Grass is one of the longest running and venerable bluegrass bands in Georgia. Founded in 1973 by band leader and guitarist Dan Daniel, the band has played many of the bluegrass festivals throughout Georgia and the Southeast. Georgia Grass has been well known from the early 1970’s in various clubs and private events in and around Atlanta. In 1976 they were chosen to play for the grand opening of the Georgia World Congress Center. With three talented members, they are still going strong today.

Band leader Dan Daniel plays acoustic guitar and sings lead vocals on most of our songs. Dan is the storyteller of the group, with a deep knowledge of traditional bluegrass and Americana folk music and its history in the state of Georgia and the Southeast. Dan is the President of the Southeastern Bluegrass Association. He is also a lifetime member of the Bonded Brothers of Bluegrass. He has received many awards throughout his long music career and in 2009 Dan was inducted into the Atlanta Country Music Hall of Fame. In 2017 Dan received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Atlanta Society of Entertainers. And in 2019 Dan was awarded the Fiddlin’ John Carson Award for his contributions to the music industry in the state of Georgia.

James McKinney is considered one of the foremost masters of the 5-string banjo in the world. James also sings vocals on many songs and has been a well-known Nashville stage musician and recording artist for many years, playing in Opryland during its heyday as well as the Grand Ole Opry, The Station Inn, and other well known stages. James has played music both on stage and in recordings with many great names such as Bill Monroe, Vassar Clements, John Hartford and many others. James was inducted into the Atlanta Country Music Hall of Fame in 2015 and also received the Musician’s Lifetime Achievement Award from the Atlanta Society of Entertainers in 2018.

Niki Portmann plays upright bass and also sings vocals. She is an accomplished and respected bass artist of many years. Niki was inducted into the Atlanta Country Music Hall of Fame in 2016 and also was awarded the Musician’s Lifetime Achievement Award from the Atlanta Society of Entertainers in 2018.

Georgia Grass is a modern bluegrass band with roots deep in traditional bluegrass and Americana folk but a refreshing and modern take on many traditional favorites as well as original works.

Welcome! This site lists information about folk music and related activities in the greater Atlanta area and the Southeastern U.S. It contains:

  • General and recurring information in an expanded directory format
  • Links to other folk resources
  • See the EVENTS Tab for Fiddler's Green and other AAFFM- sponsored concerts, workshops, and pickin' parties, as well as other events of interest in and around Atlanta.

In email blasts, you'll find details about current events and information on member-only activities like our famous "get-togethers". If you'd like to host a pick-'n-grin, let us know! See the EVENTS tab for upcoming concerts and pickin' parties.

Contact us at to host a pickin' party, join our organization, find out about an upcoming concert, party or workshop, or to submit listings to the website.

See the 'History' tab for the history of the organization.

AAFFM sponsors a local monthly coffeehouse, Fiddler's Green, that features concerts that included traditional music, singer-songwriters, poetry and storytelling. As of August, 2016, it is held at First Existentialist Congregation of Atlanta. AAFFM Membership benefits include the email blasts (our mailing list will always remain private) and discounts on AAFFM sponsored concerts. Annual membership dues are $15 for individuals and $20 for families, $35 sustaining members. E-mail for membership information or click HERE for our Membership Application.


We at AAFFM deeply appreciate John’s kind letter (see below) and hope it inspires you to join or re-join AAFFM. Just click the button below in order to access our membership application.
Chris Moser, President

John McCutcheon
Smoke Rise, GA

April 7, 2019

Dear Friends,

I got a call, early on in my years of performing, from Betty Smith, a friend I’d met at the Folk Festival of the Smokies, inviting me to come do a show in Atlanta. A follow up call from Don and Laeta Smith sealed the deal and, sometime in the 1970’s I appeared in Atlanta for the first of many times. My host was a freshly-formed group, The Atlanta Area Friends of Folk Music. What I found was a devoted clutch of folk music lovers who not only presented concerts, but sponsored all sorts of events that encouraged people to play music themselves, to share the love of this music that is the root of all the world’s music. To get involved with the music, with one another, with the world.

 Having this lovely relationship with Atlanta played a part in my decision to move here in 2006. And I thank you for that.

Over forty years later, AAFFM is still sponsoring events that are meeting places for Atlantans of all stripes and a watering hole for that wandering herd of performers still plying the boards out there. I get to see some of my far-flung fellow performing pals as a result of these. And I thank you for that.

But groups such as AAFFM do not magically sustain themselves. Communities must commit to survive. And in this age of hyper-tribalism it’s more important than ever to reach out, to stand up, to say, “This is the kind of community, the kind of world, I want to be a part of.” You’ll never see the musicians AAFFM brings into our intimate gatherings at the Fox or on Netflix. No, you have to go out, sit shoulder-to-shoulder with others and have that experience live and in person. You can learn how to play, how to sing, how to harmonize in jam sessions not sponsored by YouTube. And, in the process, help build a community that improves the lives of individuals and the collective community life of Atlanta.

Pete Seeger would have been 100 years old this year. He taught us what we could feel like, what we could do if we risked adding our voice to the others in his audience, if we dared to harmonize with a roomful of strangers. But we had to make the move.

So, my fellow Atlantans, make the move, risk, dare, and join me in continuing to support the Atlanta Area Friends of Folk Music. And for that I thank you, as well.

Take it easy, but take it!

Become an AAFFM Member!