Atlanta Area Friends of Folk Music
THE BORDERCOLLIES and OLD SOUL SILK ROAD
The BorderCollies are a contemporary Celtic band featuring a unique blend of traditional Celtic and folk influences in their music. Their latest CD, Sticks and Stones, showcases the band’s original compositions and their ability to interpret and arrange traditional material. Based out of Duluth, Georgia, the band performs regionally around the Southeast at concerts, festivals, pubs and clubs.
Founding members Michael Robbins (guitar, bass, bandurria, vocals) and Caeri Tomson (vocals, Irish tin Whistle, percussion, lyricist) first met while attending Swannanoa Celtic Week in July of 1999. Howard Williams joined the BorderCollies in 1999 and sings, writes and plays mandolin, harmonica, and bodhran. He’s also a classically trained cellist, a skillfull arranger and a great guitarist. Howard and Michael have played together in numerous bands since 1978. Fiddler and champion Irish stepdancer Suzannah Harner brings over ten years experience playing traditional Irish music, having spent much of that time working and performing with the Atlanta Junior Ceili band as well as becoming a certified Irish fiddler instructor herself, studying in Dublin at the Ceoltori Eirann.
“Atlanta’s own BorderCollies playing traditional Celtic music with a polished ferocity and excellent, stop-on-a-dime instrumentation.” – Ear Candy Magazine
Old Soul Silk Road
Old Soul Silk Road is a high-energy acoustic band whose rich harmonies, puckish energy, and spirited instrumentation has been garnering praise since their first performance in 2021.
Their unique East-meets-West repertoire features lush vocals and driving rhythms with music from England, Ireland, Morocco, Spain, Scotland, Italy, Portugal, and France.
Old Soul Silk road is composed of four merry musicians — Rivka Levin (vocals, harp, baritone ukulele, cajon, bodhran, doumbek), Courtney Loner (vocals, bodhran, cajon, castanets), Daniel Hamrick (vocals, guitar, bodhran, accordion, whistle), and Sarah Steele (vocals, guitar, djembe, recorder). These darlings of the Georgia Renaissance Festival are thrilled to bring their traditional fare, plus a few holiday surprises, to Fiddler’s Green!
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org for membership information or click HERE for our Membership Application.
AAFFM Needs YOU
Chris Moser, President
Smoke Rise, GA
April 7, 2019
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!
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THE BORDERCOLLIES and OLD SOUL SILK ROADThe BorderColliesThe BorderCollies are a contemporary Celtic band featuring a unique blend of traditional Celtic and folk influences in their music. Their latest CD, Sticks and Stones, showcases the band's original compositions...