Baltimore Folk Music Society

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Welcome to the Baltimore Folk Music Society


The Baltimore Folk Music Society is a nonprofit, educational organization dedicated to preserving and promoting folk music, dance, and tradition. BFMS sponsors regular dances, concerts, family events, and related activities year-round. Members are eligible for discounts to Society events by showing their membership card.

BFMS is a member of the Country Dance & Song Society and shares reciprocity arrangements with the Folklore Society of Greater Washington, and the Annapolis Traditional Dance Society.


Please take the time to review the BFMS suggestions and policy on reducing risk of COVID-19.

BFMS is now hosting in-person events! Initial plan includes monthly 2nd Saturday dances and twice monthly contra and english dances. To protect those most at risk of infection from Covid-19 we are currently requiring effective mask wearing, proof of vaccination and online ticket purchasing (allows contact tracing) for many events. We intend to adjust as the situation changes. We look forward to seeing you in-person soon!

Please help support our Callers and Musicians

BFMS encourages our members to donate to musicians and callers who had their BFMS sponsored gigs cancelled due to coronavirus. We are no longer accepting donations through our website, but CDSS has established a website for donations to musicians and callers.

CDSS send love to freelancers

If you cannot find contact info for specific performers, please contact our dance chairs, who can provide contact info.

Please download our Welcome Brochure

Virtual and Live Community Events

Wednesday, October 05 2022 
Contra Dance
Steve Gester calls to music by the Treble Makers - Liz Donaldson (piano), Emily Aubrey (fiddle), and Robin Wilson (flute, concertina). Caller TBA. Intro lesson at 7:30. Dance starts at 8 at Lovely Lane Church (now with air conditioning!). N-95/KN-95/KF-94 masks and proof of vaccination are required. Online payment only: https://bfms.org/contradancepay.php . Attendance is limited so pre-payment is encouraged to reserve your spot. No cash at the door.
 
Saturday, October 08 2022 
2nd Saturday Dance
8 - 10:30 PM
Donna Hunt calling to Strings on Wings ~ Barb Schmid (fiddle) and Todd Clewell (guitar)
New dancer lesson: 7:30
Pre-registration information available by Sept 29 on www.bfms.org
Location: The Church of the Nativity and Holy Comforter, 6112 York Rd, Baltimore, MD 21212
 
Monday, October 10 2022 
English Country Dance
Sharon McKinley calls dances to the music of Robin Wilson, Flute, concertina; Sophie Chang, cello; and Judy Meyers, piano. On-line payments only. https://bfms.org/englishcountrypay.php
 
Wednesday, October 19 2022 
Contra Dance
Bob Isaacs calls to Sugar Beat - Elke Baker (fiddle), Susan Brandt (flute), and Marc Glickman (piano). Intro lesson at 7:30. Dance starts at 8 at Lovely Lane Church (now with air conditioning!). N-95/KN-95/KF-94 masks and proof of vaccination are required. Online payment only: https://bfms.org/contradancepay.php . Attendance is limited so pre-payment is encouraged to reserve your spot. No cash at the door.
 
Monday, October 24 2022 
English Country Dance
Elke Baker, fiddle; Paul Oorts, mandolin, harp guitar, musette accordion; and Sophie Chang, cello, play music for dances called by Emily Aubrey. On-line payments only. https://bfms.org/englishcountrypay.php
 
Wednesday, November 02 2022 
Contra Dance
Join us for a contra dance with fabulous live music! Band and caller TBD. Intro lesson at 7:30. Dance starts at 8 at Lovely Lane Church (now with air conditioning!). N-95/KN-95/KF-94 masks and proof of vaccination are required. Online payment only: https://bfms.org/contradancepay.php . Attendance is limited so pre-payment is encouraged to reserve your spot. No cash at the door
 
Saturday, November 12 2022 
2nd Saturday Dance
8 - 10:30 PM
Kim Forry calling to Contre Temps ~ McGregor Yatsevich - fiddle and mandolin, Andrew Tomlinson - flute, Mark Vidor - accordion and piano
New dancer lesson: 7:30
Pre-registration information available by late October on www.bfms.org
Location: The Church of the Nativity and Holy Comforter, 6112 York Rd, Baltimore, MD 21212
 
Monday, November 14 2022 
English Country Dance
English Country Dance, 8:00-10:30 pm. Ann Fallon calls to the music of Trio Con Brio: Elke Baker, violin; Paul Oorts, things with strings and accordion, and Jonathan Jensen, piano.
Location: The Church of the Nativity and Holy Comforter, 6112 York Rd, Baltimore, MD 21212. On-line payments only. https://bfms.org/englishcountrypay.php




 
Wednesday, November 16 2022 
Contra Dance
Join us for a contra dance with fabulous live music. Calling by Kappy Lanning. Intro lesson at 7:30. Dance starts at 8 at Lovely Lane Church (now with air conditioning!). N-95/KN-95/KF-94 masks and proof of vaccination are required. Online payment only: https://bfms.org/contradancepay.php . Attendance is limited so pre-payment is encouraged to reserve your spot. No cash at the door
 
Monday, November 28 2022 
English Country Dance
English Country Dance, 8:00-10:30 pm. April Blum calls to the music of Carl Friedman, violin, Janina O'Brien, piano, and Mark Vidor, accordion. Location: The Church of the Nativity and Holy Comforter, 6112 York Rd, Baltimore, MD 21212. On-line payments only. https://bfms.org/englishcountrypay.php
 

See our Events page for a complete listing of events and details.

Visit the BFMS Folk Events page for a list of some of the other folk events in the area.

www.bfms.org/folkevents

Attention BFMS Members

  • Recently moved or changed your email address? Wondering why you aren't getting anything from BFMS? Please contact BFMS Membership (membership @ bfms.org) and update your contact information.
  • If you have recently joined BFMS or renewed your membership and did not get anything in the mail (such as a membership Card) please contact the Membership Chair at membership @ bfms.org. Thank you.

How to Contact Us

By E-mail - use our Contact page.

We can also be reached by conventional mail at

Baltimore Folk Music Society, P.O. Box 65144, Baltimore, MD 21209.

Call the Baltimore Folk Music Society's Music & Dance Hotline! (888) 646-BFMS or (888)646-2367

or email president@bfms.org.


Membership expired? Renew on-line! See the Membership page for details.