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 receive the BFMS newsletter eleven times per year and 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.


Students Dance Free in September

Wednesday night dances only - Full time students with ID can dance Free.
See the Wednesday Night Contra and Square Dance page.


Open Sing - new date and location

See the Events page for information.


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.

Download the current newsletter on the Newsletter page or get a copy of the Mini News here.


Babcock Community Coffeehouse Concert Series.
See the Community Coffeehouse page for details.


Special Events

November 23 2014 
Tellabration!
Save the Date! Baltimore's 18th Annual Tellabration! will held on Sunday, November 23 at Irvine Nature Center in Owings MIlls, MD from 2 to 5.
 
November 27 2014 
Thanksgiving Burn off the Calories Dance
The annual Thanksgiving Burn Off the Calories dance. Open Band led by Liz Donaldson. Open Mic for callers. Contra, English and Squares. 8PM to 10:30 PM at St Marks on the Hill. Bring your left over deserts to share.
 
January 31 2015 
Midwinter Ball 2015
Save the Date!
Dancing to Giant Robot Dance from 7:30 - 11:30 with Dana Parkinson calling
Location: Scottish Rite Masonic Center, 3800 North Charles St, Baltimore, MD 21218
 

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


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 7134 Waverly Station, Baltimore, MD 21218-0134.

Call the Baltimore Folk Music Society's Music & Dance Hotline! (888) 646-BFMS
or email president at bfms.org.



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


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The Baltimore Folk Music Society is funded by an operating grant from the Maryland State Arts Council, an agency dedicated to cultivating a vibrant cultural community where the arts thrive.

Coming up:

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

November 03 2014 
English Country Dance
Free New Dancer orientation at 7:45

Mike Franch calls to Geud Band of Baltimore
 
November 05 2014 
Square/Contra Dance
Greg Frock calls to the Avant Gardeners: Laura Light (fiddle), Roger Gold (guitar), Loren Oppenheimer (tabla).
 
November 08 2014 
Family Dance
Band: Contra Rebels with Todd Clewell (fiddle), Barb Schmid (fiddle) and Henry Koretzky (guitar)

Caller: Kim Forry
 
November 08 2014 
2nd Saturday Dance
Band: Contra Rebels with Todd Clewell (fiddle), Barb Schmid (fiddle) and Henry Koretzky (guitar)

Caller: Laura Brown
 
November 09 2014 (Member Sponsored) 
Bill Staines House Concert in Catonsville, MD
Sunday, November 9, 2014 3 pm
Longview Cottage House Concerts
127 Longview Drive, 21228

With songs like All God's Critters, The Roseville Fair, Child of Mine, and River to his credit, Bill Staines has twenty-six recordings and has written over three hundred songs. His music is sung at campfires and folk music gatherings, in homes and churches, all around the country. What better way to hear him?

$15 at the door. Reservations necessary. Info: Barbara Svoboda, svob@comcast.net. Please note that this is a Sunday afternoon concert! There might be a potluck afterwards. If that materializes, I will let you know when I send the reminder letter the week of the concert.
 
November 10 2014 
English Country Dance
April Blum calls to Carl Friedman (violin), Robin Wilson (flute, concertina), and Mark Vidor (accordion)
 
November 12 2014 
Square/Contra Dance
JoLaine Jones-Pokorney calls to Deux Francois: Bill Dudley (guitar), Sarah Mitchell (flute, whistle, hammered dulcimer, feet), and Tim Cape (fiddle, percussion). New dancer's workshop at 7:30 pm.
 
November 17 2014 
English Country Dance
Tom Spilsbury calls to Becky Ross (violin), Heather Martley (flute), and Judy Meyers