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

October 22 2014 
FreeFall Baltimore
As part of FreeFall Baltimore, this is the 2nd of two free contra dances being held by the Baltimore Folk Music Society, thanks to a generous grant by the FreeFall folks. Everyone dances for FREE - members, non-members, students, everyone!
 
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.
 
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.

October 20 2014 
English Country Dance
Sharon McKinley calls to Becky Ross (violin), Marty Taylor (winds, concertina), and Mark Vidor (accordion)
 
October 22 2014 
FreeFall Baltimore
As part of FreeFall Baltimore, this is the 2nd of two free contra dances being held by the Baltimore Folk Music Society, thanks to a generous grant by the FreeFall folks. Everyone dances for FREE - members, non-members, students, everyone!
 
October 22 2014 
Square/Contra Dance
FreeFall Baltimore! Susan Taylor calls to the Gigmeisters. All dancers admitted FREE! New dancer orientation at 7:30 pm.
 
October 26 2014 
Fourth at Four
Storytelling at Towson Unitarian Universalist Church
 
October 27 2014 
English Country Dance
Halloween party: come dressed as your favorite English dance, and our callers will try to guess your dance and call it!

Bring refreshments to share at the break

Diane Schmit and Rich Galloway call to Emily Aubrey (violin), David Crandall (flute, sax), and Jonathan Jensen (piano, etc.)
 
October 29 2014 
Square/Contra Dance
Halloween Dance! Come in costume, and prizes to be awarded in several categories of costumes, including 2 tickets to the upcoming Mid Winter Ball! Vicki Herndon calls to the Treble Makers.
 
October 30 2014 (Member Sponsored) 
BFMS Open Sing
7:30-9:30 PM, in the back room at the Wharf Rat in Fells Point
 
November 05 2014 
Square/Contra Dance
Greg Frock calls to the Avant Gardeners: Laura Light (fiddle), Roger Gold (guitar), Loren Oppenheimer (tabla).