Baltimore Folk Music Society


BFMS Events and Schedules

Please check the individual pages for details!

You can see a Complete list of Events here or follow the links on this page to the individual event pages.

Ever wonder who the band or caller was a few weeks ago?
Check the listing of Past Events to find out.

Special Events

Saturday, May 28 2016 
Swallowtail Dance
The Baltimore Folk Music Society welcomes famed New England band Swallowtail to Baltimore once again for an evening of challenging contras. This is one of the nation's most popular and sought-after bands, known for high energy music and smooth grooves. The dances called will be of the more challenging variety, with smooth flow and figures that get you moving.
This year the dance will be held at the Church of the Reedemer - 5603 N. Charles St., Baltimore, MD 21210
Purchase your tickets on-line or at the door.
Friday, June 17 2016 
31st Annual BFMS Spring Catoctin Mountain Music and Dance Weekend
Friday June 17 to Sunday, June 19, 2016
Last week for Early-Bird Registration Rates - Prices goes up May 9th!
Join dancers and musicians of all ages for a participatory intergenerational weekend of dancing, singing, workshops, jamming, crafts, hiking and more in a beautiful mountain setting from $89 per person.

Traditional American Dances

Wednesday Night Contra and Square Dances   Details...
Wednesday, May 04 2016 
Bob Dalsemer calls to Devine Comedy: Marty Taylor (whistles, concertina), Steve Hickman (fiddle), and John Devine (guitar).
New Dancer Workshops   Details...
Every 2nd and 4th Wednesday
Family Dance   Details...
Saturday, May 14 2016 
Jeremy Child calls to Megan Beller & the Charles Street Fiddlers.
There is a potluck from 6:30-7:30. Come and join in some good food and conversation!
Second Saturday Dance Series   Details...
Saturday, May 14 2016 

Jeremy Child calls to MetroGnomes: McGregor Yatsevitch (fiddle, mandolin), Bob Garber (clarinet), and Mark Vidor (piano).
Workshop for beginners starts at 7:30pm. Bring a snack & bring a friend.

Midwinter Ball   Details...
In Janury. See the Midwinter Ball page for details.

Traditional English Dances

Monday Night English Country Dances   Details...
Monday, May 09 2016 
Ann Fallon calls to The Geud Band of Baltimore
Gentle English Country Dance Series   Details...
Gentle English" are English country dances from all periods selected to be gentle on the knees, hips, feet, and backs of the dancers. BFMS plans to hold three or four Gentle English dances a year.
Saturday, May 07 2016 
The caller will be Ann Fallon.
The musicians will be Emily Aubrey, violin, Marty Taylor, concertina and recorders, and Janina O'Brien, piano.
Playford Ball   Details...
In October. See the Playford Ball page for details.
New Dancer Workshops and Classes   Details...
First Monday of the month

Other BFMS Events and Activities

Fourth at Four StoryFolk   Details...
Sunday, May 22 2016 
Storytelling at the Pickersgill Retirement Community
Tellabration!   Details...
A night of storytelling celebrated world-wide on or about the Saturday before Thanksgiving. Guilds and storytelling enthusiasts all around the globe will share their storytelling talents in concerts held in cities and towns to celebrate the art of storytelling. Locally, TELLABRATION! brings together each area’s most celebrated storytellers, to delight, captivate, and mesmerize audiences with their tales.
Friendly Coffeehouse   Details...
The Friendly Coffeehouse Open Mic is a BFMS-sponsored event, taking place on Second Fridays each month at 8 pm. It offers a friendly, supportive atmosphere for acoustic musicians, poets, storytellers and other folkies.
J. Patrick's All-Stars    Details...
A community of musicians, dancers, and listeners who love the traditional music of Ireland.
Catoctin Weekend   Details...
The Catoctin music and dance weekend getaway gives dancers and musicians of all ages a chance to attend a family-friendly weekend featuring folk music, crafts and dancing in a beautiful mountain setting.
BFMS Board Meeting
BFMS board meetings are almost always on the first Tuesday of the month and are open to BFMS members. If you would like to attend, please contact the BFMS President via email. president at

To list a BFMS Event
Send the Date, Time, Location, Address, Type of event, Contact Information and Details of the event to events at