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

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
 

Traditional American Dances

Wednesday Night Contra and Square Dances   Details...
November 05 2014 
Greg Frock calls to the Avant Gardeners: Laura Light (fiddle), Roger Gold (guitar), Loren Oppenheimer (tabla).
 
New Dancer Workshops   Details...
Every 2nd and 4th Wednesday
 
Family Dance   Details...
November 08 2014 
Band: Contra Rebels with Todd Clewell (fiddle), Barb Schmid (fiddle) and Henry Koretzky (guitar)

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

Caller: Laura Brown
 
Midwinter Ball   Details...
In Janury. See the Midwinter Ball page for details.
 

Traditional English Dances

Monday Night English Country Dances   Details...
November 03 2014 
Free New Dancer orientation at 7:45

Mike Franch calls to 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.
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...
November 23 2014 
Join us in November at Tellabration!
 
 
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.
 
Spring Faire   Details...
Music, Dance and more on a Sunday afternoon in April. The BFMS Spring Faire has something for everyone.
 
Friendly Coffeehouse   Details...
The Friendly Coffeehouse Open Mike 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 bfms.org


BFMS Member Sponsored Events

These are events that are:

  • Sponsored by a BFMS member.
  • Open (at least) to all BFMS members.
  • Of a type that generally meets the definition of a "folkie" event.
    Tupperware parties, e.g., don't qualify.

Events produced by another organization shall not be considered BFMS member-sponsored events.
Exceptions or appeals to this policy will be decided by the Board of BFMS.
BFMS asks that the sponsor promote the Baltimore Folk Music Society at member sponsored events.


If you would like to submit a member-sponsored event for this list, please use our Event Submission form.


Member Sponsored Events

Dickey Mill Contra Dance   Details...

Temporarily canceled due to illness. To resume some time in the fall.

 

BFMS Open Sing
Calling all traditional singers, acoustic instrument players, and singer/songwriters. Join us for the BFMS Open Sing, where we can share songs in a welcoming and informal setting. Everyone is invited, regardless of skill level. There will be chorus songs, so even if you aren't comfortable singing in front of a crowd, you can sing along with the crowd.
The Open Sings will take place on the last Thursday of each month, from 7:30-9:30 PM, in the back room at the Wharf Rat, 801 S Ann St, Baltimore, MD 21231 (in Fells Point).
Contact Michael at mqpens at gmail.com for information.
 

Member Sponsored Event Listings

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 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 20 2014 (Member Sponsored) 
BFMS Open Sing
7:30-9:30 PM, in the back room at the Wharf Rat in Fells Point
 
December 18 2014 (Member Sponsored) 
BFMS Open Sing
7:30-9:30 PM, in the back room at the Wharf Rat in Fells Point
 
More member sponsored events
Details can generally be found in the Weekly and Monthly Newsletters
  • Baltimore Open Band
  • English Open Band Practice
  • Singing for Everyone
  • International Folk Dancing
  • Ballroom Dancing and Lessons
  • Norwegian Dance and Potluck
  • Sacred Harp Singing
  • Various House Concerts


Like to have your Member Sponsored event listed here?
Send the Date, Time, Location, Address, Type of event, Contact Information and Details of the event to events at bfms.org

Please note that Member Sponsored events must meet the criteria outlined above to be listed on this page.


Other Folk Events

BFMS will be providing a listing of other folk events in the area. Click Here



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Coming up:

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

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 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.