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 biweekly contra and english dances and monthly 2nd Saturday 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

Monday, August 08 2022 
English Country Dance
Emily Aubrey (fiddle), Robin Wilson (flue/concertina) and Jonathan Jensen (piano plus) play music while Sharon McKinley calls the dances. On-line payments only: https://bfms.org/englishcountrypay.php
 
Tuesday, August 09 2022 
BFMS Song Swap
Tuesday, August 9 2022
2nd Tuesday BFMS Song Swap
7:30, the Song Swap is a place for folks to come together and share songs, community, and keep the live singing tradition thriving. For a while, we're still on zoom.... Cisco Houston's birthday August 18. Check the songswap facebook page for the link
https://www.facebook.com/groups/618331624855775/
 
Wednesday, August 10 2022 
Contra Dance
Anna Rain calls to Petrichord - Sophie Chang (cello), Colleen Holroyd (fiddle, feet), and Bobby LaRose (piano, mandolin, bones). 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, August 13 2022 
2nd Saturday Dance
8 - 10:30 PM
Greg Frock calling to Are we there? ~~ Charlie Pilzer on piano, Susan Brandt on flute and Tom Wright on mandolin
New dancer lesson: 7:30
Online payment only. Pre-payment is encouraged to reserve your spot. http://bfms.org/secondsatpay.php
N-95/KN-95/KF-94 masks, and proof of vaccination are required.
Location: The Church of the Nativity and Holy Comforter, 6112 York Rd, Baltimore, MD 21212
The hall is air conditioned.
Greg will call using Larks and Robins.
 
Monday, August 22 2022 
English Country Dance
Becky Ross (fiddle), Mark Vidor (accordion) and Judy Meyers, (piano) play music while April Blum calls the dances. On-line payments only. https://bfms.org/englishcountrypay.php
 
Tuesday, August 23 2022 
BFMS Song Swap
Tuesday, August 23 2022
4th Tuesday BFMS Song Swap
7:30, the Song Swap is a place for folks to come together and share songs, community, and keep the live singing tradition thriving. For a while, we're still on zoom.... Check the songswap facebook page for the link

https://www.facebook.com/groups/618331624855775/
 
Wednesday, August 24 2022 
Contra Dance
Ann Fallon calls to music by Backstep Cindy - Sandy Hofferth (fiddle), Joe Langley (guitar), Fred Cherney (banjo), and Shirley Echols (bass). 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.
 
Wednesday, September 07 2022 
Contra Dance
Janine Smith calls to music by Ken and Brad Kolodner and Friends. 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, September 10 2022 
2nd Saturday Dance
8 - 10:30 PM
Melissa Chatham calling to Emily Aubrey, Robin Wilson & Michael Raitzyk
New dancer lesson: 7:30
Online payment only. Pre-payment is encouraged to reserve your spot. http://bfms.org/secondsatpay.php
N-95/KN-95/KF-94 masks, and proof of vaccination are required.
Location: The Church of the Nativity and Holy Comforter, 6112 York Rd, Baltimore, MD 21212
 
Monday, September 12 2022 
English Country Dance
English Country Dance. April Blum calling to Jeff Steinberg, fiddle, Ben Hobbs, Piano, and Robin Wilson, flute and concertina. 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.