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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 often has the need for people to fill one time or ongoing volunteer opportunities. Currently, volunteers are needed for the following: to help with sound for dances and concerts, grant writing, gate coverage, and to work on flyers expanding our publicity. Please feel free to contact me at president@bfms.org.

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

Wednesday, December 07 2022 
Contra Dance
Calling by Greg Frock and tunes by Contre Temps - Andrew Tomlinson (flutes), Mark Vidor (piano, accordion), and McGregor Yatsevitch (fiddle, mandolin). Caller TBD. 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, December 10 2022 
2nd Saturday Dance
8-10:30 PM
Kappy Laning calling to: Brenna Hogan - fiddle, Shane Knudsen - fiddle, Art Abrams - bass, John Sauer - guitar, Jay White - banjo

New dancer lesson: 7:30
Use this link for online payment https://bfms.org/contradancepay.php...
Location: The Church of the Nativity and Holy Comforter, 6112 York Rd, Baltimore, MD 21212
Admission is: $10 BFMS members & affiliates, $15 non-members. Under 21 and full-time students with ID: $7 members, $10 nonmembers.
 
Monday, December 12 2022 
English Country Dance

English Country Dance
8:00-10:30 pm. Sharon McKinley will call to the music of Jeff Steinberg, violin; Francine Krasowska, piano; and Robin Wilson, flute and concertina.
Location: The Church of the Nativity and Holy Comforter, 6112 York Rd, Baltimore, MD 21212. N-95/KN-95/KF-94 masks and proof of vaccination are required. On-line payments only. https://bfms.org/englishcountrypay.php
 
Tuesday, December 13 2022 
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. We take turns around the circle. If you are shy about leading a song, don’t fret…we sing many songs with choruses and your voice will blend in.

While we have been getting together on zoom, the BFMS songswap has become transcontinental and international with participants from west, farther west, and north and northwest across the border. You can drop in on the zoom and meet (and hear / sing with) some nice folks we 're not likely to meet in person!

Check our facebook page for the link. https://www.facebook.com/groups/618331624855775

 
Wednesday, December 21 2022 
Contra Dance
Come dance to live music by Paul Oorts (mandolin, accordion, banjo, guitar) and Elke Baker (fiddle). Caller TBD. 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
 
Monday, December 26 2022 
English Country Dance

English Country Dance
English Country Dance, 8:00-10:30 pm. Christopher Field comes out of retirement to call dances to the music of Carl Friedman, violin; Judy Meyers, piano; and Ralph Barthine, guitar.
Location: The Church of the Nativity and Holy Comforter, 6112 York Rd, Baltimore, MD 21212. N-95/KN-95/KF-94 masks and proof of vaccination are required. On-line payments only. https://bfms.org/englishcountrypay.php
 
Tuesday, December 27 2022 
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. We take turns around the circle. If you are shy about leading a song, don’t fret…we sing many songs with choruses and your voice will blend in.

While we have been getting together on zoom, the BFMS songswap has become transcontinental and international with participants from west, farther west, and north and northwest across the border. You can drop in on the zoom and meet (and hear / sing with) some nice folks we 're not likely to meet in person!

Check our facebook page for the link. https://www.facebook.com/groups/618331624855775

 
Saturday, December 31 2022 
English Country Dance
New Year's Eve Gala English Country Dance, 8:30-12:30
Musicians: Elegant Echoes (Becky Ross, violin; Colleen Reed, flute; Liz Donaldson, piano)
Callers: April Blum and Ann Fallon
Admission: $30 Members and affiliates; $35 Non-members; $20 students.
Location: The Church of the Nativity and Holy Comforter, 6112 York Rd, Baltimore, MD 21212. N-95/KN-95/KF-94 masks and proof of vaccination are required. Attendance is limited. On-line payments only. For more details visit bfms.org, Gala New Year's Eve English Country Dance Details... Register at https://bfms.org/nyeGala2.php
 
Wednesday, January 04 2023 
Contra Dance
Rowyn Peel calls to the music of the Gravy Soppers - Rebecca Adams (banjo, vocals, and dance board), Jeffrey Adams (guitar), Jason Miller (fiddle, vocals, and banjo), and Gary Baker (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
 
Tuesday, January 10 2023 
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. We take turns around the circle. If you are shy about leading a song, don’t fret…we sing many songs with choruses and your voice will blend in.

While we have been getting together on zoom, the BFMS songswap has become transcontinental and international with participants from west, farther west, and north and northwest across the border. You can drop in on the zoom and meet (and hear / sing with) some nice folks we 're not likely to meet in person!

Check our facebook page for the link. https://www.facebook.com/groups/618331624855775

 

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.


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.