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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 Memberships Extended

BFMS is extending all memberships during the time that BFMS events have been cancelled. What that means is that all BFMS Memberships are extended for a month for each month that events are cancelled.

While BFMS is not currently hosting any in-person events, we continue to serve as a clearinghouse for a number of community in person and virtual events. We hope to be able to offer in-person events in the near future! To protect those most at risk of infection from Covid-19, we expect that vaccination and pre-registration will be required when we gather again in-person. Stay tuned for more information - we miss you!

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.

https://www.cdss.org/covid19/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, September 20 2021 
Common Time: Cultural Equity at the Local Level
Online at 7:00 p.m. ET. Join us as Dr. Dena Ross Jennings, facilitator of CDSS’s Cultural Equity Advisory Group, leads a presentation and discussion about cultural equity, appropriation versus appreciation, and the key element of communication that makes all of this work possible. Register here!
 
Thursday, September 23 2021 
Tabla for Two
Virtual Show: 7:30 PM - A unique duo consisting of Masood Omari and Abigail Adams Greenway. They play traditional and classical music from Afghanistan and India, old Bollywood favorites, as well as Omari’s original compositions, which blend classical Eastern beats with Western-style beats. | $15 | tickets available at www.focusmusic.org Info: Rob Hinkal at rob@focusmusic.org or www.focusmusic.org
 
Friday, October 01 2021 
PETER MULVEY
Tickets $25.00 ~ Showtime 7:30 pm Doors open at 7:00 pm Buy in advance! Remaining tickets will be available at the door if not sold out. ALL TICKET SALES FINAL, NO REFUNDS OR EXCHANGES. https://www.brownpapertickets.com/
 
Friday, October 08 2021 
VANCE GILBERT
Tickets $25.00 ~ Showtime 7:30 pm, Doors open at 7:00 pm. Buy in advance! Remaining tickets will be available at the door if not sold out. ALL TICKET SALES FINAL, NO REFUNDS OR EXCHANGES. https://uptownconcerts.com/cellar-stage-timonium/shows-cellar-stage-timonium/
 
Saturday, October 09 2021 
Summerfolk Festival w James Keelaghan
Virtual show 7:30 PM. Canadian singer-songwriter, James Keelaghan. | $15 | tickets available at www.focusmusic.org Info: Rob Hinkal at rob@focusmusic.org or www.focusmusic.org
 
Sunday, October 10 2021 
BFMS Picnic
Almost Annual BFMS Picnic from 12:30 to 5 PM . A great afternoon of fun, games, and fellowship at Genesee Valley Outdoor Learning Center. More details to follow...
 
Thursday, October 21 2021 
ELLIS PAUL
Tickets $25.00 ~ Showtime 7:30 pm
Tickets available for 6:00, 6:30, and 7:00 dinner times.
https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/5134697
All audience members must be fully vaccinated.
For everyone’s safety, we suggest that you wear a mask, except when eating.
 
Friday, November 12 2021 
DAN NAVARRO
Tickets $25.00 ~ Showtime 7:30 pm Doors open at 7:00 pm Buy in advance! Remaining tickets will be available at the door if not sold out. ALL TICKET SALES FINAL, NO REFUNDS OR EXCHANGES. https://uptownconcerts.com/cellar-stage-timonium/shows-cellar-stage-timonium/
 
Friday, December 03 2021 
JOHN GORKA
Tickets $25.00 ~ Showtime 7:30 pm. Doors open at 7:00 pm. Buy in advance! Remaining tickets will be available at the door if not sold out. ALL TICKET SALES FINAL, NO REFUNDS OR EXCHANGES. https://uptownconcerts.com/cellar-stage-timonium/shows-cellar-stage-timonium/
 

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.