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.

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.

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 Events

Tuesday, October 27 2020 
BFMS Song Swap
7:30 PM
Suggested theme: Unusual Occurrences/Phenomenon (this could include spooky stuff or funny stuff, it's up to you). Cats coming back, mistaken identity of swans, tricksters, weather oddities... Come join the Four Hour Day, Baltimore Folk Music Society and pals with a song (folk inspired/classic country/old-time/bluegrass/original). A chorus is great for others to sing along. You can also join us to listen, add an instrumental solo, and enjoy the huge variety of songs presented by a surprising array of musicians. All we ask is that you are ready with your tuned instrument and lyrics to sing when it's your turn. And remember, only one person can sing at a time on Zoom! Email Andy if you have questions:, See below for the the 4HD Zoom link:
Tuesday, November 10 2020 
Uptown Concerts Online - CHRISTINE LAVIN
YouTube link

Saturday, November 14 2020 
Joe Crookston
7:30 PM Presented on Facebook and YouTube at for free. Tips and merchandise purchases encouraged. Info: Rob Hinkal at
Saturday, December 05 2020 
Joe Jencks
7:30 PM, Facebook and YouTube at for free. Tips and merchandise purchases encouraged. Info: Rob Hinkal at
Tuesday, December 08 2020 
Uptown Concerts Online - AMY SPEACE
Uptown Concerts is now assisting artists with virtual concerts

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.

Attention BFMS Members

  • Recently moved or changed your email address? Wondering why you aren't getting anything from BFMS? Please contact BFMS Membership (membership @ 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 @ 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 7134 Waverly Station, Baltimore, MD 21218-0134.

Call the Baltimore Folk Music Society's Music & Dance Hotline! (888) 646-BFMS or (888)646-2367

or email

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.