Baltimore Folk Music Society


Member Sponsored Events

These are events that are:

  • Organized 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.
An organization is defined as "An entity incorporated as a company or non-profit".
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.

Member Sponsored Event Listings

Tuesday, September 26 2017 (Member Sponsored) 
BFMS Song Swap

The Four Hour Day Lutherie
4305 Harford Road Baltimore, MD 21214
7-9 PM Admission - FREE

The 4th Tuesday of the month. A good old-fashioned acoustic group sing: chorus songs, chanteys, traditional, standards, contemporary, or original songs. A warm, informal, welcoming place to sing together, add harmony (or just listen). Bring lyrics if you need them. We'll take turns around the room singing, whether unaccompanied, or grab an instrument and let's sing! No sound system. Just us folks. Non-performance oriented, so don't feel shy. Great room, great acoustics.

info: Andy Cooper:, 410-628-8886
Ty St. Clare: 443-604-7621
Join our Baltimore Folk Music Society Song Swap FaceBook group for the latest posts or other updates.

Thursday, October 05 2017 (Member Sponsored) 
The Old-Time Snake Milker

Based in Staunton, VA, this quintet is sure to put on a high-energy and hilariously entertaining show featuring foot-stomping Old-Time tunes and Hillbilly swing numbers. There will most definitely be a big Old-Time jam afterwards with some possible living room square dancing! Bring an instrument, friends, food, drink. Please RSVP to Feel free to bring food and drink to share. Brad's House; 831 West 33rd Street, Baltimore, MD. 7:30-9:30pm. $15-$20 suggested donation

Saturday, October 07 2017 (Member Sponsored) 
Tune Workshop: Grey Larson

This workshop for players of any melody instrument will be devoted tune learning (by ear, although sheet music will be provided). It is likely to include tunes from the unusual repertoire of Michael J. Kennedy, a melodeon player from Flaskagh near Dunmore in County Galway, Irelandunes he learned there as a youth between 1911 and 1923 before he emigrated to the US. Suggested donation $20. RSVP 410-494-8839 or

Saturday, October 07 2017 (Member Sponsored) 
Cindy Kallet and Grey Larson

Cindy is a superb singer, guitarist, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist. Grey is one of America’s finest players of the Irish flute and tin whistle, as well as an accomplished singer and concertina, fiddle, piano and harmonium player. Suggested donation $20. 8 Jack Frost Lane, Baltimore MD 21204. Session to follow (bring instruments). RSVP 410-494-8839 or

Friday, November 24 2017 (Member Sponsored) 
Thanksgiving Concert

Baltimore's father-son duo Ken & Brad Kolodner will join with Alex LacQuement, Rachel Eddy in a concert of old-time, Bluegrass and Irish music at the Stony Run Friends Meeting House. The band performs their own brand of Irish, Old-Time and Bluegrass music with a modern twist. The bands will perform together (featuring clawhammer banjo, hammered dulcimer, four fiddles, mandolin, bass, vocals, guitar, button accordion). The Stony Run Friends Meeting House;
5116 N. Charles St; Baltimore MD 21210. Info:

Saturday, December 16 2017 (Member Sponsored) 
Helicon's Annual Winter Solstice Concert
Kraushaar Auditorium, Goucher College, 1021 Dulaney Valley Rd., Towson, Maryland 21204. Helicon is Ken Kolodner (hammered dulcimer, fiddle, and hammered mbira), Chris Norman (wooden flutes, whistle, small pipes, and vocals), and Robin Bullock (guitar, mandolin, cittern, and piano).
International Folk Dancing

Meets most Saturdays from 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm at 3107 N. Charles Street (Homewood Friends Meeting House, side entrance at cellar door). Dances from Europe and other countries of the Near and Middle East. Beginners welcome. No partner necessary. Admission $3. First time free. Lessons given in first hour. Go to for more information and detailed directions or call Paul at 410.367.8194 or Hildy at 410.484.9392. To subscribe to their emailing list, please contact

Ballroom Dancing

Every Friday, 8:00 pm (waltz, rumba, tango and more)
in the ROTC building on the Johns Hopkins University campus. Always free. All are welcome. Goodies for snack time are welcome, too. For more info call Dave Greene at 301-570-3283 or email eneergdivad @


Join us the Fourth Wednesday of the month 7-9 PM Stony Run Friends Meeting, 5116 N. Charles Street, Baltimore, 21210
CircleSinging Baltimore is part of an international community of singers who share a love of singing in community. CircleSinging is an improvisational choral style of singing created by Bobby McFerrin. Facilitated by Paris Kern, you will be lead in parts created on the spot. There will be singing games, maybe a song and LOTS of singing in harmony. Paris' background in traditional folk flavors the improv skill she gained though several years of study with Bobby McFerrin and members of Voicestra .
Mistake Free zone!! no experience needed, just a generous spirit of love of song.
Donation of $10 for space rental( no one turned away from lack of funds)
Please register at CircleSingingBaltimore Meetup group and visit out Facebook page

Sacred Harp Sing

Sing Sacred Harp the third Sunday of each month at 4:00 PM in the schoolhouse beside the Community Building at 17801 Meetinghouse Road, Sandy Spring, Maryland; pot-luck follows at 6:00. Books are available. Contact Dave Greene at or call 301-570-3283. All are welcome; there is no charge. Sacred Harp songs are 4-part a-cappello on a familiar scale with almost familiar names for the notes ("fa-sol-la-fa-sol-la-me fa" for the familiar "do-re-me-fa-sol-la-ti-do") and round, triangular, square, and diamond shapes (one need not worry about the names or shapes) for the familiar round shapes of notes (hence the alternative name: "Shape Note Singing" for "Sacred Harp Singing"). Sacred Harp was taught by early traveling ministers to congregations that had no organ or piano; often the beautiful harmonies had religious phrases.

Baltimore Old Time Jam

Five & Dime Ale House
901 W. 36th St. in Hampden
Alternate Tuesdays starting January 10, 2017

Slow jam at 7pm and fast jam at 8:15pm led by Ken and Brad Kolodner.

Dances of Universal Peace

Dances of Universal Peace mostly on second Sunday 3 - 5 PM. Doors open at 2:45 to be ready to begin at 3 PM. Potluck snacks to follow Dances: 612 Hollow Rd: Ellicott City, MD 21043. Beginners and old friends, families with elders and young ones welcome to weave in and out of the circle, or play/ rest quietly in the space or outdoors in our yard. Donation requested, $5 suggested. Bring potluck snacks if you wish. If weather allows, we dance outdoors, so bring layers and sun protection to be comfortable. Always helpful if you RSVP either way, though not required. For more info for questions call Peggy 410-465-1914

Norwegian Potluck & Dance

Norwegian-style house party. Mesmerizing live music by Loretta Kelley on the unique Hardanger fiddle.

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

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