Baltimore Folk Music Society


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 have been updated to reflect the time we weren't having in-person events. if your membership had expired March 2020, it was extended until May 2022. If you renewed your BFMS in July 2020 for 3 years, the new expiration for that membership is September 2025. If you want to confirm your membership to see if you are a current member or when your membership expires, send an inquiry to

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 pre-registration and proof of vaccination. We hope to see you 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.

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

Friday, May 20 2022 
Showtime 7:30 pm, Doors open at 7:00 pm,Tickets $25.00
Sunday, May 22 2022 
Ceili Dance
3:00-8:00 pm, GWCC will hold its last ceili of the season. Music by Alice Bradley and Patrick Winch. GWCC's policies still require proof of vaxx/booster and mask wearing, and we will ask everyone to bring a dish to share during the first break potluck dinner. More info:
Monday, May 23 2022 
English Country Dance
English Country Dancing returns to Baltimore! A cavalcade of callers with Carl Friedman (violin), Steven Epstein (winds), and Janina O'Brien (piano).
Preregistration at BFMS ECD Dance 5-23-2022 Preregistration. Preregistration, N-95/KN-95/KF-94 masks, and proof of vaccination are required.
Friday, May 27 2022 
Showtime 7:30 pm, Doors open at 7:00 pm, Tickets $25.00

Sunday, May 29 2022 
Waltz at Glen Echo
Music by Terpsichore. No partner required. The waltz lesson begins at 2:45 p.m. with a half-hour of beginner instruction and 15 minutes for an intermediate or advanced move. Dancing follows until 6 p.m. Proof of fully vaxed status is required. Mask requirements change; please bring one. Admission is $15, $5 for full-time students with ID.
Thursday, June 02 2022 
Showtime 7:30 pm, Doors at 7:00 pm, Tickets $25.00,
Monday, June 06 2022 
English Country Dance
Ann Fallon calls with music by Elke Baker (violin), Robin Wilson (flute/concertina), and Francine Krasowska (piano)
Monday, June 20 2022 
English Country Dance
Jeff Steinberg (violin), Mark Vidor (accordion), and Judy Meyers (piano) make music to the calling of April Blum

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 65144, Baltimore, MD 21209.

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.