Baltimore Folk Music Society


BFMS Events and Schedules

Please check the individual pages for details!

You can see a Complete list of Events here or follow the links on this page to the individual event pages.

Ever wonder who the band or caller was a few weeks ago?
Check the listing of Past Events to find out....

Due to concerns about COVID-19, all BFMS in-person events have been cancelled through June 30, 2021. The BFMS Board will re-evaluate the situation periodically and decide if further cancellations are necessary.

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.

Special Events

Sunday, June 27 2021 
‘Virtual Ceili’ Concert
7pm - This month features an amazing young musician, Patrick Armstrong, accompanied by local favorite Mitch Fanning. Again, a few figures from a set dance will be called by Ann Marie Breheny. Yes, the concert is free, but donations are appreciated. Watch for details on donating during the event -- they can be made directly by check (see for address), PayPal at, or by using the ‘Donate’ button on our Facebook page.
Thursday, July 08 2021 
GWCC set dance classes
This Summer Session will be eight classes long and will run from July 8 through August 26 for both Beginner and Advanced. Following CDC guidelines, to attend class you will have to show that you are vaccinated (ie 2 weeks past your last shot). You can email a copy/photo of your COVID vaccination card to before classes start or show it at the door before your first class. By participating, you also agree to follow our guidelines if they have to change in the future. For more info: or

Saturday, July 31 2021 
SummerTunes! The Art of Playing for Contra Dances

Two Zoom sessions on consecutive Saturdays, July 31st & Aug. 7 @ 11:00-1:30 EDT. The workshop will focus on tips for making tunes deliciously danceable, creating variations and accompaniment, and constructing medleys that wow. Andrea Hoag (fiddle) and Liz Donaldson (piano) will lead the workshop, while participants play along with microphones muted. Register by emailing The fee is $45 for the full workshop, $35 for one session (some scholarship money will be available — please let us know if you or a friend could use it).

Traditional American Dances

New Dancer Workshops Details...
Every Wednesday at 7:30 pm
Midwinter Ball Details...
In Janury. See the Midwinter Ball page for details.

Traditional English Dances

New Dancer Workshops and Classes Details...
First Monday of the month
Gentle English Country Dance Series Details...
Gentle English" are English country dances from all periods selected to be gentle on the knees, hips, feet, and backs of the dancers. BFMS plans to hold three or four Gentle English dances a year.
Autumn Assembly Ball Details...
In October. See the Autumn Assembly Ball page for details.
Gala New Year's Eve English Country Dance Details...
December 31st. See the New Year's Eve Gala page for details.

Other BFMS Events and Activities

Song Swap Details...
The Song Swap is a place for folks to come together and share songs, community, and keep the live singing tradition thriving. Now at two different locations on two different dates:
2nd Tuesday (7:30 to 9:30 PM) at the Church of the Nativity and Holy Comforter.
4th Tuesday (7:30 to 9:30 PM) at the Four Hour Day Lutherie.
Friendly Coffeehouse Details...
The Friendly Coffeehouse Open Mic is a BFMS-sponsored event, taking place on Third Fridays each month at 7 pm. It offers a friendly, supportive atmosphere for acoustic musicians, poets, storytellers and other folkies.
J. Patrick's All-Stars Details...
A community of musicians, dancers, and listeners who love the traditional music of Ireland.
Catoctin Weekend Details...
The Catoctin music and dance weekend getaway gives dancers and musicians of all ages a chance to attend a family-friendly weekend featuring folk music, crafts and dancing in a beautiful mountain setting.
BFMS Board Meeting
BFMS board meetings are almost always on the first Tuesday of the month and are open to BFMS members. If you would like to attend, please contact the BFMS President via email. president at

To list a BFMS Event
Send the Date, Time, Location, Address, Type of event, Contact Information and Details of the event to events at