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 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

Saturday, May 22 2021 
Celebration of Spring!
Washington Revels’ special “Celebration of Spring” video release captures all the joy of May Revels — a DC tradition for over 35 years — and places YOU at the center of the fun in a totally new way. Delight in May whimsy set against the beauty of DC in full bloom, with special surprises from Revelers as they frolic through historic Glen Echo Park! Enjoy fun for all ages, including a boisterous procession, a fast-paced sing-along memory challenge, beautiful choral works set in nature, and performances by guest artists. May 22-May 31. Free with registration by May 31; donations encouraged Washington Revels / / 301-587-3835
Sunday, May 23 2021 
Bob Dylan Tribute
1 PM - Dylan 8-Oh! The IMT Bob Dylan Tribute * online at
Institute of Musical Traditions 4th tribute to Bob Dylan on the occasion of his 80th birthday! Performances from Billy Coulter, Brian Simms, Ruthie Logsdon and Tony Denikos, rob Hinkal, McKinley Clare. Webcast Live from the Old Town Takoma Park Gazebo in Takoma Park, MD on Facebook and YouTube | free to attend, donations encouraged | Info: Rob Hinkal at or
Sunday, May 30 2021 
Larry Hanks and Steve Cormier
Cowboy and Western American music
Online • 7 pm • Concert starts at 7:30
Expect a sing-around afterwards, and we've invited our performers to join us.
Register at, to get the Zoom link.
Cost to register: Free; Suggested donation: $20 or more, Info: Charlie Baum,
Sunday, June 06 2021 
ilyAIMY online concert
1 PM - "ilyAIMY ain't your grandpa's folk music… fearless writers & performers… Webcast Live from the Stage of Musical Traditions in Takoma Park, MD on Facebook and YouTube | free to attend, donations encouraged | Info: Rob Hinkal at or

Sunday, June 13 2021 
SONiA disappear fear and Ertugrul Erkisi
7:30 PM, FocusMusic & the Jewish Islamic Dialogue Society Present SONiA disappear fear and Ertugrul Erkisi * online at
Presenting a diverse combination of genre, language and faith – a much-needed dose of community in our fractured times. Presented online through | $15 | Info: Rob Hinkal at or

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.