Baltimore Folk Music Society

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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 often has the need for people to fill one time or ongoing volunteer opportunities. Currently, volunteers are needed for the following: to help with sound for dances and concerts, grant writing, gate coverage, and to work on flyers expanding our publicity. Please feel free to contact me at president@bfms.org.

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.

CDSS send love to freelancers

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

Monday, November 28 2022 
English Country Dance
English Country Dance, 8:00-10:30 pm. April Blum calls to the music of Carl Friedman, violin, Janina O'Brien, piano, and Mark Vidor, accordion. Location: The Church of the Nativity and Holy Comforter, 6112 York Rd, Baltimore, MD 21212. N-95/KN-95/KF-94 masks and proof of vaccination are required. On-line payments only. https://bfms.org/englishcountrypay.php
 
Wednesday, November 30 2022 
Contra Dance (Bonus 5th Wednesday!)
Join us for a special 5th Wednesday contra dance with Perry Shafran calling and fabulous live music by Contranella featuring Rebekah Geller - Megan Beller (fiddle), Rebekah Geller (fiddle), John Wobus (piano), and Charley Beller (percussion). Intro lesson at 7:30. Dance starts at 8 at Lovely Lane Church (now with air conditioning!). N-95/KN-95/KF-94 masks and proof of vaccination are required. Online payment required: https://bfms.org/contradancepay.php . Attendance is limited so pre-payment is encouraged to reserve your spot. No cash at the door
 
Wednesday, December 07 2022 
Contra Dance
Calling by Greg Frock and tunes by Contre Temps - Andrew Tomlinson (flutes), Mark Vidor (piano, accordion), and McGregor Yatsevitch (fiddle, mandolin). Caller TBD. Intro lesson at 7:30. Dance starts at 8 at Lovely Lane Church (now with air conditioning!). N-95/KN-95/KF-94 masks and proof of vaccination are required. Online payment only: https://bfms.org/contradancepay.php . Attendance is limited so pre-payment is encouraged to reserve your spot. No cash at the door
 
Saturday, December 10 2022 
2nd Saturday Dance
8-10:30 PM
Kappy Laning calling to: Brenna Hogan - fiddle, Shane Knudsen - fiddle, Art Abrams - bass, John Sauer - guitar, Jay White - banjo

New dancer lesson: 7:30
Use this link for online payment https://bfms.org/contradancepay.php#!/Regular-Saturday-Dance/c/130232759
Location: The Church of the Nativity and Holy Comforter, 6112 York Rd, Baltimore, MD 21212
Admission is: $10 BFMS members & affiliates, $15 non-members. Under 21 and full-time students with ID: $7 members, $10 nonmembers.
 
Monday, December 12 2022 
English Country Dance

English Country Dance
8:00-10:30 pm. Sharon McKinley will call to the music of Jeff Steinberg, violin; Francine Krasowska, piano; and Robin Wilson, flute and concertina.
Location: The Church of the Nativity and Holy Comforter, 6112 York Rd, Baltimore, MD 21212. N-95/KN-95/KF-94 masks and proof of vaccination are required. On-line payments only. https://bfms.org/englishcountrypay.php
 
Wednesday, December 21 2022 
Contra Dance
Come dance to live music by Paul Oorts (mandolin, accordion, banjo, guitar) and Elke Baker (fiddle). Caller TBD. Intro lesson at 7:30. Dance starts at 8 at Lovely Lane Church (now with air conditioning!). N-95/KN-95/KF-94 masks and proof of vaccination are required. Online payment only: https://bfms.org/contradancepay.php . Attendance is limited so pre-payment is encouraged to reserve your spot. No cash at the door
 
Monday, December 26 2022 
English Country Dance

English Country Dance
English Country Dance, 8:00-10:30 pm. Christopher Field comes out of retirement to call dances to the music of Carl Friedman, violin; Judy Meyers, piano; and Ralph Barthine, guitar.
Location: The Church of the Nativity and Holy Comforter, 6112 York Rd, Baltimore, MD 21212. N-95/KN-95/KF-94 masks and proof of vaccination are required. On-line payments only. https://bfms.org/englishcountrypay.php
 
Saturday, December 31 2022 
English Country Dance
New Year's Eve Gala English Country Dance, 8:30-12:30
Musicians: Elegant Echoes (Becky Ross, violin; Colleen Reed, flute; Liz Donaldson, piano)
Callers: April Blum and Ann Fallon
Admission: $30 Members and affiliates; $35 Non-members; $20 students.
Location: The Church of the Nativity and Holy Comforter, 6112 York Rd, Baltimore, MD 21212. N-95/KN-95/KF-94 masks and proof of vaccination are required. Attendance is limited. On-line payments only. For more details visit bfms.org, Gala New Year's Eve English Country Dance Details... Register at https://bfms.org/nyeGala2.php
 
Wednesday, January 04 2023 
Contra Dance
Rowyn Peel calls to the music of the Gravy Soppers - Rebecca Adams (banjo, vocals, and dance board), Jeffrey Adams (guitar), Jason Miller (fiddle, vocals, and banjo), and Gary Baker (bass). Intro lesson at 7:30. Dance starts at 8 at Lovely Lane Church (now with air conditioning!). N-95/KN-95/KF-94 masks and proof of vaccination are required. Online payment only: https://bfms.org/contradancepay.php . Attendance is limited so pre-payment is encouraged to reserve your spot. No cash at the door
 
Saturday, January 14 2023 
2nd Saturday Dance
7-9:30 PM One hour earlier than regular schedule
Penelope Weinberger calling to Claire Noonan Button accordion, Keira Noonan Fiddle, and Riley Fitzpatrick Piano
New dancer lesson: 6:30 PM
Use this link for online payment https://bfms.org/contradancepay.php#!/Regular-Saturday-Dance/c/130232759
Location: The Church of the Nativity and Holy Comforter, 6112 York Rd, Baltimore, MD 21212
Admission is: $10 BFMS members & affiliates, $15 non-members. Under 21 and full-time students with ID: $7 members, $10 nonmembers.
 

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.

www.bfms.org/folkevents

Attention BFMS Members

  • Recently moved or changed your email address? Wondering why you aren't getting anything from BFMS? Please contact BFMS Membership (membership @ bfms.org) 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 @ bfms.org. 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 president@bfms.org.


Membership expired? Renew on-line! See the Membership page for details.