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

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).

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.