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 Note

  • Starting in August 2018, the BFMS Monday Night English Country Dance, and the Gentle English dance series will be moving to the Church of the Nativity.
  • Starting in September 2018, the Second Saturday dance series will also be moving to the Church of the Nativity.
Directions to Church of the Nativity

Contra dancing: One Person's Perspective

Check out this great video of Contra dance at Lovely Lane on the Wednesday Night Dance page.

Please download our Welcome Brochure

Special Events

Wednesday, October 17 2018 
Free Fall Baltimore Contra Dance
Shane Knudsen calls to Music by Strings on Wings - Barb Schmid (fiddle) and Todd Clewell (fiddle, guitar)
Free Fall Event: Free Admission To This Dance!
Saturday, October 20 2018 
2018 Autumn Assembly English Ball
Music by A Joyful Noise - Barbara Greenberg (violin), Daniel Beerbohm (winds), Kathy Talvitie (piano), with guest Marty Taylor (winds and concertina)
Review 1:30-4:00 pm, with caller Tom Spilsbury and music by Susan Brandt (flute) and Jonathan Jensen (piano).
Reception 6:30 pm, Ball 7-11 pm.
All events at The Church of the Redeemer, 5603 N. Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21212
Admission by Reservation; register online at or by mail (fliers available online and at area dances).
Sunday, October 21 2018 
Windborne - Concert
Windborne (Lynn Mahoney Rowan, Will Thomas Rowan, Lauren Breunig, and Jeremy Carter-Gordon) is a group of vocal chameleons who specialize in close harmony singing, shifting effortlessly between drastically different styles of traditional music within the same concert. Their musical knowledge spans many continents and cultures, but they remain deeply rooted in American folk singing traditions.
Admission is $15 for members, $20 for non-members, and $10 for students . Become a BFMS member at the door and receive the member discount.
3 PM - Catonsville, MD - Please bring munchies to share at intermission.
For the location and to make a reservation, please e-mail or call 410-321-8419 and leave a message. We will call you back to confirm your reservation.
Wednesday, October 24 2018 
Free Fall Baltimore Contra Dance
April Blum calls to The Treblemakers - Emily Aubrey (fiddle), Liz Donaldson (piano), and Robin Wilson (flute, concertina, sax). This dance is a Free Fall Baltimore event - Free admission for all!

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 7134 Waverly Station, Baltimore, MD 21218-0134.

Call the Baltimore Folk Music Society's Music & Dance Hotline! (888) 646-BFMS
or email president at

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