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 receive the BFMS newsletter eleven times per year and 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.


Students Dance Free in September

Wednesday night dances only - Full time students with ID can dance Free.
See the Wednesday Night Contra and Square Dance page.


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.

Download the current newsletter on the Newsletter page or get a copy of the Mini News here.


Babcock Community Coffeehouse Concert Series.
See the Community Coffeehouse page for details.


Special Events

October 08 2014 
FreeFall Baltimore
Once again, BFMS is participating in FreeFall Baltimore, thanks to a generous grant by the FreeFall folks. This is the first of 2 dances where all dancers will get to dance for FREE - members, non-members, students, everyone!
 
October 11 2014 
Playford Ball
This year's Playford Ball will again be held at the Church of the Redeemer in Baltimore, Maryland. On-Line registration is now open. Please visit the Playford Ball page for more information.
 
October 22 2014 
FreeFall Baltimore
As part of FreeFall Baltimore, this is the 2nd of two free contra dances being held by the Baltimore Folk Music Society, thanks to a generous grant by the FreeFall folks. Everyone dances for FREE - members, non-members, students, everyone!
 
November 23 2014 
Tellabration!
Save the Date! Baltimore's 18th Annual Tellabration! will held on Sunday, November 23 at Irvine Nature Center in Owings MIlls, MD from 2 to 5.
 

See our Events page for a complete listing of events and details.


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 bfms.org.



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


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The Baltimore Folk Music Society is funded by an operating grant from the Maryland State Arts Council, an agency dedicated to cultivating a vibrant cultural community where the arts thrive.

Coming up:

See our Events page for a complete listing of events and details.

August 24 2014 
Fourth at Four
Storytelling at Towson Unitarian Universalist Church
 
August 25 2014 
English Country Dance
Tom Spilsbury calls to Hot Toddy: Edith Coakley-Stowe (violin), Anna Rain (recorder), and Melissa Running (piano)
 
August 27 2014 
Square/Contra Dance
Shane Knudsen calls to Odd Socks - Emily Aubrey (fiddle), Robin Wilson (flute, sax, concertina), Amy Ksir (whistles, accordion), and Tom Rhoads (bass, concertina). New dancer orientation at 7:30 pm.
 
September 01 2014 
English Country Dance
Free New Dancer orientation at 7:45

Sharon McKinley calls to Jeff Steinberg (violin), Marty Taylor (winds, concertina), and Mark Vidor (accordion)
 
September 03 2014 
Square/Contra Dance
Laura Brown calls to AP and the Banty Roosters - Andy Porter (fiddle), Joe Langley (guitar), Mark Lynch (mandolin), and Artie Abrams (bass).
 
September 09 2014 (Member Sponsored) 
BFMS Open Sing
7:30-9:30 PM, on the second floor at Bertha's in Fells Point
 
September 10 2014 
Square/Contra Dance
Perry Shafran calls to the Old Time Jam Band. New dancer orientation at 7:30 pm.
 
September 13 2014 
2nd Saturday Dance
Band: Rhythmajigs with Jack Maus (Keyboards), Walter Hojka (Fiddle), Patti Reum (Wind Instruments) and David Stone (Mandolin and Guitar)

Caller: Andrea Nettleton