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.

Come help BFMS celebrate its 40th Anniversary this October.

We start the month with the Playford "Ruby Slippers" Ball on the first weekend.
The Second weekend is our Official 40th celebration with events planned for Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
BFMS is also having two free Wednesday dances are part of FreeFall Baltimore.
And we have lots of Member Sponsored events in October as well as our regular events. So come join us!
This year, BFMS is participating in the CDSS Centennial Passport to Joy! If you are a member of CDSS then come to one of the BFMS events listed here and get a sticker for your Passport.

Contra dancing: One Person's Perspective

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

Visit the BFMS Folk Events page for a list of some of the other folk events in the area.

Special Events

Friday, October 09 2015 (Member Sponsored) 
House concert with Maivish
Start off the BFMS 40th Anniversary weekend with a house concert with Maivish: Adam Broome. Jaige Trudel, and Matthew Olwell. Limited seating, please contact Rebecca, for reservations and details:
Saturday, October 10 2015 
BFMS40 - Saturday Events
BFMS 40th Anniversary program on Saturday starts at Belvedere Square in Baltimore from 12 to 4:30 PM with music by a three bands, dances called by Andy Kane, waltzes and a performance by Charm City Rapper. A dinner is planned for 5 PM followed by more dancing at Lovely Lane Church from 7 to 11 PM. The Anniversary Special Band will be playing and we will have a variery of callers.
Sunday, October 11 2015 
BFMS40 - Sunday Events
Sunday from 12 to 4 PM join us at Cromwell Valley Park for singing, storytelling, jamming and entertainment by Steve Hickman and DeLaura Padovan.
Wednesday, October 14 2015 
Square/Contra Dance
FreeFall Baltimore! All dancers admitted FREE tonight. Peggy Hesley calls to Taylor Among the Devils: Steve Hickman (fiddle), Marty Taylor (whistles, concertina), and Jonathan Jensen (piano). New dancer orientation at 7:30 pm.
Wednesday, October 28 2015 
Square/Contra Dance
FreeFall Baltimore! All dancers admitted FREE! Janine Smith calls to the Contra Rebels: Todd Clewell (fiddle), Barb Schmid (fiddle), Henry Koretzky (guitar), and Bruce Campbell (bass). New dancer orientation at 7:30 pm.
Saturday, January 30 2016 
2016 MidWinter Ball
Save the date for the 2016 Midwinter Ball at the Scottish Rite Masonic Temple.
Details to follow.

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

Attention BFMS Members

  • New By-Laws Adopted Check the By-laws page for related informaton.
  • 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.