Baltimore Folk Music Society


BFMS Events and Schedules

Please check the individual pages for details!

You can see a Complete list of Events here or follow the links on this page to the individual event pages.

Ever wonder who the band or caller was a few weeks ago?
Check the listing of Past Events to find out....

Due to concerns about COVID-19, all BFMS in-person events have been cancelled through December 31, 2020. The BFMS Board will re-evaluate the situation periodically and decide if further cancellations are necessary.

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.

Special Events

Saturday, September 19 2020 
Instrument Workshops
How to phrase, shape and color a line of music so it says what you want to say. We'll be working with the exquisite, expressive English Lute Song repertoire.
$20 payable through PayPal or Venmo to Checks are good too. SCHOLARSHIP AID is available, just ask. FOR QUESTIONS:

Saturday, September 19 2020 
Online Concert - Building Bridges
From Jacqueline Schwab - Sat., Sept. 19, 3 pm: Attend my online solo concert, Building Bridges—Vintage Music of Latin America, sponsored by the Eastham Public Library. I’ve been enjoying this foray into music I’ve long loved.
Tips welcome, at - for
Info to come!
Sunday, September 20 2020 
Instrument Workshops
LESS IS MORE: an Intro to Medieval Minimalism
We're so used to managing handfuls of notes; this class deals with the exact opposite issue--medieval style and its stark simplicity, gradually complicated by layers of texture, dissonance and rhythm. A different vocabulary needs a different approach.
$20 payable through PayPal or Venmo to Checks are good too. SCHOLARSHIP AID is available, just ask. FOR QUESTIONS:
Saturday, September 26 2020 
Instrument Workshops
We'll use five popular country dance tunes to address five of the most common technical problems: subdividing, rushing, jumpy melodies, fast notes, and generally making it sound like a dance. $20 payable through PayPal or Venmo to Checks are good too. SCHOLARSHIP AID is available, just ask. FOR QUESTIONS:
Sunday, September 27 2020 
Instrument Workshops
A very short, very kind, very simple introduction to making stuff up for the terminally ambivalent. $20 payable through PayPal or Venmo to Checks are good too. SCHOLARSHIP AID is available, just ask. FOR QUESTIONS:

Traditional American Dances

New Dancer Workshops Details...
Every Wednesday at 7:30 pm
Midwinter Ball Details...
In Janury. See the Midwinter Ball page for details.

Traditional English Dances

New Dancer Workshops and Classes Details...
First Monday of the month
Gentle English Country Dance Series Details...
Gentle English" are English country dances from all periods selected to be gentle on the knees, hips, feet, and backs of the dancers. BFMS plans to hold three or four Gentle English dances a year.
Autumn Assembly Ball Details...
In October. See the Autumn Assembly Ball page for details.
Gala New Year's Eve English Country Dance Details...
December 31st. See the New Year's Eve Gala page for details.

Other BFMS Events and Activities

Song Swap Details...
The Song Swap is a place for folks to come together and share songs, community, and keep the live singing tradition thriving. Now at two different locations on two different dates:
2nd Tuesday (7:30 to 9:30 PM) at the Church of the Nativity and Holy Comforter.
4th Tuesday (7:30 to 9:30 PM) at the Four Hour Day Lutherie.
Tuesday, September 22 2020 
Song Swap - 7:30 to 9:30 PM - at the Four Hour Day Lutherie
Friendly Coffeehouse Details...
The Friendly Coffeehouse Open Mic is a BFMS-sponsored event, taking place on Third Fridays each month at 7 pm. It offers a friendly, supportive atmosphere for acoustic musicians, poets, storytellers and other folkies.
J. Patrick's All-Stars Details...
A community of musicians, dancers, and listeners who love the traditional music of Ireland.
Catoctin Weekend Details...
The Catoctin music and dance weekend getaway gives dancers and musicians of all ages a chance to attend a family-friendly weekend featuring folk music, crafts and dancing in a beautiful mountain setting.
BFMS Board Meeting
BFMS board meetings are almost always on the first Tuesday of the month and are open to BFMS members. If you would like to attend, please contact the BFMS President via email. president at

To list a BFMS Event
Send the Date, Time, Location, Address, Type of event, Contact Information and Details of the event to events at