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....

Special Events

Friday, February 28 2020 
Bob Bovee Concert

We have a rare opportunity to hear Bob Bovee in the intimate setting of a house concert at 8 PM on Friday, February 28. Doors open at 7:30. This is definitely a concert you do not want to miss! Bob rarely comes this way from Minnesota, and we are so excited to be able to have him in this area! His humor alone is worth the price of admission! Bob is a one man folk festival of authentic, traditional music.

The concert will be held in a wheel chair accessible home in Catonsville, MD. A limited number of chairs are still available.Suggested donation is $15 for members of BFMS, and affiliated organizations and $20 for the general public.Contributions of snack food for intermission are welcome. Bring instruments, because a jam will follow the concert.

Saturday, March 14 2020 
State of the Society Meeting
All members are invited to attend the annual BFMS membership meeting to learn about the current state of BFMS. The slate for the 2020-2021 Board will presented. Not a member? You can become a member at the gate. All members who arrive BEFORE 7:15 can dance for FREE!

The Board is listening! We welcome your input about current BFMS events and your ideas for future events. This is your BFMS!
As we celebrate our 45th year, let’s think about how to make it our best year yet! This meeting is a great venue to share your exciting ideas.

Questions? Contact
Friday, June 19 2020 
35th Annual Spring Catoctin Weekend
The 35th annual Spring Catoctin Mountain Music and Dance Weekend. Music, Dance and Song. Fun for all ages!
On-line Registration is open NOW!

Traditional American Dances

Wednesday Night Contra and Square Dances Details...
Wednesday, February 26 2020 
April Blum calls to Amberwing - Emily Aubrey (fiddle), Janina OBrien (piano), and Robin Wilson (flute, saxophone, concertina). Calling terms: Ladies/Gentlemen.
New Dancer Workshops Details...
Every Wednesday at 7:30 pm
Second Saturday Dance Series Details...
Saturday, March 14 2020 
Penelope Weinbergercalls to Tea and Honey: featuring Bobby LaRose (piano and mandolin), Colleen Holroyd (fiddle and feet), Sophie Chang (cello), Rebecca Weiss (fiddle) Dance will be called using Larks and Robins.
If you are a current BFMS member and arrive at the dance prior to 7:15 for our Annual members meeting starting at 7PM, you will get into the dance FREE!!! If you arrive after 7:15 there will be a charge.

We have a workshop that begins at 7:30 and the dance begins at 8:00. Bring a snack and bring a friend.
For more information go to our website at or email Don & Michele at satdance at

The dance is held at the Church of the Nativity & Holy Comforter, 6112 York Rd, Baltimore, MD 21212
Midwinter Ball Details...
In Janury. See the Midwinter Ball page for details.

Traditional English Dances

Monday Night English Country Dances Details...
Monday, March 02 2020 
Emily Aubrey calling to Carl Friedman (violin), Robin Wilson (flute and concertina), and Jonathan Jensen (piano etc)
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, February 25 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