Baltimore Folk Music Society


Folk Event Listings

Events listed on this page are not connected to or sponsored by the Baltimore Folk Music Society. These events are listed as a service to the Folk Music community. If you would like your Folk Music event listed on this page, please contact and provide the details (Date, Artist, Venue, Website URL or other details) of your event.

Listing by Date - next 30 days

December 17 2017 - Dance
Waltz Time
Glen Echo Spanish Ballroom

NOTORIOUS FOLK with Larry Unger, Eden MacAdam-Somer, and Friends!

December 17 2017 - Folk Music
Celtic Christmas with Iona
George Washington Masonic Memorial - Alexandria, VA

7:00 PM at the George Washington Masonic Memorial 101 Callahan Drive, Alexandria, VA 22301. Tickets are $15 in advance at and for members, $18 at the door.

Christmas in Celtic lands blends Christian themes with much older traditions. Search for the roots of today's Christmas traditions and you will find your way back to the ancient Celtic festival of Alban Arthuan, held during the Winter Solstice on December 21. One of the principle reasons for the rapid propagation of Christianity throughout Europe during the first millennium was the willingness of Christian leaders to incorporate the rituals, beliefs and customs of other religions. Few of the ancient displaced religions were more assimilated than the Druids, Wiccans and Pagans.

IONA's music is a unique, acoustic weave of the traditional music of Scotland, Ireland, Wales, Cornwall, Brittany (France), the Isle of Man, Asturies and Galicia (Spain), as well as their transplants in America. Blending songs, dance tunes, and aires into a rich and stunning tapestry, their style is outstanding in an arena where these traditions are seldom intertwined.

December 18 2017 - Dance
Diamond Dance Circle Holiday Party Spectacular
Cherry Hill Park (dance hall)

8:00 PM to 11:30 PM $l0 per person (no charge for children under nine.)

Brandon Diamond will be spinning a rapid mix of classic and recent Folk Dance favorites (with a touch of swing.) Refreshments will be served in potluck tradition, so feel free to share a taste of your favorite recipe or convenience store. Info: 301-871-8788 or

December 20 2017 - Dance
FSGW English Country Dance

Melissa Running calls the dances while Becky Ross (fiddle), Carrie Rose (flute), and Liz Donaldson (piano) play

December 22 2017 - Dance
Friday Night Dance at Glen Echo

Warren Doyle calls to Waverley Station with Liz Donaldson, piano; Ralph Gordon, bass; David Knight, fiddle.

December 23 2017 - Dance
Frederick Maryland Contra Dance
Trinity School

Caroline Barnes will call to the combined combo of Hickman, Glickman & Devine Comedy featuring Steve Hickman, fiddle; John Devine, guitar; Marc Glickman, piano.

December 27 2017 - Dance
FSGW English Country Dance

Ann Fallon calls to the playing of Paul Oorts (mandolin and accordion), Ralph Gordon (cello), and Melissa Running (piano)

December 27 2017 - Concert
Tony Denikos and Geoffrey Himes

7pm - Tony Denikos and Geoffrey Himes
perform their original songs
with guest violinist Willem Elsevier

$10 donation

December 29 2017 - Dance
Friday Night Dance at Glen Echo

Will Mentor calls to Pete's Posse with Pete Sutherland, fiddle, piano, banjo and vocals; Oliver Scanlon, fiddle, mandolin, dobro, foot percussion and vocals; Tristan Henderson, guitars, mandolin, jaw harp, bodhran, foot percussion and vocals.

January 03 2018 - Dance
FSGW English Country Dance

April Blum calls the dances to the music of Becky Ross (fiddle), Carrie Rose (flute), and Melissa Running (piano)

January 05 2018 to January 07 2018 - Folk Music
Fiddle Retreat

Workshops, Concert, Jam Sessions and a Contra Dance for fiddlers and those who play with them. A variety of styles are presented by some of the region’s finest fiddle teachers with an emphasis on dance fiddle styles including Cape Breton, Appalachian, New England, English and Quebecois. 2018 teachers are Elke Baker (Beginning, Scottish), Laura Risk (Scottish, Quebecois), Sean Heely (Scottish, Irish), Rachel Eddy (Old Time), along with Alex Lacquemont (acoustic bass), Dave Wiesler (piano), Ken Kolodner (hammered dulcimer), Paul Oorts (mandolin and mixed-instrument classes), and Brad Kolodner (banjo).

January 06 2018 - Dance
Shepherdstown Contra Dance

Janine Smith calls to the Fiddle Retreat Open Band with Rachel Eddy, Elke Baker, Laura Risk: fiddle, Bradley Kolodner: banjo, Dave Wiesler: piano, Paul Oorts: bass, and a multitude of other great musicians on a variety of instruments.

January 07 2018 - Folk Music
Maggies Music Celtic Celebration
Rams Head On Stage

5:00 pm . Maggie's Music Celtic Celebration for the New Year 2018! Featuring Maggie Sansone on hammered dulcimer, special guest Robin Bullock on guitar, mandolin and cittern from Black Mountian,NC and top Washington DC and Baltimore's finest Celtic and Irish musicians Laura Byrne on Irish flute, Jimmy Eagan on fiddle and Matthew Bell on Bodhran and percussion and special guest Seth Kibel on clarinet and sax.. 33 West St. Annapolis MD 21401,Venue Phone

January 07 2018 - Dance
Waltz Time
Glen Echo Spanish Ballroom


January 07 2018 - Concert
Maggie's Music Celtic Celebration
Rams Head Tavern Annapolis

6:00 pm - Featuring Maggie Sansone on hammered dulcimer, special guest Robin Bullock on guitar, mandolin and cittern from Black Mountian,NC and two of Baltimore's finest Irish musicians Laura Byrne on Irish flute, Jimmy Eagan on fiddle will join; along with Matthew Bell on Bodhran and percussion and also from Baltimore…Seth Kibel on clarinet and sax

January 10 2018 - Dance
FSGW English Country Dance

Tom Spilsbury calls the dances while Susan Brandt (flute), Tom Wright (10-string mandolin), and Liz Donaldson (piano) make the music

January 12 2018 to January 14 2018 - Folk Music
Pipers Weekend

Weekend retreat featuring classes, concerts, sessions and private tutorials for a variety of bellows-blown bagpipes, flute, fiddle, and mixed instruments. Staff include: Joey Abarta (uilleann pipes), Sean Gavin (Irish flute), Ian Lawther (Northumbrian smallpipes), on Scottish smallpipes and borderpipes: Tim Cummings, EJ Jones, and Bob Mitchell, multi-instrumentalist piper and hurdy-gurdy player Sean Folsom (history, repertoire, variety bagpipes) and Frances Cunningham (bouzouki). Classes for all levels of ability; high-quality rental Scottish smallpipes are available for new pipers who wish to try them for the weekend.

January 12 2018 - Folk Music

Singer, songwriter, entertainer, poet and teacher, Tom Kimmel is all of these things and more.
Tickets $20.00 ~ Showtime 8:00 pm

January 13 2018 - Dance
Southern Maryland Contra Dance

Currently, SMTMD sponsors monthly dances from September through June, featuring live music from the Southern Maryland Open Band, and a rotation of guest callers. The dances are normally held on the 2nd Saturday of the month at Christ Church Parish Hall, Chaptico, MD. The evening starts at 7:00 PM with a half an hour beginner's dance workshop, followed by live music and dance from 7:30 P.M. to 10:00 P.M. Check the website calendar for the lineup of dances! Weather related cancellations are posted on the website.

January 13 2018 - Concert
Shepherd University Reynolds Hall

This concert features the quieter cousins of Highland bagpipes, all powered by an elbow-pumped bellows... the Irish uilleann pipes, played by Joey Abarta and Sean Gavin (also on flute), the Scottish Smallpipes and the Border Pipes, played by EJ Jones, Iain Mac Harg, Timothy Cummings and our host piper, Bob Mitchell, and the tiny Northumbrian smallpipes, played by Ian Lawther. Pipers will be accompanied by bouzouki player, Frances Cunningham and hurdy-gurdy player, Brian McCandless. At Shepherd University's Reynolds Hall, 100 N. King Street, Shepherdstown, WV 25443. Admission: $20 adults, $18 seniors, $15 SMD members, $10 students. For more information call the Upper Potomac office at 304.263.2531 or email