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.

Please take the time to review the BFMS suggestions and policy on reducing risk of COVID-19.

BFMS Memberships Extended

BFMS is extending all memberships during the time that BFMS events have been cancelled. What that means is that all BFMS Memberships are extended for a month for each month that events are cancelled.

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.

Please download our Welcome Brochure

Virtual Events

Thursday, March 04 2021 
2020 NEA National Heritage Fellows
8:00 ET on click on The Culture of America: A Cross-Country Visit with the National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellows. No RSVP needed. This virtual trip across the county takes viewers into the homes and communities where the 2020 National Heritage Fellows live and create. You can view the one-minute trailer here:
Facebook Event:
Tuesday, March 09 2021 
BFMS Song Swap
Tues, March 9th @ 7:30pm
The BFMS song swaps are continuing, twice each month by zoom, 2nd and 4th Tuesdays, 7:30.
or contact
Tuesday, March 09 2021 
BFMS Zoom Get-Together
7:30-8:30 pm, and later if desired.
(This is a change in date from the previously mentioned, Wed, March 17)
Janine Smith and Susan Taylor have graciously agreed to join us for a 'Chat with Callers." Plan: 5 min hellos; 30 min conversation with Janine and Susan; 10 min plans for the next get-together; 10 min catching up; and, if there is enough interest, an after-hours BFMS game. Janine and Susan would like to know what people want to talk about. to suggest topics and questions email
Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 935 5778 1068 Passcode: BFMS Dial 301 715 8592
Saturday, March 13 2021 
Ian Foster and Nancy Hynes
7:30 PM, Presented online through | $15 | tickets available at Info: Rob Hinkal at or

Tuesday, March 23 2021 
BFMS Song Swap
Tues, Feb 23rd @ 7:30pm
The BFMS song swaps are continuing, twice each month by zoom, 2nd and 4th Tuesdays, 7:30.
or contact

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

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

Attention BFMS Members

  • 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 65144, Baltimore, MD 21209.

Call the Baltimore Folk Music Society's Music & Dance Hotline! (888) 646-BFMS or (888)646-2367

or email

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