Baltimore Folk Music Society


Member Sponsored Events

These are events that are:

  • Organized by a BFMS member.
  • Open (at least) to all BFMS members.
  • Of a type that generally meets the definition of a "folkie" event.
    Tupperware parties, e.g., don't qualify.

Events produced by another organization shall not be considered BFMS member-sponsored events.
An organization is defined as "An entity incorporated as a company or non-profit".
Exceptions or appeals to this policy will be decided by the Board of BFMS.
BFMS asks that the sponsor promote the Baltimore Folk Music Society at member sponsored events.

Member Sponsored Event Listings

Monday, February 26 2018 (Member Sponsored) 
Castlebay Concert

7:00 p.m., Memorial Episcopal Church; 1407 Bolton Street, Baltimore

Suggested donation: $20

Castlebay weaves together the heritage of New England and the Celtic lands.

Wednesday, February 28 2018 (Member Sponsored) 
Brad's House Concerts: Jordan Tice & Mike Witcher

Intimate performance space for acoustic Old-Time/Bluegrass/Americana/Folk groups from across North America. Every show starts at 7:30pm and ends by 9pm. Many guests bring food and drink to share. There is frequently some informal jamming after the shows. All ages welcome.

Please RSVP to if you would like to reserve a spot.

Where: Brad's House (831 West 33rd Street, Baltimore, MD)

Sunday, March 04 2018 (Member Sponsored) 
Singing for Everyone
Bring a copy of Rise Up Singing if you have one
Call for directions: 410-484-3246
Sunday, March 18 2018 (Member Sponsored) 
Dances of Universal Peace

Mostly on second Sundays 3 - 5 PM. We provide a warm and accepting space where we each find our own place; all moods are welcome; healing and laughter seem to find their way into our midst. If you can move you can dance these dances. If you can breathe, you can sing these chants. Doors open at 2:45 to be ready to begin at 3 PM. Potluck snacks to follow Dances. 612 Hollow Rd, Ellicott City, MD 21043. Beginners and old friends: families with elders and young ones welcome. Come with or without experience and partners. Donation requested, $5 suggested. Bring potluck snacks if you wish. If weather allows, we dance outdoors, so bring layers and sun protection to be comfortable. For more info for questions call Peggy 410-465-1914

Friday, April 13 2018 (Member Sponsored) 
7th annual Baltimore Irish Trad Fest

St. Michael The Archangel School Auditorium 10 Willow Ave., Baltimore, MD 21206 (ENTER the parking lot on Bel Air Road between Madeline and Willow on the 7000 block of Bel Air Road). Tickets: $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Now available at home page.

Featuring greats such as Billy McComiskey (button accordion), Donna Long (piano), Pat Egan, (songs and guitar), Jim Eagan (fiddle), Laura Byrne (flute), Bob Smith, banjo, Mikey McComiskey, (button accordion), Myron Bretholz, (bodhran/MC), Shannon Dunne, Alex Boatright, Peter Brice, Megan Downes, and MORE! There will be dancers, music, a silent auction and more...

All proceeds will benefit the 7th annual Baltimore Irish Trad Fest to be held April 13-15. Bringing in some of the world’s most talented

Ballroom Dancing

Every Friday, 8:00 pm (waltz, rumba, tango and more)
in the ROTC building on the Johns Hopkins University campus. Always free. All are welcome. Goodies for snack time are welcome, too. For more info call Dave Greene at 301-570-3283 or email eneergdivad @


Join us the Fourth Wednesday of the month 7-9 PM Stony Run Friends Meeting, 5116 N. Charles Street, Baltimore, 21210
CircleSinging Baltimore is part of an international community of singers who share a love of singing in community. CircleSinging is an improvisational choral style of singing created by Bobby McFerrin. Facilitated by Paris Kern, you will be lead in parts created on the spot. There will be singing games, maybe a song and LOTS of singing in harmony. Paris' background in traditional folk flavors the improv skill she gained though several years of study with Bobby McFerrin and members of Voicestra .
Mistake Free zone!! no experience needed, just a generous spirit of love of song.
Donation of $10 for space rental( no one turned away from lack of funds)
Please register at CircleSingingBaltimore Meetup group and visit out Facebook page

Sacred Harp Sing

Sing Sacred Harp the third Sunday of each month at 4:00 PM in the schoolhouse beside the Community Building at 17801 Meetinghouse Road, Sandy Spring, Maryland; pot-luck follows at 6:00. Books are available. Contact Dave Greene at or call 301-570-3283. All are welcome; there is no charge. Sacred Harp songs are 4-part a-cappello on a familiar scale with almost familiar names for the notes ("fa-sol-la-fa-sol-la-me fa" for the familiar "do-re-me-fa-sol-la-ti-do") and round, triangular, square, and diamond shapes (one need not worry about the names or shapes) for the familiar round shapes of notes (hence the alternative name: "Shape Note Singing" for "Sacred Harp Singing"). Sacred Harp was taught by early traveling ministers to congregations that had no organ or piano; often the beautiful harmonies had religious phrases.

BFMS Song Swap

The Four Hour Day Lutherie
4305 Harford Road Baltimore, MD 21214
7-9 PM Admission - FREE

The 4th Tuesday of the month. A good old-fashioned acoustic group sing: chorus songs, chanteys, traditional, standards, contemporary, or original songs. A warm, informal, welcoming place to sing together, add harmony (or just listen). Bring lyrics if you need them. We'll take turns around the room singing, whether unaccompanied, or grab an instrument and let's sing! No sound system. Just us folks. Non-performance oriented, so don't feel shy. Great room, great acoustics.

info: Andy Cooper:, 410-628-8886
Ty St. Clare: 443-604-7621
Join our Baltimore Folk Music Society Song Swap FaceBook group for the latest posts or other updates.

Baltimore Old Time Jam

Five & Dime Ale House
901 W. 36th St. in Hampden
Alternate Tuesdays starting January 10, 2017

Slow jam at 7pm and fast jam at 8:15pm led by Ken and Brad Kolodner.

Longview Cottage House Concerts

Info: Barbara Svoboda,

Norwegian Potluck & Dance

Norwegian-style house party. Mesmerizing live music by Loretta Kelley on the unique Hardanger fiddle.

Frost Lane House Concerts

8 Jack Frost Lane, Baltimore MD 21204

RSVP 410-494-8839 or

More member sponsored events
Details can generally be found in the Weekly and Monthly Newsletters
  • Baltimore Open Band
  • English Open Band Practice
  • Singing for Everyone
  • International Folk Dancing
  • Ballroom Dancing and Lessons
  • Norwegian Dance and Potluck
  • Sacred Harp Singing
  • Various House Concerts

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