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

Friday, January 25 2019 (Member Sponsored) 
Free, and open to all, all ages and any vocal ability. Vocal only for this part, no instruments. Easy to follow songs will be taught, no music reading involved. We'll have water out for drinking. Other drinks are welcome. An rsvp is not necessary (though appreciated). Please park with consideration for our neighbors. For those who want to extend the evening after the Sing is over, feel free to bring instruments. Stuart and Peggy at 612 Hollow Road, Ellicott City MD 21043. 410-465-1914
Sunday, January 27 2019 (Member Sponsored) 
Traditional and Contemporary Folk Dance Music from Brittany and France
The 4 Hour Day Lutherie, 4305 Harford Rd. Baltimore MD 21214
2 PM to 4 PM
This free workshop/guided jam is for all musicians and all instruments. We will be playing tunes from the Balfolk repertoire - traditional and contemporary folk dance music from France and Brittany. Bourree, an dro, hanter dro, laride,valse and more!
Session Leader: Mark Vidor, accordionist. NEW Tunebook: Available in advance (PDF) or at the session (paper). For more information contact Mark Vidor, 410-790-4072, Please Note: This is a music session. IT IS NOT A DANCE.
Saturday, February 09 2019 (Member Sponsored) 
Balfolk Dance!
The 4 Hour Day Lutherie, 4305 Harford Rd. Baltimore MD 21214
3 PM to 5 PM
Come to our second Balfolk! Folk dances from France and Brittany - bourree, an dro, laride, valse, schottische, hanter dro and MORE! All dances taught; no experience required. It's EASY and FUN! Live music by Slyte of Hand (Jon Kmetz - French bagpipes, viola; Michele McCann - hurdy gurdy, chalumeau, percussion; Mark Vidor - accordeon)
$10 donation suggested. For more information contact Mark Vidor at
Wednesday, February 13 2019 (Member Sponsored) 
Laurie Lewis
RSVP to if you would like to reserve a spot.
Brad's House (831 West 33rd Street, Baltimore, MD)
Cost: $15-$20 suggested donation
Feel free to bring food and drink to share!
Tuesday, March 26 2019 (Member Sponsored) 
Song Swap at 4hr Day

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

A warm, welcoming place to sing (or take an instrumental break) with great acoustics. We'll take turns around the room. This is not an open mic. It is a singing community with no sound system or stage. Info:

info: Andy Cooper:, 410-628-8886
Ty St. Clare: 443-604-7621

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.

Baltimore Old Time Jam

Five & Dime Ale House
901 W. 36th St. in Hampden
Alternate Tuesdays starting January 8, 2019

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

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

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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