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

Saturday, April 06 2019 (Member Sponsored) 
Balfolk Music Session
2 pm to 4 pm. The Four Hour Day Lutherie, 4305 Harford Rd., Baltimore
Traditional and contemporary folk dance music from France and Brittany. This session is for all musicians and all instruments. No prior experience in the genre is necessary. We will be playing dance tunes such as bourree, an dro, hanter dro, laride, valse, gavotte and more! The music is lively, exciting, and mysterious with great melodies and rhythms. And it’s easy to play! We will be playing from Balfolk Baltimore Tunebook #1 and Tunebook #2. Available in advance (PDF) or at the session (paper). If you have a favorite Balfolk tune, bring 10 copies. For more information or a copy of the tunebooks, contact Mark Vidor, 410-790-4072, Please note: This is a music session. IT IS NOT A DANCE.
Sunday, April 14 2019 (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

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 @


Fourth Sunday starting in April 2019 - Stony Run Friends Meeting house 5116 N. Charles St. 3-5 PM. In Circlesinging, singers are taught music that is made up in the moment, offering parts to the group one by one, to form rhythmic, interlocking, and harmonic connections shared by the collective. We share the leadership, play musical games and come together in harmony. Not all singers need to be highly skilled, yet the collective experience is one of a shared musical journey of depth and quality. Circlesinging is an opportunity to tune in, listen deeply, shed beliefs and judgments, and tap into something larger than a single individual. It’s powerful. It’s embodied. It’s bonding. It's joyful. It’s community. See us on facebook - CircleSingingBaltimore

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.


7-10pm, Free and open to all, all ages and any vocal ability. Vocal only for this part, no instruments. We will sing together for the enjoyment of hearing our voices join in harmony and beauty. Easy to follow songs will be taught, no music reading involved. We'll have water out for drinking. Other drinks are welcome. Please park with consideration for our neighbors. For those who want to extend the evening after the Sing is over to play, sing-along, dance or hang out, feel free to stay and bring potluck snacks. Instruments welcome, not needed to join in. Stuart and Peggy at 612 Hollow Road, Ellicott City MD 21043. 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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