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, October 25 2019 (Member Sponsored) 
7 PM - 9 PM
612 Hollow Rd, Ellicott City, MD 21043
For the fun of raising our voices together.
Many of the harmonies are based on music from Sweet Honey and the Rock.
All abilities and all ages are welcome; no need to read music.
Invite others.
Sunday, November 10 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

Saturday, November 30 2019 (Member Sponsored) 
Annual Thanksgiving Concert
8:00 p.m., Baltimore's father-son duo Ken & Brad Kolodner will join with Alex LacQuement and Rachel Eddy and Charm City Junction in an intimate post-Thanksgiving concert of old-time, Bluegrass and Irish music. The band performs their own brand of Irish, Old-Time and Bluegrass music with a modern twist. The bands will perform together (featuring clawhammer banjo, hammered dulcimer, four fiddles, mandolin, bass, vocals, guitar, button accordion). The Gordon Center (3506 Gwynnbrook Avenue, Owings Mills, MD 21117 $25 in advance; $30 door ($3.00 service fee); senior discounts
Saturday, December 21 2019 (Member Sponsored) 
Helicon Winter Solstice Concert
Kraushaar Auditorium, Goucher College, 1021 Dulaney Valley Rd., Towson, Maryland 21204. Helicon's 34th Annual Winter Solstice Concerts. 3:30 PM and 7:30 PM. Tickets: $30 in advance, $35 at the door (group discounts). For ticket information, go to , or call 410-243-7254 or 410-746-8387 or email Ken at
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 (no meeting in June)- 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.

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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Please note that Member Sponsored events must meet the criteria outlined above to be listed on this page.