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

Tuesday, March 28 2017 (Member Sponsored) 
BFMS Song Swap

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

A good old-fashioned acoustic group sing: chorus songs, chanteys, traditional, standards, contemporary, or original songs, all genres (well maybe not heavy metal). A warm, welcoming place to sing together, add harmony (or just listen) or even try out a new song. 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.Seasonal songs welcome but not required.

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.

Friday, March 31 2017 (Member Sponsored) 
Longview Cottage House Concerts

Elise Witt, of Atlanta, who is an incredible song leader, songwriter, and singer, will team up with Terry Garthwaite and Becky Reardon for a concert in a trio called "Natural Rhythms." That will be preceded by a singing workshop at 2:30, and then a potluck at 6:00. Workshop $25-85 (please be affordable and generous). Concert $15-20 at the door. Reservations necessary. Info: Barbara Svoboda,

Saturday, April 01 2017 (Member Sponsored) 
Contra and Square Dance Party

You're invited to an afternoon of dancing to celebrate the dance community of Baltimore and beyond (Washington, Philadelphia, etc.). Susan Taylor calls to the music of Steve Hickman, Marty Taylor and Jonathan Jensen. First half will be English Country and the second half Contras. All dances taught. St. Mark's on the Hill Parish Hall, 1620 Reisterstown Rd.; 21208. FREE admission. For more information contact Barbara Morrison at barb558 AT

Thursday, April 13 2017 (Member Sponsored) 
Paul McKenna & Andrew Finn Magill

Every month or two, my Hampden living room turns into an 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. The house concerts are great for all ages. I hope to see you at a show!

Please RSVP to if you would like to reserve a spot. Invite your friends and spread the word! Most shows fill up so don't hesitate reserve a spot. Feel free to bring food and drink to share.

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

International Folk Dancing

Meets most Saturdays from 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm at 3107 N. Charles Street (Homewood Friends Meeting House, side entrance at cellar door). Dances from Europe and other countries of the Near and Middle East. Beginners welcome. No partner necessary. Admission $3. First time free. Lessons given in first hour. Go to for more information and detailed directions or call Paul at 410.367.8194 or Hildy at 410.484.9392. To subscribe to their emailing list, please contact

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 10, 2017

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

Baltimore Square Dance

Square Dance at the Ideal Arts Space (905 W. 36th Street).

Live Old-Time music and live dance calling. All dances will be taught. Beginners are welcome! Doors at 7:30pm, dance from 8-11pm. BYOB. More info on our Facebook page HERE

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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