Wednesday Night Contra & Square Dances

The Baltimore Folk Music Society presents American Contra and Square Dancing at 8:00 p.m. every Wednesday at Lovely Lane United Methodist Church, 2200 St. Paul Street, Baltimore, MD 21218. Admission is $9 for members, $13 for nonmembers. Under 21 and full-time students with IDs: $4 members, $6 non-members.

All dances are taught and walked through beforehand. Music and dance styles include New England, Southern Appalachian, and Celtic styles. Nationally-known musicians and callers appear regularly. These dances are sponsored in part by a grant from the Maryland State Arts Council.

New Dancers' workshops:
Free workshops introducing basic contra dance figures take place on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month at 7:30p.m. Beginners are encouraged to attend. Contra dance FAQs.

For more information call the BFMS hotline at 888-646-BFMS or email amdance at

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Directions to Lovely Lane Church

April 30 2014 
Melissa Chatham calls to Taylor Among the Devils - Marty Taylor (concertina, whistles), Steve Hickman (fiddle), and Jonathan Jensen (piano).
May 07 2014 
Dave Colestock calls to the Baltimore Open Band.
May 14 2014 
Anna Rain calls to David Knight (fiddle) and Dave Wiesler (guitar, piano). áNew dancer orientation at 7:30 pm.
May 21 2014 
April Blum calls to Dance du Jour - Alexander Mitchell (fiddle), Ralph Gordon (bass), and Liz Donaldson (piano).
May 28 2014 
Tavi Merrill calls to Charm City Gents - Brad Kolodner (banjo), áPatrick McAvinue (fiddle), Sean McComiskey (button accordion), Alex Lacquement (bass). áNew dancer orientation at 7:30 pm.
June 04 2014 
Michael Hamilton calls to Triple Helix - Alexander Mitchell (fiddle), Colleen Reed (flute, sax), and Keith Gillis (guitar).
June 11 2014 
Perry Shafran calls to Floorplay - Paul Rosen (fiddle, accordion, mandolin), Rya Martin (piano), and Aaron Lamb (drums).  New dancer orientation at 7:30 pm.
June 18 2014 
Susan Taylor calls with the MetroGnomes - McGregor Yatsevich (fiddle, mandolin), Bob Garber (clarinet), and Mark Vidor (piano).
June 25 2014 
Sue Gola & Justin Kauker call to Devine Comedy - Marty Taylor (whistles, concertina), Steve Hickman (fiddle), and John Devine (guitar). áNew dancer orientation at 7:30 pm.
July 02 2014 
Hilton Baxter calls to Black Oranges - Sarah Foard (fiddle) and Gary Prince (guitar).
July 09 2014 
TBA calls to Baltimore Open Band. áNew dancer orientation at 7:30 pm.
July 16 2014 
TBA calls to the Sligo Creek Stompers - Sarah Foard (fiddle), Jess Eliot Myhre (clarinet, washboard, kazoo, vocals), Chris Ousley (guitar), and TBA (bass).
July 23 2014 
TBA calls to Rambling House - Joe DeZarn (fiddle), Tina Eck (flute, whistles), Patrick Cavanaugh (banjo, accordion), and Marc Glickman (piano, bodhran). áNew dancer workshop at 7:30 pm.
July 30 2014 
TBA calls to Unbowed - Henry Koretzky (mandolin), Jamie O'Brien (guitar), and Bruce Campbell (bass).

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The Baltimore Folk Music Society is funded by an operating grant from the Maryland State Arts Council, an agency dedicated to cultivating a vibrant cultural community where the arts thrive.

Coming up:

See our Events page for a complete listing of events and details.

April 27 2014 
Spring Faire
Noon to 5 PM - Cromwell Valley Park.
April 27 2014 
Fourth at Four
4th at 4 Storyfolk will meet at the Spring Faire at Cromwell Valley Park from 3 to 5 PM.
Come join the Story Circle at the Spring Faire to listen to a story or to share a story.
Mike Franch will be skillfully facilitating this event. For more information: 410-889-3252.
April 28 2014 
English Country Dance
Caller: Mike Franch
Music: Becky Ross (violin), Robin Wilson (flute, concertina) ,Carl Friedman (piano)
April 30 2014 
Square/contra dance
Melissa Chatham calls to Taylor Among the Devils - Marty Taylor (concertina, whistles), Steve Hickman (fiddle), and Jonathan Jensen (piano).
May 03 2014 
Babcock Community Coffeehouse
Saturday - 7:30 PM - Hickory Wind Reunion
Hickory Wind played and recorded to critical acclaim from 1973 until 1978, touring and sharing the stage with such luminaries as John Prine, John Hartford, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, and Bonnie Raitt and releasing three highly regarded albums on the Flying Fish label. They disbanded after 5 years to pursue other interests and now, more than 30 years later, original members Bob Shank, Mark Walbridge, Sam Morgan, and Glen McCarthy have reunited and are touring once again.
Read more at CD Baby
May 05 2014 
English Country Dance
New Dancers Workshop (free) at 7:45 PM

Tom Spilsbury calls to Dave Crandall (flute, sax), Paul Oorts (accordion, strings) and Liz Donaldson (piano)
May 07 2014 
Square/contra dance
Dave Colestock calls to the Baltimore Open Band.
May 10 2014 
Family Dance
Band: Andrea Hoag (fiddle), Mark Glickman (piano) and Susan Brandt (flute)
Caller: Susan Taylor
Potluck 6:30 - 7:30 Bring something yummy to share.