About the Society

Purpose The Baltimore Folk Music Society was founded in 1975 as a non-profit, educational organization dedicated to teaching, preserving, and promoting the music, dance, and traditions of the American people. We are supported mainly through membership dues, with some additional income from donations and grants. Donations are tax-deductible.


Board meetings

BFMS board meetings are almost always on the first Tuesday of the month and are open to BFMS members. If you would like to attend, please contact the BFMS President via email. president at bfms.org

By-Laws

The Society By-Laws are available to download on the By-Laws page.

The current version is dated March 05, 2013.


BFMS Scholarships

BFMS sets aside $500 a year for small grants to BFMS members seeking to upgrade skills that benefit the BFMS community. Scholarship funds may help to defer tuition or travel expenses to attend workshops, summer camps, and courses for dance musicians and callers. There is no deadline for applications, but they must be received before the event takes place. Send a letter describing the event, overall costs, how much you are requesting, and how assisting you would benefit the BFMS community to Scholarship Committee, BFMS, P.O. Box 7134 Waverly Station, Baltimore MD 21218.


Have you Lost Something?

It may be in BFMS Lost and Found kept at the Lovely Lane Church.  Check with a Gate Committee member or contact  a BFMS Board member. All unclaimed items will be donated to charity or disposed of after a holding period.



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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 23 2014 
Square/contra dance
Ann Fallon calls to Old Time Jam Band.  New dancer orientation at 7:30 pm.
 
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.