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.

October 01 2014 
Square/Contra Dance
Anna Rain calls to Nor'easter - Max Newman (guitar, mandolin), Cedar Stanistreet (fiddle), and Julie Vallimont (piano, accordion).
 
October 04 2014 
Babcock Community Coffeehouse
Evie Ladin & Keith Terry

Please note new venue.
 
October 04 2014 (Member Sponsored) 
Evie Ladin and Keith Terry - House Concert
Saturday, October 4, 2014 at 8 pm. Catonsville, MD.
House Concert at the home of McGregor Yatsevitch and Barbara Svoboda.
Energetic and electrifying clawhammer banjo, bass, percussive dance, storytelling songs both old and new, with nuanced, emotive vocals. An intimate yet robust evening of old-time and blues inspired folk music, hilarious anecdotes, and virtuosic dance performances anchored by Keith's Body Music and Evie's step dancing.
Evie is the daughter of Jay Ladin, a mainstay of BFMS for a couple of decades!
$15 at the door. Reservations necessary. Barbara Svoboda, svob@comcast.net
 
October 06 2014 
English Country Dance
New Dancers Workshop (free) at 7:45 PM

Susan Taylor calls to Tina Chancey (violin), Robin Wilson(flute, concertina) and Francine Krasowska (piano)
 
October 08 2014 
FreeFall Baltimore
Once again, BFMS is participating in FreeFall Baltimore, thanks to a generous grant by the FreeFall folks. This is the first of 2 dances where all dancers will get to dance for FREE - members, non-members, students, everyone!
 
October 08 2014 
Square/Contra Dance
FreeFall Baltimore! Janine Smith calls to the Dead Sea Squirrels. All dancers admitted FREE tonight! New dancer orientation at 7:30 pm.
 
October 11 2014 
Family Dance
Caller: Anna Rain

Band: Some Assembly with Joe Klausner (Fiddle, Mandelin, Banjo), Mary Corletta Flora (Flute, Sax, Penny Whistles.... and all manner of wind instruments), Donna Boylan (Piano & Accordion), Adam Lee (Guitar) and Iain Sturrock (Piano, Guitar adn Cajon)
 
October 11 2014 
Playford Ball
This year's Playford Ball will again be held at the Church of the Redeemer in Baltimore, Maryland. On-Line registration is now open. Please visit the Playford Ball page for more information.