Baltimore Folk Music Society


Welcome to the Baltimore Folk Music Society

The Baltimore Folk Music Society is a nonprofit, educational organization dedicated to preserving and promoting folk music, dance, and tradition. BFMS sponsors regular dances, concerts, family events, and related activities year-round. Members are eligible for discounts to Society events by showing their membership card.

BFMS is a member of the Country Dance & Song Society and shares reciprocity arrangements with the Folklore Society of Greater Washington, and the Annapolis Traditional Dance Society.

Great news for students!! BFMS is now waiving the admission cost to our regular dances for individuals under the age of 21 and students who present at the door with a valid student ID. Looking forward to dancing with you!!

With the end of the public health emergency, we are not currently requiring vaccinations or masks for our events. By participating you are agreeing to be mindful of the safety precautions that limit the spread of disease and to treat others with consideration and respect. Please do not attend if you are not feeling well and let us know if we should let attendees know about potential illness spread at our events..
We will still be requesting payment via the BFMS Website
We look forward to singing and dancing together! We once again welcome snack contributions for our dances and your help cleaning them up :-)

BFMS often has the need for people to fill one time or ongoing volunteer opportunities. Currently, volunteers are needed for the following: coordinate the 2nd Saturday Dances, serve on the Board as the Special Events Chair, help with sound for dances and concerts, write grants, gate coverage, and to work on flyers expanding our publicity. Please feel free to contact me at

Help spread the word, distribute our new dance flier. *Click Here*

Please download our Welcome Brochure

Virtual and Live Community Events

Wednesday, September 20 2023 
Contra Dance
Harris Lapiroff calls to music by Larry Unger (guitar) and Caroline McCaskey (fiddle). Intro lesson at 7:30pm. Dance starts at 8pm at Lovely Lane Church. Online payment only:
Monday, September 25 2023 
English Country Dance
English Country Dance: 8:00 - 10:30 pm
September 25: Andrea Nettleton leads dances to the music of Becky Ross
(violin); Janina O'Brien (piano and more) and Robin Wilson (flute, concertina).

Location: The Church of the Nativity and Holy Comforter, 6112 York Rd, Baltimore, MD 21212.
​PLEASE NOTE: Dances are mask optional and proof of vaccination not required. Participants are welcome to bring individually wrapped snacks to share at the break. On-line payments only.
Tuesday, September 26 2023 
BFMS Song Swap
4th Tuesday BFMS songswap,
September 26, 7:30zoom Link at our lage
We continue our transcontinental, transnational event!
For (mobile) locals, stay tuned for monthly in person songswap update!
Wednesday, October 04 2023 
Contra Dance
Come dance to fabulous music by the Baltimore Open Band with calling by Greg Frock. Interested in joining the Open Band? Email amdance[at] for information. Intro lesson at 7:30. Dance starts at 8 at Lovely Lane Church. Online payment only:
Monday, October 09 2023 
English Country Dance
Christopher Field calls dances to the music of Emily Aubrey, fiddle; Carl Friedman, piano; and Marty Taylor, whistles and concertina.

Saturday, October 14 2023 
2nd Saturday Dance
8-10:30 PM
Caroline Barnes calling to:
Wild Wombats of the Chesapeake ~ Carl Friedman - fiddle, Robin Wilson - flute, concertina, sax, Ralph Barthine - guitar, Janina O’Brien - piano, accordion, bodhran, whistle
Dance lesson: 7:30
Online payment only. Pre-payment is encouraged to reserve your spot.
Location: The Church of the Nativity and Holy Comforter, 6112 York Rd, Baltimore, MD 21212
Admission is: $10 BFMS members & affiliates, $15 non-members. Under 21 and full-time students with ID: free
Potluck snacks at the break.
Wednesday, October 18 2023 
Contra Dance
Kappy Lanning calls to Contre Temps - McGregor Yatsevitch (fiddle, mandolin), Andrew Tomlinson (flute), and Mark Vidor (accordion, piano). Intro lesson at 7:30pm. Dance starts at 8pm at Lovely Lane Church. Online payment only:
Monday, October 23 2023 
English Country Dance
October 23: April Blum leads the dancing to the music of Carl Friedman, (violin); Janina O'Brien (piano and more) and Robin Wilson (flute, concertina)

Saturday, October 28 2023 
Autumn Assembly English Country Dance Ball
Save the Date!
October 28 2023
Autumn Assembly English Country Dance Ball
12 noon-3:30 PM
Come to our afternoon ball with refreshments, beautiful dancing, and elegant music by Trio con Brio (Elke Baker, violin; Paul Oorts, strings; and Jonathan Jensen, piano).
Church of the Redeemer, 5603 N Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21210
Registration opening soon
Wednesday, November 01 2023 
Contra Dance
Quill Duvall calls to Callithump - Glyn Collison (mandolin), Andrew Marcus (accordion), David Knight (fiddle). Intro lesson at 7:30pm. Dance starts at 8pm at Lovely Lane Church. Online payment only:

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

Visit the BFMS Folk Events page for a list of some of the other folk events in the area.

Attention BFMS Members

  • Recently moved or changed your email address? Wondering why you aren't getting anything from BFMS? Please contact BFMS Membership (membership @ and update your contact information.
  • If you have recently joined BFMS or renewed your membership and did not get anything in the mail (such as a membership Card) please contact the Membership Chair at membership @ Thank you.

How to Contact Us

By E-mail - use our Contact page.

We can also be reached by conventional mail at

Baltimore Folk Music Society, P.O. Box 65144, Baltimore, MD 21209.

Call the Baltimore Folk Music Society's Music & Dance Hotline! (888) 646-BFMS or (888)646-2367

or email

Membership expired? Renew on-line! See the Membership page for details.