Baltimore Folk Music Society

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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.


Please take the time to review the BFMS suggestions and policy on reducing risk of COVID-19.

BFMS Memberships Extended

BFMS is extending all memberships during the time that BFMS events have been cancelled. What that means is that all BFMS Memberships are extended for a month for each month that events are cancelled.

While BFMS is not currently hosting any in-person events, we continue to serve as a clearinghouse for a number of community in person and virtual events. We hope to be able to offer in-person events in the near future! To protect those most at risk of infection from Covid-19, we expect that vaccination and pre-registration will be required when we gather again in-person. Stay tuned for more information - we miss you!

Please help support our Callers and Musicians

BFMS encourages our members to donate to musicians and callers who had their BFMS sponsored gigs cancelled due to coronavirus. We are no longer accepting donations through our website, but CDSS has established a website for donations to musicians and callers.

https://www.cdss.org/covid19/send-love-to-freelancers

If you cannot find contact info for specific performers, please contact our dance chairs, who can provide contact info.

Please download our Welcome Brochure

Virtual and Live Community Events

Sunday, October 17 2021 
Mile Twelve House Concert
Doors at 4:30pm, Concert 5pm til 6:30pm. Outdoors in Ken & Alison's Backyard! Please RSVP to bradkolodner@gmail.com if you would like to reserve a spot. Invite your friends and spread the word! Feel free to bring food and drink to share. 3806 Fenchurch Road, Baltimore *In case of bad weather, the show will be held indoors at Brad's House 831 West 33rd Street, Baltimore and we will be masked* Cost: $20 suggested donation Feel free to bring food and drink to share!
 
Thursday, October 21 2021 
ELLIS PAUL
Tickets $25.00 ~ Showtime 7:30 pm
Tickets available for 6:00, 6:30, and 7:00 dinner times.
https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/5134697
All audience members must be fully vaccinated.
For everyone’s safety, we suggest that you wear a mask, except when eating.
 
Sunday, October 24 2021 
Waltz at Glen Echo
Sugar Beat plays a lively mix of folk waltzes with a few other couples’ dances, including Tango, Hambo, Swing, and Polka. Admission is $15, $5 for full-time students with ID. No partner required. The waltz lesson begins at 2:45 p.m. with a half-hour of beginner instruction and 15 minutes for an intermediate or advanced move. Dancing follows 3:30 - 6 p.m. Masks and proof of fully vaxed status are required. www.WaltzTimeDances.org info@WaltzTimeDances.org
 
Tuesday, October 26 2021 
BFMS 4th Tuesdays song swap
7:30 PM. See the song swap facebook page for the link!
 
Friday, November 05 2021 
ANTJE DUVEKOT and MARK ERELLI
Tickets $25.00 ~ Showtime 7:30 pm, Doors open at 7:00 pm Buy in advance! Remaining tickets will be available at the door if not sold out. ALL TICKET SALES FINAL, NO REFUNDS OR EXCHANGES,
 
Saturday, November 06 2021 
The Sherpas
7:30 PM Gaithersburg, MD $18 adv, $20 for non-members at the door | tickets include video viewable Live or later! | Island Pride Oasis | 617 S Frederick Ave, Gaithersburg, MD 20879 | tickets available at www.focusmusic.org Info: Rob Hinkal at rob@focusmusic.org
 
Sunday, November 07 2021 
Waltz at Glen Echo
Waltz Sisters plays a lively mix of folk waltzes with a few other couples’ dances, including Tango, Hambo, Swing, and Polka. Admission is $15, $5 for full-time students with ID. No partner required. The waltz lesson begins at 2:45 p.m. with a half-hour of beginner instruction and 15 minutes for an intermediate or advanced move. Dancing follows 3:30 - 6 p.m. Masks and proof of fully vaxed status are required. www.WaltzTimeDances.org info@WaltzTimeDances.org
 
Saturday, November 13 2021 
Emily Hall, Sam C. Jones and Deccan Traps
7:30 PM, Mount Vernon, VA. $18 adv, $20 for non-members at the door | St. Aidan's Episcopal Church | 8531 Riverside Road, Alexandria, VA 22308 | tickets available at www.focusmusic.org Info: Rob Hinkal at rob@focusmusic.org
 
Sunday, November 21 2021 
Waltz at Glen Echo
Taylor Among the Devils plays a lively mix of folk waltzes with a few other couples’ dances, including Tango, Hambo, Swing, and Polka. Admission is $15, $5 for full-time students with ID. No partner required. The waltz lesson begins at 2:45 p.m. with a half-hour of beginner instruction and 15 minutes for an intermediate or advanced move. Dancing follows 3:30 - 6 p.m. Masks and proof of fully vaxed status are required. www.WaltzTimeDances.org info@WaltzTimeDances.org
 
Friday, December 03 2021 
JOHN GORKA
Tickets $25.00 ~ Showtime 7:30 pm. Doors open at 7:00 pm. Buy in advance! Remaining tickets will be available at the door if not sold out. ALL TICKET SALES FINAL, NO REFUNDS OR EXCHANGES. https://uptownconcerts.com/cellar-stage-timonium/shows-cellar-stage-timonium/
 
Friday, December 10 2021 
BILL STAINES
Tickets $25.00 ~ Showtime 7:30 pm Doors open at 7:00 pm Buy in advance! Remaining tickets will be available at the door if not sold out. ALL TICKET SALES FINAL, NO REFUNDS OR EXCHANGES
 

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.

www.bfms.org/folkevents

Attention BFMS Members

  • Recently moved or changed your email address? Wondering why you aren't getting anything from BFMS? Please contact BFMS Membership (membership @ bfms.org) 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 @ bfms.org. 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 president@bfms.org.


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