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, January 16 2022 
Waltz at Glen Echo
Dance in the Spanish Ballroom at Glen Echo Park to Three Roses. 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 until 6 p.m. Masks and proof of fully vaxed status are required.
For info: go to www.WaltzTimeDances.org
 
Tuesday, January 18 2022 
Open Mic at the SPRING

7:00 PM, Dave Eisner & rob Hinkal of Institute of Musical Traditions host and webcast open mic from the Sandy Spring Museum every Tuesday evening. Tonight with featured artist Sense of Wonder. Free to attend but registration required in advance Info: rob Hinkal at publicity@imtfolk.org or www.imtfolk.org


 
Friday, January 21 2022 
Bruce Molsky & Tony Trishcka
7pm, Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door, available at www.imtfolk.org | Saint Mark Presbyterian Church | 10701 Old Georgetown Rd, Rockville, MD | Info: rob Hinkal at publicity@imtfolk.org or www.imtfolk.org
 
Saturday, January 22 2022 
Tom Paxton, Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer
3pm, This live concert recording session celebrates a catalogue of nearly thirty new songs.
Tickets are $50 or $60 (includes download of the album upon completion), available at www.imtfolk.org | Allyworld, 7014-C Westmoreland Ave, Takoma Park MD 20912 | Info: rob Hinkal at publicity@imtfolk.org or www.imtfolk.org
 
Saturday, January 22 2022 
Tom Paxton, Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer
7:30pm, This live concert recording session celebrates a catalogue of nearly thirty new songs.
Tickets are $50 or $60 (includes download of the album upon completion), available at www.imtfolk.org | Allyworld, 7014-C Westmoreland Ave, Takoma Park MD 20912 | Info: rob Hinkal at publicity@imtfolk.org or www.imtfolk.org
 
Tuesday, January 25 2022 
Open Mic at the SPRING

7:00 PM, Dave Eisner & rob Hinkal of Institute of Musical Traditions host and webcast open mic from the Sandy Spring Museum every Tuesday evening. Tonight with featured artist Sense of Wonder. Free to attend but registration required in advance Info: rob Hinkal at publicity@imtfolk.org or www.imtfolk.org


 
Tuesday, January 25 2022 
BFMS 4th Tuesdays song swap
7:30pm, Baltimore Folk Music Society Song Swap (on zoom) See the song swap FB Page
 
Thursday, January 27 2022 
TOBY WALKER
Showtime 7:30 pm, Doors open at 7:00 pm
Tickets $25.00 ~ Buy in advance! Remaining tickets will be available at the door if not sold out. ALL TICKET SALES FINAL, NO REFUNDS OR EXCHANGES
 
Friday, January 28 2022 
Ann Porcella Concert
Join us for a exciting concert with Ann Porcella on Friday, January 28, 2022. There is no better way to drive away the Midwinter blues than Ann’s beautiful voice and varied selection of songs. You do not want to miss this terrific event, so mark your calendar now! This concert is free on Zoom. Stay tuned for the Zoom link. A tip jar will be available for all who wish to support this talented performer. From 7:30 to 8:00 we will socialize with friends. The concert starts at 8:00.

Ann’s Porcella’s powerhouse lead and harmony singing are well known among the members of FSGW and BFMS; having performed solo, with the Blue Moon Cowgirls, and with countless groups at many house concerts, jams, and festivals for the more than 30 years she has lived on the east coast. Tonight she will draw on more than 5 decades of sitting alone with her guitar, singing carefully-culled songs from across many genres. Word has it that Ann may be joined by a special guest.

Your spirits will continue to be lifted on Saturday, January 29 with this year’s edition of the Midwinter Ball. For more concert information, please contact specialevents@bfms.org.
 
Saturday, January 29 2022 
Midwinter Ball
Midwinter Game Night Extravaganza. Presented by BFMS and All Hands In. See the Midwinter Ball page for details.
 
Friday, February 04 2022 
TRET FURE and LYNN HOLLYFIELD
Doors open at 7:00 pm, Tickets $25.00 ~ Showtime 7:30 pm, Buy in advance! Remaining tickets will be available at the door if not sold out.
 
Sunday, February 06 2022 
Waltz at Glen Echo
Dance in the Spanish Ballroom at Glen Echo Park to Trio con Brio. 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 until 6 p.m. Masks and proof of fully vaxed status are required.
For info: go to www.WaltzTimeDances.org
 
Thursday, February 10 2022 
CATHY FINK & MARCY MARXER
Doors open at 7:00 pm. Tickets $25.00 ~ Showtime 7:30 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, February 12 2022 
Enda Kenny w Twin Flames
Virtual performance, 7:30 PM, tickets are $20, available at www.focusmusic.org | Info: Rob Hinkal at rob@focusmusic.org
 
Friday, February 18 2022 
SkiDance
Presidents' Day weekend: February 18th – 21st, 2022 in the Laurel Highlands of Pennsylvania. Live music, singing, and contradancing in the evening and cross country skiing or hiking (as well as other activities) during the day. Singles, couples, families and friends of all ages are welcome. No experience skiing or dancing is required. www.skidance.org
 
Sunday, February 20 2022 
Waltz at Glen Echo
Dance in the Spanish Ballroom at Glen Echo Park to Some Assembly. 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 until 6 p.m. Masks and proof of fully vaxed status are required.
For info: go to www.WaltzTimeDances.org
 
Friday, March 04 2022 
TÉADA
Doors open at 7:00 pm, Showtime 7:30 pm, Tickets $30.00 ~ Buy in advance! Remaining tickets will be available at the door if not sold out.
 
Saturday, March 19 2022 
A TRIBUTE TO REBA HEYMAN
7:00-11:00pm, Olney Theater in Olney, MD, Fourteen acts will be there to celebrate Reba: Stephanie Corby, Ronny Cox, Terry Gonda and Kirsti Reeve, Lara Herscovitch, The Kennedys, Kate McDonnell, Dan Navarro, Tom Prasada-Rao, Jenny Reynolds, SONiA disappear fear, LisaBeth Weber, Annie Wenz and Jack Williams. Tickets include a video of the event. Buy Tickets
 
Thursday, March 24 2022 
LINDA BAER & LARA HERSCOVITCH
Tickets $25.00 ~ Showtime 7:30 pm. Doors open at 7:00 pm,
 
Friday, April 01 2022 
ELLIS PAUL
Doors open at 7:00 pm, Showtime 7:30 pm, Tickets $25.00 ~ Buy in advance! Remaining tickets will be available at the door if not sold out.
 
Thursday, April 07 2022 
JOHN FLYNN
Tickets $25.00 ~ Showtime 7:30 pm. Doors open at 7:00 pm
 
Friday, May 06 2022 
OCEAN CELTIC QUARTET
Doors open at 7:00 pm, Showtime 7:30 pm, Tickets $25.00 ~ Buy in advance! Remaining tickets will be available at the door if not sold out.
 

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.