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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.

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 president@bfms.org.

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

Please download our Welcome Brochure

Virtual and Live Community Events

Monday, February 26 2024 
English Country Dance
English Country Dance: 8:00 - 10:30 pm
April Blum will call dances while Jeff Steinberg (violin), Ben Hobbs (piano), and Ralph Barthine (guitar) play the tunes.
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 snacks to share at the break.
Please pay on-line at Www.bfms.org/englishcountrypay.php
 
Tuesday, February 27 2024 
BFMS Song Swap

BFMS Zoom songswap.Feb 27. 7:30. The Song Swap is a place for folks to come together and share songs, community, and keep the live singing tradition thriving. Check the link at our facebook page
https://www.facebook.com/groups/618331624855775?sorting_setting=RECENT_ACTIVITY

While we have been getting together on zoom, the BFMS songswap has become transcontinental and international with participants from west, farther west, and north and northwest across the border. You can drop in on the zoom and meet (and hear / sing with) some nice folks we 're not likely to meet in person!


 
Sunday, March 03 2024 (Member Sponsored) 
Traditional Song House Concert in honor of Women’s History Month
Traditional Song House Concert in honor of Women’s History Month. Join Ann Porcella and Martha Burns for an afternoon of traditional songs sung old-style. Host Kate Caldwell will also offer up folk favorites and original songs. Please contact Kate for concert location in Severna Park, MD at 410.972.6535 katehcaldwell39@comcast.net or Ann at aporcella@gmail.com. Snacks and beverages to share are welcome. $20 suggested donation.
 
Wednesday, March 06 2024 
Contra Dance
Penelope Weinberger calls to Amberwing - Emily Aubrey (fiddle), Janina O'Brien (piano) and Robin Wilson (flute, sax, and concertina). Intro lesson at 7:30pm. Dance starts at 8pm at Lovely Lane Church. Online payment only: https://bfms.org/contradancepay.php
 
Saturday, March 09 2024 
2nd Saturday Dance
7-9:30 PM (1 hour earlier)
April Blum calling to
Some Assembly ~ Mary Corletta Flora – flute, sax, penny whistles, Joe Klausner – violin, mandolin, Adam Lee – guitar, and Donna Moore Boylan – piano
Dance lesson: 6:30 PM
Online payment only. Pre-payment is encouraged to reserve your spot. http://bfms.org/secondsatpay.php
Location: The Church of the Nativity and Holy Comforter, 6112 York Rd, Baltimore, MD 21212
Admission is: $10 BFMS members & affiliates, $15 non-members. People under 21 and students with ID: free
Potluck snacks at the break.
 
Monday, March 11 2024 
English Country Dance
English Country Dance: 8:00 - 10:30 pm
Val Medve visits Baltimore and will call dances while Emily Aubrey (violin), Janina O'Brien (piano), and Robin Wilson (flute, concertina) play the tunes.
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 snacks to share at the break.
Please pay on-line at Www.bfms.org/englishcountrypay.php
 
Tuesday, March 12 2024 
BFMS Song Swap
BFMS live song circle TuesdayMarch 12 at the 4 Hour a Day Lutherie in Lauraville, 4305 Harford Rd, Baltimore, MD 21214 7:30-9:30 p.m. Bring a favorite folk-genre song or two to share with our community of singers. Chorus songs or repeated refrains are encouraged. You can lead a song, sing along, hum, listen, or add some accompaniment. No mic, no pressure, no performance. Just singing together in a friendly, supportive space! Free (pass-the-hat goodwill donation welcome). We are once a month every 2nd Tuesday.
 
Wednesday, March 20 2024 
Contra Dance
Music by Steve Epstein (clarinet and sax), Renee Mendenhall (accordion), Janina O'Brien (keyboard). Caller TBD. Intro lesson at 7:30pm. Dance starts at 8pm at Lovely Lane Church. Online payment only: https://bfms.org/contradancepay.php
 
Monday, March 25 2024 
English Country Dance
English Country Dance: 8:00 - 10:30 pm
Ann Fallon will lead the dancing to music by Becky Ross, (violin), Jonathan Jensen (piano) and Marty Taylor (whistles and 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 snacks to share at the break.
Please pay on-line at Www.bfms.org/englishcountrypay.php
 
Tuesday, March 26 2024 
BFMS Song Swap

BFMS Zoom songswap.March 26, 7:30. The Song Swap is a place for folks to come together and share songs, community, and keep the live singing tradition thriving. Check the link at our facebook page
https://www.facebook.com/groups/618331624855775?sorting_setting=RECENT_ACTIVITY

While we have been getting together on zoom, the BFMS songswap has become transcontinental and international with participants from west, farther west, and north and northwest across the border. You can drop in on the zoom and meet (and hear / sing with) some nice folks we 're not likely to meet in person!


 

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.


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.