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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

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/
 
Sunday, December 05 2021 
Waltz at Glen Echo
Evening Star 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
 
Sunday, December 05 2021 
Irish Holiday Party
Open to all (proof of vaccination required for 12 and over) from 5 to 9 PM in Silver Spring. It includes dancing and session, open bar, food, raffle, door prizes, and Santa. RSVP
 
Tuesday, December 07 2021 
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 Jillian Matundan. Free to attend but registration required in advance Info: rob Hinkal at publicity@imtfolk.org or www.imtfolk.org
 
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
 
Saturday, December 11 2021 
ilyAIMY
7:30 PM, Award-winning rock-folk band ilyAIMY presents a concert focused on the upcoming winter season. $18 adv, $20 for non-members at the door. Tikvat Israel | 2200 Baltimore Road Rockville, MD 20851 | tickets available at www.focusmusic.org | Info: Rob Hinkal at rob@focusmusic.org or www.focusmusic.org
 
Monday, December 13 2021 
Annual Celtic Holiday Show
7:00 PM, 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
 
Tuesday, December 14 2021 
Doris Justis & Sean McGhee
Showtime 7:30 pm Doors open at 7:00 pm. Tickets $30.00 ~ Buy in advance! Remaining tickets will be available at the door if not sold out. ALL TICKET SALES FINAL, NO REFUNDS OR EXCHANGES. Buy tickets here.
 
Tuesday, December 14 2021 
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 Luke Roberts. Free to attend but registration required in advance Info: rob Hinkal at publicity@imtfolk.org or www.imtfolk.org
 
Tuesday, December 14 2021 
2nd Tuesdays BFMS song swap
7:30 PM. See the song swap facebook page for the link.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/618331624855775/
 
Tuesday, December 14 2021 
2nd Tuesday Song Swap
7:30. See the Song Swap Facebook page for the link: https://www.facebook.com/groups/618331624855775/
 
Thursday, December 16 2021 
Holiday Cheer with Newberry & Verch
Doors at 6pm, Concert 6:30pm til 8:30pm, Brad's House - 831 West 33rd Street, Baltimore. $20 suggested donation. Feel free to bring food and drink to share! Email bradkolodner@gmail.com to reserve your spot or ask any questions.
 
Saturday, December 18 2021 
Winter Solstice Concert
3:30 and 7:30 p.m. in Towson, MD. Proof of vaccinations and masking required. Seating is limited to 750 per show. Info & tickets
 
Sunday, December 19 2021 
Waltz at Glen Echo
Rose by the Door 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, December 21 2021 
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 Petrichord. Free to attend but registration required in advance Info: rob Hinkal at publicity@imtfolk.org or www.imtfolk.org
 
Tuesday, December 28 2021 
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, December 28 2021 
4th Tuesday song swap
7:30. See the Song Swap Facebook page for the link: https://www.facebook.com/groups/618331624855775/
 
Wednesday, December 29 2021 
BFMS 4th Tuesdays song swap
7:30 pm. See the song swap facebook page for the link.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/618331624855775/
 
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
 
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
 
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
 

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.