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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.

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 Events

Saturday, July 31 2021 
SummerTunes! The Art of Playing for Contra Dances


Two Zoom sessions on consecutive Saturdays, July 31st & Aug. 7 @ 11:00-1:30 EDT. The workshop will focus on tips for making tunes deliciously danceable, creating variations and accompaniment, and constructing medleys that wow. Andrea Hoag (fiddle) and Liz Donaldson (piano) will lead the workshop, while participants play along with microphones muted. Register by emailing SummerTunesInfo@gmail.com. The fee is $45 for the full workshop, $35 for one session (some scholarship money will be available — please let us know if you or a friend could use it).
 
Thursday, August 19 2021 
SETH GLIER
Tickets $25.00 ~ Showtime 7:30 pm
Tickets available for 6:00, 6:30, and 7:00 dinner times.
https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/5135978
Limited capacity, All audience members must be fully vaccinated.
For everyone’s safety, we suggest that you wear a mask, except when eating.
 
Thursday, September 09 2021 
BILLY McCOMISKEY, LAURA BYRNE & DAVID McKINDLEY-WARD

Tickets $25.00 ~ Showtime 7:30 pm
Tickets available for 6:00, 6:30, and 7:00 dinner times.
Limited capacity, fewer than 60 seats available.
https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/5140004
All audience members must be fully vaccinated.
For everyone’s safety, we suggest that you wear a mask, except when eating.


 
Sunday, October 10 2021 
BFMS Picnic
Almost Annual BFMS Picnic from 12:30 to 5 PM . A great afternoon of fun, games, and fellowship at Genesee Valley Outdoor Learning Center. More details to follow...
 
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.
 

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.