Bozeman Folklore Society




Bozeman Folklore SocietyFind us on FacebookFollow us on TwitterThe Bozeman Folklore Society (BFS) is an all volunteer, non-profit organization dedicated to promoting, preserving, enjoying and sharing the music, dance, arts, crafts, and skills of traditional cultures. It is an associate group of the Country Dance and Song Society (CDSS).


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We are part way through the 2014-2015 membership, season, but any time is a good time to become a BFS member! Renew your membership or join today, and help the BFS continue its mission to preserve folk dance and music traditions! Just click the membership link up top. You can fill out a membership form online and pay through Paypal, or you can download a form and mail it in with your payment.

Members get $2 off admission to BFS dances and $3 off admission to BFS concerts. Attend 10 events during the 2014-2015 Season (October through September), have your membership card stamped and you'll get a Dance Free Card for a contra dance or Half-Off admission at a BFS concert.


>>>>> Folk News Flash <<<<<

April 25 and 26, the Montana Reel and Strathspey Society, a part of the BFS, is delighted to welcome the internationally renowned Scottish music and ceilidh dance teacher & musician Calum MacKinnon to Bozeman ... and ... YOU'RE INVITED!! Saturday afternoon, Apr. 25, there will be a workshop led by Calum. Saturday evening features a solo concert and ceilidh dance. Sunday morning there will be a fiddle workshop featuring Scottish dance music.

For more info and to register, contact Bob Spetz,

ABOUT CALUM MACKINNON:  Calum has taught fiddle throughout the US, Canada,Scotland, and Japan, and at such places as the Festival of American Fiddle Tunes in Port Townsend, Washington, the Swannanoa Gathering in North Carolina, and at the Mastery of Scottish Arts Winter School, in Washington State.

 Having lived in the USA for over 45 years, his Scottish fiddling style has been influenced by Cape Breton, Old Time, Appalachian,and other North American fiddle styles, many of which are variants of Scottish tunes brought over in centuries past, but he still plays the old pipe reels and jigs that he brought over with him from Scotland. Calum lives in Edmonds, Washington, with his wife, Edna.

In memory of Ben Bullington, who passed away a year ago, we are proud to present an archive of Ben's performances we have featured on the KGLT Sunday Music Spotlight.

September is membership renewal month. But you can join any time. BFS members play an important role in preserving and promoting folk music and dancing traditions and enjoy these other benefits:

Dancing: BFS sponsors international folk dancing, Scottish country dancing and bi-monthly contra dances (October through May). BFS members receive discount admission at contra dances. See the Dance page for a current schedule.

Music: BFS concerts feature folk, bluegrass and Americana performers in a warm acoustic setting plus the occasional Irish Ceilidh. BFS members enjoy a discount for all concerts. See the Concerts page for more info on upcoming shows and the KGLT Sunday Music Spotlight schedule.

Service: BFS underwrites two KGLT radio shows...  Bluegrass Traditions (Saturdays, 9 to Noon) and The Monday Night Folk Show (Mondays, 7 to 9 pm). We also air excerpts from BFS concerts every other Sunday at noon on the KGLT Sunday Music Spotlight. Information: Newsletter emails provide information on dances, concerts, workshops, and more, plus advance notice of special events.