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). Information about our board of directors and bylaws is available on the Contact page.

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Time to renew your membership for the 2017-2018 membership season, and we'd love to hear from you! Please 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 2017-2018 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.


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Robert BurnsBurns Night is the annual celebratory tribute to the life, works, and spirit of the great Scottish poet, Robert Burns. Each year, Burns Night is celebrated on, or near, the Bard's birthday, January 25th. Burns Suppers range from stentoriously formal gatherings of esthetes and scholars to uproariously informal rave-ups of drunkards and louts. Most Burns Suppers fall in the middle of that range, and adhere to the time honored format: eating a traditional Scottish meal, sampling Scotch whisky, and reciting works by, about, or in the spirit of The Bard, Robert Burns.

Our Burns Night is on the 20st of January, starting at 6:00pm at the Lindley Center. The evening starts with a potluck dinner, and haggis will be presented at 6:10. You may bring alcohol, but over-indulgence will not be tolerated and we encourage you to have a ride plan. After dinner is a short open-mic session, and guests are invited to perform musical acts, tell stories, recite poetry, or sing. The evening will be capped off with outrageously energetic ceilidh dancing that all can participate in.

Seating is limited! Donations are accepted at the door. For more information contact Lance Picton by email at

(Portrait of Robert Burns by Alexander Nasmyth, circa 1787)


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.

Service: BFS underwrites two KGLT radio shows...  Bluegrass Traditions (Saturdays, 9 to Noon) and The Monday Night Folk Show (Mondays, 7 to 9 pm). Information: Newsletter emails provide information on dances, concerts, workshops, and more, plus advance notice of special events.