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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It's that time of year - 2013-2014 memberships wrapped up as September ended, so it is time to get your 2014-2015 membership! Renew your membership or join today, and help the BFS continue its mission to preserve folk dance and music traditions!
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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 <<<<<

The contra dance season has begun again - and this year, the venue has changed. The first Friday and third Saturday contra dances are now held at the Bozeman Senior Center, a wonderful community space on the north side of Bozeman that features a great wood dance floor, a nice stage, a warm, inviting atmosphere, and plenty of parking.

Two events on Jan. 31 - we will co-host a concert by local bluegrass favorites Kane's River at the Ellen Theatre in downtown Bozeman, and the Montana Reel and Strathspey Society will have their annual Burns Night celebration.

Burns 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 whiskey, and reciting works by, about, or in the spirit of The Bard, Robert Burns.

Our Burns Night is on the 31st of January, starting at 6:00pm at the Lindley Center. The evening starts with a potluck dinner, and haggis will be provided. 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, recite poetry, or sing. The evening will be capped off with outrageously energetic ceilidh dancing in which all can participate.

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

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.