The Baltimore Folk Music Society sponsors English Country Dance every Monday at St. Marks on the Hill on Reisterstown Road and American Contra and Square Dancing every Wednesday at the Lovely Lane Church on St. Paul Street. There is also a Family Dance on Saturday at 5pm at St. Marks on the Hill followed by the Second Saturday Square and Contra Dance at 8pm. 888.646.BFMS
The American Folklife Center presents Sudanese oud player, singer, poet, composer, songwriter Abdel Karim Al-Kabli at the Whittall Pavilion of the Library of Congress on Monday at noon. (202) 707-1221
At the Ram’s Head in Annapolis – Wednesday: Ted Vigil: John Denver Tribute w/ Joan & Joni: A Musical Tribute to Joan Baez and Joni Mitchell by Alison Shapira & Kipyn Martin; Friday: Bill Kirchen & Too Much Fun: Honky Tonk Holiday Show; Friday & 2 Saturday shows by Carbon Leaf are sold out; Sunday: Leslie West of Mountain. 410-268-4545
On Tuesday there’s an old-time music jam led by Ken and Brad Kolodner at Liam Flynn’s Ale House in the Station North Arts District. 443-956-1702
Wednesday is the Baltimore debut of Neville Jacobs featuring Ivan Neville of New Orleans’ famous Neville family and Cris Jacobs of Baltimore at The 8×10. 410-625-2000
Thursday, Matisyahu appears at Ram’s Head Live downtown. 410-244-1131
On Friday, Uptown Concerts at The Cellar Stage features a Celtic Christmas with Maggie Sansone, Andrea Hoag, Abigail Palmer & Patrick Egan. The Cellar Stage is located in Faith Community United Methodist Church of Hamilton on Harford Road. 410-521-9099
Friday Marc Ribot plays Charlie Chaplin’s “The Kid” at the Creative Alliance. 410-276-1651
The next show in the North by Northeast American Roots Music Series is Saturday at 8pm at The Church of the Messiah in Hamilton featuring Mystery Dawg (including members of Gypsy Dawg and Smooth Kentucky) will play a night of Grateful Dead tunes.
The Institute of Musical Traditions presents a co-bill of two generations of Southern Appalachian musical activists: Sam Gleaves and Si Kahn at Seekers Church in Takoma Park MD on Saturday at 7:30pm. 301-754-3611
Christmas From Ireland in Maryland takes place Sunday at 2:30pm at The Severna Park Community Center in Severna Park. The show features Peter Brice, Catherine Marafino, Patrick McAvinue, Matt Mulqueen, Shannon Dunne and their students.
Next Sunday at 4:30pm, the Roots Café Si Kahn sings and talks about songwriting and community organizing with singing host Geoffrey Himes at An Die Musik Live. (410) 385-2638
Also Sunday at 2pm Maggie Sansone’s Holiday Celtic Trio is at the historic Avalon Theatre in Easton MD. 410-822-7299
The Mount Airy Slow Jam of old-time and Celtic music is every second Sunday of the month 6-8pm at Mount Airy Town Hall.
Trio Sefardi plays a holiday concert at the National Gallery of Art in Washington on Sunday at 3:30pm.