A non-profit, membership organization dedicated to 
the preservation and promotion of  folklore and folk music.





President :
Carl Brainerd
Vice President :
Gayle Fallon
   Secretary :
Debra Baltzell
Christine Hartman
Cotton Patch Rag Editor:
Christine Hartman
                                        Concert Producer: Paul Cooper, ph: 713-204-1207



  Song Circles

First Monday Song Circle:


 Our song circles are normally held on the first Monday of each month at 7:30 PM.  These  are located at the Jewish Community Center in Room 119, which is on  the lower level of the building.  JCC is located at 5601 South Braeswood Boulevard, Houston, TX 77096-3999.

 Meetings consist of a "song circle", allowing each attendee an opportunity for a musical performance, share a song, tall tale, announcement, or other item which he or she may wish to share with the group.   Non-performers are just as welcome as performers. After all, musicians, singers, storytellers, all need an audience.


The Cotton Patch Rag

A monthly newsletter of the Houston Folklore & Folk Music Society, The Cotton Patch Rag includes a calendar of folk music events in and near Houston, reviews of albums and concerts, articles about folklore, music, musicians, and news of the Society's business. The Houston Folklore & Folk Music Society membership price of $20.00 per year includes the subscription and monthly mailing of The Cotton Patch Rag.  For $15.00, one can become a member and receive a digital copy of The Cotton Patch Rag as well as emails of our Second Saturday Concert promos and our Pickin' Party details.

Our EMAIL List

 “We have an email distribution list that we use to email information about Second Saturday Concerts and about our monthly pickin’ parties.  If you are interested, you can email hartmancm@sbcglobal.net and ask to be put on the Folklore list.  You will only get 2 emails per month from us and we do NOT share our distribution list.”


Pickin' Party





Michael & Cassie Crouch will be hosting a pickin’ party on Sunday, January 18 at their home, 4427 Warwick Drive, in Sugar Land.  The party begins at 2 PM.  Bring a covered dish to share.  Guests are welcome.  Don't forget your instruments!  Phone: 281-265-2370.

Directions: They live in the southern part of First Colony, south of Highway 6 and just south of Commonwealth Avenue, in the Oxford subdivision.


 Coming from Houston or from north of the Southwest Freeway (59):

Take the University Avenue exit from the Southwest Freeway (that is about 2 miles southwest of the Hwy 6 exit). Go south 1.2 miles on University Avenue (it winds left then right). It dead ends and becomes Commonwealth Avenue when you turn left (your only choice). Go 2.1 miles on Commonwealth Avenue. You pass an elementary school on the right as you're getting kind of close to our street. Pendleton is the last intersection before our street. Turn right on Warwick. Our house is the last one on the left in the second block.


Coming from Missouri City or Highway 6 East:

Turn south from Highway 6 onto Austin Parkway (the northbound part of this street is Dulles). Go 0.9 mile, including winding to the right, and go just past the big electric wires. Turn left on Commonwealth Avenue and go 1.5 miles (including winding to the right). Turn left on Warwick (one block past Knightsbridge and the Commonwealth Tennis and Swim Club). Our house is the last one on the left in the second block.



Cal Perry Remembered Some photos taken at Pickin' Parties attended by Cal Perry.  Audio is that of Cal leading the circle in "I'll Fly Away".

Pickin' Parties [March - June 2012] This video was made with frame captures of a video from Feb 2011, and with photos taken from the CPR. The audio is a recording of Justin's rendition of "Wonderful World" made on Feb 2011.

Here is a link to a slide show of photos from various pickin' parties:
Pickin' In The Past

Pickin Party Jan 2011

Video with Song Circle Audio Feb 7, 2011

 Pickin' Party Years 2002-2006   This video was composed of photos taken
over a range of several years.  Included among these are photos of individuals we have not seen of late because they have moved on to other locations, other interest, and some that are now deceased. 


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