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 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



                                            NOVEMBER PICKIN’ PARTY

The November pickin’ party will be hosted by Jerry and Sandy Staffeld on Sunday, November 22 (fourth Sunday), beginning at 2 PM at their home 18302 Heathridge Ln, Cypress, TX 77433.      Phone: 402-598-5833.

Directions: There are lots of ways to get there. You can go out Hwy 290; Sam Houston Tollway 8; I-10, Hwy 6; the Grand Parkway.
From I-10 you would take Barker Cypress Rd north. Turn left onto Westgate Park Dr (0.2 mi) and take the 2nd left onto Heathridge.

From Tollway 8, exit and head  west on FM 529 W/Spencer Rd and turn right onto Barker Cypress Rd (0.4 mi). Turn left onto Westgate Park Dr (0.2 mi) Take the 2nd left onto Heathridge Ln.


                               <<<<<<<PICKIN' PARTY VIDEOS >>>>>>


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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