President :
Carl Brainerd
Vice President :
Gayle Fallon
   Secretary :
Neely Atkinson
Paul Cooper
Cotton Patch Rag Editor:
Carolyn Davis
                                        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 $15.00 per year includes a digital copy and of The Cotton Patch Rag.  In addition to  The Cotton Patch Rag there is an email distribution 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



Remember the important change to Pickin’ Party Potluck tradition: The potluck meal will now become a “true potluck”. Host will no longer be responsible for providing the “main dish / meat. Participants should bring their choice of meat, side dish or desert. (We are putting the “luck” back in pot luck.)

The next Pickin' Party is from 2:00-6:00 PM, Sunday, October 28, hosted by Steve Blyskal and Sigrid Stewart, at their home at 20403 Coleridge Ln, Richmond, TX.

Directions from I10 West:
Turn south onto Hwy 6 S; after 3 miles
Turn right onto Barker Oaks Dr; after 0.6 mile
Turn right onto Westheimer Rd; after 0.5 mile
Continue straight onto FM1093 W/Westheimer Rd; after 3.6 miles
Keep right to stay on Farm to Market 1093 W; after 1.0 mile
Turn left onto Grand Mission Blvd; after 0.5 mile
Turn right onto Bellaire Blvd; after 1.0 mile
Turn right onto Lakehead Ln; after 279 feet
Turn right onto Benton Springs Ln; after 164 feet
Benton Springs Ln turns left and becomes Pipe Creek Ln; after 0.1 mile
Turn left onto Broad Run Ln; after 0.3 mile
Turn right onto Coleridge Ln
20403 Coleridge Ln is on the left in 69 feet

Directions from Westpark Tollway:
Take exit toward Mason Rd; after 0.2 mile
Merge onto FM 1093 West; after 0.4 mile
Turn left onto S. Mason Rd; after 0.3 mile
Turn left onto Lakemont Bend Ln; after 0.1 mile
Turn right onto Somerset Hill Ln; after 0.2 mile
Turn left onto Cape Cottage Ln; after 282 feet
Turn left onto Coleridge Ln
20403 Coleridge Ln is on the right in 0.1 mile

Their phone numbers are 832-264-1278 (Steve) and 832-314-6115 (Sigrid).

It is great fun to bring friends and music into your home.  If you would like to host a Pickin' Party in the future, please contact Carolyn at

                           <<<<<<<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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