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



The June Pickin' Party will be hosted by Sara Draper and Tom Yeager at their century-old home in Montrose from 2:00-6:00PM on June 23.  We know this home best as the SONGBIRD SANCTUARY, where from 2002-2017 Sara and Tom hosted over 100 sell-out folk concerts of artists top-tier in other parts of the country but mostly who never played before in Houston.  After a well-deserved rest, and being mostly recovered from pesky age-related maladies, Tom is ready to resume the series if enough people come to the song circle.   


The address is 117 Stratford at the northeast corner of Helena.  You can park on Helena or on Hyde Park (which sort of runs into the back door), but if you park on Stratford do so only on the north side (same as the house) and only on the east side of Helena (same as the house).  There are signs restricting parking on the south side of Stratford (across from the house) and on both sides of Stratford west of Helena, but you might be too excited on that day to pay attention to signs.  If you need a spot in the driveway due to your own afflictions, let Tom know beforehand to save a spot in the driveway.


Bring an entree, side dish or dessert for the pot luck, which is from 2 to 3 PM. Song circle will be from 3 to 6 PM. Guests are welcome. 

See you then at:

Songbird Sanctuary

Home of Sara Draper and Tom Yeager

117 Stratford

Houston, TX  77006

(713) 524-6545



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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