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



There will be a pickin' party hosted by Bob and Sue Lahmeyer on Sunday, December 16, (third Sunday)  beginning at 2 PM. Bob and Sue will be preparing a large pork roast, corn casserole, and some cookies.  Please bring a covered dish to share. Guests are welcome. Don't forget your instruments!   

Location: 16480 FM-1484. Mapping software may list it either under ‘Cut And Shoot’ or under ‘Conroe’. The post office lists it as 16480 FM-1484, Conroe, TX 77303. The trip is 50 miles north of Downtown Houston and takes just over an hour. Phone: 281-413-5871.


· Take I-45 N toward Conroe.

· Just south of Conroe, take exit number 84B to East Loop TX-336.

· Continue 5.4 miles on East Loop TX-336 and then turn right onto TX-105.

· Continue 4.5 miles on TX-105 through beautiful downtown Cut And Shoot.

· Just past Caney Creek, turn left onto FM-1484.

· Continue 3.5 miles on FM-1484. Bob and Sue’s house (16480 FM-1484) is on the left. The address is on a post by the driveway.


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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