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




President :
Carl Brainerd
Vice President :
Paul Cooper
   Secretary :
Beverly Peeples
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




There will be a pickin' party on Sunday, July 13 (second Sunday) hosted by Cathy and John Phillips and Beverly and Vernon Peeples at the First Presbyterian Church-Pearland beginning at 2 PM.   Please bring a covered dish to share.  Guests are welcome.  Don't forget your instruments! 

Location: First Presbyterian Church – Pearland; 2930 Broadway Street (FM 518) at Westminster Rd.  Pearland, TX  77581.  Note:  this is about half way between Hwy 288 and I-45 and south of Tollway 8, so the Pearland Parkway is the best route to get there.

Directions:  Take the South Beltway 8 to the Pearland Parkway exit.  Go south on Pearland Pkwy.  At the traffic circle where McHard Rd. joins, stay left and follow the traffic circle to the left continuing on Pearland Pkwy.  Stay on Pearland Pkwy to the second traffic light at Broadway/FM 518.  Take a right onto Broadway/FM 518 and move to the left lane.  At the next light, take a left on Westminster Rd.  The church is on the left corner of the intersection at Broadway (Hwy 518) and Westminster, across the street from Kelley's Country Cookin' Restaurant.  Park in the Westminster side parking lot and enter through the double glass doors into the fellowship hall.

If anyone needs assistance or has any questions, they may call John Phillips at 713-824-3526 or Cathy Phillips at 832-514-5895.



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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