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




The September pickin’ party will take place on Sunday, September 21 at 2 PM. It will be hosted by Vicki and David Kunetka and Lisa Guidry at Lisa’s house in Hockley. Bring your instruments and some food to share. We hope to hold this outside, so bring a lawn chair if you have one. (If the weather is bad we’ll head inside.)

Address: 23945 W Country Lane, Hockley, TX 77447. This is about halfway between I-45 and Hwy 290, a few miles south of FM 1488. (If you need directions try David’s cell phone at 713-412-6361.)


From I-45N:

Take FM1488 West towards Magnolia. Continue thru Magnolia, past FM 1774. Go Approximately 3.5 miles. There will be an Exxon Station on the Right side, just past this station is Joseph Road – TURN LEFT. Follow for approximately 1.3 miles and turn LEFT on W. Country Lane (Country Lane Estates). 4th house on left (just around curve)

From Hwy 290/Cypress:

Heading NW out of Houston towards Waller on 290, take Hegar Road Exit and go RIGHT. Continue on Hegar across FM 2920 until you get to Magnolia Road (just past Houston Oaks Country Club). Turn RIGHT. This is the same route to the Oil Ranch. Take the first LEFT onto Macedonia Road and continue to the STOP sign at Joseph Road (there is a horse stable and training arena on the right). Turn RIGHT. At the STOP sign, turn LEFT (this is still Joseph Road) and continue to the next STOP sign and turn LEFT (you are still on Joseph Road). Continue down until you see the County Lane Estates sign. The first entrance is Oak Hollow Road...go to the SECOND entrance on the LEFT. This will be W. Country Lane. 4th house on left (just around the curve)

From 290/Hempstead/Prairie View:

Take FM 1488 and go approximately 13.7 miles. Turn RIGHT on Joseph Road and go approximately 1.3 miles and turn LEFT on W. Country Lane (Country Lane Estates)  4th house on left (just around the curve).



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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