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


                                          MARCH  PICKIN’ PARTY

The HFMS March Pickin’ Party will be hosted on Sunday March 26 (4th Sunday) at the home of Rhonda Radliff in Pearland . Co-hosts Gary and JoAn Lust will provide the main dish. Please bring appetizers, sides, salads and/or desserts. Pot luck begins at 2PM, song circle at 3PM. Share a song or story and an appreciative ear!


Coming from the north (Houston), take 288 South towards Pearland. We are three exits past Beltway 8. Exit to the right on CR59 (County Road 59 aka Southfork). At the light for CR59, take a LEFT and go under the freeway. Proceed through the next stop light at CR 94 (Smith Ranch Road). The first place you can turn LEFT after the CR94 light is CRESTWOOD Drive at the entrance to Crestwood Cove subdivision. (It’s at this point you begin to sing “Little Boxes….”) Make a RIGHT at the first stop sign,

turning onto Capecrest Drive. At the next stop sign take a LEFT onto

Covebrook DRIVE. Just ahead on the LEFT is the cul de sac COVEBROOK COURT. Make a left into the cul de sac and our home is 2802.

Feel free to park in the driveway. Be careful parking on the street as it’s difficult for folks to get out of their driveways when cars are parked too close to the driveway. You can park on Covebrook DRIVE if needed.

Call or text Rhonda at 713-501-5989 for additional information if needed.


                           <<<<<<<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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