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Friday, April 20, 2012

25th Annual General Sam Houston Folk Festival Apr 27 & 28th

Come out and join us for the 25th annual
General Sam Houston Folk Festival!


Sahawe Indian Dancers
Step Back In Time To The 1800s And Enjoy! The General Sam Houston Folk Festival will celebrate its 25th year on the Sam Houston Museum grounds, the grounds where Sam and Margaret lived with their children.


Friday, April 27

9 am until 4 pm

Saturday, April 2810 am until 7 pm


Friday, April 27
$3.00 each, all ages!

Saturday: April 28
Group Rate(min 15):$5.00ea., paid in one amount 
Age 5-12:$3.00
Under 5: free









Friday 4/27: 19th Street will be closed and there will be no remote parking or shuttle.
Saturday 4/28: Drop off entrance is on 19th Street, please follow signs to remote parking with shuttle to Festival, the shuttle runs will continue throughout the day.

Firing the CannonDulcimer Workshops 
Citizen Soldiers 
Live Acoustic Music 
Museum Tours 
Costumed Historical Characters
Folklife Demonstrations 
Children's Activities 
Cultural Displays 
Arts & Crafts 
Ethnic Foods 
Living History Theatre
School Teachers

To register for the Friday School Day, contact Cherie Meroney at or (936) 293-2560.

Entertainment Line-up for 2012
Music Stage 

click here for performance schedule 



Una Grace and Cast perfrom"Gone To Texas"

Saturday, April 28 
2:00pm - 3:00pm 

Lone Star Blue Grass Band

Saturday, April 28 5:00pm-7:00pm

The Lone Star Bluegrass Band voted Best Bluegrass Band in the Houston Press Music award for four years in a row.  They play Traditional and Contemporary bluegrass with a flair for entertainment. Guitar picker, Chris Bagley has won the Texas State Flat Picking Guitar Championship. Chris Hirsch has won Three Texas State Banjo Championships.

What a great Bluegrass Group!


Gillette Brothers

Saturday, April 28 


The Gillette Brothers came to our area when they  took over the running of the family ranch , in Lovelady, in 1983.

The Gillette Brothers, Guy & Pipp, have found that diversification is not only a necessity, it keeps things interesting..

They received the Western Heritage Wrangler Award for the Best Traditional Western Album. In 2009 they were recipients of the American Cowboy Culture Award.
The Gillette Brothers run The Camp St. Cafe & Store in Crockett with wonderful music each Saturday night.

No Foolin'

The No Foolin' String Band

Saturday, April 28

10:00am - 11:00am 


3:00pm - 4:30pm 


The No Foolin' String Band plays live, raucous old-time string band music on the fiddle, banjo, guitar, mandolin, banjo ukulele, and penny whistle.  Their repertoire includes many of the old traditional fiddle and banjo tunes played at dances, supper parties, and on front porches in the early days of Texas.  In fact, Sam Houston himself would have listened and danced to some of these very tunes.  The band members joke that they won't even consider a tune unless it's more than hundred years old (though sometimes they will play some of the "modern" tunes that would have been played on the radio in the 1920s and 30s).    

 Like the bands of those early days, No Foolin' is made up of regular folk who get together and play simply for the love of the old music. 


Houston Celtic Chorus

Saturday, April 28 
1:00pm - 2:00pm 


The Celtic Chorus of Houston, founded April 2002, is an informal group of individuals who enjoy getting together to sing Scottish, Irish, Welsh and other Celtic folk songs, often in a pub setting.


They have performed at a variety of venues, including:

Houston Highland Games & Celtic Festival, Waldo's Coffee House, General Sam Houston Folk Festival, City Hall for 2008 Observance of Texas Tartan Day, McClellans Scottish Pub, Gathering of the Celts,  Irish Aires radio program, St. Andrew's Episcopal Church Celtic Festival, Clear Lake Celtic Festival, Lights in the Heights, Magnificat House, Heather & Thistle Society, Houston Family Arts Center, Irish American Heritage Association -Katy, TX, Houston St. Patrick's Parade, Rory Miggins Memorial Irish Stew Cookoff, Irish 100 Club, Griff's Shenanigans Cafe & Bar, Brian O'Neill's Pub, Kelvin Arms Scottish Pub, Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center, La Fuente Winery, Spotlight Karaoke, and Spec's Downtown.


They welcome new singers!

Click the links below to visit:




Dianna Shipman, President,diannashipman@comcast.net713 522 1212


Prime Time Dancers

Saturday, April 28 
10:00am - 11:00am


Celtaire String Band  

9-4 on Friday

10-1:00 on Saturday


Huntsville Promenade Dancers

Saturday 1pm ---2pm  




Sahawe Indian Dancers
Bill Dillahunty
117 Studer Street
TX 78801
(830) 278-2016


Saturday, April 28 
3:00pm- 3:30pm 

5:00pm - 5:30pm


Sahawe Indian Dancers

Ballet Folklorico de Huntsville
Anita Escobedo
PO Box 8414
Texas 77342-8414
(936) 437-8683
(936) 295-0223


Ballet Folklorico Hispano de Huntsville



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