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The Folk Trains

The Folk Trains take you on a musical journey as you travel through the Peak District countryside. Our talented musicians play on the train, then everyone alights to visit a local hostelry and enjoy a further session from the band.

If you would like a leaflet listing the guided walks and folk trains, please email you details to Andrew.Walker@derbyshire.gov.uk or ring 01629 538093

The Edale Rambler Folk Train has been running for ten years and takes music lovers from the centre of Sheffield to the glorious vale of Edale, while the Manchester to Hathersage folk train takes you along the Hope Valley Line to the village of Hathersage.

We also have the Glossop Folk Train, which entertains travellers on its journey from Manchester to the historic town of Glossop.

"What a thoroughly enjoyable day out. And what a rest way to spend a sunny Saturday in June. the music was great, the scenic journey was gorgeous, the pub food was excellent, and more music on the way home! I am now on the mailing list, and look forward to sharing this experience again. Many thanks." JQ of Bury

"I very much enjoyed the Folk Train. We were going for a walk from Hope and the Folk Train was a lovely surprise and got us off to a very good start. I would love to come again and go to the pub to hear all the music next time." CM of Manchester

Hope Valley Line Folk Train

The Hope Valley Trains have proved a consistent success since their introduction ten years ago, which sometimes means there is limited seating capacity in the carriage with the band. Please don't expect a formal concert - just enjoy the Folk Train for the fantastic experience it is …..!

The Folk Trains run from Manchester to Hathersage and Sheffield to Edale. (See below).

Manchester - Hathersage Folk Train

Train departs Manchester Piccadilly at 1149 calling at all stations from Reddish North to Hathersage.

The band plays at the Little John Hotel, Hathersage.
Return on the 1432 train from Hathersage, calling at all the same stations, except Strines, arriving at Manchester Piccadilly at 1534.

8th October: Nelson Peach
One of the most loved and respected folk bands on the local scene and well known at clubs and festivals all over the area. Their material is drawn mainly from the rich heritage of the British Isles but they also mix in some contemporary folk songs and American versions of Traditional songs. Their varied range of instrumental and vocal harmonies appeals to all tastes and will no doubt earn them even more friends among new listeners.

Dr Butler's Hatstand Medicine Band
12th November: Five Friends
As the name suggests this is a group of friends who have recently got together with years of experience on the folk and festival circuit. Some of them will be instantly recognised by regular folk train fans. They will entertain us with their mix of Traditional, Bluegrass, Folk and Country music. Please note this is a one-way folk train - please see information below.

10th December: Dr Butler's Hatstand Medicine Band
It was 10 years ago when this band first played on a folk train and delighted our audience. They have since become one of our most popular and well loved bands and are here to make our festive folk train rock the rafters once more. Playing their own style of Jazz, Blues, Swing and good time Rags from the 20's and 30's, there is no doubt that this is one music event you will not want to miss this Christmas. Please note this is a one-way folk train - please see information below.

Because of the congestion at this time of year we have decided to extend the December one way folk train into November. As usual the train will leave Manchester Piccadilly at 1149 but there will be NO designated return folk train. The band instead will be playing two sets of music at The Little John Hotel during the afternoon and people can return to Manchester in their own time.

For up-to-date information on the Manchester Folk Trains, call 0161 494 9814.

Sheffield to Edale Folk Train

The Folk Trains are renowned amongst local music lovers and costs no more than an ordinary train ticket.
Our enthusiastic musicians play on the train, and at Edale everyone alights to visit The Rambler, the pub next to the station, where the music session continues.

The Folk Train departs from Sheffield (platform 2c) at 1914 calling at all stations to Edale. The band plays at the Rambler Inn, Edale. We return on the 2129 train from Edale, calling at all stations to Sheffield, arriving there at 2203.

25th October: Isembard's Wheel
The first appearance of this folk band based in Sheffield, comprising an eclectic cast of wayfarers and bohemians collected in the years since the band was begun in 2013 by Alexander Isembard. They have partaken of festival stages, released an EP called Autumn in Eden, and aim to take their act ever further afield with vividly poetic lyrics, soaring choruses and a mighty big attitude.

22nd November: Albert's Skiffle Band
On their previous appearances on the Folk Train, Albert's Skiffle Band impressed the audience and demonstrated that they were "arguably Sheffield's leading skiffle exponents", so again we can expect another really entertaining evening with the highlight being one of Albert's step dances.

20th December: Grenoside Carollers
Several pubs in the area are amongst those continuing Sheffield carol traditions to the present day. Grenoside, however, is a more recent revival, inspired by fiddle player Ray Ellison who has also re-introduced the historical tradition of accompaniment by a string quartet, plus the performance of Grenoside's unique, ancient traditions.

For the latest information visit www.folktrain.org.uk, or contact Gerry on (0114) 266 9532.

Glossop Line Folk Train

Our talented musicians play on the train, and at Glossop where everyone alights to visit Glossop Labour Club for liquid refreshment and a further session from the band. The Club is fully accessible to wheelchair users. There is no charge for the event - just the price of your ordinary train or Wayfarer ticket.

Train departs Manchester Piccadilly at 1846, calling at all stations except Ardwick to Glossop. The band play at Glossop Labour Club, Glossop before returning on the 2138 train from Glossop, calling at all the same stops, arriving at Manchester Piccadilly at 2210.

Reckless Elbow
27th October: Jozeph Roberts and Friends.
Jozeph and other musical friends from Chorlton Folk Club will be entertaining the audience with their mix of local, classic and self penned songs. A true night of musical enjoyment which will appeal to all lovers of Acoustic music.

24th November: Reckless Elbow
We could not draw to the end of our folk train year without having our special friends from Liverpool joining us to entertain the crowds. This highly talented band, a great favourite with everyone, combine self written songs and tunes with modern covers and traditional numbers from across the UK, Ireland and America. They are firmly based in the tradition of Acoustic music but their performance has modern elements which can include Blues, Jazz and Rock.

15th December: Eunice Bobcats - If the thought of Christmas looming ever nearer drives you to the edge of reason, then maybe you should come along and let your hair down and get your feet dancing at our Christmas Cajun party. Music from the Louisiana swamplands may not sound very festive, but the party atmosphere certainly is and should be a definite date in your Christmas calendar.

Easy Reference Calendar: June - September 2016

Manchester to Glossop Sheffield to 'Edale Rambler' Manchester to Hathersage
27th October 25th October 9th October
24th November 22nd November 12th November
15th December 20th December 10th December
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