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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.

9th January: The Rag Tag Band
Starting our year off with a great selection of Country, Folk, Irish, Blues, Celtic, Pop and Rock. Join our first folk train of 2016 and enjoy a journey with a fantastic variety of music to listen to or join in with. If you have any percussion instruments make sure to bring them along.

Pastry Shoes

13th February: The Deportees
Back to entertain us again are this popular band from the Mid Cheshire Line music trains. They play guitars, mandolin, mandocello, bouzouki, banjo, harmonica and melodeon and, as if that's not enough, they sing wonderful harmonies to a mix of old and recent songs from both sides of the Atlantic.

12th March: Pastry Shoes
Back again by popular request, this trio will entertain everyone with music from the 40's to the present day. Jazz, Swing and Pop played in their own special style of honeyed vocals backed by smooth guitar and mellow saxophone. An afternoon of great music with plenty to sing along to, so make sure you are in good voice.

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.

Crazy Heart

26th January: Dogwood Rose
A welcome back for the band who, a year ago, encouraged the attendance of an audience more substantial than in previous Januarys. They make regular appearances around the city and in North Derbyshire. Describing their music as Folk/Americana, they also include some traditional English songs.

23rd February: Jack's Rake
Renowned for their vibrant mix of styles, they perform on a mixture of guitars, bouzouki, mandolin, Anglo and English concertinas, melodeons, violin, banjo, mandola, whistles, bodhran, percussion, flute and piccolo, with harmonious vocals as well. A most impressive gathering.

22nd March: Crazy Heart
Their second appearance, after admirably stepping in at the last minute to replace a disabled band in October 2014. They were very welcome for what turned out to be the magnificent and stirring qualities of their performance, giving a most outstanding evening of vocal and instrumental presentations, with guitar, bass, banjo, ukeleles, flute, whistle and percussion.

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.


28th January: Cross Keys Folk Club
We are starting our Glossop folk train this year with one of our highly successful folk clubs hailing from The Cross Keys Inn in Saddleworth. Jim Schofield and friends from the club will turn out to entertain everyone with a mix of traditional and contemporary folk music.

25th February: Geoff Higginbottom
A regular performer on the train and also at The Crown Inn in Stockport, singing his own blend of local and classic folk songs. His music is enjoyed by all fans of folk and popular music alike and no folk train year would be complete without Geoff's inimitable performance.

24th March: Nelson Peach
They have been described as one of the most engaging combos to emerge from the local folk circuit in recent years. 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. They produce sensitive arrangements, making good use of a range of instruments for accompaniment and enhancing songs with two and three part vocal harmonies. Always enjoyed by our folk train audiences.

Easy Reference Calendar: January 2016 - March 2016

Manchester to Glossop Sheffield to Edale 'Edale Rambler' Manchester to Hathersage
28th January 26th January 9th January
25th February 23rd February 13th February
24th March 22nd March 12th March
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