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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.

11th April: Merseybillies
This band is renowned for its rousing, foot stomping bluegrass music mixed with hillbilly, ballads, soulful southern gospel and instrumentals and have been jamming together since 2003. We welcome them back to the Hathersage folk train for another of their great reunions.

Geoff Higginbottom

9th May: Geoff Higginbottom
For any of our regular folk train followers, Geoff needs no introduction, but if you haven't seen him perform before, you are in for a delightful blend of local and classic folk songs with some popular songs thrown in for good measure. A performance not to be missed.

13th June: The Cajun Specials
Taking us on a journey with the music of the Louisiana swamplands via the scenery of the beautiful Peak District, one of our most popular bands entertaining everyone with their lively Cajun music and keeping feet tapping all the way to The Little John and back.

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.

Sheffield City Morris Men

24th March: Down Trodden String Band
Long-standing Folk Train performers and great favourites; we can expect some highly entertaining Folk- Americana - string band music from the Appalachian Mountains with some fine harmony singing.

28th April: TUOS Folk
The University of Sheffield Folk Group works with renowned folk performers, including Fay Hield their tutor, to explore elements of traditional music and the ways it can be performed. They will present vignettes of their work interspersed with session tunes. Feel free to bring along your instruments and voices to join in with the choruses and session elements.

26th May: Grinah
A welcome return for Grinah. On the first occasion they presented a new combination, but it included at least three familiar faces, providing an entertaining evening of folk and acoustic music on guitar, mandola, ukelele, fiddle, banjo, uilleann pipes, whistle and accordion.

23th June: Sheffield City Morris
Once again Sheffield City Morris Men, and guest performers, are the heralds of summer, bringing us their world famous and entertaining mix of music, song and dance, well suited to an al fresco performance on a balmy summer evening.

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

Buxton Line Folk Train

13th June: Stockport Ukulele Players
Will be performing on the 1229 train from Buxton to New Mills Newtown to link in with the New Mills Carnival.

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

26th March: Nelson Peach
Another band who have become welcome regulars to the folk trains. The band hail from Lymm Folk Club and are well known to visitors at clubs and festivals in this area. Their rendering of Acoustic Folk and Roots music earns them a well deserved reputation as a lively and entertaining band. Their varied range of instrumental and vocal harmonies will appeal to everyone.

23rd April: Klezmer Collective
We welcome this band back to the folk train after too long an absence playing their renditions of toe tapping, hand clapping Jewish traditional and celebratory tunes originating from Eastern Europe. A great evening of music and dance.

28th May: The Jodrellaires
The Jodrellaires, as their name implies, like space. In music this includes the clearwater harmonies of the Everly brothers, the transcendent shape note melodies of backwoods gospel, the stripped down frantic rhythms of 50's rock-a-billy and the Bo Diddley “shave-and-hair-cut-two bits” beat! Having formerly entertained folk trains as The Lonesome & Penniless Cowboys, The Cowboy Outfit and The Mudsharks, the Jodrellaires have the experience and the energy to rock that folk train like a pogo-ing pendolino!

25th June: Reckless Elbow
No year would be complete without our highly talented band from Liverpool combining self written songs and tunes with modern covers and traditional numbers from across the UK, Ireland and America. For anyone new to this band they are firmly based in the tradition of acoustic music, but their performance has modern elements and can include Blues, Jazz and Rock.

Easy Reference Calendar: February 2014 - March 2014

Manchester to Glossop Sheffield to Edale 'Edale Rambler' Manchester to Hathersage
26th March 24th March 11th April
23rd April 28th April 9th May
28th May 26th May 13th June
25th June 23th June
Buxton Line Folk Trains
13th June
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