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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.

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.

Old Hall Inn

11th July: George Borowski
This is his first ever Folk Train. He has been associated with artists like Meatloaf, Sad Café, The Water Boys and Radiohead. He exudes a rare combination of presence, performance and beautifully crafted words of art. Music with a message for all delivered with passion. His song writing combines Pop, Rock, power ballads and haunting lyrics. A rare chance to hear this unique singer/songwriter.

8th August: Shenanigans
An Irish Music trio playing for the first time on the Hathersage Folk Train, having played Glossop last August where they delighted the audience with their renditions, (on guitar, button box, mandolin, banjo and fiddle) of lively jigs, reels and lyrical ballads with humorous monologues thrown in for good measure. One not to be missed.
Because of EXTRA folk trains this month there will NOT be the usual folk train on 12th September (2nd Saturday of the month).

19th September: Summer Beer Festival
Reckless Elbow will be taking us to this year's festival at The Old Hall Inn at Chinley, with their talented combination of self-written songs, modern covers and traditional numbers from across the UK, Ireland and America. Their performance, though firmly based in the tradition of acoustic music, has modern elements and contains Blues, Jazz and Rock. They will also be playing during the afternoon at the festival.
Please note there will be no return folk train.

26th September: CAJUN SPECIALS
This Saturday there is a special 70th birthday Folk Train for a long standing follower, who is also a musician and member of Biggles War Time Band. Everyone welcome to join in with the celebrations as the CAJUN SPECIALS entertain us on the journey to Hathersage on the 1149 train and at The Little John Inn during the afternoon.
Please note there will be no return folk train.

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

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.

28th July: Feet First
A welcome return for the outstanding Feet First Appalachian clog dancers, based in Chesterfield, who gave us an admirable al fresco performance last year, plus some excellent musical sessions on the train.

25th August: Yorkshire Teabags Skiffle Band
Yorkshire Teabags are a 5 piece band playing everything from the Blues to the Beatles, especially their hero, Lonnie Donegan. They are appearing once again after an outstandingly entertaining performance in February 2013.

22nd September: Skiffle Show
This is their first appearance on the Sheffield Folk Train (after creating an impact on the Manchester Folk Train) for DH Lawrence & The Vaudeville Skiffle Show. They are described as; "...like a breath of fresh air in a crowded musical marketplace...with their subtle mix of traditional British Folk Music and Bluegrass, and an emphasis on witty Americana-flavoured lyrics"

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

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.

23rd July: Dom Collins
Dom has been away from the Folk Train for too long. This talented singer/songwriter will be delighting the audience once more with his comedic and observational self-penned numbers drawn from his lifetime experiences.

15th August: Glossop Summer Beer Festival
Saturday there will be an extra Folk Train to the festival. THE RAG TAG BAND will be playing on the 1246 to Glossop from Manchester Piccadilly and in the afternoon at the Glossop Labour Club. They will entertain everyone with a great mix of
Country, Blues, Celtic, Pop and Rock. Percussion is provided by the audience joining in with shakers or small percussion instruments. A fun filled afternoon of real ales and ciders www.kazantevents.co.uk.

27th August: Lazlo Baby
A wonderful way to spend a warm August night full of lively Balkan/Gypsy Folk music from this popular band. Look out for zombies and pirates.

24th September: Pastry Shoes
Returning to entertain us having made so many fans the first time with their crisp, golden and fun filled assortment of timeless, feel good Jazz, Swing and Pop favourites. Baked cheesy guitar and honeyed vocals drizzled with mellow saxophone.

Easy Reference Calendar: June 2015 - September 2015

Manchester to Glossop Sheffield to Edale 'Edale Rambler' Manchester to Hathersage
25th June 23th June 13th June
23rd July 28th July 11th July
15th August 25th August 8th August
27th August 22nd September 19th September
24th September Buxton Line Folk Trains 26th September
13th June
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