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
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
have the Glossop Folk Train, which entertains travellers on its journey
from Manchester to the historic town of Glossop.
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
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
Hope Valley Line Folk Train
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
Trains run from Manchester to Hathersage and Sheffield to Edale. (See below).
- Hathersage Folk 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
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
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.
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.
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
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.
Line Folk Train
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
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.
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
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.
Reference Calendar: February 2014 - March 2014
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