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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.

10th January: Pastry Shoes
A crispy, golden, fun-filled assortment of timeless and feel
good jazz, swing and pop favourites, baked cheesy guitar
and honeyed vocals and drizzled with mellow saxophone.
They delighted our Glossop folk train when they first
appeared. This is their first time on the Hathersage folk
train although some of you may recognise David and
Sarah from seeing them with The Cajuns and The Weavils.

Pastrey Shoes
Pastry Shoes

14th February: Full Circle Folk Club
Regular friends and favourites from a Manchester based Folk Club playing a varied mix of Blues, Folk, Irish and Country music, appealing to all tastes and lovers of acoustic music.

14th March: The Hillbilly Troupe
A band spanning five generations and encompassing many genres from these periods and more. A blend of Traditional, Folk and Irish music with a strong sense of history and tradition, the Hillbilly Troupe aim to get you
dancing, thinking and drinking all at the same time! Appearing on their first folk train, they seem to have just what it takes to keep everyone entertained.

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 Folk Chorale

23rd December: Sheffield Folk Chorale
At this, their busy period, we are privileged to have the highly respected Sheffield Folk Chorale for the Festive Season. Choirmaster Graham Pratt's arrangements and the Chorale's performance of unusual carols and Christmas songs will not fail to impress.

27th January: Dogwood Rose
Although only their second appearance on the Folk Train, Dogwood Rose make regular appearances around the city and in North Derbyshire. The group comprises the familiar Kiri on fiddle, who has appeared with another band, alongside vocalists/guitarists Judy and Mike. Describing their music as folk/Americana, they also include some traditional English songs.

24th February: Robin Garside and the Fiddle Socie
An entertainer in time honoured folk tradition; Robin plays guitar, fiddle, mandolin and banjo with great enthusiasm and gusto. He is accompanied by The Sheffield Traditional Fiddlers' Society, of which he is leader and musical arranger.

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.

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.

Nelson Peach

22nd January: The Rag Tag Band
They first played on the Glossop folk train last May and what a great night everyone had. The band play Country, Folk, Irish, Blues, Celtic, Pop and Rock. Come along for a fantastic journey of music to listen to or sing along. Percussion is left to the audience, so if you have shakers or small percussive instruments please bring them along.

26th February: Geoff Higginbottom
No folk train year would be complete without our great regular folk train favourite singing his own blend of local and classic folk songs, enjoyed by all fans of folk and popular music alike.

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.

Easy Reference Calendar: February 2014 - March 2014

Manchester to Glossop Sheffield to Edale 'Edale Rambler' Manchester to Hathersage
22nd January 23 December 10th January
26th February 27th January 14th February
26th March 24th February 14th March
24th March
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