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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 mike.rose@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 1145 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 1532.

12 April: The Beech Band
Returning for their second visit to the Hathersage folk train from their home at the Snug of The Beech Inn, Chorlton. An informal gathering of musicians and singers performing mainly, but not exclusively, traditional folk songs, many with choruses. Squeeze boxes, banjos, guitars etc and a range of percussion, to entertain everyone.


10 May: 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.

14 June: DH Lawrence & The Vaudeville Skiffle Show
Brand new to the folk train all the way from Nottingham they describe themselves as a bunch of classically trained washboard & kazoo players. Hailing from the green hills and valleys of 'Lawrence County' and bringing a subtle mix of traditional British Folk Music and Bluegrass with an emphasis on witty Americana-flavoured lyrics. Reported as "...one of the most fun and unique acts in Nottingham.. always really entertaining.”

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 2128 train from Edale, calling at all stations to Sheffield, arriving there at 2203.


22 April: Jack's Rake
Renowned for their vibrant mix of styles, Jack's Rake 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.

27 May: Scuppered
Our old friends Scuppered perform material from a wide range of sources: traditional folk, 60's pop, contemporary folk, Country, Scottish dance and original material, with more than a smattering of the bands enthusiastic humour thrown in for good measure. “Probably the best Coal Aston based band in the world!”

24 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.

Buxton to New Mills Folk Train

Sunday 25 May: Gypsy Jazz
Special folk train for Beer Festival at Beehive.
12:27 from Buxton to Newtown
Gypsy Jazz : 1930's Paris meets modern day Derbyshire with a guitar duo in the style of the great Django Reinhart.
Band play on the train and then at the Beehive.
There is no designated return folk train.

Saturday 14 June: Crimson Moons
Special folk train for New Mills Carnival.
12:29 from Buxton to New Mills Newtown
Crimson Moons : Guitar vocal combo giving their own take on popular modern ballads.
Band play on the train and then at the Beehive which forms part of the route for the carnival.
There is no designated return folk train.

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 1848, calling at all stations except Ardwick to Glossop. The band play at Glossop Labour Club, Glossop before returning on the 2139 train from Glossop, calling at all the same stops, arriving at Manchester Piccadilly at 2212.

24 April: Geoff Higginbottom
Postponed from February, our regular and popular folk singer returns to give us his rendition of local and classic folk songs to delight everyone.

22 May: The RagTag Band
Another first time band to the Folk Train playing 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.

21 June - Saturday - Extra Folk Train to the Glossop Beer Festival
Jozeph Roberts and Friends (Jonathan Beech, Thor Brown, Mark Henderson) from the local folk scene will be playing on the 1246 from Manchester Piccadilly and at The Summer Beer festival at the Glossop Labour Club. They will be entertaining everyone with a mix of local, classic and self penned folk songs. There is no designated return folk train.

26 June: Espionage
This exceptional and popular duo from the Chester area will keep everyone entertained with their excellent mix of Blues, Country and Old Time music.

For further information on the Glossop Folk Trains, call 0161 494 9814.

Easy Reference Calendar: February 2014 - March 2014

Manchester to Glossop Sheffield to Edale 'Edale Rambler' Manchester to Hathersage
24 April 22 April 12 April
22 May 27 May 10 May
21 June 24 June 14 June
26 June  25 May (Buxton to New Mills)
  14 June (Buxton to New Mills)  
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