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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.

9th April: Full Circle Folk Club
Regular friends and favourites from a Manchester based folk club entertaining everyone with a varied mix of Blues, Folk, Irish and Country music, appealing to all tastes and lovers of acoustic music.

Geoff Higginbottom
14th May: Geoff Higginbottom
No need to introduce Geoff to our regular folk train followers but anyone new to the folk train experience will be in for a treat with a regular favourite solo artist, enjoyed by all fans of folk and popular music alike, singing his blend of local and classic folk songs.

11th June: DH Lawrence And The Vaudeville Skiffle Show
Returning for their second visit to the folk train, this band hail from Nottingham and describe themselves as a bunch of classically trained washboard and kazoo players. Bringing a subtle mix of traditional British Folk Music and Bluegrass with an emphasis on witty Americano flavoured lyrics.

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

22nd March: Crazy Heart
Their second appearance, after admirably stepping in at the last minute to replace a disabled band in October 2014. They were very welcome for what turned out to be the magnificent and stirring qualities of their performance, giving a most outstanding evening of vocal and instrumental presentations, with guitar, bass, banjo, ukeleles, flute, whistle and percussion.

26th April: Downtrodden String Band
Welcome to our 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.

24th May: Strings and Reeds
Another welcome return for Clare, Brian and Phil who play Scottish, Irish and English music for dancing - if there's room in the aisle! - on button accordion, piano accordion and fiddle, interspersed with some fine vocals.

28th June: Sheffield City Morris
Their annual appearance occurs again and we can once more enjoy an al fresco performance of highly entertaining music, dance and song from our regular heralds of the summer and their guests. Fingers crossed for a bright evening.

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.

Acoustic Collective
24th March: Nelson Peach
They have been described as one of the most engaging combos to emerge from the local folk circuit in recent years. Their material is drawn mainly from the rich heritage of the British Isles but they also mix in some contemporary folk songs and American versions of traditional songs. They produce sensitive arrangements, making good use of a range of instruments for accompaniment and enhancing songs with two and three part vocal harmonies. Always enjoyed by our folk train audiences.

28th April: Klezmer Collective
A night of toe tapping, hand clapping music and dance with this much loved band playing their renditions of Jewish and Eastern European traditional and celebratory tunes.

26th May: Acoustic Collective
A group of friends with years of experience on the folk and festival circuit who will delight the audience with their mix of traditional, contemporary and self penned numbers.

23rd June: Peter Von Toy
is quite a curiosity. After playing in rock and metal bands professionally for 10 years, he decided to go back to writing songs in it's most simple form, just by picking up an acoustic guitar as a solo artist. Another odd feature, his distinctive mix of rock blues and folk can only be heard live. That's right his music is nowhere to be found anywhere online, on cd or any other format. A unique pioneer approach that aims to put human interaction back in the center spot of an industry that has gone wrong. How did we hear about him? Quite simply, we saw him playing live in Manchester in 2015 and booked him, we hope to see many of you to enjoy the tales of this unique artist in the unique context of the Folk Train.

Buxton Line Folk Trains

Hosted by Oysterband, the cream of English folk gather in the handsome spa town of Buxton in the heart of the glorious Peak District for The Big Session festival.

Saturday 30th April: Special Folk Train
Catch the 1149 train from Manchester Piccadilly, calling at all stations to Buxton apart from Dove Holes, to hear live music by Espionage on your journey. This exceptional duo from the Chester area will keep passengers entertained all the way to Buxton with their eclectic mix of Folk, Blues, Country and Old Time music.

11th June: Stockport Ukulele Players
Catch the 1229 train from Buxton to New Mills Newtown to watch the New Mills Carnival Parade; then visit the fairground and market stalls on the recreation ground. Returning by popular demand, the Stockport Ukulele Players will once again entertain passengers all the way from Buxton.

Easy Reference Calendar: March - June 2016

Manchester to Glossop Sheffield to 'Edale Rambler' Manchester to Hathersage
28th April 22nd March 24th March
26th May 26th April 9th April
23rd June 24th May 14th May
  28th June 11th June
Buxton Line Folk Trains
29th April - 1st May
11th June    
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