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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.

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.

Dr Butlers Hatstand Medicine Band

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.

10th October: Shake The Roots

Making their annual appearance on the folk train and a constant delight to the audiences with their eclectic mix of Bluegrass, Folk, Blues and Rock 'n' Roll. Unmissable performance.

14th November: Jozeph Roberts and Friends
The Manchester folk scene will be entertaining everyone with their mix of local, classic and self-penned music and songs. A great day out for all folk and music lovers.

12th December: Dr Butler’s Hatstand Medicine Band
Celebrate the Christmas season with this popular and much loved Manchester band playing us out of 2015 with Jazz, Blues, Swing and good time Rags from the 20's and 30's. Definitely the best way to get you into the Christmas mood. Because of congestion on the trains at this time of year, arrangements have been altered for this event. The train will leave Manchester Piccadilly at 1149 but there will be NO designated return folk train. The band will play two sets at The Little John Hotel, finishing in time for you to catch the 1432 or the 1532 back to Manchester.

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.


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"

27th October: Backyard Buskers
A first appearance on the folk train, they will play Americana - Old-time, Blues, Rock n Roll and contemporary Folk. The line-up is 3 vocals with harmonies, guitar, banjo, mandolin, dulcimer and harmonica. Sublime harmonies, outstanding musicianship and a quirky stage presence.

24th November: Cocklebread
Cocklebread make their second appearance on the folk train. The idea is to raise money on behalf of Oxfam, under the direction of Oxjam, the charity festival organisation. Cocklebread comprise a group of musicians, from Sheffield Hallam University, who specialise in charity appearances.

22nd December: Scuppered
Long time favourites who have performed at our previous festive season events. They perform material from varous sources: traditional Folk, 60s Pop, contemporary Folk, Country, Scottish dance
and original material, all with enthusiastic humour.

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.


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.

17th October: Glossop Oktoberfest
Saturday, there will be an extra folk train to the beer festival. THE HILLBILLY TROUPE will play the 1246 to Glossop from Manchester Piccadilly, then the Glossop Labour Club. They played their first folk train in March and made lots of fans with their blend of Traditional, Folk and Irish music. They want you dancing, thinking and drinking. Festival info: www.kazantevents.co.uk.  There will be no designated return folk train. Regular half hourly service to Manchester to 1930, then hourly to 2230.

22nd October: Shenanigans
Returning to Glossop, having delighted us last year, this Irish trio will entertain with renditions on guitar, button box, mandolin, banjo and fiddle of lively jigs, reels, lyrical ballads and humorous monologues thrown in for good measure.

26th November: BeetRootJam
Mal Gibson (voice/guitar/harmonica) and Dave Luvin (double bass) are two thirds of BeetRootJam. They play an eclectic mix of original compositions with influences from many musical styles; Ragtime, Blues and Country, Rock, Folk and Americana. A stripped down set with acoustic guitar, harmonica and acoustic double bass.

17th December: Eunice Bobcats
These Cajun musicians will play us into the festivities with the emblematic music of Louisiana - rooted in the ballads of the French-speaking Acadians of Canada. This is a great Christmas party - be there.

Easy Reference Calendar: June 2015 - September 2015

Manchester to Glossop Sheffield to Edale 'Edale Rambler' Manchester to Hathersage
24th September 22nd September 19th September
17th October 27th October 26th September
22nd October 24th November 10th October
26th November 22nd December 14th November
17th December   12th December
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