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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.

12th July: The Rag Tag Band
First time playing on the Hathersage 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.

Bernard Cromarty  

9th August: Bernard Cromarty
For regulars to the folk train Bernard will need no introduction. He currently and very successfully runs the Lymm Folk Club and is one of our popular solo singers and a talented multi instrumentalist who will keep everyone entertained with his repertoire of folk music.

13th September: Cross Keys Folk Club
Highly successful folk club hailing from The Cross Keys Inn in Saddleworth. Jim Schofield and friends from the club will come together to entertain us with a mix of traditional and contemporary folk music.

20th September - CHINLEY
Old Hall Inn Summer Beer Festival It's time for this great beer festival once again and this year Lazlo Baby will be entertaining everyone on the 1149 from Manchester Piccadilly and at the Old Hall Inn during the afternoon with their foot stomping Balkan/gypsy folk music with sprinklings of pirate and zombie. Don't miss this great day out. There will be no return folk train.

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 July: Feet First
Appalachian Dancers Feet First make there first programmed
appearance since July 2002. I'm delighted to welcome them back as we can expect a stirring al fresco performance as well as delightful music on the train.

Feet First
Appalachian Dancers

26 August: Treebeard
Treebeard is another group of performers we welcome back, having made a number of appearances over the years and become probably our most requested band. They perform a clever blend of originals & cover material, made all the more enjoyable by the friendly and fun loving attitude on stage.

23 September: Cocklebread
Making a charity appearance on behalf of St. Luke's Hospice, Cocklebread are making their first appearance on the Folk Train. They comprise a group of musicians from Sheffield Hallam University who specialise in charity appearances to great appreciation.

New Mills Folk Train

5 July - New Mills One World Festival
1249 from Piccadilly. Arrive 1316 New Mills Central.
Stockport Ukulele Band
Their first venture in train performances with some Ukulele classics followed by on stage performance at the famous one world festival with musical entertainment, food, drink and fun for everyone (free event).

27 September – New Mills Lantern Parade
1729 from Buxton. Arrive 1750 New Mills Newtown
Crimson Moons
The acoustic guitar duo entertaining you on your way to New Mills lantern parade where the band will entertain in the Rock tavern at the start of the parade where thousands walk through the Torrs on their way to a street festival with song, dance, food and mystery for everyone (free event).

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.

Reckless Elbow

24th July: The Mudsharks
This three piece band with a quality pedigree in the local music scene are Frank William of The Lonesome and Penniless Cowboys, The Happy Soul (Mark Simpson) and the dynamic Mark Seal. They mix Country, Gospel, Doo-Wop and 50's/60's pop with tight harmonies.

28th August: Shenanigans
First time on the folk train (although most of you will know Steve Fiddle from the Cajuns) are an Irish Music Trio with a variety of instruments Guitar, Button Box, Mandolin, Banjo and Fiddle playing lively jigs and reels, lyrical ballads and relating humorous monologues.

25th September: Reckless Elbow
Regular favourites on the folk trains, this highly talented band combine self written songs and tunes with modern covers and traditional numbers from across the UK, Ireland and America. Although firmly based in the tradition of acoustic music, their performance has modern elements and can include Blues, Jazz and Rock.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 July 22 July 12 July
28 August 26 August 9 August
25 September 23 September 13 September
  5 July (New Mills Folk Train) 20 September
  27 September (New Mills Folk Train)  
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