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
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
have the Glossop Folk Train, which entertains travellers on its journey
from Manchester to the historic town of Glossop.
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
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
|Hope Valley Line Folk
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
8th October: Nelson Peach
One of the most loved and respected folk bands on the local scene and
well known at clubs and festivals all over the area. 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. Their varied range of instrumental and vocal harmonies appeals to
all tastes and will no doubt earn them even more friends among new
Dr Butler's Hatstand Medicine Band
As the name suggests this is a group of friends who have recently got
together with years of experience on the folk and festival circuit. Some
of them will be instantly recognised by regular folk train fans. They
will entertain us with their mix of Traditional, Bluegrass, Folk and
Country music. Please note this is a
one-way folk train - please see information below.
10th December: Dr Butler's Hatstand Medicine Band
It was 10 years ago when this band first played on a folk train and
delighted our audience. They have since become one of our most popular
and well loved bands and are here to make our festive folk train rock
the rafters once more. Playing their own style of Jazz, Blues, Swing and
good time Rags from the 20's and 30's, there is no doubt that this is
one music event you will not want to miss this Christmas.
Please note this is a one-way folk train
- please see information below.
Because of the congestion at this time of
year we have decided to extend the December one way folk train into
November. As usual the train will leave Manchester Piccadilly at 1149
but there will be NO designated return folk train. The band instead will
be playing two sets of music at The Little John Hotel during the
afternoon and people can return to Manchester in their own time.
For up-to-date information on the Manchester Folk Trains, call 0161 494
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.
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.
October: Isembard's Wheel
The first appearance of this folk band based in Sheffield,
comprising an eclectic cast of wayfarers and bohemians collected in
the years since the band was begun in 2013 by Alexander Isembard. They
have partaken of festival stages, released an EP called Autumn in
Eden, and aim to take their act ever further afield with vividly
poetic lyrics, soaring choruses and a mighty big attitude.
22nd November: Albert's Skiffle Band
On their previous appearances on the Folk Train, Albert's Skiffle Band
impressed the audience and demonstrated that they were "arguably
Sheffield's leading skiffle exponents", so again we can expect another
really entertaining evening with the highlight being one of Albert's
20th December: Grenoside Carollers
Several pubs in the area are amongst those continuing Sheffield carol
traditions to the present day. Grenoside, however, is a more recent
revival, inspired by fiddle player Ray Ellison who has also
re-introduced the historical tradition of accompaniment by a string
quartet, plus the performance of Grenoside's unique, ancient
For the latest information
visit www.folktrain.org.uk, or contact Gerry on (0114) 266
Line Folk Train
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
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.
27th October: Jozeph Roberts and Friends.
Jozeph and other musical friends from Chorlton Folk Club will be
entertaining the audience with their mix of local, classic and self
penned songs. A true night of musical enjoyment which will appeal to all
lovers of Acoustic music.
24th November: Reckless Elbow
We could not draw to the end of our folk train year without having our
special friends from Liverpool joining us to entertain the crowds. This
highly talented band, a great favourite with everyone, combine self
written songs and tunes with modern covers and traditional numbers from
across the UK, Ireland and America. They are firmly based in the
tradition of Acoustic music but their performance has modern elements
which can include Blues, Jazz and Rock.
15th December: Eunice Bobcats - If the thought of
Christmas looming ever nearer drives you to the edge of reason, then
maybe you should come along and let your hair down and get your feet
dancing at our Christmas Cajun party. Music from the Louisiana
swamplands may not sound very festive, but the party atmosphere
certainly is and should be a definite date in your Christmas calendar.
Reference Calendar: June - September 2016
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