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 Train
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
Trains run from Manchester to Hathersage and Sheffield to Edale. (See below).
- Hathersage Folk Train
departs Manchester Piccadilly at 1149 calling at all stations
from Reddish North to Hathersage.
The band plays at the Little John Hotel,
Return on the 1432 train from Hathersage, calling
at all the same stations, except Strines, arriving at Manchester Piccadilly
9th January: The Rag Tag Band
Starting our year off with a great selection of Country, Folk,
Irish, Blues, Celtic, Pop and Rock. Join our first folk train of
2016 and enjoy a journey with a fantastic variety of music to listen
to or join in with. If you have any percussion instruments make sure
to bring them along.
13th February: The Deportees
Back to entertain us again are this
popular band from the Mid Cheshire Line music trains. They play guitars,
mandolin, mandocello, bouzouki, banjo, harmonica and melodeon and, as if
that's not enough, they sing wonderful harmonies to a mix of old and
recent songs from both sides of the Atlantic.
12th March: Pastry Shoes
Back again by popular request, this
trio will entertain everyone with music from the 40's to the present
day. Jazz, Swing and Pop played in their own special style of honeyed
vocals backed by smooth guitar and mellow saxophone. An afternoon of
great music with plenty to sing along to, so make sure you are in good
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.
26th January: Dogwood Rose
A welcome back for the band who, a year ago, encouraged the attendance
of an audience more substantial than in previous Januarys. They make
regular appearances around the city and in North Derbyshire.
Describing their music as Folk/Americana, they also include some
traditional English songs.
23rd February: Jack's Rake
Renowned for their vibrant mix of styles, they 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. A most impressive gathering.
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.
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.
28th January: Cross Keys Folk Club
We are starting our Glossop folk train this
year with one of our highly successful folk clubs hailing from The Cross
Keys Inn in Saddleworth. Jim Schofield and friends from the club will
turn out to entertain everyone with a mix of traditional and
contemporary folk music.
25th February: Geoff Higginbottom
A regular performer on the train and also at
The Crown Inn in Stockport, singing his own blend of local and classic
folk songs. His music is enjoyed by all fans of folk and popular music
alike and no folk train year would be complete without Geoff's
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.
Reference Calendar: January 2016 - March 2016
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