July 2017


The Folk Train is sponsored by The Rambler Country Hotel, Edale, High Peak and Hope Valley Community Rail Partnership (HPHVCRP), and Northern Rail. Performers are organised by Gerry Bates of The South Riding Folk Arts Network.

The Folk Train runs on the fourth Tuesday of each month (not necessarily the last Tuesday!), departing from Sheffield (platform 5A, south end - please do check!) at 1914 (7:14pm) and returning on the 2129 (9:29pm) from Edale.

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Last month Sheffield City Morris

Fortunately, unlike last year, Sheffield City Morris Men were not forced by rain to have to dance inside The Rambler and the audience gratefully occupied the picnic tables outside to view the entertainment by the morris team as well as the team' friends the Sheffield Celebrated Clog Dancers.

As usual, the response of the audience to all our presentations confirmed a very positive response to the entertainment provided in terms of music, song and dance. It was also welcome, of course, that the reasonable weather was greeting the start of summer.


View the slideshow. (not necessarily functional!)

The next outing is on 26 July with Feet First

A very welcome return for the outstanding Feet First Appalachian clog dancers, based in Chesterfield, who have given us admirable al fresco performances over recent years, along with some excellent musical sessions on the train. This time we really must keep our fingers crossed for decent weather again this year, to be able to enjoy their thrilling performance outside The Rambler at Edale. Bearing in mind this year's worse weather conditions we must be aware of the possibility, as in the case of Sheffield City Morris, of having to enjoy their dancing inside The Rambler.

See their website.


Folk Train guidelines:-

Revenue Protection
On occasion Northern Rail's revenue protection team has made a platform ticket check, so bear in mind these simple guidelines:
  • Don't come at the last minute
  • Buy your ticket at the ticket office - or in advance from Northern Rail.


********* Folk Train Etiquette *********

During performances on the train or in the pub
  • please refrain from talking loudly it spoils the enjoyment of others
  • in the pub, try to limit your trips to the bar, etc, to the intervals between musical items.



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See you on the Folk Train

Gerry Bates
12 April 2017