November 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 usually 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 Isembard's Wheel

This was the second appearance of the folk band based in Sheffield, regarded as 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 on festival stages, released an EP called Autumn in Eden, and aim to take their act even further afield. This event unfortunately finished with the lack of a return train to Sheffield and we travelled by some buses and I wasn't able to.give them their subscriptions on time.

View the slideshow. (not necessarily functional!)

The next outing is on 28 November with Cocklebread.
They make a further appearance on the Folk Train, again for a charity purpose. As before, the money which would normally go to the band, will be presented to the charity collectors, previously having been well summed.
They comprise a group of musicians, from Sheffield Hallam University, who specialise in charity appearances to greatly deserved appreciation.


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
1 November 2017