September 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, but not this month which is more useful for it to be on the 29th, Departing from Sheffield (platform 5A, south end - please do check!) at 1914 (7:14pm) and returning on the 2129 (9:29pm) from Edale.

Outlook Express
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Last month Treebeard

Despite my worry that the change of Tuesday in August might lead to a diminished audience, I was very wrong. The audience was, in fact, one of the largest of all time. The presentation at The Rambler was undertaken outside the puband the available seats were so occupied that there was still quite a few people standing around to witness the band's performance. Throughout the evening Treebeard, who were early regular favourites who performed usually "a clever blend of originals and cover material, made all the more enjoyable by the friendly and fun loving attitude on stage"., commanded high respect and delight for those in the audience again.

View the slideshow. (not necessarily functional!)

The next outing is on 26 September with Yorkshire Tea Bags Skiffle Band.

Last time we were very grateful that they had recovered from an awkward situation they had suffered previously and had been able to restore themselves to being ready for selection, so we can be grateful again. I can say without doubt that you will be really appreciative and very responsive when the band encourages your participation.

 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
4 September 2017