January 2018


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.

Outlook Express
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Last month Scuppered

These Folk Train old timers have taken on the Festive Season Folk Train on a number of previous occasions, being a week earlier than normal, and they have once again been of great value. As before they performed material from a wide range of sources, traditional folk, 60's pop, contemporary folk, Country and Scottish Dance.
You will not be unnoticed that they're probably the best Coal Aston based band in the World!

View the slideshow. (not necessarily functional!)

The next outing is on 23 January with Dogwood Rose.
They have now appeared in sequence several times in January over the last few years.  Despite the growing Folk Train attendance in other months, January had previously been subject to less dense audiences but, after a couple of Dogwood Rose's appearances, it has subsequently been drawing a moderately large audience. So, a welcome back for the band.


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
2 January 2018