May 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 Downtrodden String Band

It was a shame that, like last year, Downtrodden String Band were short of a member (Steve instead of Trefor last year). Nevertheless, as usual,  we were treated with some highly entertaining Folk-Americana - string band music from the Appalachian Mountains with some fine harmony singing. We were also fortunate to have chosen the availability of Stuart who was about to go to the USA for a proportion of the year.


View the slideshow. (not necessarily functional!)

The next outing is on 23 May with String and Reeds

Another welcome return for Clare, Brian and Phil who play Scottish, Irish and English music for dancing - if there's room in the aisle! - on button accordion, piano accordion and fiddle, interspersed with some fine vocals. We might actually get an invitation to dance briefly outside 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