12th March 2013

Tuesday 12 March - Chester to Plumley – Evening.

The SteamHead Band on the train and at the Golden Pheasant

The SteamHead Band performs a sizzling variety of music that hums with enthusiastic energy. With a line up of clarinet, saxophone, banjo, tuba, percussion and vocals, SteamHead bursts headstrong into a fusion of Jazz, Latin, Folk, Calypso and more, interpreted in their own original style. They love to play, entertain and interact with their audience with flexibility and theatrical freedom. What people have said about SteamHead : "…… they are so hot, I immediately turned into an eclectic fan …...”, "…… they have a fantastic musical ear and share it so well ...…”, “ a boisterous brew of entertaining tunes and audience participation”.

The Music Train leaves Chester at 19:07; return leaves Plumley at 22:03.


In April we have a provisional date of Wednesday 17 April for our first evening Music Train to Alexanders in Chester and a confirmed date, Wednesday 24 April, for our next evening music train to the Golden Pheasant at Plumley.  It’s the ‘Chester Folk Festival’ music train, a regular feature of our programme, promoting this popular annual event on the Spring Bank Holiday weekend at Kelsall from 24th to 27 May.  See www.chesterfolk.org.uk   Full House, Time Bandits and Roy Clinging will be playing and singing on the train and at the pub.

May to October 

We’re planning the rest of our programme now and will send out details in March.  We will have monthly evening music trains to Plumley plus three more to Alexanders in Chester and three daytime music trains from Chester to the Greyhound at Ashley.



Following the success of the popular Music Trains in 2012, regular Music Trains are returning in 2013

The Programme - Come and join us on one of our Music Trains in 2013, starting in March. We will have daytime trains from Chester to Ashley, evening trains from Altrincham to Chester for Jazz at Alexanders, and evening trains from Chester to Plumley.

The Train - music trains are arranged by the Mid Cheshire Community Rail Partnership. The music train uses one of the Mid Cheshire Line’s regular hourly services to Manchester, operated by Northern Rail, which stops at all stations.

How it works - the band plays on the train we take over a carriage. At our destination everyone alights to visit the pub for drinks and good food – and there is a further session from the band. There is no charge for the event - just the price of your ordinary train ticket. There will be a collection for the musicians. You can buy train tickets from staffed stations or from the conductor on the train - you can pay with a credit or debit card.

Extra music trains - as well as operating the public programme of music trains we may be able to arrange a ‘special’ for a group of 35 or more – contact the music trains organiser to discuss the possibilities at musictrains@midcheshirerail.org.uk.

More details on the Music Trains section of the Community Rail Partnership website www.midcheshirerail.org.uk. You can also join our mailing list for regular news about events on the Line or contact our music trains organiser at musictrains@midcheshirerail.org.uk

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