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  • Homeward bound on a Mid Cheshire Line Music Train

MID CHESHIRE LINE MUSIC TRAINS

Announcing our tenth year of Music Trains on the Mid Cheshire Line ....

Our season started well with the Chester Folk Festival Music Train in April. With three bands and more than seventy passengers on the train we filled both carriages with a band playing in each of them. And there was plenty more music from Full House, Steerage Class and Time Bandits in the refurbished Golden Pheasant. We ended at Chester Station with the front carriage ‘Rolling Home’ and the rear carriage singing ‘Good Night Irene’. 

The programme for 2017 is now arranged. As well as six more Music Trains from Chester to Plumley and three from Altrincham to Chester we are also arranging eight for groups.

Wednesday 24 May – Deportees on the Music Train from Chester to Plumley and at the Golden Pheasant

The Deportees are Graham Bellinger, Mick Green and Adrian Dear. They play guitars, mandolin, mandocello, bouzouki and banjo as well as harmonica and melodeon. Most of all the Deportees sing - three voices finding unexpected harmonies in a mix of old and recent songs from both sides of the Atlantic, some written by themselves, others by their heroes - like Woody Guthrie, Richard Thompson, Hank Williams, John Martyn, Bob Dylan, Guy Clark, Robert Johnson, Buddy Holly, Tom Waits and good old Trad Arr. You'll hear songs to join in with, songs to make you think, songs to move you and songs to get you moving.

There is no charge for the Music Train, though there is a collection on the way back for the band and you will need a train ticket which you can buy from the conductor – except at Chester where you must buy your ticket from the station ticket office or the ticket machine before boarding the train. No need to book – just get into the rear carriage. (Music Train leaves Chester at 19:04 and return leaves Plumley for Chester at 22:08).

Wednesday 14 June – Loose Change Buskers on the Music Train from Altrincham to Chester and Terry Burgin Blues Band at Alexanders

Loose Change Buskers are a group of volunteers who perform and collect for charity. They sing, dance and play a lively set of classic tracks ranging from ‘Brown Eyed Girl’ to ‘Country Road’. Loose Change Buskers have become a familiar part of local events such as the Greater Manchester Marathon, as well as performing their own impromptu gigs on the streets of Altrincham, Hale and beyond. The charity band started by two Altrincham musicians in 2010, has now raised over £350,000 collecting for Cancer Research UK.

You will need to book in advance. The package deal of music and food also includes taxis to and from the station at Chester. You need to book in advance at www.alexanderslive.com. (You can find and book the Music Trains under ‘Tickets’). On Music Train nights it’s bangers'n mash with sausages, peas and gravy. You'll need a train ticket as well. (Music Train leaves Altrincham at 18:46, return leaves Chester at 22:48).


Wednesday 14 June – Nelson Peach on the Music Train from Chester to Plumley and at the Golden Pheasant

Nelson Peach are Lesley Nelson, Richard Nelson and Richard Peach. They play flute, whistles, cittern, guitar, mandolin, violin and banjo. “The basis of our music is English Traditional, though we mix in contemporary folk and pop, and also some American versions of traditional songs”. Instrumental arrangements are lively and songs often complemented by two and three part harmonies. And Thelwall Morris Men will be performing at the Golden Pheasant as well!


Music Train Programme in full - all on Wednesdays

Chester to the Golden Pheasant at Plumley

24 May                Deportees

14 June               Nelson Peach

12 July                 Mossley Hill Grasshoppers

2 August              Espionage

6 September        Port Sunlight Sea Dogs

11 October           Time Bandits


Altrincham to Alexanders in Chester

14 June                Loose Change Buskers on the Music Train and Terry Burgin Blues Band
                            at Alexanders

16 August            Murray Quartet on the Music Train and Dave Roberts Quartet at Alexanders

11 October           Marts ManJazz3 on the Music Train and Terry Burgin Blues Band at Alexanders


Groups

If you plan to bring a group of ten or more people on a Chester to Plumley Music Train please contact me in advance so that I can warn you if I know there will be other groups that night and it might be crowded. For Altrincham to Chester just go ahead and book – the website will only take 44 bookings.

Booking a table at the Golden Pheasant

At the Golden Pheasant the music is in the bar area where there is plenty of seating and food is served. The Golden Pheasant reserves those tables for Music Train customers as a whole but does not take bookings for them. Just choose a seat when you arrive. It is possible to book a table at the Golden Pheasant online in advance. However, it will be in the restaurant area so you will not here the music very well.


More Music Train details

Watch this website for further details or contact musictrains@midcheshirerail.org.uk

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