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MID CHESHIRE LINE MUSIC TRAINS

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

We have just three more Music Trains to complete our tenth season – two of them on the same night in October. And we have been shortlisted for a national award.

Wednesday 6 September – Port Sunlight Seadogs on the Music Train from Chester to Plumley and at the Golden Pheasant

Port Sunlight Sea Dogs sing shanties and songs of the sea. Based in Merseyside, their music interests are steeped in Merseyside's proud traditions. These include Maritime, Folk, Irish and Merseybeat roots, choir and operatics, all stirred up in a pan full of Scouse humour. Liverpool features in many shanties, a reflection of the River Mersey’s historic global, maritime importance. Liverpool’s docks, its ships and owners, its streets, its men and women, are immortalised in shanties sung by sailors and performers of all nations across the world.

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 11 October – Marts ManJazz3 on the Music Train from Altrincham to Chester and Terry Burgin Blues Band at Alexanders

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are playing on both trains….three musicians from Mart Rodger’s Manchester Jazz....the jazz sounds of New Orleans, and Chicago….and British revivalist jazz of the 1940s and 1950s. 

The band at Alexanders will be the Terry Burgin Blues Band. Their music is essentially Delta and Chicago blues. They also play more recent music that fits this tradition, too. Most importantly, their music moves along in a style where the audience cannot help but tap their feet... and even join in.

You will need to book in advance. The £15 package deal of music at Alexanders 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 and return leaves Chester at 22:48).

Wednesday 11 October – Time Bandits on the Music Train from Chester to Plumley and at the Golden Pheasant

The Time Bandits, are a Chester-based folk band who came together for the first time in 2001. Their repertoire mixes Renaissance and early dance music with traditional folk tunes and songs and an increasing proportion of music written by themselves. They are equally at home playing for concerts and for dances. They are musical time travellers, ‘raiding and pilfering over 500 years of musical material for a modern audience’.

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).


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.

Shortlisted 

The programme of Music Trains on the Mid Cheshire Line has been shortlisted for an ACORP award (along with seven others) in the category ‘Best Community Engagement Event’. The ACORP awards are the national awards for community rail partnerships and their projects and are supported by all the rail companies. The winners will be announced on 5 October in Derby. Thank you all for your support over the years in helping us get this far.

More Music Train details

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

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