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MID CHESHIRE LINE MUSIC TRAINS

2019 Music Trains programme

In May we now have three Music Trains - on 14 May (Chester to Mobberley), 22 May (Altrincham to Chester) and 29 May (Chester to Plumley).

A new lunchtime Music Train – Tuesday 14 May – from Chester to the Railway Inn at Mobberley
We have been arranging lunchtime Music Trains for groups from Chester to Mobberley in the last couple of years. This one is open to everyone. At the Railway Inn we have the back room to ourselves and a menu of soup or sandwiches or an excellent two-course lunch. These trips are as enjoyable as the evening Music Trains to Plumley but with a different atmosphere in a smaller village pub – just 200 yards from the station.

The Music Train leaves Chester at 11:02... return leaves Mobberley at 14:20. The music on the train and at the pub is by the Terry Burgin Blues Band. Their music is essentially Delta and Chicago blues. They also play more recent music that fits this tradition so that they can provide a mix of old and newer. Most importantly, their music moves along in a style where the audience cannot help but tap their feet... and even join in.

If you are interested, please let me know and I will give you more details. You don’t have to get on at Chester – like the evening Music Trains you can get on at any station along the Mid Cheshire Line up to and including Knutsford. However, because space is limited at the pub you do need to let me know in advance that you are coming and book your food with them in advance – I’ll give you details. 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.

Wednesday 22 May – Herding Catz on the Music Train from Altrincham to Chester and Dave Roberts Jazz Quartet at Alexanders
Herding Catz … ‘a vibrant four piece Blues Rock band from Buxton’... are playing on both trains. A mix of classic blues and rock, played with a drive and energy that is bred from their love of the music. Rock the night away to tracks by Cooder, Hendrix, Clapton and many others. A great night of high-octane blues! The band at Alexanders will be the Dave Roberts Jazz Quartet... a mainstream/modern jazz quartet…. with a huge repertoire of jazz standards… accessible, swinging jazz.

You will need to book in advance. The £16 package deal of music at Alexanders and food also includes taxis to and from the station at Chester. You need to book at www.alexanderslive.com  (You can find and book the Music Trains under ‘Tickets’). On Music Train nights it’s bangers'n mash with peas and gravy. You'll need a train ticket as well. (Music Train leaves Altrincham at 18:36 and return leaves Chester at 22:52).

Wednesday 29 May – Deportees on the Music Train from Chester to Plumley and at the Golden Pheasant
Deportees are Graham Bellinger, Mick Green and Adrian Dear... playing 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.

No need to book for this Music Train – just get into the rear carriage. 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. (Music Train leaves Chester at 19:00 and return leaves Plumley for Chester at 22:29).

Our future Music Trains include:

2019 Music trains from Chester
Friday 21 June – to the Angel in Knutsford with Nelson Peach
Wednesday 10 July - to the Golden Pheasant at Plumley with Pastry Shoes
Wednesday 7 August – to the Golden Pheasant at Plumley with Terry Burgin Blues Band
Wednesday 4 September - to the Golden Pheasant at Plumley with Port Sunlight Sea Dogs
Wednesday 2 October - to the Golden Pheasant at Plumley with the Time Bandits

2019 Music Trains from Altrincham to Chester
Wednesday 3 July – to Alexanders with jazz from Loose Change Buskers on the train and Terry Burgin Blues Band at Alexanders
Wednesday 11 September – to Alexanders with jazz from Marts ManJazz3 on the train and the Deportees at Alexanders

(You need to book the combination package of taxis to and from the station plus sausage’n mash at Alexanders through www.alexanderslive.com).

Groups on Music Trains
Groups are very welcome to join the Music Trains.

If you plan to bring a group of 10 or more people on a Music Train from Chester to Plumley, please contact me in advance about your plans so that we can agree a date or dates. That way we can avoid having too many groups on one evening as well as the many people who come as individuals or in smaller groups – who can just turn up at a station on the night.

If you plan to bring a group on the Music Trains from Altrincham to Alexanders in Chester then just go ahead and book online with Alexanders. There is a maximum of 45 places available.

We are happy to arrange extra Music Trains for groups of 30 or more people on weekdays - five are arranged already. They can be in the daytime or in the evening. In the daytime we mostly go to the Railway Inn at Mobberley. The costs are the train ticket and a contribution to the band’s fee – there is no extra charge for arranging the Music Train. Contact me to discuss arrangements and possible dates. It might also be possible to arrange a group Music Train by combining two groups, if between them they can bring 30 or more people.

More Music Train details
Watch this website for further details or contact musictrains@midcheshirerail.org.uk  for more information or to sign up to the Music Trains newsletter.

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