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MID CHESHIRE LINE MUSIC TRAINS

2019 Music Trains programme

The Mid Cheshire Line Music Trains for 2019 have been annouced running from April to October.

New bands as well as returning regulars and a new venue – in Knutsford - as part of Knutsford Music Festival.

We start from Chester to the Golden Pheasant at Plumley on Wednesday 24 April to promote Chester Folk Festival.

On Wednesday 22 May we will have a Music Train from Altrincham to Alexanders in Chester with Herding Catz and the Dave Roberts Quartet.

On Wednesday 29 May we will have another Chester to Plumley Music Train with the Deportees.

Wednesday 24 April - Chester to Plumley and at the Golden Pheasant
Three bands - Time Bandits, Steerage Class and Full House are playing and singing on the Music Train from Chester and at the Golden Pheasant pub in Plumley. They are promoting Chester Folk Festival (www.chesterfolk.org.uk) - to be held at Kelsall from Friday 24 May to Monday 27 May. Time Bandits play Anglo-European folk and renaissance dance music for concerts and ceilidhs. Full House play a mixture of traditional, contemporary and self-written material on guitar and octave mandola. Steerage Class have a lively repertoire of sea shanties and folk songs.

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. At Chester you need to buy your ticket from the station ticket office or the ticket machine. At stations with ticket machines you should use those - if they sell the ticket you need (they don’t issue DUOs). Otherwise buy your ticket from the conductor on the train. No need to book – just get into the rear carriage. (Music Train leaves Chester at 19:01 and return leaves Plumley for Chester at 22:29).

2019 Music trains from Chester
Wednesday 29 May – to the Golden Pheasant at Plumley with the Deportees
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 22 May – to Alexanders with blues from Herding Catz on the train and Dave Roberts Jazz Quartet at Alexanders
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 the Alexanders website alexanderslive.com ).

Train times
Last year was a difficult year for train reliability for a variety of reasons, including changes to the train timetable in May. This year no significant timetable changes are planned although details for the period after 19 May have not yet been published. Details of the new timetables will be made available on this website as soon as they are know.

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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