Music and Entertainment...
This page will be updated as and when attractions, events and acts are confirmed. Please keep visiting this page for up-to-date information.
Although the management will do its best to ensure all the acts perform as agreed, the management cannot accept responsibility for late cancellation or alteration of performance times and reserves the right to change the acts featured without prior notice.
Thursday 18th May 2017
12noon-11pm, Advance ticket £5.00, on the gate £5.00
VIP Rail Ale Lunch
We are offering a VIP experience alongside the Trade Session with fine dining and beers to compliment. Tables are selling fast so book now. Featuring guest speaker Keith Bott MBE of Titanic Brewery. Tables can be booked at a cost of £600 for 10 guests. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Please note - there will be no steam train rides.
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Thursday 18th May 2017 - Trade Session
An opportunity to meet other brewers, publicans and suppliers to the trade in the unique atmosphere of the Rail Ale Festival. Applications for trade session tickets should be emailed to email@example.com.
If you would enjoy a chance to judge some of our competition beers please indicate this in your email. We would value your judgement and hope you will consider joining a panel.
Friday 19th May 2017
12noon-11pm, Advance ticket £7.00, on the gate £9.00
Café Bar Marquee:
New Orleans Heat Jazz Band www.neworleansheat.co.uk
- 1.30 Shaun Byrne www.facebook.com/fabmanband
Chesterfield based singer-songwriter and one third of Flint ‘More & Byrne, Shaun will be hosting and stage managing the music at this year’s Festival. He kicks off the entertainment programme with his easy listening set of covers and originals.
- 2.00 Terry Faulkner Duo https://www.facebook.com/profile
Just a lone wandering minstrel frequenting, open mics and sessions wherever they may be. Singing acapella but frequently accompanied by Bodhran (Irish drum). Irish folk is the main theme of his repertoire but he also sings songs of miners, travelling people, convicts, war and of course love, all sung with great passion and feeling, a little bit different from the norm and a fantastic treat of smooth and powerful vocals.
- 2.30 Matt Meakin
Local youngster Matt started performing at open mic nights and has progressed to running them. He’s got a cracking voice and puts his acoustic stamp on tunes old and new.
- 3.00 Kevin & Jill https://www.facebook.com/kevin.maltby?fref=ts
Welcome to the beautiful world of Pancake Boy & Miss Shapen, aka Kevin & Jill. A boy girl duo of mature years performing acoustic tunes past and present with a jazzy, sultry musical twist. Enjoy with a quality beer!
- 3.40 Dokka https://www.facebook.com/weareDOKKA/?fref=ts
Dokka are a young duo born in the Peaks and raised in Leeds. Working together providing intimate harmonies sure to leave you feeling sweet! From classics to originals, an acoustic act to cater for all.
- 4.15 Lily Gaskell https://www.facebook.com/LilyGaskell/?fref=ts
Returning to the Rail Ale Festival, Lily plays a mix of covers and originals. Described as acoustic folk punk, she plays well known classics to sing along to with a beer in hand.
- 5.10 Adam Parrish https://www.facebook.com/adam.parrish.90
Young keyboard genius, composer and prog rock fan who counts Rick Wakeman as one of his biggest influences.
- 5.40 Shaun Byrne
Returns to round off the afternoon music session with a few more covers and original songs.
- 7.00 Flint ‘More & Byrne https://www.facebook.com/fabmanband/?fref=ts
Top acoustic band blending their voices and guitars in perfect harmony. Think Eagles, Beatles, Crosby Stills & Nash and more, then add Ed Sheeran and Jason Mraz. A great mix of acoustic delights, styles and genres to ease into Friday night.
- 8.15 Danny Smart Band https://www.facebook.com/dannysmartmusic/?fref=ts
The Danny Smart Band are an eclectic up beat trio from South Yorkshire. Performing Danny's own songs and a wide variety of covers they are guaranteed to get the crowd rocking whatever the occasion! They were fantastic last year and make a welcome return.
- 9.30 The Beer Monsters https://www.facebook.com/TheBeerMonsters/?fref=ts
If you've seen The Beer Monsters at beer festivals before you'll no doubt be smiling at the prospect of seeing them in a familiar setting. If not, watch out for a wide variety of classic rock, cheesy rocked up pop, party tunes and maybe the odd curveball thrown in. Keep a firm hold on your beer, we'd hate you to spill any!
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Saturday 20th May 2017
12noon-11pm, Advance ticket £7.00, on the gate £9.00
Café Bar Marquee:
Ashover Brass Band www.ashoverband.com
- 1.30 Al Rate https://www.facebook.com/miskhills.mountainrambleriii
Misk Hills Mountain Rambler III: lead singer at DH Lawrence & The Vaudeville Skiffle Show, absurdist musical storyteller and Bagthorpe's only cycling folk heretic/protest singer: Folk n' Americana music from the woods. Traditional songs with a twist and self-penned songs of local folklore plus the occasional train song! Never bland.
- 1.55 King of Rome https://www.facebook.com/kingofromemusic
A Nottinghamshire based 3 piece named after the famous Derby racing pigeon and inspired by the song of the same name. A well-established combo playing folk, Americana, country, a few originals and with a dash of Irish thrown in for good measure. King of Rome (Ian Clegg on guitar, mandocello, mandolin; Martin Carey on guitar/zouk and vox and Pete Heron on double bass) are really looking forward to playing Rail Ale 2017 and soaking up the brilliant atmosphere!
- 2.20 Andy White & Steve Chase
Andy was a teenage ‘folk sensation’, having toured and opened up with many great British revivalists including Bert Jansch and Tony Capstick. He loves Beat & Bass, country and acoustic guitars. In recent years he’s worked with Tommy Emmanuel at ‘Tommyfest'. He loves his pedal board and will be smashing some tunes finger-style in his set with Steve Chase. Steve is probably best known as half of The Best of Friends Country Duo with his mate Middy More. He also appears as Mr Neil-Le-Diamond in a tribute show that he performs solo or with Andy as the Solitary Men. Best listened to whist holding a glass of porter but equally as good with a good strength beer of any kind; even goes down well with cider or prosecco.
- 2.55 Matt Taylor https://www.facebook.com/matthew.taylor.1690
With acoustic guitar in hand, Matt does battle with a range of popular rock, pop and blues tunes from across the ages for your enjoyment. With many years of banding experience with Some Kinda Mushroom (or SKM), Matt has decided to strike out and go it alone with a selection of his favourite songs.
- 3.20 The Rogue Embers https://www.facebook.com/TheRogueEmbers
After playing a solo spot at last year’s Festival, Katy Marsden returns with a new band. The Rogue Embers are a 4 piece country & blues band with Katy (guitar & vox), Danny Wyer (guitar & vox), Josh Barrow (drums) and Marina Slonova (fiddle). Since forming they have been smashing the music scene with original songs and covers you’ll know all with their own added twist. Smashing harmonies, hard hitting melodies with rock undertones are coming your way. Keep an eye out for the EP being released in the summer!
- 4.00 The Cassettes https://www.facebook.com/dannicassettes
Popsters…a five piece band offering up pop classics to get your feet tapping and have you singing along.
- 4.40 Access SOUL Areas https://www.facebook.com/LisaEvertonUK
A popular Nottingham-based duo bringing you the very best of soul, Motown, reggae, jazz and blues. Female vocalist with a soulful Amy Winehouse style and male guitarist with a slick rhythm and bass twist... all in all a cool classy act with great vibes that will certainly get you grooving and singing along.
- 5.20 The Shaydes https://www.facebook.com/The-Shaydes-131630703545889/?fref=ts
Dynamic vocal group Shaydes specialises in ‘rock-apella’: they are festival corporate event and pop-up vocal event specialists. They put their very own stamp on Motown, soul, reggae, blues, R&B, Elvis and classic pop. No doubt they’ll be in amongst the crowd for some participation on-mic!
- 7.00 The Dukes of Pork https://www.facebook.com/thedukesofpork
Classic pop and rock covers band with tight rhythm section and guitars. These lads enjoy a laugh and a decent tune and are sure to get us suitably in the mood for more pop, rock, soul and beyond.
- 8.15 3 Piece Thing https://www.facebook.com/3PieceThing
3 Piece Thing are an electric trio playing a range of high-energy covers from classic rock to 90s dance - with the odd current hit thrown in. Dancing boots required.
- 9.30 Highway Child https://www.facebook.com/HighwayChildBand
An energetic piece soul and blues review band from Sheffield. The band were formed in 2004 and over the subsequent 13 years have become a main stay of the Yorkshire music scene, playing many festivals and gigs across the region and the UK. A band not to be missed if you love soul, funk, blues and having a good time. Boasting a classic rhythm section and a four-piece brass ensemble, the band’s sound is as big and as polished as the songs they play. With an extensive repertoire of classic songs from artists such as Otis Redding, Wilson Pickett, Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles and James Brown to mention but a few, Highway Child will get you dancing and keep you having fun all night.
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