Rack and Ruin: folk rock, lively jigs and reels, ceilidh band

Next public gig :  Sat 17th June, The Broomfield Tavern, Coventry.

Need a ceilidh band for a wedding? Do you need live music for a barn dance? Rack and Ruin is a lively folk rock, celtic, roots and ceilidh band, playing pubs, festivals and private parties across the UK.

Why not have a Rack and Ruin ceilidh?

As a ceilidh band, Rack and Ruin specialises in lively jigs and reels complete with a caller, interspersed with upbeat traditional folk music and contemporary, original folk-rock material.

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rnr_chris_sm  Kesh Jig

Ceilidhs involve set dances, drawn mostly from the English tradition, performed in groups of 4, 6, 8 or sometimes as many people as wish to dance. They can be square, circle or long-ways sets. Sometimes you stick with your partner, other times everyone swaps about.
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© Photos on this website – Steff Hutchinson, Louis Radley, Simon Marshall and Andy Gray
All instructions are given by our caller. The dances are generally quite simple to follow after a few times through. Most of all, its fun, energetic and helps to get your guests mingling – you don’t need any previous experience.
The band can intersperse the set dances with original songs and instrumental material, to give your guests a rest.

Be warned though, this is not your average twee ceilidh band. Its a folk rock ceilidh with a Rack and Ruin twist. Loud, lively and energetic!

“We wanted to thank you for coming to Dumbleton and putting on a wonderful ceilidh for out wedding. The dancing was great fun and everyone really enjoyed your music.
We were impressed by your professional approach, the quality of the music and your song choices. The ceilidh was pitched just right and accessible to all. Thank you.
FIONA and ED.

RackandRuin_Napton_Mick01Rack and Ruin folk rock band

In addition to playing as a ceilidh band, Rack and Ruin also perform as a folk rock four-piece playing a similar mixture of loud and lively folk rock, celtic, roots and jigs and reels.

The band are just as comfortable headlining a large music festival or entertaining a wedding, birthday or other private party.
Rack and Ruin’s contemporary blend of lively folk rock, celtic, roots music is interwoven with foot-tapping jigs and reels that makes for an enjoyable and entertaining event.

I just wanted to say thank you to the band for a really fabulous night’s music here at The Oak. We run live music every month and I have to say that by far and away you were the best that we have had so far.
At 11 pm on a Saturday evening the pub is normally quietening down; last night there was no sign of that and I had so many customers coming up to me and saying what a fantastic atmosphere it was.
Gayle Goodwin, The Oak Baginton

For parties, weddings or any other type of gig Rack and Ruin will supply their own professional PA system which comes complete with lights. They also have public liability insurance cover of £2 million.

Rack and Ruin (acoustic)

The band also perform as a trio – Rack and Ruin acoustic.  It’s the same songs and jigs and reels but without the drums – although sometimes there might be some foot percussion!

You can also keep up to date with Rack and Ruin on the band’s Facebook page just click the link – facebook.com/rackandruinfolkband

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Bookings – Why not book the band for a special party or birthday celebration? Rack and Ruin could  be the lively musical answer to the question of how to do something a bit “different” to celebrate.

Ceilidhs are fun and with the band’s expert caller on the mic it won’t matter if you or your guests have never done this kind of dancing before – you’ll be told exactly what to do!

I wanted to tell you how thrilled Anna and I were at what [Rack and Ruin] added to our wedding. You excelled far beyond our expectations….we absolutely loved every moment of your sets. I have had no end of positive comments regarding Rack and Ruin, [and] how you were able to get every body up and dancing. R & A ELLIS

 

The band is available throughout the rest of 2017 and into 2018  – so get in touch if you’d like them at your event – they are very experienced at weddings, birthdays, special celebrations and even corporate events.

If you run a venue and would like to book Rack and Ruin, or if you want the band for a private party then contact Rack and Ruin.

“Thank you for making my husband’s 40th party really memorable and special – your upbeat Celtic music got everyone up and dancing and the caller did especially well in directing our Ceilidh-novice guests.  You definitely made it a party to remember for all who attended.” R JOHNSON

 

Rack and Ruin - goneto.jpg Gone to…
the current album from Rack and Ruin – includes a mix of traditional and new original material more>>

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