Rack and Ruin latest news…

Rack and Ruin Residency at The Humber, Coventry
The next appearance at The Humber is this Friday the 23rd of March. Admission free.

You can always find gig information on the Rack and Ruin Facebook page .

The band will be back to the regular “Last Friday” monthly residency from the last friday in April.

St Patrick’s Day Celebrations

It was a busy St Patrick’s weekend for Rack and Ruin – on the Friday they were playing at the Bulls Head, Brinklow for a Pre-Paddy’s Night celebration. It’s one of the band’s favourite venues and as ever a great audience helped to encourage 2 great sets of Irish flavoured  fiddle-driven folk rock – plus some spontaneous outbursts of Irish dancing in the audience and even a rendition of Paddy McGinty’s Goat (In two episodes!)from an audience member.

Then on St Patrick’s Day itself – the band were busy with appearances at The Arches in Coventry in the afternoon and at the The Oak Inn, Baginton in the evening.  The band were supporting Joe O’Donnell’s Shkayla in the afternoon.  Their set was well received and Rack and Ruin hope to play at The Arches again later in the year.

Rack and Ruin’s true “Paddy’s Night” celebration was at the Oak at Baginton – as usual a night of Irish songs and tunes plus a few of the band’s own compositions.   The Paddy’s Night Celebration at The Oak is becoming something of a tradition so it was great for the band to see some familiar faces in the crowd where people who enjoyed last year’s event had decided to come and see the band again this year.

Rack and Ruin acoustic

A recent Rack and Ruin acoustic performance at The Willow and Tool Music Parlour in Long Itchington was reviewed by Tony Collins in the Hot Music Live on-line magazine. Here’s part of what he said:

“The band started their set with three reels featuring the highly regarded Nigel Ward on fiddle, I only caught the name of one of them “Lady Anne Montgomery” but all three were “most excellent” a turn of phrase adopted if not coined by John McIntosh the “Tool” of the Willow & Tool band, our hosts for the evening. There followed a Mick Bisiker original “Ball and Chain” In fact Bisiker originals peppered the set from start to finish.
There is no doubt that their performance was enhanced by the inclusion of Deb [Gunby] on saxophone(s) and Chris [Radley] on bass guitar. Nigel Ward was given free rein to exhibit his skills on not only fiddle, but guitar and mandola too. At one point in the proceedings, the mandola was handed to Bob Brooker who happened to be in the audience, so the band in effect became a five piece. There can be no doubt that Mick has tremendous guitar skills, some of the sequences he produced were mind boggling.”.

You can read the full review on Hot Music Live – Rack and Ruin review.
Thanks to Tony Collins for the photo.
Thanks also to everyone who turned up to support the band. You were a very appreciative audience and your response made all the difference to the band on the night.
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© Photos on this website – Steff Hutchinson, Louis Radley, Simon Marshall, Jude Radley and Andy Gray
GIGS – a few high points from 2017

Napton Festival 2017
Rack and Ruin performed on the Main Stage at the Napton Festival 2017.  Andrew Lock from Hot Music Live said:
The middle part of the evening’s entertainment was a fabulous display of folk with a touch of celtic rock and plenty of top fiddle playing (along with a wide variety of instruments on display) by the Band of Rack and Ruin.

Folk on the Water 2017

The band played a short set at The Boat at Birdingbury as part of the festival. It was well received by those that decided to brave the drizzle.

Tony Collins reviewed the gig:

The highlight of the night for me was Mick Bisiker and “elements” of his Rack and Ruin Band. They are a true ceilidh band and it brought that “something” that tempted the audience to get up and dance. I know many toes were tapping.
Photo courtesy of Kilsby Open Music Collective Blog.

Rack and Ruin (acoustic)
Rack and Ruin (acoustic) aka “Bisiker, Ward and Radley” have been playing in various folk clubs through the year. Recent gigs have included appearances at the Stockton Folk Club, Stockton, The Wurzel Bush Folk Club, Brinklow and the Woodman Folk Club, Kingswinford – if you came along to any of those thanks for your support.

More gigs

The band are looking forward to returning to the Valkyrie Bar, Evesham – dates tbc

A return has also been lined to The Bull’s Head in Brinklow – Rack and Ruin will be playing live there for a Pre-Paddy’s Night on the 16th March 2018.

Also check out Rack and Ruin at The Oak, Baginton for Paddy’s Night – 17th March.

More gig dates coming soon,

The band are keen to play new venues so if you run one, or know of a good one, and would like Rack and Ruin to play just get in touch on 07885 645919 or email