The Band

Some of the same band members perform in the lively ceilidh band as well as the five-piece folk rock gigging outfit. They all have many years experience performing lively celtic, roots, folk rock music and specialise in bringing up tempo jigs and reels to a new audience.

“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.

You can also see Mick, Nigel, Chris and Deb performing as an acoustic four piece  – aka Rack and Ruin (acoustic)

Rack and Ruin are just as comfortable headlining a large music festival or performing at a wedding, birthday, house concert or other private party.  Their contemporary blend of lively folk rock, celtic, roots music is always interwoven with foot-tapping jigs and reels.

 

Mick
Mick Bisiker
Vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, mandola & bouzouki
Mick has been a stalwart of the Midlands folk scene for many years and first received critical acclaim for his album ‘Bisiker & Romanov’ (1989), with gypsy fiddle player Al Romanov. This album won the Music Retailers Award for best folk album. His subsequent recordings have all been received warmly:
• One More Curtain Call (1994) with Davey Slater
• Home Again (1991), a solo venture
• Ball & Chain (1996), Both Ends of the Street (1999), Hard Times (2000), Gone To… (2005) and On The Road To… (2019), all performed with Rack and Ruin.
Nigel
Nigel Ward
Fiddle, acoustic guitar, vocals
Nigel was the original fiddle player in the trad band Tom Tiddler. As well as performing in various ceilidh bands, he was also in the excellent duo Bailey and Ward, which released Sign of the Times (2001). Teaming up with Mick has led to him playing a fusion of English and Celtic styles and the band provides an ideal platform to bring his tasteful fiddle playing to the jigs and reels as well as Mick’s songs.
Nigel has also recorded a collection of original songs and tunes which are currently available on his solo album Fiddlers Tales(2014) he also plays with The Boys From Ball Hill.
Chris
Chris Radley
Bass guitar, vocals, foot percussion, recording studio
Chris is half of a songwriting partnership with singer/guitarist Steff Hutchinson in the original folk rock band Firedaze (a fusion of folk, rock and rhythms you can dance to) where he plays bass alongside Steff and fiddle player Jen. He has been playing bass with Rack and Ruin since 2001.
His other main love is recording – he engineered and produced both the Gone To… album and the recent On The Road To… album in his Dmusic recording services studio in Leamington Spa.
Deb Gomme
Saxophones, vocals
Deb’s bio coming soon!
Drums Rack and Ruin are currently auditioning for a new full time drummer. At present the drum stool at gigs and ceilidhs is being very ably filled by a regular deps – Alex Stott and Phil Aris.
So don’t worry – you can still book the full band for your event.
If you are a drummer and you’d like to audition for the full time slot – get in touch by calling Mick on 07885 645919

Why and how the band started more >>

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