Ceilidh in the Cathedral with the Rack and Ruin Ceilidh Band

Join us for an evening of live music and fun filled dance in Coventry Cathedral on  Friday the 14th October 2022.  It will feature Lauren South on fiddle.

As ever don’t worry if you don’t know how to do the dances – we will tell you what to do!

Tickets are £10 and you can them here.  Should be a fun night in a great venue

Rack and Ruin fiddle deps get chance to shine

When our regular fiddle player Jen is not available for a gig we have two deps to draw on.
One is our former full time fiddle player Nigel Ward. He recently joined Rack and Ruin Acoustic for a night of Irish music at The George at Kilsby.
Our other dep is Lauren South (left) who has played a number of gigs with the Rack and Ruin Ceilidh band over the summer – most recently a birthday party in Hockley Heath.

Lauren will also be our fiddle player for the forthcoming Ceilidh in the Cathedral – in Coventry Cathedral on Friday 14th Oct.

Jen will be playing fiddle with us again in November when we are back at the Oak in Baginton on the 12th November.
Admission is free on the night.

Rack and Ruin Acoustic in action in Coventry.

Rack and Ruin Live Albany

Rack and Ruin were in action on the 11th of Sept as part of the CV Folk 2nd Sunday event at The Albany Theatre Studio, Coventry .CV5 6JQ .  We had a great night appearing alongside The Stationary Willburys and K C Jones.  This is a great monthly event that’s well worth checking out.  We certainly hope to have a return visit at some point.


Earlier in the year we got Steff from Firedaze to film us playing some songs and sets of tunes. Some of these new videos are online on our home page and also on the main ceilidh band page on this website.  They have also been posted on our Facebook page.  We have posted 3 videos so far but there are more to come.
Heres a shot from the video session.  Turns out we aren’t very good at mean and moody!  Actually we were told to smile for this one – we aren’t especially great at that either it would seem
Rack and Ruin Band
We will to booking more public gigs for Rack and Ruin throughout 2022 and into 2023.
More details coming soon.

Videos for Rack and Ruin Acoustic

Back in 2020 our friends Eddie and Lynne at The Humber Hotel in Coventry allowed us to use their newly refurbished function room to video a live session for the then acoustic version of the band (with Nigel still on fiddle).  We filmed several songs and sets of tunes and you can see all seven of the videos now on the acoustic band page.

Rack and Ruin’s current album – buy or stream right now

Cover image for Rack and Ruin album On the Road To - designed by Dmusic“On The Road To…” is the current album from Rack and Ruin. It features songs and sets of tunes that have have been honed to perfection in live gigs over the last couple of years.

The track listing includes live favourites like “New York Girls”, “Three Drunken Maidens” and “Nothing’s Changed”

In addition there are 4 sets of tunes including “The King of the Fairies” set and “The Tongadale Set”. They showcase the playing of our former fiddle player Nigel Ward often interwoven with mandola or guitar lines from Mick Bisiker.

You can stream it on Spotify or also buy on-line as a download from all music providers including iTunes, Amazon, Deezer, Apple music etc. CDs are also available to buy at gigs or by emailing the band.

In addition to public gigs Rack and Ruin regularly play parties, weddings, birthdays and other special occasions.

You can book the band by calling 07592 348817.