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Mick Bisiker's Rack and Ruin Acoustic
We are coming back to the Nuneaton Folk Club in June when we support Damien Barber at the Queens Hall based club.
We last appeared at the club last year supporting Benji Kirkpatrick and we are looking forward to our return visit.
Mick Bisker’s Rack and Ruin Acoustic will be playing on the 5 June 2024 upstairs at the Queens Hall (above The Crew pub), 75 Queens Road, Nuneaton, CV11 5LA.
Starts at 7.30 admission free – but there is a bank note collection.

Past gigs

Colin Sullivan was involved in the Stockton Folk Club up until his death last year.  This fund-raising folk gig in Napton took place in early 2024 and was in his memory.

It was a varied night of music  Keith Donnelly, Bill Bates plus there was music from Away with the Fairies, the Fourpenny Shop pub gang featuring annA rydeR and the Mick Bisker Band featuring Lauren South on fiddle.

It was a good night and nearly £2000 was raised for Myton Hospice. We like to think Colin would have been pleased with that.

Leamington Folk Club – CV Folk Night, Temperance – Feb 2024

Bisiker Radley and Berry - Live at Temperance
We played a short set at the Leamington Folk Club at Temperance alongside 9 other local folk artists. It had been billed as Mick and Chris but in the event Johan was able to join us on fiddle. Thanks for your support if you were there – we seemed to be very well received.

Bisiker, Radley and Berry at the Next Level Folk Club in Stourbridge

Rack and Ruin Acoustic

Johan Beavis Berry was our featured fiddle player at the Next Level Folk Club, Stourbridge  in November 2023.  We played a mix of original Bisiker songs plus some traditional folk songs and of course some sets of jigs and reels – all benefitting from Johan’s inspired improvisations and tasteful fiddle arrangements.
Thanks to club MC Christopher Crompton for inviting us and also thanks to Nick Evans for his support set.

Videos

We got Steff from Firedaze to film us playing some songs and sets of tunes. These 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 and some on our new Rack and Ruin YouTube channel.
We are hoping to be booking more public gigs for Rack and Ruin throughout 2024 and beyond.
More details coming soon.

Videos for Rack and Ruin Acoustic

A while ago our friends Eddie and Lynne at The Humber Hotel in Coventry allowed us to use their function room to video a live session for the then acoustic version of the band (with Nigel Ward 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 or you can go to our new Rack and Ruin YouTube channel..

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.