The band and gigs

The last time Rack and Ruin played live – indeed the last time we played together at all – was  over the St Patrick’s weekend in March. We played a celebration at The Oak, Baginton on the Saturday and then performed in the Sacred Heart Church Hall in Coventry on the Sunday.   The lockdown was brought in the next day and there have been no gigs or rehearsals from that point on!  Although we have “played together” remotely.

If you follow our Facebook page you’ll know that Mick has written  a new song called “Land of Milk and Honey”.  Here is the lockdown video we made of it.

Former sticksman Tom Bisiker is on drums.  Nigel our fiddle player was unable to take part as he doesn’t have a camera or any way of recording while locked down. It will be interesting to see how Deb approaches playing this song when we eventually do it live!

Rack and Ruin “First Friday” Residency at The Humber, Coventry

Rack and Ruin’s monthly appearances at The Humber have been usually on the first Friday of every month.  At present our residency there is on hold until after the lockdown – when or if this changes we will announce any details on this website and on the Rack and Ruin Facebook page

By the way we were often approached at gigs by people wanting to book us for a party  – we love playing parties (although not at the moment obviously) so if you want us to play at yours (next year?) just call Mick on 07592 348817.
Folk rock band Rack and Ruin play live - photo by John B Smith

New videos for acoustic Rack and Ruin

Back in January 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 acoustic version of the band.  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 fast fingering and nifty bow work of 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.