The band and gigs

Rack and Ruin rehearsal

Here are the members of Rack and Ruin (or at least their silhouettes) rehearsing together for the first time since March and the start of the Covid-19 lockdown. We still can’t play gigs at the moment due to restrictions but we are rehearsing before shooting some promotional videos.  There will be more news on that soon.

Before the above session the last time Rack and Ruin played live – indeed the last time we had played together at all – was  over the St Patrick’s weekend in March where we played at The Oak, Baginton on the Saturday and then in the Sacred Heart Church Hall, Coventry on the Sunday.   The lockdown was brought in the next day and until now there have been no gigs or rehearsals at all.
Although, like lots of bands, 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 didn’t have a camera or any way of recording while locked down. Deb plays 2 instruments in the video – that’s not going to work live is it?

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

Before Covid-19 restrictions Rack and Ruin’s monthly appearances at The Humber were usually on the first Friday of every month.  At present our residency there is on hold  – 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.