Mick Bisiker’s Rack and Ruin Acoustic and Bisiker, Radley and Berry

Rack and Ruin Acoustic is a four piece acoustic version of The Band of Rack and Ruin. .
We also offer an acoustic band for folk club appearances and Irish nights – Bisiker, Radley and Berry.
Bisiker Radley and Berry

This is what a Rack and Ruin Acoustic gig can be like

Rack and Ruin Acoustic featuring Lauren South on fiddle at the Hub in Coombe, Oxfordshire in 2023

If you would like us to come and perform in your local village or community hall give Mick a call on 07592 348817.

Recent gigs

Colin Sullivan was a member of the Stockton Folk Club as well as part of a number of other musical ventures in Warwickshire up until his death last year.  This gig in Napton took place in early 2024 and was organised in his memory – indeed he had written his own eulogy and in it insisted that such a concert should take place.

It was a varied night of music and entertaining stories and chat – the latter mostly from Keith Donnelly who also played some of his songs.
Bill Bates was MC and played some songs too plus there was music from Stockton Folk Club stalwarts Away with the Fairies, the Fourpenny Shop pub gang featuring annA rydeR and of course ourselves featuring Lauren South on fiddle.
A enjoyable night was had by all 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.

Next Level Folk Club Stourbridge – Nov 2023

The Next Level Folk Club was so new when we played there that we were the second ever guest act to play at the club which meets in the impresssive surroundings of the ballroom at the Talbot Hotel, Stourbridge. We were invited by Christopher Crompton who runs the club and who made us very welcome.

We performed to a very enthusiastic audience who seemed to enjoy very much what we played. Once again Johan Beavis Berry was our featured fiddle player and he made a very positive impression.
It’s a great club – well worth a visit!

Rack and Ruin Acoustic

Mick Bisiker’s Rack and Ruin Acoustic – Nuneaton Folk Club Oct 2023

Bisiker Radley Berry - Nuneaton Folk Club

We supported Benji Kirkpatrick (Bellowhead, Faustus) at the Nuneaton Folk Club where we were playing as a trio without fiddle.  It was a good night also with the entertaining John Mosedale on the bill too.
We will be back supporting Damien Barber on the 5 June, 2024.
Photo – John B Smith.

Bisiker, Radley and Berry – Tump Folk Club – Oct 2023

Bisiker Radley and Berry at the Tump Folk Club

The Humber Hotel in Coventry is the home of the Tump Folk Club. We played as a guest act with the new Bisiker, Radley and Berry – Mick Bisiker (voice, guitar and mandola), Deb Bisiker (sax, voice and whistles) Johan Beavis Berry (fiddle) and Chris Radley (bass, voice).  Thanks to everyone who came along and gave us some support.

The performance had a positive review by the club which ended with this quote:
“There were a lot of very good comments from the audience about how much they enjoyed this new line-up of a Mick Bisiker band!”

Thanks to John B Smith for the photo.

Stockton Folk Club – Sept 2023

It was great to be back at Stockton Folk Club – there is always a friendly welcoming atmosphere there.  A review of our performance from the club said:
“Bisiker, Radley, Berry, a new group on the scene, were amazing with a tremendous sound from their mix of instruments.
Mick and Deb Bisiker along with Chris Radley, are no strangers to the club but the introduction of a “young” folk enthusiast Johan Berry, playing superb fiddle, was a highlight of the evening.”

Here is a song from a rehearsal with Jen Martin on fiddle in late 2021. At the time it was only Jen’s third time playing with us.

Here’s a video of our previous line up

The video features a previous line up of Rack and Ruin Acoustic  –  Mick Bisker on acoustic guitar, mandola, bazouki and vocals, Nigel Ward on fiddle and mandolin, Chris Radley on bass and vocals, Deb Gomme on saxophones, vocals, whistles and acoustic guitar.

As musicians we draw on an established folk tradition but deliver the music with an energy, enthusiasm and good humour!  The band members  all have many years experience performing lively celtic, roots, folk rock music and specialise in bringing up-tempo jigs and reels and original contemporary folk rock songs to new as well as established audiences.

We are based in Warwickshire and play throughout the Midlands.

We often play parties in houses or (in the summer time) back gardens where people love our music but don’t have room for the whole band with drums – so Rack and Ruin Acoustic is perfect.

You can see more videos on the video page.

If you’d like to book us for an acoustic gig or a house party just get in touch with Mick  on 07592 348817.

Previous acoustic gigs have included appearances at: the Red Lion Folk Club, Birmingham;  Banbury Folk Club; the Nuneaton Folk  Club;  Warwick Folk Club;  CV Folk 2nd Sunday at the Albany Theatre, Coventry;  Willow and Tool Folk Parlour, Long Itchington;  The Wurzel Bush Folk Club, Rugby;  Lighthorne Folk Club;  Leamington Folk Club;  Tump Folk Club, Coventry; Stockton Folk Club; Next Level Folk Club, Stourbridge  and the Woodman Folk Club, Kingswinford – if you came along to any of those thanks very much for your support .

We are keen to play other new venues and folk clubs – either as Mike Bisiker’s Rack and Ruin Acoustic or as Bisiker, Radley and Berry –  so if you run one, or know of a good one, and would like Rack and Ruin to play just get in touch on 07592 348817, contact us through our Facebook page or email band@rackandruin.band

Find out more about the full band version of Rack and Ruin on the Band website.

Rack and Ruin is also available as a barn dance or ceilidh band – more details on the Rack and Ruin ceilidh band website
© Photos on this website – Steff Hutchinson, John B Smith, Louis Radley, Jude Radley, Deb Gomme