Rack and Ruin Acoustic

Rack and Ruin Acoustic is a four piece acoustic version of The Band of Rack and Ruin.

The video features a recent line up of Rack and Ruin Acoustic  –  Mick Bisker on acoustic guitar, mandola, bazouki and vocals, Nigel Ward on fiddle and mandolin (see note on the band page), 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 (now that Covid-19 lockdown restrictions are lifted) just get in touch with Mick  on 07592 348817.

We should have made our first appearance at the Lighthorne Folk Club in 2020 – but obviously that didn’t happen during the first lockdown.  We were also booked to be performing as featured artists at the Stockton Folk Club in May 2020 – but obviously that didn’t happen either!  We are hoping to have news of bookings for later in 2021 shortly.
Previous acoustic gigs have included appearances at the Willow and Tool Folk Parlour, The Wurzel Bush Folk Club, Rugby (December 2019) and the Woodman Folk Club, Kingswinford (2019) – if you came along to any of those thanks for your support – we hope that one day we will be able to play live for you again.


We are keen to play other new venues and folk clubs 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 or email band@rackandruin.co.uk

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