Rack and Ruin Acoustic

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

Acoustic gig in Coventry

Rack and Ruin live AlbanyRack and Ruin Acoustic were due to perform on the CV Folk Stage at Coventry Moto Fest 2022 but the event was postponed as a mark of respect following the death fo the Queen.

However we still played later the same day at The Albany Theatre Studio on Albany Road in Coventry.(CV5 6JQ). This was the first appearance for Rack and Ruin Acoustic at the monthly “2nd Sunday” event and we played alongside The Stationary Wilburys and K C Jones.  It was a great night and we hope to be back there in the future.

Jen Martin joined Rack and Ruin as fiddle player  in November 2021 and has been on a bit of a steep learning curve as she has had to get to grips with  our extensive back catalogue of songs and jigs and reels.
Here is a song from an early rehearsal late last year. It was only Jen’s third time playing with us but she seemed to be getting the hang of it (she’s even better now!).

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 Willow and Tool Folk Parlour, The Wurzel Bush Folk Club, Rugby, Stockton Folk Club  and the Woodman Folk Club, Kingswinford – if you came along to any of those thanks for your support .


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