Vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, mandola, bouzouki
Mick has been a part of the Midlands folk scene for many years having run a successful folk club in Birmingham in the 1980s. He first received critical acclaim for his album ‘Bisiker & Romanov’ (1989), with gypsy fiddle player Al Romanov which won the Music Retailers Award for best folk album. He subsequently recorded:
• Home Again (1991), a solo venture
• One More Curtain Call (1994) with Davey Slater
• Ball & Chain (1996), Both Ends of the Street (1999), Hard Times (2000), Gone To… (2005) and On The Road To… (2019), all performed with Rack and Ruin.
Fiddle, backing vocals.
Originally a classically trained violinist Jen has played in a folk fiddle style for many years. She was previously with Warwickshire based folk rock band Firedaze.
She joined Rack and Ruin in November 2021 and brought her distinctive playing style to the band's music.
Alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, vocals, whistles, acoustic guitar
Before joining Rack and Ruin Deb was a member of Napton-based singing group Soul Sisters.
Although she has played various instruments since she was a child, she decided at 40 that she really wanted to play saxophone. Some years (and a few saxophones) later, she recently joined Rack and Ruin.
Deb hasn't yet mastered singing and blowing at the same time but if we are playing songs, she can usually be found doing one or the other.
Electric bass, acoustic bass, vocals, recording engineer
Chris first played with Rack and Ruin in 2001 to "help out" when the previous bass player suddenly left and has remained an integral part of the band ever since. When not playing bass with Rack and Ruin Chris also plays bass in folk rock duo Firedaze alongside singer/guitarist Steff Hutchinson.
After music his other main love is recording - he engineered, produced and mastered both the Gone To... album and the recent On The Road To... album for Rack and Ruin in his Dmusic recording studio in Leamington Spa.
His studio is available for local singers and musicians to hire for recording, mixing and mastering projects.