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:
• One More Curtain Call (1994) with Davey Slater
• Home Again (1991), a solo venture
• 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.
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 trio Firedaze alongside singer/guitarist Steff Hutchinson and fidde player Jen Martin.
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.
Fiddle, acoustic guitar, mandolin, vocals
In July 2021 Nigel announced he was leaving the band to pursue a solo career.
For now gigs and ceilidhs will feature either Ralph Allin or Jen Martin on fiddle until a new full time player is recruited.