The Band

Mick Bisiker
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.

NigelNigel Ward
Fiddle, acoustic guitar, mandolin, vocals

Nigel was the original fiddle player in the trad band Tom Tiddler and has also played in various Midlands based ceilidh bands. He played in the excellent duo Bailey and Ward, which released Sign of the Times (2001). As a member of Rack and Ruin since 2005 he plays a fusion of English and Celtic fiddle styles in jigs and reels and also in Mick's original and traditional songs.

In 2014 Nigel recorded a collection of original songs and tunes on his solo album Fiddlers Tales.
During 2020-21 he recorded his solo Coventry Kid album - a collection of songs and instrumentals drawn from his experiences growing up in Coventry in the 1970s and 80s. The album is Nigel's contribution to the 2021 Coventry City fo Culture events.

Nigel can be heard regularly at various folk sessions around Coventry and Warwickshire.
He also plays with The Boys From Ball Hill.

ChrisChris Radley
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.

DebDeb Gomme
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.