The Band

Warwickshire based Rack and Ruin Ceilidh band play lively jigs and reels mixed with upbeat, traditional, folk instrumental music and contemporary, original folk-rock songs – great for weddings and parties!


MickMick Bisiker
Vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, mandola & bouzouki

Mick has been an active part of the Midlands folk scene for many years. 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 played in various ceilidh bands. He was also in the excellent duo Bailey and Ward, which released Sign of the Times (2001). Now in Rack and Ruin he plays a fusion of English and Celtic styles.

The band provides an ideal platform for his tasteful fiddle playing - in jigs and reels and also in Mick's songs.

In 2014 Nigel recorded a collection of original songs and tunes on his solo album Fiddlers Tales (2014). He also plays with The Boys From Ball Hill.

ChrisChris Radley
Bass guitar, vocals, occasional foot percussion, recording engineer

When not playing bass with the Rack and Ruin Ceilidh Band Chris is playing bass and writing songs in original folk-rock trio Firedaze where he plays alongside singer and guitarist Steff Hutchinson and fiddle player Jen Martin.

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.

ChrisAlex Stott
Drums

Before joining Rack and Ruin Alex played in a number of Coventry rock bands. He also has experience playing in pit bands for local theatrical shows.

His first gig with us was a few years ago. We were playing on the back of a lorry in the corner of a massive, freezing cold, windswept, hangar-sized building used during the day for horse show rehearsals, Our audience were a load of drunken showjumpers and horse riders there for an evening ceilidh at a national equestrian centre in the midst of remote, rain drenched, darkened countryside.

Not your typical gig - actually not your typical ceilidh either!

Undeterred by this initial experience he has continued to provide us with his drumming skills ever since.

Rack and Ruin's fifth album "On The Road To... is now available.
Buy and download on Amazon or iTunes or CDBaby or you can listen on Spotify

You can also buy as a CD at any of the band's gigs, or by emailing band@rackandruin.co.uk