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Brack ‘n’ File – This Old Guitar

Who would have thought that two old friends would come together after 40 years to form a new group called Brack ‘n’ File? Well known Edinburgh guitarist Tony Mitchell and Shetland based bassist Rick Nickerson, two thirds of popular 70’s contemporary folk group Rankin File* have teamed up with singer Maureen Brack, also of Edinburgh.

Formed in 2012, Brack ‘n’ File has appeared at The Wee Folk Club, Edinburgh Folk Club, Leith Folk Club, have had two sell out shows (2014 – 2015) in the Edinburgh Festival Fringe at the well-respected Acoustic Music Centre and have performed at several charity events. Maureen Brack is a fine singer with a distinctive voice and has a wide repertoire covering many styles. Rick Nickerson has played with various bands over the years in Shetland, recorded albums and toured with The McCalmans and other well-known Scottish artists, such as Bobby Eaglesham in the 1970’s and is highly praised for his versatility. Guitarist Tony Mitchell is also well known as a guitar teacher and writes and plays solo guitar pieces – “the most melodic guitarist I have ever heard” (Dick Gaughan). The trio perform some of Iain Rankin’s material and a range of songs from other singer-songwriters such as Gerry Rafferty, John Denver, Ian & Sylvia, as well as original guitar pieces by Tony Mitchell and other instrumentals.

“The original idea for the group was to be a platform for Iain Rankin’s material but it has grown into something much more varied. There were so many great songs written in the 60’s and 70’s, that we felt they needed to be given a hearing. The reception we have had at various performances has been really encouraging so playing together on a regular basis was the next logical step for us.”

*Rankin File recorded two LP’s in the 70’s which were reissued by Greentrax Records on CD in 1992 CDTRAX057. Rankin File reunited in January 2013 to perform at a charity concert in Edinburgh.

Brack ‘n’ File have released their debut CD called This Old Guitar MWCDEP002 which is available at and at most online stores.

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For more information and bookings contact Rick Nickerson (01950 422342, 07768331936, and email ) or Tony Mitchell (0131 661 3727).