Rich Hamer is a professional musician, performing and teaching in the UK. He studied at Dartington College of Arts and holds a BA(Hons) degree in Music. As a respected guitar teacher with 20 years experience he has taught hundreds of people to play in various contexts. He founded Plymouth Guitar School™ in 1998 and has run it successfully ever since. He also continues to work as a guitar tutor within education for Plymouth University.
As a highly experienced guitarist and also a competent bass guitarist, Rich has performed, composed and recorded across a wide range of genres. He started out young, working as a solo classical/flamenco guitarist and as an electric guitarist with many different rock and metal bands. He also worked in acoustic duos and blues/funk bands. Now he performs primarily as a jazz guitarist. He has recently released a new album called Double or Nothing with his jazz project, Hamer & Co:
“It’s great to hear two players who have genuine chemistry” (The Musician, Autumn 2017)
Rich has performed for celebrity audiences including Dawn French, Ade Edmondson, Jennifer Saunders and Rick Stein; at top clubs and venues all over the UK including Le Quecumbar (London), Black Cotton Club (London), Jamboree (London), Verdi at Royal Albert Hall (London), The Victoria & Albert Museum (London), St Moritz Club (London), Round Midnight (London), Barbican International Jazz and Blues Festival (Plymouth), Salcombe Festival, Maker Festival, Looe Festival, Saltash Festival, Totnes Festival, Start Bay Festival, Budleigh Salterton Literary Festival, Newnham Park Volksfest, Golowan Festival (Penzance) and many others; on BBC and various other radio stations and across the media; and he has played at countless weddings, parties, corporate functions and events…
Currently he can be seen performing everything from cool and smooth to hot and cooking jazz guitar with his long-standing favourite project, Hamer & Co. He also works with fiery gypsy jazz trio, Tanzanite Manouche, and makes guest appearances with numerous other outfits. If you want to come and see Rich live just check his performance dates and come to the next show!