Sizzle ‘n’ Swing

16 June 2022

New Gypsy Swing band on the local scene, Sizzle ‘n’ Swing are set to debut soon at a private party in Cornwall next week. You can expect this fiery quintet of seasoned musicians to become regulars on the local scene, bashing out energetic and fun covers of songs from the 1930s onwards, in their distinct gypsy-esq swinging style. What’s not to love? If you want to book the band or find out more, visit them at:


Phia the Rich at The Deadbeats Hotel

18 May 2022

The Deadbeats Hotel has become increasingly well-known in Plymouth as the event for local poets and musicians to perform at. An eclectic mix of artists are given short slots in which to share their talent with this bohemian movement. One act on the roster tomorrow night will be superb Devon-based singer, Phia-Neve, who has teamed up with guitarist, Rich Hamer to form a duo, Phia the Rich. They play a mixture of inventive covers of popular songs, and original material of their own. Watch this space…

Thursday 19th May ~ Phia the Rich @The Deadbeats Hotel, 6pm ’til late. Fortescue Cellar Bar, Mutley, Plymouth.


Normality Returns as Lockdown Eases

20 April 2021

It has been a long road, but lockdown is starting to ease as the nation recovers and restrictions are gradually lifted. This is good news for those who take guitar lessons, as face-to-face lessons can gradually resume over the coming weeks in England. 

If the pandemic has taught us anything about learning an instrument, it is that online music lessons are actually highly effective. There are many who will choose to keep their lessons online. However, there are some clear advantages to learning face-to-face, straight from one musician to another.

Guitar lessons in the studio remain safe, clean, and observe current government guidelines.

For advice, or to discuss lessons, contact Rich:


Guitar School Moves Online for Lockdown

16 March, 2020

Following the government’s announcement earlier today, all guitar lessons with Rich Hamer Guitar School will now be online. It’s simple: all you need is a guitar. You can learn from anywhere in the world!

Make your lockdown count. Learn to play guitar. To book your lesson now, contact Rich:


Edinburgh Fringe for Hot Ginger

30 July, 2019

This summer, 1930s speakeasy band Hot Ginger are set to perform two short shows at Scotland’s world famous Edinburgh Fringe. They will appear as a trio for these shows, featuring the wonderful Kate Ferguson (vocals/guitar), Rich Hamer (guitar) and Scotland’s very own Robin MacLennan (drums).

Don’t miss them:

Saturday 17th August @7.45pm – Royal Mile, nr. St Giles Cathedral, Edinburgh

Friday 23rd August @7.45pm – Royal Mile, nr. St Giles Cathedral, Edinburgh


Hot Ginger

1 August, 2018

Hot Ginger is a collaboration between superb singer/song-writer, Kate Ferguson, and guitarist, Rich Hamer. The two musicians are both well-known on the local music scene in Devon, and between them they have performed all over the UK and on BBC Radio. Hot Ginger play carefree speakeasy jazz…

Don’t miss the duo’s next show:

Sunday 12th August @The Smuggler’s Inn, Seaton, Cornwall, PL11 3JD.


Playing with an Artificial Intelligence

8 November, 2017

Tonight will bring a very unique show to The House at Plymouth University. Music of Mixed Reality will allow human jazz musicians to perform and interact with an artificial intelligence (endearingly referred to as ‘Jerry’). Brazilian musical pioneer, Marcelo Gimenes, welcomes percussionist Mike Trevarthen, and guitarist Rich Hamer, to an open musical conversation between human and machine. There will be interplay over music ranging from jazz standards to contemporary free jazz. This show is at the cutting edge of musical discovery.

The House, 7.30pm.


Hamer & Co Release New Album

1 June, 2017

Hamer & Co have just released their 2017 album, Double or Nothing. The band are led by British jazz guitarists, Rich Hamer and Frank Hamer. The duo are known for their live shows, which frequently feature guest musicians, and involve spontaneous and fresh improvisations. This album captures the clear, crisp sounds and familiar rolling basslines of the unique duo, breezing through their interpretations of ten jazz standards. Double or Nothing is available for download on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify and all major online music stores…