01 March 2023
Rich Hamer has been involved in workshops, group sessions and masterclasses for a long time, but Pluckwork is his very own project. He has built a workshop concept which is perfectly suited to his mindful and inclusive teaching style. This series of workshops are really fun group sessions, designed for guitarists of all abilities, who want to play guitar with others. The sessions are usually an hour or two long, and are a fantastic opportunity to enjoy playing music in a group and meet new people. You can find out more at: pluckwork.com
01 January 2023
Happy New Year! The dynamic duo Hot Ginger are stepping it up a notch, as they find themselves performing here, there and everywhere, after a festive Christmas period delighting the public with their yuletide songs. In recent years they have cropped up all over the UK, from sunny Cornwall to the Edinburgh Fringe. Not deterred by lockdown, the versatile pair are back in spades, and perform everything from swinging prohibition speakeasy naughtiness to modern day acoustic pop… Whatever’s your poison! Go ahead and seek them out on instagram or on their official website for more. Or, to see for yourself what all the fuss is about, get down to their next show:
Saturday 14 January 2023 – Hot Ginger @The Botanist, Exeter
16 June 2022
New Gypsy Swing band on the local scene, ShibblyBibbly are set to debut soon at a 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: shibblybibbly.com
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, Plymouth.
Hot Ginger are Ready to Launch
01 July 2021
Plymouth’s own Hot Ginger are returning after lockdown sounding saucier than ever, and will be appearing at Rockets & Rascal’s tonight on The Barbican for the long awaited launch of Andrew Martin’s debut book. There will still be lockdown guidelines in place, with numbers limited to 30, and facemasks worn. However, the show will at last go ahead and there is a lot of excitement and anticipation about not only the book itself, and its elusive author, but about the idea of being out and about! Don’t miss it:
Book Launch feat. Hot Ginger @Rockets & Rascals on Thursday 01 July 2021
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
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…