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Richard Hammersley


Band to Join, Vocalist, Acoustic Guitar, Bass Guitar, Drums.


I am a songwriter and harmonica player, and I also play guitar particularly bottleneck. I can sing because as a songwriter I have had to learn, but I wouldn't call myself a singer. Many of the songs I write, and sing, are in the blues idiom. But I don't necessarily try and sound like past blues masters. You can hear some of my music on Spotify if you search for Richard Hammersley.

I am also a poet and I make electronic sound pieces that fall somewhere between musique concrete and sound poetry (some of these can also be heard on Spotify if that is your sort of thing). So I have quite advanced recording and editing skills. I started off making this stuff with reel to reel tape recorders but nowadays I use Logic Pro. I'm interested in collaborating musically with anyone, as it can be more interesting to work across styles rather than sticking within them.

Screen name:
Richard Hammersley
Member since:
Aug 21 2008
Active over 1 month ago
Level of commitment:
Moderately Committed
Years playing music:
Gigs played:
10 to 50
Tend to practice:
More than 3 times per week


My fondest loves are pre 1960 blues and free jazz, but I listen to a very wide variety of music. As a harmonic player I aspire to Junior Wells, Sonny Boy Williamson II (and I), Big Walter Horton, Carlos del Junco, Winslow Yerxa, Doc Watson and Peg Leg Sam.

Instrument experience:

Acoustic Guitar:
Vocalist - Baritone:


An embarrassment of different harmonicas and various acoustic and electric guitars. Logic Pro 9. To add effects to live harmonica I use a Line 6 Pod and a Digitec Timebender delay/looping pedal. However, I generally prefer to play harmonica with a clean acoustic sound.