About Me


Andy Hammond

I have been playing guitar for 18 years, hold a degree in music and sound engineering and run a recording studio in Manchester, UK where I compose, arrange, record and produce for a variety of artists and companies.

I’m an experienced teacher. For 8 years I’ve taught around 20 guitar students per week, as well as teaching regularly at schools and workshops.

These videos are at least 5 years old. New ones coming soon.

I first discovered American Primitive around ten years ago when a friend played John Fahey’s ‘Yellow Princess’. The energy, rawness and what sounded like multiple guitar parts all happening at once immediately caught my attention.

Since then I’ve listened to a lot of American Primitive artists, and learnt to play a lot of their songs. Robbie Basho, John Fahey, Jack Rose and Glenn Jones are the ones who find themselves spinning on my record player the most often.

I have delved deep into the origins of American Primitive, learning tracks by early Blues artists such as Elizabeth Cotton, Mississippi John Hurt and Robert Johnson et al. Stefan Grossman’s tuition books and videos have been invaluable here.