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Rev Hammer

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Rev Hammer regards his music not so much as a passport to fame and fortune but as a ticket to ride. He learned to play guitar and sing at the same time and wisely thought busking was the best way to get to a standard where he could play publicly. Rev spent 18 months busking in the streets before he dared stand on a stage.

Rev’s debut album “Industrial Sound and Magic” was recorded in a cow shed in Essex on a budget of nothing but, given that that the backing band (which gave its services for free) was The Levellers, this offbeat album has opened up intriguing windows of opportunity.

In 1986 he became a founder member of The Red Sky Coven together with poet Joolz and Justin Sullivan. The show mixes acoustic songs, poetry, humour and story-telling in the best traditions of the travelling bards. It continues to sell out within the UK and Europe.

1991 saw the release of Rev’s debut album, “Industrial Sound & Magic” on the Cooking Vinyl label. The follow up album, “Bishop Of Buffalo” (also on the Cooking Vinyl label) mixed acoustic ballads with hard electric songs and was produced by long-time friend Justin Sullivan. The unusual title was arrived at when Rev Hammer (christened Stephen Ryan and brought up near Royston) found that he shared his real name with the 1860’s second Bishop of Buffalo in America. Intrigued by the connection he began researching and wrote to the current Bishop of Buffalo, sending him a copy of his album. The album received the current Bishop’s blessings! “Bishop Of Buffalo” features Dave Blomberg from New Model Army on guitar and Stepan Pasicynyk of The Ukrainians on accordion.

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