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Mike Hamer: Musician, Wheelchair Dancer

When a diving accident in 1985 left him a quadriplegic and unable to play his bass and guitar, Mike took up the hammered dulcimer and became a wheelchair dancer. Mike has released four albums of his original songs on the Black Swamp Music label.

Mike has been entertaining adults and children with American folk songs, classic popular songs and children's songs for the past 30 years. Besides playing acoustic music, Mike plays swing and rhythm and blues with the Lemon Sisters and Rutabaga Brothers and has an Americana-style band that plays his original songs called Mike Hamer and the Rhinoceroses with the Angelic Choir. 



Mike Hamer joins Louise Omoto Kessel for a special music and storytelling performance that includes a disability awareness component. "People are still talking about you and Mike. Everyone comments on how the group was drawn together by Mike's sing-alongs and how warm and happy it all felt." Lynn Houser, Fairhope Alabama Public Library.

Mike plays hammered dulcimer, harmonica and synthesizer along with Louise's stories. Songs and Stories swap off as Mike sings (and gets us ALL SINGING!) folk songs and his own original tunes. In performance Mike provides a great model of a disabled person living a full and active life.

Louise and Mike have performed together for schools, libraries, retreats, folk concerts, faith communities, rehabilitation centers, hospitals, and more. When performing in schools a disability awareness discussion guide and a questions answer session following the performance are included with this program.

Hamer's most recent release is, BLACK CROW, a CD which features Hamer playing acoustic tunes he wrote accompanied by some of the best musicians in eastern North Carolina including, among others, Mike Lightnin' Wells, David DiGiuseppi, John Worthington and Mark Ford.

Recordings Available:

  • Under the Stone-- cassette Mike Hamer & Rhinoceroses-- $10
  • A Slip of the Heart--cassette--acoustic and electric-- $7
  • Black Crow-- CD-- acoustic with hammer dulcimer-- $12
Mike Hamer
phone: 252-830-0349
100 Park Drive
Greenville, NC 27858-1323
Louise Omoto Kessel
phone: 919-542-5599
3348 Alston Chapel Road
Pittsboro, NC 27312