Sam Piha Biography

About Sam - in his own words

I have always been interested in a very wide range of music and although I played and listened to many styles and musicians, I decided I wanted to study Classical guitar at the London College of Music.

Having successfully completed a three year performers course I started to find work as a solo guitarist and to look for other musicians to work with.

I helped set up Haringey music workshop .... met Philip Bennett and formed electric folk group “Easy Street” which gained a brilliant reputation and devoted fan base on the cabaret and pub circuits, with our unique blend of celtic rock and folk music and energetic stage performances.

I also worked as a class music teacher and became very interested in putting on a very wide variety of performances including; summer concerts, adaptations of Shakespeare plays and Christmas Pantos, which I wrote produced, directed and composed original songs and music for.

I love performing live and feel strongly that it’s important to break down the barriers between performer and audience..... I hate precious classical concerts where people sit uncomfortably and stiffly, coughing between movements.

I have been very fortunate to work with many great entertainers and have played guitar for Des O’Connor, supported The Drifters, Chas and Dave, The Supremes and worked with Jimmy Cricket, Bobby Knut, Jim Bowen, Cannon and Ball, I still write whenever possible (usually when commissioned) and have a large catalogue of compositions and arrangements including songs for stage productions and the theme to a BBC radio programme.

Sam Piha and Louise as the Aviva Duo