Hugh Blaza

Once A Pilot


About Hugh Blaza

Earliest musical memory: conducting Eine Kleine Nachtmusik with a poker at the age of 5 Epiphany: hearing ‘She Loves You’ on the radio at the age of 10. It stopped me in my boyish tracks. Earliest influences: The Beatles, Joni Mitchell, Roy Harper, David Bowie, Rory Gallagher et al.

University to study law, which I didn’t, much. Played guitar constantly and started to write songs. Became President of the Oxford Guitar Society, essentially an open mic for anyone wanting to display their chops in town and promoter of gigs, including Julian Bream, John Martyn, Sandy Denny, Al Stewart.

Scraped degree and spent next 10 years playing in bands and solo.

Career break: I became a corporate lawyer. Yes, the wilderness years. But moonlighting: the songs kept coming, not in great numbers but enough to make me think I hadn’t blown it completely. Recording sessions. Performed at open mics, solo slots at festivals.

Acquired several great guitars, none too precious to be played and I do play them all. On completing my career break I founded an Americana / Country trio, The Prairie Clams, with Oxford guitar legend Johnny Hinkes and double bass maestro Simon Winner. Gigs and festivals. Recorded first album, ‘Introducing…’ and were about to gig to promote when first lockdown struck.


Current: Proud member of Scared Hitless, a group of refugee songsters. Inspired by the group we are now planning to complete recording and release of our first compilation album, Late Night Flying.

As for the future? I’m looking for collaborations (writing and performances). And the songs do keep coming…mercifully.

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