Sixties rockers Pugma-Ho are back on the road again

A ROCK band started in the late 1960s is set to take to the stage in Uttoxeter at the weekend.

Pugma-Ho will be performing at the Old Star, in Queen Street, from 9pm on Saturday.

The band started in 1968 as Joseph Wright Art School band The Incas with Chris Camm on the guitar and Dave Coxon on bass.

They were eventually joined by Keith Gotheridge on the drums and Cliffe Simms on keyboards and took to playing pop music around the local pubs and clubs.

As the band moved towards the rock influences they decided to recruit vocalist Bev Staley.

However, Staley’s arrival was soon followed by Simms’ departure as the bands influences started to change.

With original material and a heavier rock sound it was decided a name change was called for, Pugma-Ho (kiss my a**e in Gaelic) was born.

They started to establish themselves on the rock circuit, playing the top London venues such as The Marquee Club, The Temple, The Roundhouse and The Greyhound.

They also played several gigs at the Liverpool Cavern rock nights, usually followed by gigs at Liverpool’s Mardi Gras.

In 1972 the band was the Midlands representatives for the Melody Maker National Rock Contest, playing in the finals at the Roundhouse.

By the mid 70s the music was changing towards punk and although the band continued with changes in personnel and music styles, they decided to call it a day.

It was not until 2003 that Pugma-Ho decided to get back together again, just for the hell of it, but without Staley as she now lives in Australia.

Her replacement was Steve Curzon, who immediately became part of the band, and the musicians said they are once again building a reputation for playing classic rock, the way it used to be played.

Admission for the Old Star gig is free.

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