Pugh's Place


Pugh's place is a progressive rock group formed in Leeuwarden, Fryslan. Hans Kerkhoven played in a local blues band called Example in 1965. This band turned into Pugh's Place in 1967. In the beginning they played covers by Steve Winwood, The Stones, The Yardbirds and The Kinks. But soon they started to write their own material and the music style changed to progressive rock. A single, Nothing is real / The horoscope, is released in 1969. This is followed by an album, which is called West One. It is named after the section in London where Pugh's Place is situated. The band toured the Netherlands during 1970 an 1971. During that period Kooistra and Ottenvanger, who was replaced by Wolfgang Gobetz, left. When two band members left the for studies (Van der Heide and Snijder), it was the end of Pugh's Place. A farewell concert was held at the Pow Wow on September 26 in De Harmonie in Leeuwarden. Recordings that were made by VPRO radio were released as a live album.

After the band disbanded Nanne Kalma played in a band called Farmer's Union and Hans Kerkhoven and George Snijder went to a band called Ramses. In 1975 Kalma and Kerkhoven teamed up in the folkrock group Irolt. For the past few years Kerkhoven plays in the band Kalis.


Pugh's place


West One (1971)

West One

  1. Drive my car (J. Lennon, P. McCartney) [7:03]
  2. Old private John (J. Ottevanger, N. Kalma) [4:39]
  3. Give me good music (J. van der Heide, N. Kalma) [5:50]
  4. Secret (J. van der Heide) [4:22]
  5. The prisoner (J. van der Heide) [4:21]
  6. Undesirable (J. van der Heide, N. Kalma) [4:10]
  7. Lady power (J. van der Heide, N. Kalma) [6:10]


  • Hans Kerkhoven: Lead guitar, 12 string guitar, acoustic guitar
  • Jan Ottevanger: Bass guitar
  • Nanne Kalma: Vocals, vibes, acoustic guitar
  • Jan van der Heide: Guitar, flute, vocals
  • George Snijder: Drums
  • Henk Kooistra: Organ

Produced by Boudewijn de Groot
Sound engineers: P. Nieboer and J. Schuurman
Recorded in August 1970 at Phonogram Studios, Hilversum
Sleeve by Herre Hooghiemster

LP Decca 6419004 (1971)
CD Progressive Line PGL-2479 (2002)

West one - b side West One (1971)

Pugh Place's music is not very complex and can best be described as proto prog. Influences are sixties beat groups and the sound also reminds of early Jethro Tull and Focus. The album opens with a fantastic cover of the Beatle song "Drive my car". It is a heavy rendition with a proggy flute solo and a great hammond sound. All the ingredients on this track will be used throughout the whole album. So you hear a lot of flute, organ and heavy guitars. Another great track is "Give me good music". It starts with a funky bass line but ends very proggy. The rest of the album contains good music, but it is no masterpiece however.

(Dutch progressive rock of the nineteen seventies)

Hey..this is a good release. This opens with the best cover of "Drive my car", originally by BEATLES I have ever heard. Heavy progressive version in minutes. The rest goes on with a good mixture of heavy doom laden progressive with massive organs.


Child in time - Live (1972)

Child in time - Live

  • Pugh's Place:
  1. Every little thing (P. McCartney, J. Lennon) [5:20]
  2. Child in time (R. Blackmore, I. Gillan, R. Glover, J. Lord, I. Paice) [11:30]
  • Children of Jubal:
  1. Blue horizon (Children of Jubal) [4:50]
  2. Song of jubal (Children of Jubal) [10:50]
  • Rick - Dave:
  1. Song of a wobsal at the Pow-Wow (Rick - Dave) [6:00]

Produced by Wobbe van Sijen

LP Universe 1087320 (1972)

Child in tim - b sideChild in time - Live (1972)

The tracks by Pugh's Place were recorded during their farewell concert at the Pow-Wow (in Leeuwarden) in September 1971. The track by Rick and Dave is a studio recording.

Live (1972)

  1. Appointment (J. van der Heide, N. Kalma) [4:37]
  2. You Know It Tomorrow (J. van der Heide, J. Ottevanger) [4:46]
  3. If I Only Could (J. van der Heide, N. Kalma) [7:22]
  4. Flying So High (J. van der Heide, N. Kalma) [5:04]
  5. After Death (J. van der Heide, N. Kalma) [11:26]


  • Hans Kerkhoven: Lead and acoustic guitar
  • Jan Ottevanger: Bass guitar
  • Jan van der Heide: Flute, guitar, vocals
  • George Snijder: Drums
  • Nanne Kalma: Vibes, vocals, acoustic guitar

Recorded live in Paradiso (Amsterdam), Exit (Rotterdam) and Pow-Wow (Leeuwarden)

LP Universe 1087320 (1972)

This is a live album by Frisian rock band Pugh's Place. Surprisingly it contains solely tracks that weren't released as a studio recording, that is on their one and only studio "West One" from 1969. The music on this album is rather heavy, with plenty guitar and flute solos. Also the vibes, played by Kalma give this release a very distinct sound. As said, the music is heavy rock. The progressive parts come from the instrumental breaks. This can typically be said from the first song on the album, the second has a Jethro Tull falvor over it, mainly of course due to the flute solo. The third track starts rather lovely, but then evolves into a driving rhythm with extensive solos for guitar and flute. Great track. "Flying so high" is a beautiful melodic track and another highlight of the album. The closer, "After death" is the longest track on the album, and that usually means the highlight of the album. That principle goes here too. It is a dynamic track with lots of room for improvisations. All in all a good album. Musically it doesn't differ much from the studio album, albeit a bit more heavy and aggressive.

(Dutch progressive rock of the nineteen seventies)


Nothing is real / The horoscope

Nothing is real (J. van der Heide, N. Kalma) [4:07]
The horoscope (J. van der Heide, N. Kalma) [4:33]