Fruupp



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Formed: 1971 (43 years ago)


Biography

Fruupp was the brainchild of Vincent McCusker, guitarist extraordinaire, songwriter and vocals, and a native of Maghera, Northern Ireland. Vince had been a member of The Blues by Five - an R&B group who performed mostly on the famous Irish-Showband, ballroom circuit. There weren't really a lot of other places to play in Ireland at that point so Vince's idea was to form a progressive group and shortcut the Belfast/Irish circuit by heading straight to London.

The band line up was Vince McCusker on guitar and vocals; Martin Foye, late of Fossets Circus on drums; Stephen J. Houston an ex - ... Read more

Fruupp was the brainchild of Vincent McCusker, guitarist extraordinaire, songwriter and vocals, and a native of Maghera, Northern Ireland. Vince had been a member of The Blues by Five - an R&B group who performed mostly on the famous Irish-Showband, ballroom circuit. There weren't really a lot of other places to play in Ireland at that point so Vince's idea was to form a progressive group and shortcut the Belfast/Irish circuit by heading straight to London.

The band line up was Vince McCusker on guitar and vocals; Martin Foye, late of Fossets Circus on drums; Stephen J. Houston an ex - Ulster Youth Orchestra member, on oboe, keyboards and vocals, and the multi-talented Peter Farrelly, on flute, bass guitar, lead vocals and artwork.

The band lived and rehearsed in a dilapidated house in Belfast for several weeks. Legend had it that the band's name Fruupp came from the name of a ghost who allegedly haunted said house. In fact the name came from a Letraset sheet, which had been all used up except for the letters F, R, U, P. The group added another U and P.

Fruupp's first gig was in Belfast, supporting Rory Gallagher in the Ulster Hall on 23rd June 1971. Shortly thereafter they boarded the Heysham Ferry to play at Mr Smiths in Manchester on 2nd July 1971, en route to London. The played the blossoming underground / progressive music circuit in the UK until August 1973 when Robin Blanchflower signed them to Dawn Records. They recorded their first album, Future Legends, in July 1973 and released it Oct 5th 1973. That first album (in good nick) now fetches around £150 on the collector circuit. Coincidently £150 was the gig fee Fruupp received for the majority of the concerts around the time of first two albums. The second album Seven Secrets followed incredibly quickly, recorded in breaks from gigging Jan and Feb 1974 and released on April 19th 1974.

Esoteric Records remastered and re-released the four Fruupp albums in 2009

Please check the full Fruupp story on writer,lyricist and original Fruupp manager, Paul Charles' web site: www.paulcharlesbooks.com

This biography was provided by the artist or their representative.

Fruupp was the brainchild of Vincent McCusker, guitarist extraordinaire, songwriter and vocals, and a native of Maghera, Northern Ireland. Vince had been a member of The Blues by Five - an R&B group who performed mostly on the famous Irish-Showband, ballroom circuit. There weren't really a lot of other places to play in Ireland at that point so Vince's idea was to form a progressive group and shortcut the Belfast/Irish circuit by heading straight to London.

The band line up was Vince McCusker on guitar and vocals; Martin Foye, late of Fossets Circus on drums; Stephen J. Houston an ex - Ulster Youth Orchestra member, on oboe, keyboards and vocals, and the multi-talented Peter Farrelly, on flute, bass guitar, lead vocals and artwork.

The band lived and rehearsed in a dilapidated house in Belfast for several weeks. Legend had it that the band's name Fruupp came from the name of a ghost who allegedly haunted said house. In fact the name came from a Letraset sheet, which had been all used up except for the letters F, R, U, P. The group added another U and P.

Fruupp's first gig was in Belfast, supporting Rory Gallagher in the Ulster Hall on 23rd June 1971. Shortly thereafter they boarded the Heysham Ferry to play at Mr Smiths in Manchester on 2nd July 1971, en route to London. The played the blossoming underground / progressive music circuit in the UK until August 1973 when Robin Blanchflower signed them to Dawn Records. They recorded their first album, Future Legends, in July 1973 and released it Oct 5th 1973. That first album (in good nick) now fetches around £150 on the collector circuit. Coincidently £150 was the gig fee Fruupp received for the majority of the concerts around the time of first two albums. The second album Seven Secrets followed incredibly quickly, recorded in breaks from gigging Jan and Feb 1974 and released on April 19th 1974.

Esoteric Records remastered and re-released the four Fruupp albums in 2009

Please check the full Fruupp story on writer,lyricist and original Fruupp manager, Paul Charles' web site: www.paulcharlesbooks.com

This biography was provided by the artist or their representative.

Fruupp was the brainchild of Vincent McCusker, guitarist extraordinaire, songwriter and vocals, and a native of Maghera, Northern Ireland. Vince had been a member of The Blues by Five - an R&B group who performed mostly on the famous Irish-Showband, ballroom circuit. There weren't really a lot of other places to play in Ireland at that point so Vince's idea was to form a progressive group and shortcut the Belfast/Irish circuit by heading straight to London.

The band line up was Vince McCusker on guitar and vocals; Martin Foye, late of Fossets Circus on drums; Stephen J. Houston an ex - Ulster Youth Orchestra member, on oboe, keyboards and vocals, and the multi-talented Peter Farrelly, on flute, bass guitar, lead vocals and artwork.

The band lived and rehearsed in a dilapidated house in Belfast for several weeks. Legend had it that the band's name Fruupp came from the name of a ghost who allegedly haunted said house. In fact the name came from a Letraset sheet, which had been all used up except for the letters F, R, U, P. The group added another U and P.

Fruupp's first gig was in Belfast, supporting Rory Gallagher in the Ulster Hall on 23rd June 1971. Shortly thereafter they boarded the Heysham Ferry to play at Mr Smiths in Manchester on 2nd July 1971, en route to London. The played the blossoming underground / progressive music circuit in the UK until August 1973 when Robin Blanchflower signed them to Dawn Records. They recorded their first album, Future Legends, in July 1973 and released it Oct 5th 1973. That first album (in good nick) now fetches around £150 on the collector circuit. Coincidently £150 was the gig fee Fruupp received for the majority of the concerts around the time of first two albums. The second album Seven Secrets followed incredibly quickly, recorded in breaks from gigging Jan and Feb 1974 and released on April 19th 1974.

Esoteric Records remastered and re-released the four Fruupp albums in 2009

Please check the full Fruupp story on writer,lyricist and original Fruupp manager, Paul Charles' web site: www.paulcharlesbooks.com

This biography was provided by the artist or their representative.

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