|This article does not cite any references (sources). (September 2010)|
|Origin||Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom|
|Past members||Vince McCusker
Fruupp, who formed in early 1971, were an early 1970s progressive rock band, which originated in Northern Ireland, but developed a fan base in Britain. They released several albums, including Future Legends (1973), Seven Secrets (1974), The Prince of Heaven's Eyes (1974), and Modern Masquerades (1975). They were relatively popular, particularly on the student scene, and as a support group (they supported Genesis and Queen on their UK tour in 1974).
Most of the artwork on their album covers was created by bassist/singer Peter Farrelly.
Stephen Houston left the band in January 1975 and became a Christian clergyman, to be replaced by John Mason, who can be heard on their final album, Modern Masquerades, produced by King Crimson founder and multi-instrumentalist Ian McDonald, who also played saxophone on it.
The band eventually broke up in December 1976.
There were rumours at the end of 2006 of a possible reunion tour, including a statement by Houston on his website that he was: "definitely open to the possibility of a reunification tour if management, funding and the band members personal lifestyles could handle the upheaval".
- Vince McCusker - Guitar, Vocals (born 3 October 1949, Maghera, County Londonderry, Northern Ireland)
- Stephen Houston - Keyboards, Oboe, Vocals (1971 - January 1975) (born 18 July 1953, Dublin, Republic of Ireland)
- Peter Farrelly - Bass, Guitar, Lead Vocals (born 4 January 1949, Belfast)
- Martin Foye - Drums, Percussion (born 13 May 1951, Dungannon, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland)
- Miles McKee (late 1969-1971?) (born Maghera, County Londonderry)
- John Mason - Keyboards, Vibes, Vocals (January 1975 - December 1976)
- Future Legends (released: October 5, 1973)
- Seven Secrets (released: April 19, 1974)
- The Prince of Heaven's Eyes (released: November 8, 1974)
- Modern Masquerades (released: February 1975)
Single 45 rpms:
- Prince of Darkness/Annie Austere (released: October 11, 1974, Dawn Records)
- Prince of Heaven/Jaunting Car (released: December 1974, Dawn Records)
- Janet Planet/Misty Morning Way (released: 1975, Pye Records)
- Songs For A Thought (released: 1992)
- Future Legends/Seven Secrets (released: 1996)
- The Prince of Heaven's Eyes/Modern Masquerades (released: 1996)
- Fruupp/Houston Official Site
- Fan site
- Fruup at Alex Gitlin
- Fruup at AllMusic
- The Fruupp Story by former manager Paul Charles.