Marsupilami Band reforms to play the 'Spirit of 71' Pyramid stage at Glastonbury 2011

The first band to appear on the pyramid stage at Glastonbury in 1971, Marsupilami, have reformed to play on the 'Spirit of '71' stage on Friday 24th June (17.15 - 18.15), after being invited by Andrew Kerr, one of the leading forces behind Glastonbury.

The line up for the set will include the founders of Marsupilami, Fred (vocals, percussion harmonica) and Leary Hasson (keyboards, percussion), and saxophonist Paul Dunmall, supported by some of Brighton's ablest pool of musicians: Wayne McConnell (keyboards), Jim Whyte (drums), Vanessa Bielatowitz (vocals , recorder, percussion), Alex Hutson (guitar) and George Oates (bass) - the baby of the group at 19 yrs old!

Marsupilami Band warm-up gig booked at The Latest Music Bar in Brighton
Sunday 19th June at 3.30 - 5.30pm

Marsupilami are set to play a free gig in Brighton's well known "Latest Bar", Manchester Street, on Sunday 19th June from 3.30 - 5.30 pm.

The gig is a warm up show before the band head for Glastonbury to play the 'Spirit of '71' stage on Friday 24th June from 5.15-6.15pm.

The band were the first group to play on the original pyramid stage in 1971, whose 40th anniversary is being celebrated in 2011.

Fronting the line-up will be Fred Hasson who founded the band with his brother Leary, and five musicians based in Brighton: Alex Hutson - guitar, Wayne McConnell - keyboards, Jim Whyte - drums, George Oates - bass and not least Vanessa Bielatowitsz. The band will be joined at Glastonbury by Fred's co founder brother Leary Hasson, and original sax player Paul Dunmall.

The set will comprise of tracks from Marsupilami's two album's released in 1970 qnd 1971 on Transatlantic, plus the one non self written track they played throughout thier short existence, Howlin Wolf's 'Spoonfull', made famous by the Cream.

As the publicity for the second album 'Arena' claimed the music is quite particular:

"Marsupilami is heavy, some of thier sounds you've never heard before, some of thier instrumental combinations have never been tried before....if you buy it, be prepared to wake up late the next morning!"

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Arena (1971) - Audio CD
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Marsupilami (1970) - Audio CD
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Esoteric Records