The Engaging Ireland Podcast

Providing travel tips, guides to places of interest, interviews and all things Ireland – Hosted by Travis and Kathy Nelson

Ep. 26 – McPeake Interview

You can’t read a history of traditional music of Northern Ireland without coming across the McPeake name sooner or later. The McPeake family has been influencing traditional music in Ireland and around the world since the mid-1900s and continues its tradition of education and entertainment today.

We had the distinct pleasure of sitting down with Frances McPeake III and Frances McPeake IV at Milwaukee Irish Fest, and they gave some insight as to what has gone into the making of this family legacy. You’ll also hear how the family’s path crossed with those of royalty and a member of a famous quartet from Liverpool and why, despite numerous difficulties and setbacks, they feel that it’s of utmost importance to continue to provide traditional music education to children in Ireland today.

If you’d like to learn more about the history of the McPeake family, visit If you’re interested in purchasing a copy of the CD “These Days,” which is mentioned in the podcast, you may order it online at You can also connect with the current McPeake band and hear samples of their music on Facebook at

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Posted in Podcast 6 years, 9 months ago at 8:05 pm.


3 Replies

  1. Excellent Information, RSS Subscribed :)

  2. Your podcast must be dead, huh? Guess it’s time to unsubscribe. Thanks for the past episodes. I enjoyed them…

  3. Thanks for your concern, Dan, and the nudge. The Podcast isn’t dead. Unfortunately life has just been smacking us around a bit lately. As much as we would like for it to be otherwise, this is something we do in our spare time and, over the last several months, work and school and just keeping our heads above water (with everything else going on) has had to take priority. That said, we did manage to get away from the hectic work schedule and take three weeks to go to Northern Ireland in June. We’re dying to do a show talking about our favorite things to see and do in Ulster. Hope we can record it this weekend or next. More coming your way…really, we mean it! Thanks again for your kind words and support!

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