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 http://www.mcpeakemusic.com/. 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 http://www.vendio.com/stores/mcpeakeband/item//-these-days-album/lid=8952504. You can also connect with the current McPeake band and hear samples of their music on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/pages/MCPEAKE/51053409251.