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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Episode 15 – Tommy Sands Interview

Tommy, Moya and Fionán Sands (Courtesy of Ixtlan Artist's Group)

Tommy, Moya and Fionán Sands (Courtesy of Ixtlan Artist's Group)

We caught up with Tommy Sands, world-renowned singer/songwriter and social activist from County Down, at the 2009 Milwaukee Irish Fest and asked him about his musical influences, his new book The Songman: A Journey in Irish Music, and how he views the changes that have taken place in the last few decades in Northern Ireland. Continue Reading…

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