Ask Bob Dylan, Van Morrison, or Bono about the roots of Irish Music, and they will point you to the McPeake Family!
The four generations of the McPeake Family are one of those rare Irish gems that have been whispered as ‘folk-royalty.’ Their beloved song “Wild Mountain Thyme” has been on the lips of music lovers across the globe - in Irish pubs, concert halls, and music festivals worldwide - since it was first performed in the late 1940s. This hauntingly beautiful folk anthem has been covered by music superstars such as Glen Frey, Rod Stewart, Bob Dylan, and Judy Collins, to name but a very few.
The music of McPEAKE, the latest musical incarnation from this storied bloodline, nods to the past generations of the iconic McPeake Family but has journeyed now to new territory and created their own sound. The innovative use of McPEAKE’s traditional instruments, coupled with Paula McPeake’s contemporary songwriting, creates a startling new perspective on an old musical genre. Their unique blend of Indie, Folk, and Irish music figured prominently in the Emmy Award-winning PBS Special, “Music Of Ireland,”
First introducing their music to the United States in 2009, audiences are drawn in by McPEAKE’s live performances, from their heart-pumping instrumentals to heart-stirring lyrics. They quickly graduated to the main stages of the North American festival circuit, performing regularly to audiences of over 10,000 people attracting a widely diverse audience and a global following.
The music of Belfast, Northern Ireland’s McPEAKE, is a unique blend of Indie, Country, Folk, and Irish music that attracts widely diverse audiences that might not otherwise commingle. Fans consistently use superlatives such as fresh, authentic, original, and dazzling to describe the experience that is McPEAKE.