Belfast, County Antrim
McPEAKE are an Irish-folk-rock band from Belfast. McPEAKE’s music nods to the past generations of the iconic McPeake Family but has journeyed now to new territory and created their own sound.
Audiences are drawn in by McPEAKE’s live performances, from their heart-pumping instrumentals to heart-stirring lyrics. The innovative use of McPEAKE’s traditional instruments, coupled with Paula McPeake’s contemporary song writing, creates a startling new perspective on an old musical genre.
The four generations of the McPeake Family have been whispered as ‘folk-royalty.’ Their beloved song “Wild Mountain Thyme” has been on the lips of music lovers across the globe. This hauntingly beautiful folk anthem has been covered by music superstars such as Ed Sheeran, Glen Frey (The Eagles), Rod Stewart and Bob Dylan, to name but a very few.
Francis McPeake I, penned ‘Wild Mountain Thyme’ Francis McPeake II influenced Van Morrison, Pete Seeger and Bob Dylan; Francis McPeake III taught John Lennon the Uilleann Pipes; and now Francis McPeake IV has formed the new band McPEAKE which appeared in the EMMY Award-winning PBS Special “Music of Ireland.”