FTX-071 - THE
JUG OF PUNCH
Peter Kennedy's discovery of grandfather Francis McPeake, in Belfast in 1952,
both singing & accompanying himself on the Uillean (bellows-blown) pipes,
marked an important stage in Irish musical development. He brought the family
to the Royal Albert Hall in London and, at Llangollen International Eisteddfod,
they won prizes three years in succession with their family trio. Included here
are 11 songs & 9 instrumentals performed by Francis (1) with his two sons,
Francis (2), on Uillean pipes, and James, on the Celtic (or Minstrel) harp.
1. THE JUG OF PUNCH - 2'44"
2. Instrumental: MAIDRIN RUA (The Little Red Fox) - 1'43"
3. MY SINGING BIRD - 3'18"
4. Instr: (a) THE FAIRY REVELS/ (b) THE GREEN FLAG (Marches) - 2'23"
5. THE BONNY BUNCH OF ROSES-O - Frank (unaccompanied solo) - 2'46"
6. Reels: Instr: (a) MRS McCLEOD'S/ (b) SWALLOWS TAIL - 2'29"
7. AN DORO FAINNE (Welcome Home) - sung in Irish - 2'41"
8. Instr: THE BLACKBIRD (Song Air & Hornpipe) - Francis (pipes) & James
(harp) - 1'44"
9. ERIN THE TEAR - 2'22"
10.Instr: LAMENT FOR AUGHRIM - 3'59"
11.THE MOUNTAIN DEW - 1'54"
12. THE VERDANT BRAES OF SKRENE (or The False Young Man) - 3'45"
13. IRELAND, BOYS, HOORAY - 2'27"
14. Instr: THE COULIN - 3'24"
15. SIUBAN NI DHUIBHIR (Susan Maguire) - Francis & James - sung in Irish
16. Jigs: Instr: (a) BLACKTHORN STICK/ (b) SADDLE THE PONY - 2'18"
17. CARRAIG DONN - 2'50"
18. Instr: SE FA MO MHIUGHRACH (The Cause of my Sorrow) - Francis & James
19. THE ROAD TO BALLYNURE - 1'44"
20. March: Instr: JUANITA - Francis (pipes) & James (harp) - 2'53"
21.Lullaby: SEOTHIN SEO - sung in Irish - 2'33"
22.THE WILD MOUNTAIN THYME - 3'00"
Recorded by Peter Kennedy, London 15th January 1961. Edited by Peter Kennedy
and first published on Folktrax Cassettes 1975.
The first recordings of the McPeake's by Peter Kennedy were made in their home
in Belfast in 1952 (see FT-176).
FRANCIS McPEAKE (1) was born in Belfast in 1885, both parents being called
McPeake, his mother from Belfast and his father from County Derry where he was
working as a farm labourer at Ballymcpeake. Through his interest in Irish history,
he had a dream fulfilled in 1907, when a blind piper, John O Reilly, came to
Belfast from Galway to teach him to play the Uillean (meaning elbow) bagpipes.
After winning a number of contests in Dublin, he and harper, John Page, were
invited to attend the Pan-Celtic Congress in Brussels in 1911.
FRANCIS (2), Frank's eldest son, was born in Belfast in 1917. He became interested
in playing the pipes at the end of the Second World War and first played on
the radio in 1949. After being recorded by Peter in 1952, he went to London
with his father to perform at the Royal Albert Hall in 1956.
JAMES, born 1936, started playing fiddle at the age of 9 and piano-accordion
at 12. In the late 50's Frank came across an old Minstrel Harp, made by McFall
of Belfast, and James was persuaded to become the third member of the family
In 1995 the tradition goes on into the fourth generation with better and better
family singing, whistle-playing and Uillean piping. THE McPEAKE FAMILY are now
Francie McPeake, the 3rd, performing with his two sons Francie (4) and Eugene
on bouzouki. The vocalist is young Francie's wife, Paula.