Since moving to California two years ago, Finian and Ciaran Makepeace have teamed with long-time friend and bassist Conor Gaffney to perform their upbeat acoustic music, in venues from San Francisco to San Diego. Currently residing in LA, Finian and Ciaran will reunite this summer with their brothers, Aidan and Liam to collaborate on The Makepeace Brothers’ debut CD. In April, The Makepeace Brothers will join Atlantic Records recording artist Jason Mraz for his “Music, Magic and Make Peace” national tour. The four Makepeace Brothers grew up in the vibrant music community of Ithaca, N.Y. Although they have been singing and playing music together for most of their lives, the brothers were first inspired to write their own songs during a year-long motorhome tour of the US. This trip gave them direct contact with a wide range of American Roots music and the musicians who play it – from bluegrass in North Carolina to Jazz in New Orleans. Their musical and cultural horizons were broadened further by exposure to African, Latin, and Celtic music at summer festivals in New York State, as well as by their experiences as exchange students in Costa Rica, Brazil and England.
In 1996, Aidan, Liam, and Finian founded the "world rock" band, "Oculus" which produced three albums, and toured extensively in the eastern USA, as well as in England, Ireland, and Brazil. Although many types of roots and world music have influenced the Makepeace Brothers, their songwriting has been equally inspired by the poetry of Bob Dylan; the political consciousness of Bruce Springsteen and Bob Marley, and the array of musical possibilities put forth by U2, Paul Simon, and Van Morrison -- as well as by hometown musicians and friends; Hank Roberts, The Horseflies, and Donna the Buffalo.
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