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Biography

The Makepeace Brothers: Aidan, Liam, Finian, and Ciaran - grew up in and around Ithaca, NY. All four began writing music together during their family’s motorhome travels around the United States.

From Bluegrass in West Virginia and Zydeco in Louisiana to Jazz in New Orleans, Two-Step Country music in Texas, and Native American songs and chant in the Dakotas; American Roots music gave the brothers an appreciation for the diversity of sound and ideas in musical communication.

Growing up without a television, much time was spent listening to their mother’s and father’s records and going to music festivals where the brothers were exposed to music from Latin America and Africa.

The brothers’ songwriting was heavily influenced by the poetics of Dylan; the political consciousness of Springstein and Tracy Chapman; and the vast array of musical possibilities put forth by U2, Paul Simon, Willie Nelson, Tommy Makem and the Clancy Brothers, Peter Gabriel, Sting, Joni Mitchell, and Van Morrison — as well as by friends and hometown musicians; Hank Roberts, Richie Stearns, and Jeb Puryear.

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