The Francis McPeake School of Music in Belfast have lost their funding and now require some assistance from musicians as well as lovers of traditional Irish music. The McPeake family were one of the pioneer folk bands of the 1950s and 1960s. In 1977 a Redemptorist Priest, from Clonard Monastery, approached Francis McPeake II and III to arrange a six week programme, for the local community, in order to create an incentive for the youth of the area to develop an interest in music. As a result, the 'Francis McPeake School of Music' was established, and what was intended to be a six week holiday programme, has developed into an internationally renowned centre of excellence, now entering its 30th year.
Francis McPeake II and III, the creators and inspiration behind the 'Francis McPeake School of Music', believed that people from all backgrounds, all ages and across N. Ireland's religious and political divide could be brought together by a love of Irish traditional music inspired and nurtured by the McPeakes. Please visit the School's website to learn about the Mystery Mosaic Campaign and see what you can do to assist in keeping the School open as it's a valuable part of Belfast's culture.. Bands, businesses, fans of music, individuals, local communities and schools can all help in this campaign. There's no age limit. http://www. francismcpeake.com Please spread the word.