The Makepeace Brothers

The Makepeace Brothers

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“The Makepeace Brothers are progenitors of roots-based power-pop, saturating their listeners with feel-good vibes and delightfully sing-along-friendly hooks. Having grown up at festivals, they’ve been bathed in just about every genre of music we can think of, and they bring these wildly diverse influences together for a sound all their own.” - Grassroots Festival of Music and Dance

Biography

The four Makepeace brothers have been called “The Everly Brothers squared” but their catchy harmonies are only part of their appeal. Aidan, Liam, Finian, and Ciaran Makepeace have gained world-wide attention because their songs move people to think, feel, and dance, with lyrics that are both witty and poignant, and which spread the message embodied in their surname – “make peace”.

Growing up in the vibrant music community of Ithaca, New York the brothers were exposed to all musical genres but their commitment to a life of music began during a year-long odyssey with their parents in a small Winnebago motorhome. That tour of the US gave them first hand experience with American Roots music and the musicians who play it, and that inspired the boys to begin writing and performing their own songs.

The brothers’ musical horizons were broadened further at Summer music festivals where they heard all forms of World Roots music, and from their own travels abroad when they lived in Costa Rica, Brazil, and England, immersing themselves in the music and rhythms of those cultures. After years of solo and ensemble projects, in 2007 the boys finally came together again to combine their musical visions and to create the unique sound of The Makepeace Brothers. Now, after release of two self-produced albums, and national tours with Grammy Award winner Jason Mraz, The Makepeace Brothers have a dedicated international fan-base that not only dances to their music but believes in their message as well.

The Makepeace Brothers band, which has always included longtime friend Conor Gaffney on bass, now incorporates various drummers and other accompanists, and their sound has evolved from an acoustic coffeehouse vibe into a full-throated stage band. Consequently, The Makepeace Brothers have been booking larger and larger shows, and the best is yet to come for this upbeat, uptempo, and politically conscious band of Brothers because their sweet harmonies and sincere, life-long message of peace, love, and justice are exactly what the world wants to hear right now.

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"By the time you finish the CD or get to the end of the set, you feel like an honorary member of the Makepeace Family. They've somehow managed to leave a space in their music just for your own voice to sing along." - Jason Mraz

“The Makepeace Brothers are progenitors of roots-based power-pop, saturating their listeners with feel-good vibes and delightfully sing-along-friendly hooks. Having grown up at festivals, they’ve been bathed in just about every genre of music we can think of, and they bring these wildly diverse influences together for a sound all their own.” - Grassroots Festival of Music and Dance

The Makpeace Brothers have played at the following colleges and festivals:

Arizona State University
Central Connecticut State University
Davidson College
Eastern Connecticut University
Eastern Illinois
Randolph Macon College
Roger Williams
Eastern Illinois University
Park University
USC
Duke
College of Idaho
University of Idaho
The Art Institute of Las Vegas
University of Nevada Reno
Springfield College
Holy Cross
Cornell University
San Diego State University
University of Pittsburgh
Arcadia University
UCLA

Fingerlakes Grassroots of Music and Dance – Trumansburg, NY
Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival – Silk Hope, NC
Sisters Folk Festival – Sisters, OR
Ithaca Festival – Ithaca, NY
Vegan Beer Fest – Los Angeles, CA
Breedlove Guitar Festival – Bend, OR
SXSW – Austin, TX

Lyrics

Caroline

Written By: The Makepeace Brothers


Come back heart, when your mind is least expecting.
You could play the fool’s game but the fool’s game will soon get you
So come back heart, I need your emotion
Once in a lifetime, all of you.
This is your chance you know you’ll make it.
Once in a lifetime, all of you.
Oh sweet Carolina,
Got to have all your love
Oh sweet Caroline
Got to have all your love.

Sometimes time can hurt when you say time has meaning
So pull out your hands and make sure the meaning isn’t there
Come back heart, I need your emotion
Once in a lifetime all of you.
This is your chance you know you’ll make it.
Once in a lifetime all of you.
Oh sweet Carolina,
Got to have all your love
Oh sweet Caroline

I asked myself, I said, “Mister can’t you see?
It’s just another thing you want in life.”
So ooh come back…
I need your loving

Sometimes I tell stories and sometimes they’re wasted.
I push and pull but my heart it sinks again.
Come back heart, I need your emotion
Once in a lifetime all of you
This is your chance you know you’ll make it
Once in a lifetime all of you.
Oh sweet caroline…..

Discography

(2008) THE MAKEPEACE BROTHERS -- Extended Play (11 tracks)

Tracks with Radio airplay: Hero(track11), Caroline (track 3), In the Garden (track 6), Lonely Days (track7), Monkey and the Lion(track 2), I Can Always Do It (track 4)

(2009) THE MAKEPEACE BROTHERS LIVE in SAN DIEGO

(2011 --Jan.) SLOW DOWN, FEEL LOVE

Additional tracks with Radio Airplay (from 2010 Album pre-release EP): Breathe, Coco

Set List

typical 45 min show:
Caroline-Coco--Wake up - In the Garden - Lonely Days - Please Believe - Hotel Room - Hero- -All the While -Breathe - Juca - What a day - Breaking down these walls - Lady light - Going back - Ladada - Softside - About that time

The set list depends on how long we are scheduled to play. We are known for playing dynamic shows that can last up to 2 hours. Because many of our songs are short (3-4 minutes), a lot of songs can fit into our sets. If it is a 45 min show, we usually play about 12 songs. 2 hour shows can include anywhere from 30-35 songs (we have over 50 original songs in our repertoire) . With short sets, we try to stick with songs that are on our CDs so people will be familiar with what they hear.