Friday, July 27th at 8:00 – 11:00 pm
Just off touring with Grammy winner Jason Mraz, the Makepeace Brothers first graced the BloomBars stage four years ago. It was one of our very first concerts.
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 combo 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.
Pianist, singer, composer, and songwriter Sarah Fridrich feels kinship with such artists as Regina Spektor, Ben Folds, and Fiona Apple. Sarah’s also a passionate disciple of gritty, heartfelt songwriters like Lucinda Williams, Tom Waits, and Patty Griffin. Her song “Anvil” was a finalist in the 2011 Mid-Atlantic Song Contest. Sarah tours with, and fronts, her own indiepop band.
Gillian Kirkland is a Canadian singer, accordionist, and composer. A proponent of Neo-Cabaret with influences from both American folk and jazz as well as classical European traditions, Gillian has collaborated with numerous musicians of various genre as well as storytellers, poets, and playwrights. She currently lives in Ottawa with her partner and two children.