Francis McPeake (1885 - 1971):
Francis McPeake was born in Belfast, worked in a factory as a boy, and at the age of nine years played in the O'Connell Flute Band. Six years later he had graduated to second flute. He took the initiative of writing to Ireland's Own for information on Irish pipes and harp, as there was a decline in traditional Irish music at that time. He won many awards. When his daughter Mary died at the age of nineteen, followed a year later by his wife, 'he put his pipes away under the table' and did not play again until his son Francis formed the McPeake Trio'.