Creative Team

Firebird Trust Artist: Frank Kelly Personal achievements to date: Frank has over a decade of experience in charities and community organisations in Northern Ireland, Irish Republic, Zimbabwe and England. This includes work in community reconciliation, urban and rural regeneration and strengthening communities facing economic or political instability. She’s also worked in various local authority roles […]

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Rikki Thomas Martinez

 Firebird Trust Artist: Rikki Thomas Martinez Personal Achievements to Date: Rikki spent many years studying in Madrid with one of Spain’s leading gypsy flamenco masters ‘El Entri’ and has combined flamenco techniques with his own unique style of guitar playing. When he is not busy touring, recording and composing for Más Y Más (internationally acclaimed […]

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Shirley Novak

Firebird Trust Artist & Advisory Board member: Shirley Novak Personal Achievements to Date: For eleven years Shirley was a professional singer/songwriter touring nationally and throughout Europe, and writing/recording four CD’s of original material. With her own unique brand of acoustic music, she played to audiences all over Europe ranging from 20 people in an intimate […]

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Gary Hammond

  Firebird Trust Resident Artist: Gary Hammond Personal Achievements to Date: Gary has been very lucky to have worked in so many different genres of music, from 12 years with The Beautiful South, recording with James Galway and Norman Wisdom, amongst many others!  He has also worked as a session musician for many TV shows […]

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Jo Freya

Firebird Trust Resident Artist & Advisory Board member: Personal Achievements to date: Jo has been playing at the forefront of the English Folk Scene since the 1970’s. She won the French Gold award for world music as part of the group ‘SCARP’ in the 1990’s. Jo also performs as part of Coope Boyes and Simpson […]

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