Celtic Roots: Team
Celtic Roots Community Music Academy

  Meet the Team

Lesley-Ann Geary

Chief Executive Director

Hi I am Lesley-Ann. I am a highly motivated, dedicated and enthusiastic music teacher with over 26 years experience of teaching in numerous schools and colleges across the UK. My specialist subjects are piano, flute, clarinet and saxophone. I also enjoy singing and playing tin whistle, accordion and drums. I was classically trained at the Royal Academy of Music in London  and I am passionate about all genres of music, particularly Celtic music due to my strong family roots. After having a "suprise" edition to our family in 2011 I decided to change my ten year role as a  woodwind specialist for the LEA out in North Wales to persue my dreams within Celtic Roots.  I am an official adjudicator for local music festivals and a professional accompanist. In the past I have been Musical Director for an opera company and have been very involved in teaching and co-ordinating musical events for visually-impaired and disabled pupils. I also run youth music groups at church and youth music clubs within schools.


Richard Stamper

Richard Stamper


Hi, I'm Richard (Celtic Roots' Strings Consultant). I've travelled worldwide as a violinist-educator, am a Fellow of the Royal Schools of Music and have held Head of Strings posts including Wellington, King's Canterbury, and The University of Reading (my quartet, the Navarra, held the first British Telecom Residency there, and toured South America).I've taught at universities as diverse as Oxford, Cairo and Wits Johannesburg, and have surviving pupils aged 4 - 85! I'm a Naxos solo artist. My recordings of Russian chamber music, with Vovka Ashkenazy, were rated '5-stars' by Classic CD magazine. There have been some interesting concerto appearances: at the Eurostar Opening Ceremonies, I played Vivaldi's Four Seasons, on both sides of the Channel (although not at the same time!). I've led both London and overseas orchestras, perhaps most notably the SABC National Symphony in the 90s,(I emigrated to take-up the post). We were a busy broadcasting orchestra, but it was our Outreach work for 'the new South Africa' that we were most proud of.

Chris Kelly

Chris Kelly


The Beatles stirred in me an interest in music in the early 60's. That’s when I bought my first acoustic guitar for £3 ten shillings. After that I progressed to an Egmond electric and played in 3 different showbands of the time, mainly playing pop and country music. After a long layoff from music I have recently got back into music again. I currently play with the band Inisheer, which mainly plays Irish, Scottish and Welsh traditional tunes and songs. I also help out on a Thursday at Celtic Roots Music Academy, teaching bodhran and guitar and facilitating group playing.



Jem Hammond


Hi, I am Jem. I play flute and whistle, and also the pibgorn, bodhran and recorder. I have been involved in Irish and Welsh Traditional Music since the late 1970's. I am an experienced tutor, workshop leader and performer. I was a member of the former Welsh band Hogiau'r Gororau (Lads of the Marches) and I have played for both display and social dancing. I am a member of Y Glerorfa, the Welsh Folk Orchestra, and a regular "sessioneer" at Welsh and Irish sessions. I occasionally write my own tunes in the traditional idioms. I restore and sell antique wooden flutes and I am a maker of simple PVC piccolos. After reading Archaeology at University College Cardiff  I went on to do a PGCE in History. I enjoy sharing and passing on my knowledge of flutes, my practical skills and my passion for history, culture, heritage, musical engineering and art and tradition.

Michael Silcock

Mike Silcock

Celtic Roots Community Music Development and Musician

Hi I’m Mike, I’m from the Wirral and I’m a singer/songwriter/musician. I started playing guitar and drums age 7, wrote and recorded my first song at 10, and formed my first band at 11. When I was 16, I trained as a sound engineer in Liverpool and I’ve spent the last 27 years working in bands, writing songs, recording albums, playing locally and nationally. I moved to Loughrea, Co.Galway in 1995 to experience the Irish way of life and get back my Irish roots. I wrote many songs during my time there and met many inspiring people along the way. I enjoy teaching children and adults alike and strive at all times to encourage, nurture and support everyone in my charge. My skills as a good communicator and multi-instrumentalist serve me well when teaching, as I can provide a lifetime of experience in a warm and friendly way. I have a gentle personality and a good sense of humour, which I'm told is very endearing!


Tricia McClureTricia McClure


Hi, I am Tricia.  I sing, play piano, church organ, theatre organ, and flute. I have been playing the organ since I was 12, and have run church choirs since I was 17. I particularly love playing and singing for weddings, both in church and at champagne receptions. I taught in schools for many years, running choirs, small music groups and country dancing groups. My absolutely greatest passion is dancing, and I particularly love ceili dancing. I spent many happy years ceili dancing at the Irish Centre in Mount Pleasant, Liverpool, and still ceili dance at St. Michael’s and other venues. I am thrilled to be able to pass on my knowledge of ceili dancing to keep the tradition alive.

Saul Producer Director

Saul Murphy


Hi, I am Saul and I produce and direct theatre shows. I am artistic director with 100th Meridian Theatre Company and imaginer/producer with Redcap Productions as well as a part-time drama lecturer in schools and colleges around the North West of England. I have just finished my first feature film as a co-producer and I have worked in films, TV and radio as an actor. I have Celtic roots on both side of the family.