Elaine McGinty

Elaine McGinty along with partner and band member Joe Buckley founded Phoenix Cultural Centre CIC in 2011 to bring a permanent community led, non profit, cultural, arts, live music and training venue into their town that, despite a rich music and diverse multicultural heritage, currently had none.

They put music on the streets, in pubs, cafes; original live music and musicians and mentoring them to more opportunities and ran a free community festival Phoenix Rising. In 2013 they took over a small shop next to the Job Centre and offered space for training and confidence building to people who had life interrupted and needed to get back on their feet. They hosted beginner’s open mics, affordable or free guitar and vocal lessons, writers workshops and health and wellbeing. In 2018 they signed a 2 year lease on a 1000 capacity disused nightclub offered by the local council to make a successful pilot to prove a case for a permanent venue. Thus the Fiery Bird Venue became another part of the Phoenix story and is thriving, offering more workshops, music, training opportunities and supported work experience.

The building is scheduled for demolition; the challenge is on to secure a permanent base in the town, because, you start where you stand and strong communities make kinder choices, both locally and globally.


Elaine McGinty's Project

Phoenix Cultural Centre CIC/Fiery Bird Live Music Venue is a local project to bring a non-profit live music/cultural/arts/training venue to Woking. Though specific to Woking its founders have connected up with other social and community businesses nationally to share practice.

Elaine McGinty's Tweets

Looking forward to the next stage and as soon as we get the funding in place that will happen #woking #community #livemusic #activism @OneforAllStars @OneOfManyWomen @sheleadschange @theRSAorg @powertochange @ace_southeast @RadioWoking @CloreLeadership @CloreSocial @CBPatchwork

Alt-rock innovator @kristinhersh plays the #fierybird #Woking with support from @AbongFred on 12/5/22
Tickets https://buff.ly/3kRXRY3
With over 20 records solo, with #throwingmuses and #50footwave. Her latest book #SeeingSideways is out now #welovewoking #surreygigs #surreylive

Check out the incredible story of how the @OnionCollective have developed a £7m space in a deprived seaside town. Director @JessPrend will be joining the next @CBPatchwork event on 8th Nov - sign up now via http://cbpatchwork.org
https://www.ft.com/content/4d54fa9e-7faa-45fe-bc11-7b38496ac164 @hazelsheffield

This network was created 18 months ago to give community business leaders, volunteers & local enthusiasts a place to find solidarity, share ideas & inspire one another. We are delighted to announce details of our next free event on Monday 8th November…

Looking forward to playing @acousticcouch again for @grahamsteel6 Sept 21st with @Hadinough #poetry #community #livemusic #society #equality

New Gig 21st Sept The Acoustic Couch Bracknell ! https://ladywordsmithbamboozler.wordpress.com/2021/09/12/new-gig-21st-sept-the-acoustic-couch-bracknell/

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