(c) Manolis Mathioudakis

Kelly Thoma     
Lyra with Sympathetic Strings - Contemporary Modal Music 

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      (c) Giannis Karnikis

Kelly's lyras are made by Stelios Petrakis and Leonidas Spanos.

The design of this type of lyra was created by Ross Daly in 1991. The first one was constructed in Athens by Nikos Bras. This lyra has three playing strings (A-D-G) and 12 to 22 sympathetic strings.

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Kelly Thoma has been studying the lyra with Ross Daly since 1995 and soon after started travelling with him and his group, “Labyrinth” to perform in some of the most prestigious venues and festivals around the world.  She has participated in many projects with musicians from various different traditions of the world. 

As a member of “Labyrinth” and the Labyrinth Musical Workshop she has had the chance to meet and play with many renowned musicians such as the Trio Chemirani, Ömer Erdoğdular, Derya Türkan , Zohar Fresco, Efrén López, Pedram Khavar Zamini, Dhruba Ghosh, Ballake Sissoko, Erdal Erzincan, Mehmet Erenler, Yurdal Tokcan, Mayu Shviro, Ustad Mohammed Rahim Khushnawaz and many more, which resulted in a unique sound and a personal style on the lyra as well as a creative approach to traditional music.She participates in most of Ross Daly’s projects and since 2008 she is a member of Tokso Folk String Quartet with Anne Hytta, Eleonore Billy and Sigrun Eng exploring and creating music inspired -amongst others- by nordic traditions.
With Ross Daly she has performed in Carnegie Hall, Theatre de la Ville, Queen Elizabeth Hall, San Francisco WMF, Rainforest WMF, Womadelaide, Rudolstadt and many other important venues and festivals around the world.
She has released three albums of her own compositions Anamkhara (2009), 7Fish (2014) and “As Τhe Winds Die Down” (2018) and has graduated from the English Literature department of the Athens University as well as from the”Rallou Manou” Dance School.


The term "contemporary modal music" has been created by Ross Daly and describes the sum total of contemporary compositions created today by musicians working within various modal traditions. This music is the continuation of the procedure of modal composing through a very free perspective and is not at all connected with the goal of "preserving traditions". It is the contemporary expression of the beauty of modality (phrase-orientated non-harmonic music which often employs non-tempered intervals).


...upcoming concerts :


August 4,  Erato, compositions by Michiel van der Meulen, Labyrinth Musical Worskshop, Houdetsi, Crete, GREECE

August 13, Ross Daly trio with Sakir Ozan Uygan @ Vamos Amphitheatre, Vamos, Chania, GREECE

August 23-September 9, Trio with Eleonore Billy and Julien Lahaye,  FRANCE

25/08 La Brasserie -Foncquevillers
26/08 Collégiale de Douriez
27/08 Église de Fressin
28/08 Église de Fillièvres
29/08 Epsm St Venant St Pol sur Ternoise
1st till 3rd september : workshop in Abbaye de Belval
3rd of september : concert at Abbaye de Belval
10th september : Tokso salle des concerts Arras


September 10, Tokso, FRANCE

September 12, Ross Daly, Kelly Thoma DUET, Margarites, Rethymno, GREECE

September 16, Ross Daly, Kelly Thoma, Vangelis Karipis, Monemvasia, GREECE


October 2-8 Labyrinth Italia, Siena, ITALY

October 9 Ross Daly-Kelly Thoma duet , Chania, Crete, GREECE

Read her interview at "The Goddess of the Hunt"

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