Around 1998 4ZZZ, 4MBS, and Family Radio started broadcasting from the one installation at Mt Coot-tha. Prior to this 4MBS and Family Radio had merely leased land beside 4ZZZ but then Brisbane City Council decided that having three transmission towers and huts in the one place was an eyesore and encouraged the three radio stations to share facilities. This resulted in the three radio stations developing a company called Broadcasting Park to negotiate with the Council. This company consisted of three shares, one owned by each member station.
After playing in rock bands for several years, Cam and Ali Gibbs formed The Firedrakes in 2010. A chance introduction to Loreena McKennitt's music in the early 2000s led the duo to swap their electric guitars for a variety of Middle Eastern instruments.
This musical change of direction has resulted in the album The Journey From Sapien Arts, a 10-song collection which explores the effects of war and injustice from different angles.
2014 saw The Firedrakes' song My Brother's Keeper included on the Reclaim Your Voice - Stopping the Punishment of Asylum Seekers album, a collection of songs by artists from around Australia. The project was instigated by Andy Busuttil from Blue Mountains Sound recording studio and aims to raise funds for the Asylum Seekers Resource Centre. My Brother’s Keeper has also received radio airplay on 2 Air FM as part of Refugee Week 2015.
The Journey From Sapien Arts is included in Radio Adelaide’s and PBS106.7 FM’s libraries and has received airplay on Brisbane’s 4ZZZ. The CD was number 8 on programmer Yesterday’s Hedgehog’s top ten albums for 2014. The Firedrakes performed live on Goldilocks Folk in February, 2016.
The Firedrakes performed at the 2015 National Folk Festival as guests of tribal dance ensemble Silk Road Rebellion, whom they have worked with extensively at festivals and private functions, including The Hills Carnivale, The Valley Multicultural Festival and WelcomeFest.
The Firedrakes have played in Brisbane City as part of the City Sounds programme in 2015 and 2016. They also recently collaborated with Silk Road Rebellion and tribal dance duo Anukara to form Silk Road Tribal Collective, which debuted at WelcomeFest 2015. The Collective also performed at Brisbane FringeFest and Woodford Folk Festival.
The duo has started work on new recordings for their second album, which features songs with Celtic and Middle Eastern influences and includes some instrumental pieces.