MUSICIAN

Oona Grady grew up in the rich musical community of Ithaca, NY, and has been been listening to and playing music as long as she can remember.  She began her musical studies on violin with Jan Butler and Kirsten Marshall at the Suzuki school Ithaca Talent Education, and soon after added Irish fiddle lessons with Ed McGowan.   

As a teenager she gradually shifted her focus from classical to Irish music when she began traveling to New York City, where she won the regional Fleadh Cheoil, and to Ireland to compete in the final Fleadh (the Fleadh is colloquially known as the All Ireland, a highly respected Irish music competition and festival).  Back at home, her musical experiences were expanded by regularly attending world class music events in her own back yard-- such as the Fingerlakes GrassRoots Festival of Music and Dance, where she began performing with her cousin, flutist Marie De Mott Grady, in various Irish music ensembles.    

At eighteen, she decided to pursue a "Diploma in Irish Traditional Music" at University College Cork (UCC), Ireland.  While attending UCC she received the Donal “Doc” Gleeson Award for performance excellence, made many long lasting musical friendships, and traveled to Spain and the Isle of Man to perform with the UCC Irish Traditional Music Society (of which she was an active committee member).  She graduated with honors from UCC with a Diploma in Irish Traditional Music ('05) and a Bachelor of Music ('08). 

She returned home to Ithaca in 2009 and began performing regularly in the region with her Irish band The Grady Girls.  While back in Ithaca, she was inspired and encouraged by many local musicians to branch out into playing other types of music on the fiddle (especially Old Time and Cajun) and also began playing the upright bass.  These new musical adventures lead to many performance opportunities, band formations, and recording projects, including playing with: The Evil City String Band, Home Remedy, the Bouvin Lovers, and Luke G & the Candyhearts

Since relocating to Saratoga Springs, NY, in 2015, she has made fast friends with many in the thriving local music scene.  She has added electric bass to her repertoire, is in demand as a session musician and creative collaborator, and performs regularly with James Gascoyne as their duo Drank The Gold.  In addition to her playing schedule, Oona runs a busy violin/viola/fiddle lesson studio.

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CURRENT PROJECTS

TEACHING :: private and group offerings for all ages

TEACHING :: private and group offerings for all ages

Drank The Gold :: Duo with James Gascoyne

Drank The Gold :: Duo with James Gascoyne

STEPTUNE :: Trio with Danielle Enblom & James Gascoyne

STEPTUNE :: Trio with Danielle Enblom & James Gascoyne

SCHEDULE

Most shows are cancelled for the foreseeable future, but I am glad for the chance to connect with you here!  

Enjoy, and consider checking out my online lesson offerings if you'd like to play some music.  If you'd rather just listen and watch, check out Drank The Gold & Steptune.

Previous events

Date Event Location
 —  — Drank The Gold :: The Inn at Saratoga The Inn at Saratoga, Saratoga Springs, NY The Inn at Saratoga, Saratoga Springs, NY
 —  — Drank The Gold + Chris Carey :: Johnstown Mid-Summer Concert Series Johnstown, NY Johnstown, NY
Drank The Gold :: Saint Williams Long Point Raquette Lake, NY Raquette Lake, NY
 —  — Drank The Gold :: The Inn at Saratoga The Inn at Saratoga, Saratoga Springs, NY The Inn at Saratoga, Saratoga Springs, NY
LIVESTREAM from The Depot :: Drank The Gold Argyle Brewing Co. - Cambridge, Cambridge, NY Argyle Brewing Co. - Cambridge, Cambridge, NY
LIVESTREAM Workshops at Black Creek Fiddlers' Reunion Altamont Fairgrounds, Altamont, NY Altamont Fairgrounds, Altamont, NY
 —  — VIRTUAL 1st Tuesday Irish Session hosted by Drank The Gold  
 —  — LIVESTREAM Little Folks Series: STEPTUNE! at Caffe Lena Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs, NY Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs, NY
 —  — Folk Club Kids: STEPTUNE! at Caffe Lena Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs, NY Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs, NY
 —  — Music @ Noon: Drank The Gold at the Troy Music Hall The Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy, NY The Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy, NY
 —  — STEPTUNE! :: South Hill Cider South Hill Cider, Ithaca, NY South Hill Cider, Ithaca, NY
 —  — Sean-Nós Dance Workshop in Ithaca Henry Saint John Gym, Ithaca, NY Henry Saint John Gym, Ithaca, NY
 —  — STEPTUNE! :: Hollerhorn Distilling Hollerhorn Distilling, Naples, NY Hollerhorn Distilling, Naples, NY
 —  — 1st Tuesday Irish Session with STEPTUNE! The Inn at Saratoga, Saratoga Springs, NY The Inn at Saratoga, Saratoga Springs, NY
 —  — STEPTUNE! - special preview show house concert, Saratoga Springs, NY house concert, Saratoga Springs, NY
 —  — STEPTUNE! :: Flurry Festival The City Center, Saratoga Springs, NY The City Center, Saratoga Springs, NY
Folk Song :: Flurry Festival The City Center, Saratoga Springs, NY The City Center, Saratoga Springs, NY
Drank The Gold :: House Concert Troy, NY Troy, NY
 —  — Drank The Gold :: The Cock 'n Bull The Cock 'n Bull Restaurant, Galway, NY The Cock 'n Bull Restaurant, Galway, NY
 —  — Drank The Gold :: Stewart House Stewart House, Athens, NY Stewart House, Athens, NY

BLOG: MUSINGS ON MUSIC

Musings on Music #2

I learned a tune yesterday! 

"What," I hear you think, "don't you do that every day, or at least every week?" 

In fact, sadly, no.  I rarely take time to learn tunes for the fun of it.  What a shame! 

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