Oona Grady

Oona Grady is a musician and educator living in Saratoga Springs, New York.  She performs with the duo Drank The Gold, a band specializing in creative arrangements of traditional Irish and American fiddle music, folk songs, and original compositions, as well as other projects including The Grady Girls, StepTune, and Folk Club Kids.  Oona grew up in Ithaca, NY, nurtured by a family and community with a deep love of music.  After receiving a solid foundation in Suzuki violin and Irish fiddle, she began performing with her family band as a teenager, and moved to Ireland at age eighteen to continue her music studies at University College Cork, graduating with a B.Mus. in 2008.  Oona manages an active private music studio and is a founding teacher at the Caffe Lena School of Music.  She also works as a guest instructor for weekend workshops and summer programs, including GrassRoots Culture Camp, The Flurry Festival, and Winter Village Music Camp.

Learn about Oona's current music lesson offerings: 

James Gascoyne

James Gascoyne is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, and teacher based in Saratoga Springs, NY. Originally from Louisville, KY, James has been an active participant in the NYS Capital Region arts community since 2004. He has toured nationally with a variety of groups, at times performing on bass, guitar, drums, and vocals, all the while maintaining an active local performing schedule as well as teaching privately when time allows.  James regularly performs with Oona Grady as their duo, Drank The Gold, specializing in traditional Irish and American fiddle tunes and folk songs, as well as original compositions and arrangements. With a passion for sharing his musical experience with others, he’s led various workshops at times on guitar, mandolin, banjo, ukulele, and bass for the Caffe Lena School of Music, Dance Flurry Festival, and Winter Village Music Camp.

Contact James to discuss lessons:


Caffe Lena's After School Folk Ensembles

Wednesday afternoons + Summer Camps

Spring Session of After School Folk Ensembles begins Wednesday, March 27th and runs for ten weeks (April 3rd off).  Oona and James lead the 2:45 pm and 3:40 pm classes.

Folk Ensemble Summer Camp, week 1: July 8-12

Folk Ensemble Summer Camp, week 2: July 22-26


4 days of Music, Dancing, & Fun!

July 14-17. Early Bird Tickets on sale now. Camp details TBA.


Songs & Stories for Little Folks hosted by Caffe Lena

This Season: Wednesdays, January 17th - April 17th, 2024.  NEW TIME: 10am - 10:30!


Folk Club Kids

Oona Grady, Dan Berggren, James Gascoyne