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. 

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.

SUMMER 2022 MUSIC CAMPS

Ithaca College Suzuki Institutes

June 27 - July 8 (choose 1 or 2 weeks)

The longest running summer institute in the Northeast, the Ithaca Suzuki Institute proudly offers immersive Suzuki learning. The Institute has programs for Twinklers through “beyond the book” violin, viola and cello students.

Oona is teaching the fiddling elective classes.

Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY

Caffe Lena Summer Folk Ensemble Camp

July 11 - 15 (week 1)

An excellent foundation for playing music with others and with an audience for intermediate folk musicians 7-15 years old.

James & Oona are teaching guitar, banjo, fiddle, ukulele, vocals, etc., and coaching ensembles.

Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs, NY

GrassRoots Culture Camp

July 17 - 20

Immerse yourself for four days of instrument, dance, and movement workshops, with themed nightly dinners & dances.  Come for the full 4 days or stop in for dinner and a dance.  There's something for everyone at GrassRoots Culture Camp.

James is teaching DADGAD guitar & Oona is teaching Irish fiddle.

Trumansburg Fairgrounds, Trumansburg, NY

Caffe Lena Summer Folk Ensemble Camp

August 8 - 12 (week 2)

An excellent foundation for playing music with others and with an audience for intermediate folk musicians 7-15 years old.

James & Oona are teaching guitar, banjo, fiddle, ukulele, vocals, etc., and coaching ensembles.

Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs, NY