Theresa O’Grady – Banjo

Another fantastic addition to our Summer School for 2015 will be Theresa O’Grady as tutor for the Banjo Class in the Afternoon – 2pm to 5pm.

Theresa O’Grady was born and brought up in Luton, England. She now lives in Aclare, Co. Sligo. Theresa along with her 2 brothers James (Fiddle and pipes) and Ciaran (Concertina) would have many All Ireland titles to their names. “The O’Gradys”, as they more commonly known in their early music careers were privileged to have learned their music from, and played with great Musicians such as Annette Caulfield, Tommy Keane, Paddy Hayes and Brian Rooney to name but a few. This exposure from a young age has been a great asset to Theresa as she is now one of the finest female banjo players in the country. She has been a very popular teacher at the Willie Clancy Summer School and South Sligo Summer School for a number of years.

Theresa moved to Dublin in 1997 with work and from there met and married Sligo born Piano Accordion player Declan Payne in 2003 and moved to Sligo. They are both founding members of the Sligo based band “The Border Collies” and Theresa can be credited with the famous “banjo track” on the album “Unleashed”.


Theresa O'Grady


2pm to 5pm