Jody is accomplished on a variety of instruments and whilst well known for his tenor banjo playing, is also a previous All Ireland winner on tin whistle. More recently Jody won, for two years in a row, the gold medal for the newly composed tune category at Fleadh Cheoil na hEireann.
Based predominantly in northern England, in his youth, he performed at international level with the Leeds Ceili Band and was a regular tutor at music festivals including Willie Clancy Summer School and Tocane (France). Jody has adjudicated at the top level and with a musical heritage in the Sligo style, he has a vast repertoire of tunes. Being a keen session musician, Jody is always happy to help out others needing guidance. His influences include Joe Cooley, Paddy Canny and Paddy Fahy. Since emigrating to Wodonga, Australia with his family nine years ago he has been nurturing the scene in the North East of Victoria with a twice annual traditional music festival from where he helped direct and produce a Ceili House broadcast in late 2012. He is also a mainstay in the newly formed Facebook group, ‘Banjoheads’