Jode started playing Irish music at a young age and never quit. Early influences on Jode's playing included lessons from Liz Carroll, John Kelly Sr., Bobby Casey, and Joe Ryan, and well-timed advice from older brother Martin.  Jode has also spent a good deal of time in both Belfast and Cork, playing with and learning from the talented and generous musicians there.

A third generation fiddler, Jode played his Grandfather’s fiddle for many years, and was strongly influenced by his Mother and family from Gurteen, Co. Sligo, as well as his Father and family from Tulamore, Co. Offaly, including uncles Billy, Christy, and Mickey Dowling, all musicians of the highest caliber.

After moving to Minnesota in 1989, Jode played with the Minnesota Music Award-winning band formerly

known as the Clumsy Lovers.  He then went on to form Field Day and Corncrake, both highly influential groups in the Twin Cities. Jode was one of the founding members of Shanachie recording artists, the Doon Céilí Band. In his spare time, Jode is a fiddle instructor and the co-founder of The Center for Irish Music.

Jode’s other projects included work with the Wild Colonial Bhoys; the alt-country band Coolidge; a trip to the Chicago fleadh with the Quaking Bog Céilí Band (a precursor to the Doon Céilí Band); and performing in the play "She Stoops to Conquer" at the Guthrie theater.