Guitar Chords - Irish Music in DADGAD tuning
Irish and Celtic Music
There are some great Irish and Celtic songs, and some of my personal favourites are:
Star of the County Down
Lakes of Ponchitrain
The best versions of the second and third songs are on Van Morrison's album Celtic Heartbeat. Here's a video of Paul Brady singing Arthur McBride. It doesn't get a lot better than this for a solo performance, though the sound quality has suffered a lot from file compression. Still, the quality of the song still comes across, and you could down load a proper audio track.
DADGAD is a guitar tuning widely used in Irish music. It's not all that traditional though, as guitar doesn't seem to be established much before the 1960s.
DADGAD chord shapes
Guitar tunings can add a lot to Irish songs, and I think Paul Brady is using an open G tuning here, although DADGAD is very common too. Both tunings sound great for solo acoustic guitar. I have hubs on both tunings, and also the chord shapes to get you started in different tunings.
The Chieftains are one of the greatest Irish bands, and well known for collaborations with many other musicians - James Galway and Van Morrison are two prominent examples. On the Old Plank Road albums they play with American country players, showing how closely related the two musical styles are. My favourite Van Morrison track is Raglan Road, a song with bizarre lyrics and a fantastic tune, based on a traditional melody, The Dawning of the Day.