Guitar, Irish Accompaniment, levels 2/3

Instructor(s): Eamon O’Leary

This class will focus on approaches to accompaniment mostly using the unique DADGAD tuning. We’ll start with an introduction to the tuning, so no previous experience is necessary, and then we’ll explore the different rhythmic and harmonic possibilities that it affords. Particular emphasis will be placed on chord voicings and rhythm-hand techniques. We’ll cover accompaniment possibilities for both songs and instrumental dance tunes. We’ll also touch on some of the other tunings sometimes used in Irish music. Most playing will be done with a flatpick but we can also discuss some finger style techniques.

Eamon O’Leary


About Eamon O’Leary

Originally from Dublin, Eamon has lived in New York City for many years. He has toured extensively throughout North America and Europe, performing and recording with many of Irish music’s great players. In 2004, he and Patrick Ourceau released a live recording, Live at Mona’s, documenting their many years hosting a session on New York’s Lower East Side, and in 2012, Eamon released a recording of traditional songs, The Murphy Beds, with Jefferson
Hamer, described by the Huffington Post as “ten beautiful, crystalline songs.” He has also teamed up with old friends John Doyle and Nuala Kennedy to form The Alt. Their self-titled debut album was released in November 2014. His songwriting can be heard, most recently, on The Silver Sun from Reveal Records.


In addition to his performance schedule, Eamon has taught at numerous music programs including the Swannanoa Gathering, Augusta Heritage Center, the Catskills Irish Arts Week, the Alaska Irish Music Camp and Boxwood in Nova Scotia. He comes highly recommended by the rest of our Irish staff, and we’re excited to bring him to Walker Creek for the first time!