Sarah McQuaid Workshop and Concert – May 9th The Oar House Howth

I’m delighted to host and present renowned singer songwriter Sarah McQuaid – DADGAD Workshop 3-4pm and In Concert 8pm. Email or me directly at

Sarah McQuaid – An Introduction To DADGAD

Described by The Irish Times as “a godsend to aspiring traditional guitarists,” Sarah McQuaid’s The Irish DADGAD Guitar Book has become the standard reference on the subject. Topics covered in the workshop include basic chord shapes in DADGAD, the capo and its uses, backing guitar styles, chord patterns, ornamentation and an overview of the modes (Mixolydian, Dorian, etc.) that are typical of traditional tunes and songs. By way of illustration, Sarah will teach participants to accompany a song in DADGAD, including a simple instrumental break, and will then “take apart” another song, demonstrating how different patterns and variations can be introduced to make the accompaniment more interesting for the listener. Handouts with lyrics, tablature and chord diagrams are included in the workshop fee.

Sarah will be giving a 90-minute “Introduction to DADGAD” guitar workshop (see for details) at 3pm on the same day. Advance booking essential as the workshop will not take place unless a minimum of 5 people sign up for it in advance. Workshop fee €20. Thanks so much to Carl Corcoran for organising and promoting this very special workshop and concert! Carl was the much-loved host of the critically acclaimed “Blue of the Night” show on RTÉ Lyric FM for many years. He’s now the Director of the MA in Songwriting programme at the University of Limerick’s Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, and kindly invited Sarah to present workshops for his UL students in DADGAD guitar and songwriting as well as a music business Q&A and a lunchtime concert in both 2019 and 2020. For more info, email carlcorcoranmusic (at) gmail (dot) com or ring +353 87 983 4114. Visit for other tour dates and more information about Sarah.

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