|Gerry O'Glacain from The Irish Brigade and Martin Dardis
Info, about Martin Dardis And The Site
The only reason this guitar and lyrics site is here is to keep the Irish tradition of singing
and playing music alive and kicking ,since I started back in March 2004 [this site] I have received hundreds of
requests through email and the guestbook for songs , most of which I have provided and are on the site , the others I have
emailed on to the people who requested them.
I don't get many requests for chords anymore, that's a good thing and shows that I already have most of
them here already
This is a LIVE site , probably the only one of it's kind to accept requests and for the webmaster to try
work out the chords for visitors.
Favorite pass time=Playing music with the lads in the pub.
Updating web site=25 hours a week, once you start something like this it's hard to stop
What do I play ? mostly guitar, a bit of banjo and tin whistle.
Where am I from ? Co. Dublin Ireland
Collecting Irish songs and promoting them is a passion with me
The site receives on average 12000 visits a day. and has now reached the 10,000000
million mark as from December 2010
It has helped thousands of guitar players of Irish songs, I know this because of the amount of emails
The design evolved through trial and error , I keep the layout simple and easy to navigate , This
is a user friendly site, avoid sites with pop ups ,as they are bad for your computer, the guitar chords are kept very basic,
mostly three chords, If you came here looking for Boyzone or Westlife lyrics and chords, then you came to the wrong place,
sure them boys don't even know the chords themselves.
Recently I started collecting general folk songs from around the world, especially from England, America
and Germany which has a rich culture in folk songs.
The Tin Whistle Sheet Music Notes are mostly old traditional songs that have been around for years, it's impossible to get any songs that were brought
out in the last 30 years or so.
Irish Singers And Songwriters Music Here
There are now 103 Wolfe Tones songs, 65 Christy Moore, 116 Dubliners, 44 Fureys, 32 Mary Black, 52 Pogues,
40 Foster And Allen, 38 Dublin City Ramblers, 25 Barleycorn, 60 Johnny McEvoy 30 Clancy Brothers, 6 Charlie And The Bhoys,
8 Gary Og, 7 Celtic Thunder with a total of 1,250 including the traditional and folk songs. These
are estimates as songs get added here on a regular basis.
Have Your Song Published Here
If you have written an Irish song or even a folk song and want it published here just send it to me at the
email address, lots of novice and established singer songwriters already have, if you have chords or sheet music for your
song send it also and any backround information that might be of intrest. Keep the tablature easy.
Why Don't Irish Radio Stations Play Our Songs ?
Well that question has puzzled me for years, I live in Dublin and if you were to hear even one of the songs
I've on the site in a month you be lucky. There are radio stations for every brand of music here in Ireland except Irish.
I'm involved in several Irish music discussion boards on the net and if for example The Wolfe Tones get
one of their songs on radio it's a big deal with the board members at The Wolfe Tones site, they want to know what radio station
played the song, what D.J what time etc.
It should not be like this, our music has been handed down through the generations at sessions, open houses,
crossroads dances and so on.
Things have moved on, I can only speak about Irish t.v and radio here, I've been told in Canada Irish music
gets hugh airtime.
If it was left to the big Irish stations then our songs and stories would have died a death years ago because
all they play is non stop hip-hop, rap, and nonsencical pop music with no social value.
Folk songs tell a story, you can learn a lot from an old ballad, you will get an insight into the social
history of your country by listening to it's folk/ballad songs. I'm sure most of you have been to YouTube to watch the songs,
look how many hits the songs get. There are some old folk tunes there that have gotten a few hundred thousand hits.
sad when we have to go on the internet to listen to our own songs.
Shame on the radio stations in Ireland that won't play
There are a few exceptions, Donnncha O'Dulaing on Saturday nights with ''Failte Isteach at 10 pm plays all
Irish songs for an hour.
Are Rebel Songs Dying Out At Sessions
Over the past couple of years I've noticed that rebel songs are not being played much by ballad groups or
at sessions. Has anybody else noticed this ? This would be a shame in my opinion, the memory of our forefathers who fought
so bravely for Ireland's freedom should be remembered and honored. Perhaps the rebel songs are just not being played around
the Dublin area where I attend ballad sessions and are being played elsewhere ? but I have seen folk groups where in
the past have included a good amount of rebel songs and are no longer playing them. Of course I'm not referring here to The
Wolfe Tones, but to the other less well known ballad groups who play the pubs and clubs around Ireland every night. I would
appreciate your view on this. If you regurally do a folk session consider throwing in a few rebel songs, have a look at the
Wolfe Tones section for ideas The Wolfe Tones Story
The Google Search On The Site
If you are looking for a particular song that you can't remember the name of just enter a few words into
the Google search box. The search results will be for this site only. I get lots of guitarists emailing me saying they would
like a favorite song they like to be on the site even though the song may already be there, this happens a lot, so if your
unsure of the title of the song it's no big deal, enter the few words you may know and several songs will be returned in the
Contribute. If you would like to support the site, the best way would be to buy one of
the Irish badges
When I started playing the guitar myself there were very little help, I bought a few song books but the
chords were always way too hard and in the wrong key for me and there were tons of songs I just couldn't find anywhere. I
would have given anything for a site like this.
Then the Internet came along, I searched and searched for Irish songs to play and all I got were these big
sites that mainly catered for pop music but had a few folk songs like 'The Wild Rover and 'Merry Ploughboy.
are all the Irish songs'' I used to say to myself while shouting at the computer. Why wasn't anybody promoting the Irish folk
and ballads ? so what did I do ?
I done it myself.
By the time I made this website I already had about 150 songs in my head, going to ballad sessions you will
always pick up a song or two, visitors to the site sent in a rake of songs, and as time went by I developed an ear for working
out the chords myself, the easy songs.
My long term plan is to collect as many of the Irish folk and ballads as possibly, these songs need to be
kept alive for future generation. If the site has helped you please consider buying a badge or you could just donate the price of a pint.
Many years ago when I was starting the site I knew very little about website names and the relevance the
site name to the contents. The reason I picked unitedireland is a mystery to me. If I had a bit more experience on the web
I would have chosen a name like Irishlyricschords.tripod.com. or dublinerschords.com
A couple of years later I purchased the name martindardis.com and assigned it to the old name of unitedireland.tripod.com
thinking all the traffic would be diverted to the new name, not so, the old name was too well known by this stage and most
traffic went to unitedireland.tripod.com and still does.
This has a negative effect on the search engines who see two sites with different names with the same content.
It would be much better if all the traffic went to http://www.martindardis.com/ if you could add this name to your favorites it would be better for the site.
Marc Fahrbach has helped me with well over three hundred songs on this site, his contribution to the
chords of The Dubliners, The Wolfe Tones, The Fureys and a whole load of traditional folk songs has added immensely to the
popularity of what has become every ballad singers favorite site for guitar chords. When I get a request I hand the song over
to Marc to put chords to it. Even songs I wanted to learn myself but wasn't sure if I had the chords correct I'd ask Marc
to have a look and see what changes the song required. Marc comes from Germany and has a great love of Irish music, especially
the Dubliners and The Wolfe Tones. Most of the newer songs from The Wolfe Tones have chords put to them by Marc as well as
a whole heap of the Dubliners songs that were not available anywhere else. He has even tackled some Johnny McEvoy stuff he
never heard of before. Marc has a fine tuned ear for music and I'm most grateful for his enormous input
Below is a couple of set lists for ballad sessions, most of these songs would be standards in sessions.
Add a few tunes between the songs, usually about four tunes. Usually around twenty songs will be enough for any session, mix
them around from week to week but if you're playing the same venue every week you'll need more than forty songs. People soon
get tired listening to the same stuff each time you play.
Set List For Ballad Session
 The Ferryman
 The Rare Old Times
 Belfast Mill
 Missing You
 Sean South
 Sam Hall
 Long Before Your Time
 Black Velvet Band
 The Craic Was Ninty
 Danny Farrell
 Now I'm Easy
 Irish Soilder Laddie
 Henry My Son
 Those Brown Eyes
 Boys Of The Old Brigade
 Streets Of New York
 Leaving Nancy
 Sally McLennane
 Night Visiting Song
 Hand Me Down My Bible
 Steal Away
 Back Home In Derry
 Luke Kelly's Land
 Black Is The Colour
 Rock On Rockall
 For Ireland I'd Not Tell Her Name
 Will You Go Lassie Go
 Come By The Hills
 Town I Loved So Well
[14 Uncil Nobby's Steamboat
 This Land Is Your Land
 Billy Reid
 The Patroit Game
 God Save Ireland
Set List From Anto In Cork
What about the following on the Set List.
I would play a lot of these along with the stuff that you have mentioned in the website.
Keep up the great work from everyone in the real capital CORK...
Luke Kelly Minstral
School Days over
Dirty Ould Town
Leaving of Liverpool
The River..Bruce Spr
The Wild Rover
Point of Rescue
Bright Blue Rose
Send Me Your Set List
Irish Country Music Lyrics And Chords
Considering how big the country music scene is in Ireland I'm surprised lyrics and guitar chords are not
much requested for these songs, ok I get the odd request for a Big Tom or Declan Nerney song. I wonder are the only people
playing country songs on guitar the big name singers who preform on stage ? I'd be willing to place a section on the site
for Irish country music lyrics and chords. If you do a search on the internet for ''Irish country lyrics'' you'll get
very few results, in fact there's none at all. here's a list of singers who's song lyrics I've never got a request for,
to name a few. All top name entertainers and big sellers of country music
- Larry Cunningham
- Mick Flavin
- Philomena Begley
- Kathy Durkin
- Brian Coll
- Danial O'Donnell
- Jimmy Buckley
- Martin McBride
- Mary Duff
- Kieran Goss