I’ve been messing around with alternate tunings of the mountain dulcimer. Typically played in the tunings of DAD or DAA, sometimes different keys require different tunings. Although one can capo for different keys, I much prefer to retune to get a “fuller” sound.
Star of the County Down is an Irish ballad, dating back to 1870 or so.
Playing in an alternate tuning presents some fingering/chording challenges, to be sure, but, overall, I’m happy with the result.