1-6-2-5 chord progression
Disclaimer: My grasp of music theory is limited at best (though better than it once was), and my range of experience in Irish music is not necessarily wide or deep. Which is all a way of apologizing in advance if I sound like the guy who bursts through the door yelling, "My God, have you heard about this thing called the Internet…?"
OK. I was reading the liner notes for the (excellent, by the way) new CD "Pride of New York," with Billy McComiskey, Joanie Madden, Brian Conway and Brendan Dolan, in which there is a brief discussion of the "New York style" in Irish music. McComiskey, in describing some of the salient features of the NY style, mentions "a 1-6-2-5 chordal progression in rhythm," which I took to mean a regularly occurring phenomenon rather than a once-in-a-while-for-the-helluva-it wrinkle. If I’m scoring at home, that would mean, for example, playing D-B-E-A (key of D) or G-E-A-D (key of G), right?
I’m looking to explore this progression, by listening and doing, but was curious: Is it almost exclusively a "New York thing"? Are there some keys, or kinds of tunes, where it works better than others? What experience, if any, does anyone here have with it?
Thanks in advance, and sorry again if I reveal myself to be unbearably, screamingly ignorant.