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Cheers! CD Launch party with special guests Poitín at Zachs Pub, Plzeň Czech Republic Thursday 9 May 2013
(You can read an illustrated version of this blog post with active links at http://celticmp3s.com/2012/robots-bagpipes-and-celtic-music/ ) Here’s a little quiz for you. What do the following have in common? Skoda cars, robots, pistols, and Vaclav Havel. Got it? They’re all Czech. Really? Mr.Havel and Skoda cars, sure, but robots and pistols? Both are Czech words which have been completely assimilated into the English language. Now, if I were to add to this list of things Czech ‘bagpipes’ and ‘Celtic music’ you might start to question my state of mind. Too much strong Czech beer, perhaps. Nope, not at all. Bagpipes have been used in the Czech lands since time immemorial and Celtic music, well, the pipes and Celtic music are inseparable aren’t they? Find more about Czech bagpipes here And, unlike those Czech words which have been assimilated into the English language, Celtic music hasn’t been assimilated into Czech culture; it’s always been here.
Central Europe has long been known to have nurtured the Celtic tribes which later migrated across the rest of Europe, taking their bagpipes with them, to end up in the Atlantic coastal areas of Spain, France, Wales, Scotland and Ireland, and then finally, much, much later, in emigrant ships to America and Australia. Of course the music and culture and the bagpipes of the Celts changed, adapted and diversified as the tribes spread out on their millennia-long journey, taking on influences from the tribes and lands that they passed through and inhabited. So here we come back to the idea of assimilation. It’s always been a two-way thing, this cultural exchange between peoples living in close proximity. It’s something us humans do well. It’s a way of showing off, but it’s also a way of making friends. Let’s take a modern example-just think about that song by Aerosmith and RUN DMC- ‘Walk This Way’. You may not like it, or you may love it. That’s not the point. The point is that it’s a great example of how two vastly different styles of music (metal and hip hop) played by musicians from very different musical scenes got together and had a load of fun creating a great piece of music. I’m sure you can think of lots more examples in Celtic music. One springs straight to mind; the Afro-Celt Sound System . There’s another example of how very different musical styles meld together and create something exhilarating.
This is all quite a long way from the Czech Republic and Celtic music, though. When people listen to our music they are usually surprised to find out that we’re from the Czech Republic.(Due to ReverbNation's character limit, this post continues here http://celticmp3s.com/2012/robots-bagpipes-and-celtic-music/ )
Baxter Labados, one of the most prolific bloggers on Celtic music that I've come across, has published an interview that we conducted via FaceBook recently. There are photos, links and things you've always wanted to know about the band but were afraid to ask. You can read it here http://celticmusicfan.wordpress.com/2010/12/20/poitins-evocative-spiritan-interview/ Enjoy. And Merry Christmas!
Poitin's Bofiguifluki got another glowing write-up this time from the goodly people at Celtic Radio. It's a great radio station and a great Celtic community where you can meet other Celtophiles and find out more about everything Celtic, not just music. 'Poitin's latest album, Bofiguifluki, is a masterpiece of traditional Celtic music. Containing a wide range of Celtic music from Calton Weaver, Paddy's Polas, Four Drunken Maidens to the foot stompin Emily. We really enjoyed this talented group from Chezalizika. Aside from being a great group of people, Poitin shows a perfection of music and instrument that will have you listening to these tracks over and over. Beautiful arrangements and masterful talent! 5 Gold Stars from Celtic Radio!' (http://www.celticradio.net/ ) Not sure exactly where 'Chezalizika' is, though! We're actually from Plzen in the Czech Republic :-)
Oh bugger, where did we go wrong?! 'The first track leads you to believe it may be a bunch of great Irish dance music played expertly…but this is not the case.' 'But this is not the case'. But then I read on and discover it's really quite a 'glowing review' as they say. Find out what else Ms. Tully says about us below... Review originally published here http://celticmp3s.com/2010/11/review-jiggery-pokery-by-poitin/ Artist: Poitin Album: Jiggery Pokery Unexpected. That’s probably the best way to describe this CD in one word. The first track leads you to believe it may be a bunch of great Irish dance music played expertly…but this is not the case. This CD goes on to do many different things throughout–and it is full of surprises. Thankfully the arrangement is done quite well so instead of being disjointed, there is a flow to it all. Most of the songs here in the middle of the CD give a full folk feel which is well-honed. Tracks such as “A Bucket Full of Mountain Dew” and “Springtime Frolics” are delightful, and tracks like “Lover’s Ghost” and “Carolan’s Ramble to Cashell” give the listener more of the typical fare one might expect from a band with this type of style. But then… once again… things shift a bit. As you get to the last of this, there’s a wild remix of “Step it Out” on track 14, and it isn’t the only one on the album. The nice part is that these remixes are all grouped at the end, so they don’t confuse the listener part of the way through. Instead they save this unique take on these tunes for later. It was actually kind of a neat way to end the CD, and, as I said before–unexpected. Catherine L. Tully specializes in writing about the arts, lifestyle and travel. She is the Owner of 4dancers, a blog for those who love dance, and Editor for Freelance-Zone, an award-winning site for freelance writers. Catherine also reviews music for Celtic MP3s Music Magazine.
It tickled me pink when I checked Marc Gunn's Celtic & Irish Music Podcast site this month and saw that Jiggery Pokery is the featured album. As Marc says, in the old days DJs used to sometimes play a whole album from cover to cover - think the late lamented John Peel, for example. Now I know how the Beatles felt when he played Sargent Pepper from beginning to end...You can listen to it here too. Jiggery Pokery, not Sgt Pepper, of course. http://celticmusicpodcast.com/2010/11/irish-celtic-music-podcast-93-special-feature-on-poitins-cd-jiggery-pokery/
I was asked to review the latest work of the up and coming Pilsen folk/jazz band Poitin and having recently received their rather deftly named 'bolkjhgfdsa' I would like to alert the world to a rising star in this genre, if indeed they occupy any genre at all. The band was formed in the dank and atmospheric beer halls of Pilsen and has been evolving over the past ten years with various influences including Celtic, Breton and Czech folklore and thoroughly individual improvisational jazz with an element of music hall and thrash metal thrown in. The up to date version seems to mark the transition of the group from pub band to serious contributors to the contemporary scene. The production is slicker, the sound smoother the balance of instruments and voice more congruent and an adventurous range of styles and moods. The CD begins with a good old rollicking Irish stomper with strong bodhran sounds and a wide range of different instrumental improvisations before giving way to a remarkably smooth and melodious version of Calton Weaver including a transcendental instrumental break, followed by the spine tingling Hare's Lament in which the music follows the huntsmen of highlands and lowlands of rhythmic expression . The signature tune of 'Bofiguifluki' is a statement of what established worshippers would recognise as the Poitin sound, with sequences of exquisite music overlaying and building on each other to be picked up by a new instrument or arrangement culminating in a bold saxophone demonstration which pulls together the various themes of the piece into a dynamic folk jazz collection which is both emotive and danceable. The next track tells a tale of sweet innocent love inadvertently leading to a shag with an elderly lady. How old 'twice 6, 7 twice twenty and eleven' actually is depends on how lurid the listener's imagination, but the whole song is so poignantly beautiful as to make the grim denouement seem unfortunate. Poitin then skitter through a lively Cunla my dear before the bizarre and sinister Bedlam Boys, a couple more instrumental meditations leading up to the grand finale of St Patrick was a Gentleman with a panoramic instrumental build up to the tale of the slaughter of Ireland's small creatures.The post script to the CD is a gentle Copperesque harmonised vocal Next Market Day which contrasts with the almost full hour of highly energetic music before. The CD as a whole is a marvellous journey through the band's repertoire and in my opinion their best album to date. Tim Donkin.
I dug up a long lost video of our Hot Days album release show the other day. I was pleasantly surprised by what I saw and heard-it was ages ago-2006, actually, and it was great to see us all going for it with those then-new tunes. Me in a kilt, and all! The stand out musician for me is definitely Helena on saxes and whistles, although the rest put in a pretty darn fine display too. Have a look at a couple of tunes on You Tube here- Midsomer Set http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bHZ73CdwdGE and Hot Days http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gu83BX8gC0U
Hi there-thanks for having a look in. We want to tell you that we have a new video up on our ReverbNation site. It's a montage of memories from the last few years playing together with Poitín.The music is our set Springtime Frolics from our album Hot Days. Download the whole album from www.celticdownload.com or go to www.cdbaby.com/poitinmusic where you'll find it on our Best of Poitín album Jiggery Pokery. We'd like you to review the album too while you're there. Thanks! All the best to all of you Poitín