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Celtic Radio Award Winners again!

Thanks to all for helping us to win the award for the best tune in the category Jigs and Reels in the Celtic Radio Awards 2014. Our congratulations go to all the winners and nominees in this year's awards. You're a fine bunch! You can see the full list of nominations and winners here http://www.celticradio.net/php/celtic_radio_awards_archive.php?year=2014

Nominace - Celtic Radio Music Awards

Jak jistě víte, v minulém roce jsme vydali nové album – Wish. Nyní je pro nás potěšením vám oznámit, že skladba „Set of the Gates: Wedding Reel / Swinging on the Gate / Palmer’s Gate” byla nominována na cenu Celtic Radio Music Award. Jedná se o veřejné online hlasování, ve kterém si posluchači zvolí svého vítěze. Věříme, že i vy se zapojíte a podpoříte nás. Celou skladbu si nyní můžete poslechnout na stránkách ReverbNation, viz odkaz https://www.reverbnation.com/poitin/song/23562180-set-gates-wedding-reelswinging Hlasovat můžete na serveru Celtic Radio (odkaz níže), resp. na plné verzi tohoto serveru. Bohužel hlasování prostřednictvím mobilního zařízení není v současné chvíli podporované. http://www.celticradio.net/php/celtic_radio_awards.php?year=2014 Ceny Celtic Radio Music Award jsou podporované internetovým rádiem Highlander Radio. Skladby jsou nominované posluchači a členy Celtic Radio, kteří jich po celý rok hodnotili přes 700. Po jejich důkladném roztřídění složeném ze zmíněných posluchačských nominací, online hodnocení, přání a dalších statistik, byly vybrány 3 skladby pro každou z 6 kategorií. Jednotlivé kategorie, ve kterých můžete hlasovat, jsou keltský rock, tradiční hudba, jig a reel, moderní keltská hudba, irské dudy a hudba s tradičními kořeny. Hlasování je přístupné všem členům Celtic Radio, kterých je přes 40 tisíc po celém světě. Ti mohou do hlasování samozřejmě zapojit i rodinu, přátele a fanoušky – stačí, aby byli přihlášeni ke svému účtu. Ještě jednou připomínáme – pro hlasování přejděte na následující odkaz a podpořte nás: http://www.celticradio.net/php/celtic_radio_awards.php?year=2014 Výsledky hlasování budou zveřejněny 1. srpna 2015! Děkujeme, Poitín

Celtic Radio Awards Nomination

Last year we released our CD - Wish and we are excited to tell you that "Set of the Gates: Wedding Reel / Swinging On the Gate / Palmer's Gate" has been nominated for the Celtic Radio Music Award. Because it's voted for by listeners, we need your vote! You can listen to the tune now in full on our ReverbNation playlist here https://www.reverbnation.com/poitin/song/23562180-set-gates-wedding-reelswinging To cast your vote, please visit the desktop version of Celtic Radio by following this link (mobile device voting is currently not supported ): http://www.celticradio.net/php/celtic_radio_awards.php?year=2014 The Celtic Radio Music Award is a program sponsored by Highlander Radio to acknowledge and promote exceptional Celtic music across 6 categories of music. Nominations for this award are made throughout the year by listeners and members of Celtic Radio. This year 700 songs for this awards program were reviewed. After a careful screening process, which is based upon listener nominations, ratings, requests, and other radio statistics; 3 songs in 6 categories for community voting were selected. Categories for an award are Celtic Rock, Traditional, Jigs & Reels, Contemporary, Bagpipes and Roots Traditional. Voting is open to members of Celtic Radio (over 40,000 members) and they can certainly accept votes by your family, friends and fans as long as they sign-up for a Celtic Radio member account. To place a vote, please visit the desktop version of Celtic Radio by following this link (mobile device voting is currently not supported ): http://www.celticradio.net/php/celtic_radio_awards.php?year=2014 Online Awards to be announced on August 1st, 2015!

Thursday night is Irish Night!

This Thursday is Irish night at the ACW Saloon in Pilsen, Czech Republic. Looking forward to it!

Cheers! CD Launch party with special guests Poitín

Cheers! CD Launch party with special guests Poitín at Zachs Pub, Plzeň Czech Republic Thursday 9 May 2013

Robots, Bagpipes and Celtic Music

(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/ )

In depth interview with Jeremy

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!

Bofiguifluki on Celtic Radio News

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 :-)

Celtic MP3s Music Magazine Review:Jiggery Pokery

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.

Celtic & Irish Music Podcast Jiggery Pokery special

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/