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Jermy Posted on: 24-Oct-2016, 03:27 AM

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The one and only Poitín are back with new ear candy Simple Pleasures. (Review by Steve Behrens of 67Music)

The award-winning sextet from the Czech Republic, (celebrating their 20th year as a band) return strong with thirteen more traditional music tracks, with some of their own arrangements and showcasing their original sound and instrumentation. We say that because the six members of the band, Sasha Marešová (whistles, flutes), Tomas Pergler (concertina, whistles), Jan Brabec (bouzouki, banjo, vocals), Jakub Siegl (guitar, vocals), Jeremy King (bodhran, spoons, vocals) and Jaroslav ‘Oto’ Macháček (fiddle) have a way of taking traditional instruments and melding arrangements into a uniquely identifiable Poitín sound. Former member Helena Marková returns to spice things up with saxophone as well. Yes, we said sax. (Hey, this is Poitín after all!)

Simple Pleasures is their sixth studio recording (released September 2016) and kicks off spritely with the song The Jolly Beggarman, then continues with an energetic Brendan’s Reels. With a lovely mix of Irish, English and Scottish songs, jigs and reels, this is yet another well-recorded and mixed album from the band. The instrumentation is full and the mix is perfect. Everyone’s instrument sounds fantastic, as do the vocals.

You’ll hear songs and tunes such as Spencer The Rover, Reynardine, a playful tune Tired By Kids, a truly beautiful Last Beautiful Loneliness and much more. The band closes the album with a jolly and aptly titled tune, Twenty Candles on Poitín’s Cake.

All told, after listening to Simple Pleasures, you’ll genuinely feel as though you’ve spent a grand seisiún with the band at Zach’s Pub in Pilsen.

Get your copy of Simple Pleasures at a variety of sources: iTunes, cdbaby, Amazon, Bandcamp, Google Play

Like and follow Poitín on Facebook and Twitter

Review by 67Music first published here: http://67music.net/reviews/poitin-returns-...lt;br>Review on Poitin<br><a href='http://www.celticradio.net/php/playlist.php?start=0&limit=25&letter=&search=Simple+Pleasures&type=album&exact=exact'><b>Visit Album Page</b></a>
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Jermy Posted on: 19-May-2015, 05:04 AM

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Thank you very much for nominating Poitín in the Jigs and Reels category this year. We really appreciate it and are honoured!
All the best
Jeremy King and Poitín
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Jermy Posted on: 13-May-2014, 04:00 AM

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Wish - Poitín
review for The Celtic Crier by Marcene Bronson

The recently released CD, "Wish", by Poitín is literally everything you could 'wish' for in a Celtic album, and then some! The musical abilities and professionalism of Poitín are clearly heard in every song. The talent of this band truly astounds me.

"Wish" is a 15-track cd that has the perfect blend of reels & jigs, vocals & instrumentals, and traditional & new. This album kept me captivated from beginning to end every time I have listened to it, and I can guarantee it is one cd I will be listening to often.

Singers, Jeremy King and Jakub Siegl are phenomenal. They both have the perfect tone and pitch to carry across the stories they are telling in the songs they are singing...a true delight to the listener.

The songs, "Rookery", "The Handsome Cabin Boy", and "How I Wish", really stood out to me, but to pick a favorite is impossible because every song is performed above and beyond perfection!

"Wish" is definitely not a cd you simply want to put on a 'wish' list...
it is one you will want to own NOW!!!

First published here http://www.thecelticcrier.com/wish
<br><br>Review on Poitín<br><a href='http://www.celticradio.net/php/playlist.php?start=0&limit=25&letter=&search=Wish&type=album&exact=exact'><b>Visit Album Page</b></a>
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Jermy Posted on: 13-May-2014, 03:50 AM

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review by Iain Hazlewood for Spiral Earth

The fundamental core of all ‘Celtic’ music is here - by turns it makes you break out in a huge grin and want to get to your feet whilst offering quietly introspective tunes and songs for contemplation. Reels, jigs and beautiful ballads make up the fifteen tracks on the album, the reels in particular shine out with flute, whistles and banjo giving them an irresistible beat.

This big powerful album is Celtic music from the Czech Republic, proof that the celtic spell is cast right around the globe. The Irish tradition forms the core of their sound with Scottish and Breton melodies and tunes dancing around the edges. There is also the new light that artists familiar with a different folk tradition can shine upon it, and what a good light it is.

You can cast aside any doubts about the integrity of the Celtic tradition being interpreted by a band who live closer to Prague than Skibereen. They are obviously steeped in the tradition and have been playing for eighteen years, ‘Wish’ is their sixth album and is ‘a return to purer, traditional instrumentation in comparison with the previous 2 albums’. Play it loud and open the windows.

Iain Hazlewood

Find out more at www.reverbnation.com/poitin
Facebook www.facebook.com/poitin

Firts published here http://www.spiralearth.co.uk/news/Review-s...ry.asp?nid=8490
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Jermy Posted on: 09-Apr-2014, 05:06 AM

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Congratulations on the award, Marc. Very well-deserved!<br><br>Review on Marc Gunn<br><a href='http://www.celticradio.net/php/playlist.php?start=0&limit=25&letter=&search=Not+Every+Day+Is+St.+Patrick's+Day&type=album&exact=exact'><b>Visit Album Page</b></a>
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Jermy Posted on: 03-Oct-2012, 04:47 AM

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splendiferous news- cause fo' much riotorous jollificayshuns. Congratulayshuns to all concern'd.
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Jermy Posted on: 27-Jul-2012, 04:32 AM

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Nice interview with JP Kallio of Sliotar here (June 2012) http://celticmusicfan.com/2012/06/26/j-p-k...otar-interview/
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Jermy Posted on: 22-May-2012, 01:10 AM

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The Celtic Music Fan writes:
De La Basse Bretagne is an album by Poitin, a Celtic band based in the Czech Republic. Since the release of their first album in 2000, the band have gained a steady cult following around Europe and the UK. Thanks to the wonders of the internet, people don’t have to wait for music to get into their music store. They can just search the web and discover the kind of music they want.

De La Basse Bretagne is a fine example of a musicianship that has grown ripe with challenges, time and passion. The opening track J’ai Une Bonne Amie a Quimperle defines the kind of consistency you can find in the album. The strong and at times silky delivery of the female vocals and also the tight execution of instruments make you hope that there is a follow-up to this Breton flavored album.

They have other releases dealing with other styles around the seven Celtic nations. But what makes this one great for me personally is the dedication to the kind of music that are associated around the geographical the area. And not only do they give justice to tracks like De La Basse and Marv Pontkalleg with mouth-watering instrumental execution but also because of the sensitivity that Jeremy King and the rest of the band put to this recording. I have to say when you reach track 11 of this album called Son Ar Sistr, you would be rolling your eyes and tapping your feet to the exquisite beat of the bodhran!

I learned that Poitin make their recordings in a live way and have to do it all over again when there is even a slight mistake. Now that is hard to see in current bands with all the comforts of studio layering and sound engineering. And this makes them the best live band ever.

Review originally published in The Celtic Music Fan May 20 2012 http://celticmusicfan.wordpress.com/2012/0...retagne-poitin/
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Jermy Posted on: 23-Apr-2012, 03:41 AM

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Mike from Celtophilia writes:
Poitin has one of the most interesting stories of any of the CD submissions we’ve received. They are a Celtic group based out of Plzen, Czech Republic. If any of you are beer lovers, yes, I mean THAT Plzen. If you’re wondering, yes, I have the envelope with the address and postmark on my office wall, if anyone wants to come by and gaze at it. It is my favorite piece of Celtophilia memorabilia so far. If you’re not a beer historian, Plzen is the birthplace of a beer style called pilsner, and you’ve probably had one at some point and not even known it. Most of the “American” beer styles are poor imitations of a proper pilsner. Anyway, enough beer history for now. I think Plzen is probably a great place to be a Celtic band, and Poitin delivers some great music on Hot Days.

The CD is heavily instrumental, and it is immediately obvious that these guys are world class musicians. Everything is brought into nice harmony, and even the didgeridoo, which I’m not a fan of, is made to sound just right with the other instruments. I love that there are four instrumentals on Hot Days which stretch over five minutes each, because I could listen to these guys play all day.

This seems somewhat important to at least note, so yes, the singing on Hot Days is in English, not Czech. Lead singer Jeremy King is not Czech-born, as I understand. So, the lyrics are accessible, even to us ignorant Americans. His voice is clean and crisp, and really quite lovely, and the tracks on which it is taken advantage of are some of my favorites.

The title track of the CD, Hot Days, is an immensely long seven-minute instrumental, dominated in the first half by a soothing, entrancingly slow melody played with a flute or whistle, which inspires craggy highlands and mossy greens. Then, about halfway through, it breaks into a set of traditional dance tunes, and somehow it all just works together. I have a hard time explaining it, but it does.

I am not even going to try to pick a favorite song on this CD. I love them all. I have listened to this one over and over since we received it, and I will continue to do so.
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Jermy Posted on: 18-Apr-2012, 04:08 AM

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Poitín say: 'It was the first time in a studio for most of us, and we were a bit apprehensive, but it didn’t take long for us to get to like the experience. The recording took three weekends, and the mixing a further two. Most of the instrumental tunes we recorded in one take, so if somebody messed up, we had to start again from the beginning- not a pleasant task! Some tracks went easier than others. For example, Vladar we got in one take and Laird of Cockpen in two. But on the other hand, Gloomy Winter’s Noo Awa’ must have taken about twenty attempts. Tyna had to drink gallons of some horrible throat gargle, but in the end I hope you’ll agree it was worth it!'

The result is a vary varied and colourful collection of tunes, as is the band's live set. Each singer has two or three songs, there are slow, dreamy compositions on the harp by Turlough O’Carolan, and fast, rollicking Irish sets. From the very first few bars you are captivated by the massive, full sound and boundless energy and enthusiasm which is a trademark of the band's live shows. Irish musical puritanism was not overly loved by their two whistlers at the time, but we all like a nice arrangement, and the gutsy performance of Jeremy on vocals and his energy and joy which he contributes. To save pennies, Jeremy offered to make by hand each of the CD booklets, and so the first hundred or so copies the band sold really were original. (un)fortunately the copies you'll purchase through sites such as CDBaby are all professionally printed nowadays, but back in 2000 times were different...

Jaroslav Macháček - violin
Jiří Vyšata - harp, violin
Jakub Siegl - guitar
Jan Brabec - mandolin, tin whistle
Týna Franková - recorders, vocals
Eva Šustrová - flute, recorder
Antonín Mužik - bodhran, spoons
Lád'a Pohořelý - accordion
Neige Provost - vocals
Jeremy King - vocals, rainstick
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Jermy Posted on: 18-Apr-2012, 03:59 AM

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Poitín say: 'We bid farewell to Neige in 2001 when she returned to Bordeaux, but before she left we went into the studio one spring weekend and recorded the basics of her Breton and French songs. Neige was ill at the time with a bad back which had an affect on her vocals and gave them a powerful edginess. We left the material in its rough state and returned to it about a year and a half later. We tried to give the CD a different sound from the first one, mainly to give it a more unified mood. We originally wanted to have lots of guest artistes, but in the end we made do with only one, the excellent bassist Dan Eberle. In one afternoon he managed to lay down the bass tracks which give the album a depth which some of us thought was missing from the first CD. Evička recorded her flute parts in an expectant condition and perhaps this influenced her beautiful solo on La Blanche Biche. Next we recorded the two instrumentals, Gavotte des Montagnes and An Dro which we played at concerts long before De la Basse-Bretagne was dreamed up. We re-arranged it for two guitars and tin whistle. The sound, mood and arrangement is slightly different from the other pieces and perhaps because of this we chose it as the title piece. Tyna finished her flute parts with the solo at the end of the recording and also sang with Kuba the Czech folk song, Lída, Lidunka. We added it at the end as a bonus track because we like it, we sometimes play it at concerts…and just simply because it seemed like a good way to finish the CD. Jack-of-all-trades, Antonin Vyshata, added clarinet and suddenly it was completely different from the live version. Apart from the harp and clarinet, Antonin also had a go at the bombard ( a traditional Breton reeded wind instrument) and the ancient Philicordia keyboard which added the darker atmosphere to the bleak Marv Pontkalleg and Kan Bale an A.R.B.
Despite having a few faster songs, the general feel of the album is slower, calmer tempoed, there are no classic ‘sets’ and it doesn’t even sound particularly traditional. It has a slightly more modern sound whilst staying firmly in the realm of the acoustic. The CD booklet was painted by the bodhran player, Tonda Mužík. It turned out really well. His dark blues perfectly suit the mood of the album and, if you look very carefully, you can see a tiny little figure on the landing stage of the departing Neige…(at least that’s what Tonda says, and he should know…)

Neige Pruvost - vocals
Jaroslav Macháček - fiddle,guitar, djembe, viola
Jiří Vyšata - harp, bombard, clarinet, philicorda
Jakub Siegl - guitar,vocals
Jan Brabec - bouzouki, tin whistle, djembe, vocals
Kristýna Franková - flute, vocals
Antonín Mužík - bodhrán
Eva Šustrová - flute and recorder
Dan Eberle – double bass
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Jermy Posted on: 02-Mar-2012, 01:54 AM

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Thanks Mac- so we're paying twice as much over here for our gas as you are in the US?! Bloody hell.
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Jermy Posted on: 01-Mar-2012, 02:55 AM

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Scuse my ignorance- are the prices you're quoting per gallon or per liter? Here in the Czech Republic we pay the equivalent of 2 dollars a liter, which works out at about 7.50 a gallon. That's a lot when the average pay here is 800dollars/month.
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Jermy Posted on: 01-Nov-2011, 03:25 AM

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Hooray- another Czech Celtic band :-)
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Jermy Posted on: 26-Oct-2011, 03:08 AM

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That's weird. Now the editorial review tells us that the album is a solo effort by the Doors keyboard player...!
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Jermy Posted on: 24-Oct-2011, 01:24 AM

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erm- I think the editorial review is a little bit wrong!!!!Omnia are NOT from Italy and have nothing to do with Alex Montana or Bocelli...they are from the Netherlands and are a 'PaganFolk'band. Here is their biography from their website http://www.worldofomnia.com/:
The bohemian PaganFolk band "OMNIA" revolves around the many varied compositions, stories and musical abilities of Jenny and Steve Sic Evans van der Harten. Together with their band consisting of the handsome pagan "guitar hero" Philip Steenbergen (guitars), entrancing Persian beauty Maral (backing vocals, percussion and dance), crazy Didgeman Daphyd Crow (slideridoos and percussion) and assisted by their amazing live-crew, they tour throughout Europe and beyond.
OMNIA brings a musical message of respect for nature, personal liberty and freedom of thought and expression for all. In the words of Steve Sic (the one and only Pope of Paganism): “Nothing is sacred, only nature!”
They fill their amazing live performances to the brim with brilliant and diverse music, satirical humour, visual richness and a very singular anarchist approach to ancient European religion and musical tradition, combined with modern pagan spirituality. In this way they have captivated the hearts and minds of audiences of all ages and musical preferences and world views, giving them a very wide and varied worldwide fanbase.
OMNIA is completely self-managed by Jenny and Steve Sic as an independent and free-spirited cult-underground band which has survived and prospered below the radar of the harsh "regular" music business; writing their own material and recording, producing and printing cd's and dvd's on their independent label "Pagan Scum Records".
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Jermy Posted on: 07-Jun-2011, 04:54 AM

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Understood. He's a big lad, he'll be fine.
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Jermy Posted on: 04-May-2011, 12:55 AM

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On behalf of the band, thank you all very much. Jeremy and Poitín.
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Jermy Posted on: 28-Apr-2011, 08:54 AM

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Welcome aboard! I'm not from Bath, but Pilsen in the Czech Republic. Quite close, isn't it? Perhaps? Maybe not :-) All the best to you tongue.gif
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Jermy Posted on: 25-Mar-2011, 03:07 AM

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That's really lovely :-)
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Jermy Posted on: 11-Jan-2011, 03:33 AM

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Hi there! Thank you very much for nominating us in the Awards again this year-we really appreciate it :-) All the best to you from Jeremy and Poitín.
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Jermy Posted on: 10-Jan-2011, 02:51 AM

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Congrats to Slrjoecool - hope you enjoy the CD :-)
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Jermy Posted on: 06-Jan-2011, 08:29 AM

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Happy New Year to you! Milk or cream with that coffee? biggrin.gif
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Jermy Posted on: 24-Nov-2010, 02:46 AM

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Hi Rindy-we really appreciate all the support we are getting from all you lovely people at Celtic Radio :-)
Jeremy and Poitin.
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Jermy Posted on: 23-Nov-2010, 03:38 AM

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Review from CDBaby
author: Tim Donkin
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 Irelands 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.
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