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Wish

by Poitín

Traditional and creative, original and pure, award-winning Celtic music, songs old and new, jigs, polkas and reels too.
Genre: Folk: Celtic Folk
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1. Toffee Jigs: Paddy Fahy's / Leitrim Fancy / Sean Bui
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2. The Broomfield Wager
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3. Rookery: Magpie in the Nest / Chicken Fight / Rookery
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4. The Handsome Cabin Boy
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5. Newcomer's Reels: My Maryanne / Tommy Peoples' / McGlinchey's / Kitty Gone a Milking
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6. Farewell Waltzes: Farewell to Uist / Drumgola Waltz
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7. Autumn Song
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8. F Reels: Poor but Happy At 53 / The Road to Errogie / Sporting Paddy
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9. How I Wish
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10. Poitin Still: Scully Casey's / Poitin Still / Shetlag / Muireann's Jig
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11. Arthur McBride
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12. Blue Bear Polkas: Richard's / Willy Wink's / Blue Bear / Bill Sullivan's
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13. Cold, Haily, Windy Night
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14. Set of the Gates: Wedding Reel / Swinging On the Gate / Palmer's Gate
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15. The Liberty
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
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!!!
(Marcene Bronson, The Celtic Crier www.thecelticcrier.com/wish.html )

Poitín (pronounced 'potcheen') is not only that famous Irish firewater distilled from wheat and rye, but it's also an award winning Celtic band from the Czech Republic. The band enjoy pushing the boundaries, however, they are firmly grounded in the pub session tradition and like nothing better than sitting round a table in the corner of a cosy pub and bashing out old favourites about tarry sailors, merry maids and drunken nights.

History: Poitín play Celtic music in all its shapes and forms from haunting Breton melodies to raunchy traditional Irish songs. They've performed at festivals across Europe in Italy, France, Poland, Germany and the Czech Republic. Bofiguifluki (2010), the Celtic Radio Album of the Year, features a daring mix of saxophone, didgeridoo and more traditional instruments to create a sparkling collection of songs and tunes, some traditional, some new, all suffused with Poitín magic. They formed in Pilsen, CZ, in 1996 and have released six albums to date (all available on CDBaby) on their own label and are also included on four compilation albums (two released by Popron, CZ and two by Marc Gunn in the U.S.). The first album, 'Poitín' was released in 2000 and features a traditional collection of tunes including the 'Congress Reel' and songs such as 'Spanish Lady' as well as lesser known Breton and English songs.

The second album, 'De la Basse Bretagne' was eventually released in 2003 and is a tribute to the talents of the band's French singer, Neige Pruvost before her return to her birthplace. It consists mainly of French and Breton songs and tunes and features Dan Eberle on double bass. There is, however, a traditional Czech folk song, 'Lida, Lidunka' at the end of the album in acknowledgement of the band's own Central European roots. Poitín were pleased to be invited to contribute to Popron's 'Best of Celtic Music I and II' compilation albums and recently Marc Gunn's 'Victims of Irish Music' and ‘The Best of the Irish and Celtic Music Podcast’.

Discography:
They released their first CD ‘Poitín’ back in 2000, it has 17 tracks of traditional Irish, Scottish and French songs and tunes. It features Neige Pruvost on the French and Breton songs, Jeremy King’s vocals on the Scottish and Irish numbers and Tonda Muzik on bodhran.
Their second CD, released in 2003, was made as a farewell tribute to Neige who returned to France in 2001. It is a compilation of 12 French and Breton songs called ‘De la Basse Bretagne’ with Tyna Frankova and Neige Pruvost on vocals. It concludes with a traditional Czech folk song, ‘Lída, Lidunka’.
Poitín's third CD ‘Hot Days’ was released in 2006 to mark the band's tenth anniversary . It features 13 tracks with Helena Markova on saxophone. You can hear scintillating arrangements of classic jigs, reels and songs, plus completely new compositions by Helena, Honza and Kuba, all with an unmistakable Celtic flavour.
In 2009 the band released Jiggery Pokery, a collection of favourite songs and tunes from the first three CDs plus some remixed electrocelt tracks from DSPI.
Their fifth CD is the Celtic Radio Award winning album Bofiguifluki (2010), an inspired collection of tunes and songs which has won accolades from around the world.
Their sixth is 'Wish' (2014). As reflected in the title, it marks a return to simplicity and a purity of traditional music from the Celtic nations. It includes both traditional and original songs and tunes.
Poitín also feature on four compilation albums, ‘The Mystery of Celtic Music I’ and ‘The Mystery of Celtic Music II’ (released in the Czech Republic by Popron) and Marc Gunn’s compilations of Celtic music from around the world, ‘Victims of Irish Music’ and ‘The Best of the Irish and Celtic Music Podcast’ .


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Spiral Earth - Iain Hazlewood

Wish - Poitín
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’.

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.

Play it loud and open the windows.
( first published 27.04.2014 Spiral Earth
http://www.spiralearth.co.uk/news/Review-story.asp?nid=8490 )

Marcene Bronson

Everything you could 'wish' for in a Celtic album
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 7 April 2014 http://www.thecelticcrier.com/wish.html )

Václav Bernard (Bernard's: Irsko, irské tance a ještě něco navíc

CD Wish
V pořadí 5. studiové album skupiny Poitín spatřilo světlo světa v březnu 2014 (křest 15.3.2014 v KC Novodvorská na Oslavě svátku sv. Patrika). Obsahuje 15 nahrávek, povětšinou reelových, jigových a polkových setů, zpívaných písní, kde až na výjimky není autor hudby či textu znám. Prvně se na albu Poitínu objevuje concertina Tomáše Perglera a zejména v setech výrazně obohacuje aranže. Sety se skládají z dobře vybraných a vzájemně navazujících tunes. Velmi přijemné je zařazení polkového setu, který se skládá z neokoukaných a dobře padnoucích polek. Skupina staví svůj repertoár a jeho interpretaci na důrazných melodických vstupech, které jsou nevtíravě podporovány rytmickými nástroji. Příjemně se poslouchají písně Autumn Song a How I wish. U prvně jmenované písně jsem měl dojem, že ji znám z jakéhosi skotského sborníku staré hudby než jsem si přečetl, že autorem hudby je veskrze současný kytarista skupiny Jakub Siegl a slova dodal Jeremy King.

Album nahrála skupina v následujícím složení: Jaroslav Macháček – housle, Jeremy King – zpěv, bodhrán, kosti, Jakub Siegl – kytara, zpěv, Jan Brabec – bouzouki, banjo, zpěv, whistle, Alexandra Marešová – flute, whistles, Tomáš Pergler – concertina, whistles. Nahráno v ExAvik Studios, Klatovy. Design – Jeremy King a Veronika Perglerová.
Proč si album koupit? Většinou zde u jiných skupin píši, že jde o unikátní záznam, který už jinak není ke slyšení. To platí u skupin s jepičím životem nebo malou kádrovou stabilitou. V případě Poitínu toto neplatí. Jejich album se fakt dobře poslouchá.
First published April 2014 http://www.bernards.cz/obchudek/cd-poitin-wish-id2014040008

The Celtic Music Fan - Baxter Labados

Wish by Poitin Introduces Fresh Sound and New Artistic Approach
“Fresh” pretty much sums up the sound of the new album by Poitin called Wish. I have listened again and again and I am definitely aware of the new recording approach in this album compared to their past efforts. Even their musical style has evolved. This is not to say that this is better than their past albums. All of their albums including my favorite Hot Days are still worth the spin. But this has a more refined sound in terms of capturing the soft edges of the sound( amplifying the nuances) while getting rid of the rough spots.

The music in general has a more ‘soft jazz’ appeal. I think this is due to the fine tuning that they have done with their sound and it is true they are masters of syncopation and polyrhythms. Poitin has always taken the ‘aggressive trad’ style in their recordings. Their sound has never been modest. It’s a force of nature that renders you enable to prepare yourself for some melodic impact. But listening to the opening track Toffee Jigs surprised me. For this is the new Poitin. This reminds me of recordings by Altan and Lunasa.

You can also note the wispy mix they introduced to their acoustic guitar sounds as in the case of the Broomfield Wager. Vocally, Jeremy King has beautifully covered traditional songs with his fine pipes in this album. And it just gets better and better as you climb your way into the track-listing. Rookery is a devilish charmer of a tune. It is a seductive instrumental with beautiful fiddle, flute and guitar parts.

Farewell Waltzes is elegant in its pace. The instruments weave seamlessly like curtains tangling and untangling in the breeze. I think Autumn Song is the best ballad they have ever recorded as a band. The poignant song about relationships like seasons speak with sheer honesty. If this song doesn’t move you then you are not a human being. There’s no weak track here. Wish is like a novel with chapters working together to form a beautiful story. A musical story. Blue Bear Polkas is just one of the many gems you will find if you listen to Wish.

You can really tell that a lot of love, hard work and passion went to the recording of this album. If this is the new Poitin then all the more reason for me to look forward to their next album!
(First published in The Celtic Music Fan May 5 2014 http://celticmusicfan.com/2014/05/05/wish-by-poitin-introduces-fresh-sound-and-new-artistic-approach/ )

Stephen Mc Sweeney: Celtic Music Magazine

“Wish” by Poitin
If someone was to tell me a few years ago that perhaps one of the best traditional style Celtic bands performing today was from the Czech Republic, I would have told them they were crazy. After all, the Czech Republic already cornered the market on Pilsners. What else do they need? However, after listening to Poitin these last few years the truth of this statement is undeniable. If any further proof is needed, one simply has to look to their newly released sixth album, “Wish,” to find it.

Filled with toe-tapping jigs, riotous reels, wonderful waltzes, along with some innovative original songs, listeners of all ages are sure to be delighted and enthralled by their musicianship and skill. Having originally formed in 1996 and releasing albums since 2000, Poitin has certainly grown and matured over the past 18 years. “Wish” is the next logical step in their evolution after the success of “Bofiguifluki,” their 2010 Celtic Radio Album of the Year.

This new album highlights more of the subtleties within Celtic music as well as the beauty that lies within some of that simplicity. From the precision of the musicians to the expertise of the production, it is obvious this album has been handled with care.

While it is impossible to pick out a favorite, some of the instrumentals I find myself repeatedly going back to are Toffee Jigs, Farewell Waltzes and Set of the Gates. The first track of the album, Toffee Jigs, is a wonderful arranged by the band to start the album in a very lively upbeat fashion. Paddy Fahy’s, Leitrim Fancy, and Sean Bui are all played cleanly and precisely trading off leads while the drum keeps the constant rhythm in the background. Where Farewell Waltzes leads in with a soft, whimsy flute that relaxes the listener. I can slowly feel myself unwind, as the music plays gently. It is as if one might watch two dancers twirl gracefully while lost in the moment. The two waltzes that create this arrangement are Farewell to Uist and Drumgola Waltz. However, Set of the Gates, the second to last track, once again brings us full circle with light, energetic tune that plays with key changes and a variance of rhythms. It starts with Wedding Reel and then slips into Swinging On the Gate. Finally, the arrangement ends with Palmer’s Gate.

Likewise some of my favorite songs on the album are The Broomfield Wager, Arthur McBride, and Cold, Haily, Windy Night. While Arthur Mc Bride has been one of my favorite songs since I heard Paul Brady’s version many years ago, The Broomfield Wager and Cold, Haily, Windy Night are quickly gaining traction after hearing Poitin’s performances of these traditional songs. The Broomfield Wager is a wonderful, forceful song. The steady rhythm of this song gives it a sturdy foundation and the pipes lend their airiness to it that adds a nice contrast. The vocals then add the final piece and tell the story beautifully. Cold, Haily, Windy Night is just told perfectly with such feeling that it truly emotes what the character’s are feeling. Likewise, the instruments actually paint the setting and mood for us as it evolves throughout the song.

Lastly, Poitin introduces several new songs on this album as well. Autumn Song was penned by Jeremy King, lyrics, and Jakub Siegl, tune. Together they create a breathtaking harmony between the finger picking of the guitar and the etherealness of the voice; a whistle comes in simply for the interlude and further accentuates the quality of the voice. How I Wish, the title track, is based on a traditional tune, but the lyrics, once again penned by Jeremy King, has such a beautiful message behind it. It reminds me of the words spoken by Thorin at the end of The Hobbit, “If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.” In this song, it talks about someone who wants to stay with their loved one but can not because of war.

All in all, this album, “Wish”, should be on your buy list if it is not already. Poitin does a fantastic job with the arrangements and penning these inventive original songs. I will not be surprised to see many accolades given to them for their work.

Stephen Mc Sweeney is a High School English/Drama teacher. Besides writing for the Celtic Music Magazine, he enjoys acting, writing and playing Celtic music. He can be seen as one of the members of the band Terrible Musicians, where he plays percussion and mandolin.
( First published 26 June 2014 in Marc Gunn's Celtic Music Magazine. http://celticmp3s.com/2014/review-wish-by-poitin/ )