Poitin are an award-winning band which play Celtic music in all its shapes and forms from haunting Breton melodies to raunchy traditional Irish songs. Their new CD Bofiguifluki is out now available to download through Amazon or iTunes or CDBaby
We started in Pilsen, Czech Republic in the mid 90s and have undergone many line-up changes, but we seem to have found a certain degree of stability at last. The only founder member still with us is Otik O'Machacek (fiddle), then there is Kuba (guitar) and me, Jeremy (bodhran and vocals), Honza(bouzouki,banjo,whistles)who joined a little later, Sasha on tin whistles, low whistles and flute and our newest member Tom on concertina-and don't forget our very special guest, Dick Savage , urban folk-punk singer-song writer legend who plays a mean didge and rattles those spoons like nobody's business and often plays a support slot for us too!
Have you performed in front of an audience?
We've played from Warsaw to Bordeaux- sounds very grand, but it's true! Based in the Czech Republic, we have easy access to the whole of Europe. We have weekly sessions in a pub near the main square in Plzen where we can try out new things and meet like-minded musicians. We love playing live- it's a buzz!! Upcoming gigs... The Tuesday Session, U Sv. Rocha, Roudna, Plzen/Pilsen, Czech Republic- 20.30h-free!
Your musical influences
The Chieftains and the Bothy Band are of course the greatest, and then there are the new wave people like Flook, Kila, Solas and Altan and then there are the pioneers from the 70s who experimented with electric folk but retained their authentic sound like Steeleye Span. There are also the guys who I grew up with, the Levellers- who are unbeatable for energy and raw power!
What equipment do you use?
fiddle (very old German-made), bodhran (a Brendan White and another, smaller one by an unknown maker), banjo, bouzouki (Czech handmade), low whistle and tin whistles (Irish), flutes (Irish and orchestral), guitar, spoons (dessert), didgeridoo (not a real one, it's made of bamboo), concertina.
where's me drum?