From the Czech Republic comes this amazing group known as Poitín. On their latest recording, Celtic Radio’s 2010 Album of the Year- “Bofiguifluki”, the five piece band from Plzen, CZ takes the listener on a 15 track aural roller coaster ride of some of the most engaging Celtic music I’ve heard in a long time.
After their previous release entitled “Jiggery Pokery”, where the band dabbled in more experimental material including some sax and almost dance-tune style DSPI remixes, “Bofiguifluki” returns to a more traditional approach both in the material and the way in which it is recorded. Granted, you will still hear the sax here, (some didj and darbuka as well) but it isn’t at all as strange as one might think. There’s still plenty or traditional instruments- the whimsical album title itself offers clues as to what instrumentation one will hear.
The CD opens with an instrumental, “Emily”, with its percussive bodhran and banjo driving the beat. “Carlton Weaver” is next, with Jeremy King’s vocal leading off a series of wonderful traditional songs, tunes, jigs and reels. Among the highlights for me personally are the title track, with its interesting time changes, the haunting violin intro and beautiful transformations in “La Fille d’Orval” and the a cappella harmonies featured in “Next Market Day”.
While Poitín has been known to expand the ideas and norms of traditional Irish and Celtic music, the balance of the album is a well-rounded collection of material that invites one inside a pub where the band can be found on many a rousing seisiun, cranking out great music, having a great time and delivering a genuinely authentic musical experience.