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POITIN –CELTIC GROUP- (1988) - “20TH ANNIVERSARY DIGITAL REMASTERED EDITION” (PROMO ALBUM)



POITIN –CELTIC GROUP- (1988)
"20TH ANNIVERSARY DIGITAL REMASTERED EDITION" (PROMO ALBUM)
(VERY FIRST CELTIC RECORDING ISSUED IN ARGENTINA)
In 1987 I began at the Royal Celtic Association to line-up it’s folk band ‘Poitín’ (gaelic for the reknown irish ilegal whiskey), we did some shows live and for TV, a southern gig among welsh communities in Patagonia, and finally recorded a tape in 1988, which actually is the first recording ever made in Argentina of celtic music, songs and poems, traditional and of our own in galician language. Due to changes of attitudes and feelings towards it’s music the band splited in 1990.
Track 1: The Buried Harp (trad.arr. emp/gf)
During the 17th & 18th Centuries many records of music and poety from Ireland were lost due to countless exiles and threats. Between 1650 and 1660 Oliver Cromwell destroyed over 500 harps in Dublin and almost 2000 all over Ireland.
Even in it’s weakest hour, the music and poetry remained under the skill of harpists such as Turlough O’Carolan and preserved later on printed records. The first tune of this set was composed by O’Carolan for the sake of a certain "Eleanor Plunkett" fron his native county of Meath and recopilated by Donald O’Sullivan. The second tune, "The White River Bank" is taken from the repertoire form the Brennan and Duggan families from Gweedore, County Donegal, artistically known as "Clannad",who presumed has been composed by 1666 in County Tyrone.
Track 2: Ampala’s Theme (gf)
"Ampala means all that is beloved, everyone wants something or loves someone, though sometimes is difficult to find. But the struggle of searching is a good reason to be happy."
Track 3: The Cristaline Truth (trad.arr. gf)
A mythical song on which water, source of life, reveals as councelor, oracle and warning for the maid in love, who maintains a dialogue with a Xacia or Ondine. We’ve chosen a version in spanish recopilated by the asturian folk band "Trasgu", the source probably belongs to the region of Navia, at eastern Asturias.
Where do you go in search of water, my beloved?
Where do you go in search of water?
To the river’s mouth I go.
With the water’s help, he used to love you.
If by the clear water, my beloved,
If by the clear water, to the river’s mouth you go.
You might have noticed that the water,
never lied to you.
Track 4: Asafe in Berwick. (trad arr. gf)
By those days when the United Kingdom was not "united", many crossed the River Tweed ahead to Scotland to flee from the English opression.As quoted by the welsh folk group "Ar Log" this ancient welsh jig was employed as a dancing tune and also as melody for the song "Go to Berwick, Johny" .
Track 5: Dancing Among Dolmens (trad. arr. gf)
Bretons are keen to dolmens, and believe in Korreds, tiny beings watchers jof hidden treasures, inclined to dance, to music and song. In this track we mingle new instruments with old. The tune performed is a "Derobée", a popular dance from Northern France, either on galic and breton zones. The 1st Part is considered traditional from Gwengamp in Brittany; though as the breeton folc band ‘Tri Yann’ (source of the tune) comments, it has examples in the region of Provence. The 2nd part was composed presently. So…let the dance whirl till the new day….
POITIN MEMBERS (1988 – LINE UP)
ELISEO MAUAS PINTO: Gaelic Harp; Bodhrán in track B5-c; F Whistle in track B3; Chanter.
MANUEL CASTRO : Bagpipes, Bodhrán, Recitation.
SERGIO LAHUERTA VILLAREAL: flute
RAUL CABRERA CARRION: Acoustic Steel Guitar
OMAR STOOPS: Snare drum
FABRICIO GATTA: Synthesizer
GUSTAVO FUENTES : Acordion, D Whistle, G Whistle in track A4; chanter; Sax; vocals in track B5-c
GUEST MUSICIANS:
ANGELA CASSINI DE BRUNO , LAURA ROZAS, JOSE BRUNO: choir in track B5-c
SANTIAGO CAINZOS: violin , viola
MARTIN DEVOTO: cello
ALBERTO JURADO: doublebass
MUSICAL SUPERVISION: Gustavo Fuentes
All scores trad.arr. Gustavo Fuentes excpet on:
Track A2 A3 B4 B5 trad.arr. Eliseo Mauas Pinto /Gustavo Fuentes
Track A1-b-c ; B5-a; Verses in track A1 – b : Eliseo Mauas Pinto
Track A6 : Gustavo Fuentes
Track A1-a: Eliseo Mauas Pinto/Gustavo Fuentes
Verses in Track A1 a-c- :Manuel Castro
SOUND ENGINEER.: RICARDO GREEN MURGUIA
MIXING: RICARDO GREEN MURGUIA/POITIN
ART DESIGN: MANUEL CASTRO
SLEEVE INSERT NOTES: ELISEO MAUAS PINTO / CONCEPT ART FOR THE 20TH ANIVERSARY REMASTERED EDITION BASED ON ORIGINAL PAINTING BY MANUEL CASTRO
RECORDED AT GRAMMY STUDIOS DURING WINTER 1988 –LUGNASAID- IN BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA…by the influence of the moon , among rings of smoke and pints of beer.



ORIGINAL SLEEVE INSERT QUOTATIONS
THE ROYAL CELTIC ASSOCIATION is an independent organization. It’s goals are: the investigation, study, and perfection of Galician traditions intending to demonstrate a constant evolution in music and all the cultural context apropiate to present days. Thus, the development of the Highland Galician Bagpipe by Manuel Castro, model based upon the traditional type.
Due to it’s panceltic goalsñ, The RCA lines up the Poitin Celtic Group, developing a musical style of our own
based on either traditional tunes or not, according to contemporary folk styles and bardic expressions.
On this, our 1st album, we tried to recreate those three bardic moods which conferred mastership to gaelic harpists:
The music for lamentation and melancholy (Goltraidhe)
The music for lullabies and sweet dreams (Suantraidhe)
The music for joy and dance (Geantraidhe)
In this way, with an evocative bardic spirit, and replenished by the styles that still echoe in the tradition of our people, we dedicate this work to those who wish to be truly celts, to those who struggle for being celts, to those who actually are celts.
POITIN CELTIC GROUP
BRANCH OF THE ROYAL CELTIC ASSOCIATION
© 1988
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