Luka Bloom > Tour Archive > Live USA 2002
Luka Bloom - USA 2002
Boulder 2002 08 June 2002  Chicago - Old Town School of Folk Music  2 Shows
09 June 2002  Boulder - KBCO Studio C
10 June 2002  Boulder - Boulder Theater
12 June 2002  Seattle - Century Ballroom
14 June 2002  San Francisco - Amoebe Music  In-Store Concert
15 June 2002  San Francisco - Slim's
18 June 2002  Boston - McGann's
19 June 2002  Boston - McGann's
20 June 2002  Boston - McGann's
22 June 2002  New York City - The Village Underground

Old Town School of Folk Music - Chicago
Saturday, 8 June 2002


1st show - 7:30 pm
Exploring The Blue
Monsoon
Throw Your Arms Around Me
You
Gone To Pablo
Rainbow Day
Sunny Sailor Boy
Diamond Mountain
Don't Be So Hard On Yourself
Blackberry Time
Natural Mystic
Make You Feel My Love
Love Is A Place I Dream Of
Here And Now
Black Is The Colour
Te Adoro
Ciara
Gabriel

2nd show - 10:00 pm
Dreams In America
Perfect Groove
You Couldn't Have Come At A Better Time
If I Were A Carpenter
Monsoon
Rainbow Day
Sunny Sailor Boy
Holy Ground
On Raglan Road
Natural Mystic
Water Ballerina
Into The Groove
I'm A Bogman
Love Is A Place I Dream Of
Here and Now
Make You Feel My Love
Exploring The Blue
Gone To Pablo
You
Bad
I Need Love
Gabriel

Setlists: Kelly & Tammy

top
The Stranger's Online Menu Guide - Vol 11 No. 38 - Jun 6 - Jun 12 2002

UP & COMING: this week's music picks

LUKA BLOOM
(Century Ballroom) Folkie Luka Bloom may be Irish, but it takes a whole lot more than a cute accent to transform an LL Cool J rap into a stripped-down, genuinely affecting, acoustic-based number. Of course, there's a whole lot more to his repertoire (and talent) than one novelty number (although his gift for reinterpreting other people's songs did lead to an entire album's worth of covers a couple of years ago). Since the release of his first solo album, Riverside, in 1990, Bloom has been wowing audiences and critics alike with a rare ability to score simultaneous emotional and intellectual bull's-eyes - his voice rich with feeling and depth, his words conveying that particular Irish gift for storytelling and lyrical dexterity. Pick up any of his albums and you're in for a treat; go see him live and you're in for a real experience.

Barbara Mitchell
www.thestranger.com/current/up_coming.html


The Celtic Connection - Celtic Events & Entertainment - June 2002

Monday June 10th - Boulder Theater

After the unfortunate incident of the cancelled tour last year, dates for Luka Bloom's 2002 USA tour are finally available. Luka has chosen Colorado to be one of about a half a dozen venues in The United States on his 'Between The Mountain & The Moon' tour. Luka's sixth album, 'Between the Mountain and the Moon', is his first collection of new, original material since 'Salty Heaven', released four years ago (Luka did release 'Keeper of the Flame', in 2001 containing songs written by his favorite classic and contemporary artists).

The critical response has been overwhelmingly enthusiastic. The Sydney Morning Herald called Between the Mountain and the Moon "arguably the best and most coherent album Bloom has ever produced". And Ireland's Hot Press adds "...his most fully realized collection of original songs yet."

A consistently engaging live performer, Luka has always been comfortable on a stage with little more than a couple of guitars, and maybe a vase of flowers. The challenge for him in making records has been how to capture both the exuberance and the intensity of his performances. "This is the first time I felt confident in a studio," he confesses. "I've finally found a relationship with a studio and an engineer, where I feel capable of expressing myself without too much fear." The studio is the legendary Windmill Lane, where everyone from U2 to the Rolling Stones has recorded. "It's a beautiful room to sing in," he reveals. "If you listen to some old jazz records, like Sinatra or Ella Fitzgerald, you can hear the drums, the bass, and the brass. You can hear the session. You can hear the room. That's the reason why Windmill Lane is important to me, because you can capture the sense of people performing." The engineer is Brian Masterson, a veteran of sessions with the Chieftains and Van Morrison, among many others, and co-producer of Keeper of the Flame. Special guests on the album include Luka's gifted nephew Conor Byrne, a flautist and recording artist in his own right, and singer Sinead O'Connor.

Luka's show in Colorado will include Denver based Mollie O'Brien, accompanied by guitarist (and husband) Rich Moore. Though she is often associated with the folk and bluegrass worlds because of her frequent collaboration with her brother Tim O'Brien, Mollie is just as comfortable in the world, jazz, blues and pop. Rolling Stone said of this top interpretive singer, "there's a heartfelt intelligence in (her) roots-without-whine music and it's unselfconsciously sophisticated."

www.celticconnection.com

Sunday, June 9, 2002 - KBCO, Boulder
Live at Studio C

KBCO Boulder

Pictures of Luka's performance in the KBCO Studio C.
© Photos by Tim Jackson
www.kbco.com


Boulder Theater - Boulder
Monday, 10 June 2002


Dreams In America
Monsoon
You
Rainbow Day
Sunny Sailor Boy
Diamond Mountain
Don't Be So Hard On Yourself
Ciara
Natural Mystic
Love Is A Place I Dream Of
Here and Now
Exploring the Blue
Make You Feel My Love
Gone To Pablo
You Couldn't Have Come At A Better Time
Perfect Groove

I Need Love
Black Is The Colour
Te Adoro
Gabriel

Setlist: Lisa

Support Act: Mollie O'Brien
top
Century Ballroom - Seattle
Wednesday, 12 June 2002


Dreams In America
Exploring The Blue
Sunny Sailor Boy
You
Perfect Groove
Don't Be So Hard On Yourself
Ciara
Love Is A Place I Dream Of
You Couldn't Have Come At A Better Time
I Need Love
Monsoon
Raglan Road
Here And Now
Into The Groove
Make You Feel My Love
Holy Ground
The Fertile Rock
Dancing Queen
Gabriel
Natural Mystic

Setlist: Diana, Gwen & Len
top
FRIDAY - June 14th - 6PM
Luka Bloom
Performing live in support of his latest CD release,
Between The Mountain & The Moon - out now on Bar None!
On Between the Mountain and the Moon, Bloom presents his first set
of original songs in four years, broadening his acoustic arrangements
to create a sonically expansive album that highlights his rich voice.

www.amoebamusic.com/shows1.html
Amoebe Music - San Francisco
Friday, 14 June 2002

In-Store Concert

Exploring The Blue
Monsoon
Love Is A Place I Dream Of
Perfect Groove
Make You Feel My Love
Natural Mystic
Gabriel
I Need Love

Setlist: Ed MacDaniel
top
Slim's, San Franciso - 15 June 2002

LUKA BLOOM - Luka Bloom's newest release, "Between the Mountain and the Moon", sounds like one seamless session - intimate, impassioned, and musically, lyrically, and thematically unified, an album in the classic sense. It is a starkly beautiful recording, and a majestically romantic collection of ballads that sweeps you along on its powerful, poetic current...

www.slims-sf.com/UpComingShows.shtml

top
Village Underground, New York - 22 June 2002

LUKA BLOOM
The younger brother of influential Irish singer/songwriter Christy Moore, Barry Moore had tired of being in his brother's shadow when he decided to relocate to the United States in 1987. Re-christening himself Luka Bloom during the long airplane ride, he took the first steps toward establishing his own reputation. A master interpreter, Bloom has continued to balance original songs with reinventions of tunes by a diverse range of songwriters. His reworking of LL Cool J's "I Need Love" transformed the song from its hip-hop origins to a brogue-inflected folk tune...... Moving to the United States, Bloom temporarily settled in the Washington, D.C., area. His first performance at a Georgetown pub led to a six-month residency, where he honed his new act. Bloom's reputation as a skilled guitarist and uplifting performer continued to grow. Accepting a second residency at the Red Lion in New York's Greenwich Village, he began to shuttle between the two clubs. By the end of the year, he had elected to make New York him home. The decision proved fortuitous when his show at the Red Lion was caught by a talent scout from Reprise, who signed him to the label.... - Craig Harris

Performing at the Village Underground
June 22, 2002 8:00 PM, $25

www.thevillageunderground.com


The Village Underground - New York
Saturday, 22 June 2002
Village Underground
>> Concert Photos by Sean Daly

>> Live Review by Denise Smith

Dreams in America
Monsoon
You
Acoustic Motorbike
Don't Be So Hard On Yourself
Ciara
Raglan Road
Holy Ground
Natural Mystic
Love Is A Place I Dream Of
Here And Now - for those who lost someone on 9/11
Make You Feel My Love
Exploring The Blue
Rescue Mission
Sunny Sailor Boy
You Couldn't Have Come At A Better Time
Perfect Groove
I Need Love
Delirious
The Fertile Rock
Gabriel
Dancing Queen

Setlist: Denise

July 2002 - Luka Bloom
...So a special thanks to all the people who made the effort to travel to these shows.
It was a particularly special night in Greenwich Village at the Village Underground,
around the corner from the Red Lion, where this whole thing took off in 1988.
Though I'd never played the Underground before, this was a homecoming of sorts;
and it was great to be back. See ye soon...........
Thanks to Alice, Cindy, Denise, Diana, Ed, Gwen, Jeannie, Kelly, Len, Lisa, Sean,
Tammy & Vicky for setlists, photos, tour poster, reviews and articles of the U.S. tour.
top

© Rena Bergholz - Luka Bloom Page