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Australia 2005 Fri 11 March
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Sat 19 March
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Wed 30 March
March 2005
Melbourne - Readings Hawthorn [In-Store Performance]
Perth - Fly By Night Club
Canberra - Tilley's Devine Cafe Gallery
Canberra - Tilley's Devine Cafe Gallery
Canberra - Tilley's Devine Cafe Gallery
Adelaide - The Gov - Governor Hindmarsh Hotel
Melbourne - Athenaeum Theatre
Melbourne - Prince Bandroom - Prince of Wales
Sydney - Enmore Theatre
Brisbane - The Tivoli
Byron Bay - East Coast Blues & Roots Music Festival
Byron Bay - East Coast Blues & Roots Music Festival
Sydney - The Basement
Sydney - Metro Theatre - Guest of The Frames
Luka Bloom on radio [various shows]

Adrian Bohm presents LUKA BLOOM

Luka Bloom kicks off new album tour in Australia

Luka Bloom Celebrated Irish singer-songwriter, Luka Bloom, will begin his new album tour in Australia for the first time in March 2005. Luka is keen to share new music with his Australian fans first off this time round, making amends to one of his favourite countries for having to cancel his early 2004 tour due to a stubborn throat condition.

It was this very diversion, however, which resulted in a rich and reflective vein of mid year songwriting for Luka, leading to November recording sessions in his very living room, complete with top-notch musicians and recording equipment. The result is one of Luka Bloom's most resonant collections of song, the new album, Innocence, out through Shock Records in February 2005....... Audiences are guaranteed an uplifting and different night of music from Luka Bloom on his Innocence tour. Luka's focus has shifted. He still electrifies all in his company, but the rock inspired performer has given way to the man who puts the song, the words, the meaning and the heart first. Where it deserves to be.

www.abpresents.com.au/Luka_2004.htm


themusic.com.au - In Music & Media
Christie Eliezer's Festival & Tour Guide

LUKA BLOOM

Luka Bloom kicks off new album tour in Australia for Adrian Bohm Presents, with a stopover at the East Coast Blues & Roots Music Festival. Bloom is apparently keen to share new music with his Australian fans first off this time round, making amends to one of his favourite countries for having to cancel his early 2004 tour due to a stubborn throat condition.

He says: "I really love coming to Australia, and I certainly owe you one, so I'm coming straight over to start the album tour this time. I think there's a deep empathy between Australians and the Irish, something hard to define but probably evident within our similar, self-effacing sense of humour. I do always feel at home in Australia. "With the Innocence album, I feel really happy with the songs, and love singing them. It's quite a different studio record for me. Rather than emphasizing, say, the guitar sound, the songs and words are very much the focus which captures where I'm at and my feeling towards songwriting these days."

www.themusic.com.au


Melbourne Events - This Month in Melbourne

Luka Bloom FREE at Readings Hawthorn
Fri 11 March 2005 - 6:00 pm

Readings Hawthorn, 701 Glenferrie Rd Hawthorn.

In addition to his Australian concert dates, Luka Bloom is performing FREE and live instore at Readings Hawthorn. Enquiries/Reservations please call 9819 1917

A regular visitor to Australia, Luka Bloom is a contemporary Irish singer-songwriter whose live performances have helped him create a large and loyal audience. Here to promote his new album Innocence, this is a rare chance to see, meet and hear a star of the folk scene up close. Luka will perform songs from Innocence, an album that builds on his previous offerings to deliver a work that no longer relies on just vocals and guitar, but demonstrates his maturing talents as a singer and songwriter. An uplifting experience for the soul.

www.thatsmelbourne.com.au
www.readings.com.au


Sunday March 13 - Fly By Night Club, Perth
Saturday March 19 - Governor Hindmarsh Hotel, Adelaide


Well-loved Irish folkie makes his annual pilgrimage to Oz.

Luka Bloom has released scores of his own albums, but in Australia he is best loved for his live performances. Indeed, the Irish singer-songwriter is so popular is here that he can tour annually at large-scale venues, despite the fact he no longer has the backing of an international record company.

The story starts in County Kildare, 1955, when one Barry Moore is born into a family of musicians (including brother Christy Moore). A well-loved folk singer until tendonitis made him abandon the finger-picking style, Barry played with a post-punk band (Red Square) and as a solo artist in countless Irish pubs before moving to New York in 1987. On the plane trip over, he christened himself Luka Bloom (Luka refers to the Suzanne Vega song of the same name, and Bloom to James Joyce's Ulyssess), and thus began a new phase in his career. Residencies at New York venues like Dylans and The Red Lion saw Luka hone his craft. Although folk remains his musical touchstone, Luka has proven to be a talented interpreter of other genres: a memorable cover of LL Cool J's I Need Love appeared on his 1992 album The Acoustic Motorbike.

Expect Luka's trademark astute lyrics and soulful vocals as he returns yet again.

Ramon Lobato - CitySearch, December 2004
www.perth.citysearch.com.au
www.adelaide.citysearch.com.au


Sunday March 20 - Athenaeum Theatre, Melbourne

Celebrated Irish singer-songwriter, Luka Bloom, will begin his new album tour in Australia for the first time in March 2005 for Adrian Bohm Presents with a national string of dates including here in Melbourne.

Luka is keen to share new music with his Australian fans first off this time round, making amends to one of his favourite countries for having to cancel his early 2004 tour due to a stubborn throat condition.

It was this very diversion, however, which resulted in a rich and reflective vein of mid year songwriting for Luka, leading to November recording sessions in his very living room, complete with top-notch musicians and recording equipment. The result is one of Luka Bloom's most resonant collections of song is his new album, Innocence.

www.ticketmaster.com.au/eventprofiles


Monday March 21 - Prince Of Wales - Prince Bandroom, Melbourne

Luka Bloom with Monique Brumby.
Seated tickets $55 plus booking fee (limited, available at Ticketmaster 7 or phonebook).
Standing tickets $45 plus booking fee. Tickets on sale now from Ticketmaster 7, Prince Public Bar (standing only), phonebook on 03 9536 1168 or book online here.
Doors open 7pm. - Luka Bloom on stage at 8.45pm.

www.princebandroom.com.au


Beat Magazine - Hot Talk - Issue # 953 - 16.03.2005

BLOOMING AGAIN

Luka Bloom's show at the Athenaeum Theatre this Sunday March 20 has been seeling so well that he will perform a second show in Melbourne, at the Prince Of Wales this coming Monday March 21.

www.beat.com.au


Brisbane News Magazine - Issue 23 March 2005

Luka Bloom: The intense Irishman brings his acoustic guitar and all those rich folk tunes to Brisbane, with support from Monique Brumby. Thursday (Mar 24), The Tivoli, ph: 3852 1711.

www.brisbanenews.com.au/diary.htm


Sunday March 20 - Athenaeum Theatre, Melbourne
Wednesday March 23 - Enmore Theatre, Sydney
Thursday March 24 - The Tivoli, Brisbane


Luka Bloom
Perennial tour from doe-eyed Irish troubadour comes between Sleep and Innocence.

Irish romantic Luka Bloom has had a snoozy time since his last visit here in 2003. A recurring tendonitis problem led him to make a softly strummed Spanish guitar album called Before Sleep Comes. Its success, he says, "blew my mind", and another album, Innocence, is already in the can. "My only disappointment", he reckons, "was not getting to Australia." ..... He'd started out as Barry Moore, but borrowed a new name from Suzanne Vega and James Joyce to distance himself from the shadow of his celebrated big brother Christy, of Planxty fame. As fate (and nepotism) would have it, Bloom guested on that legendary folk-rock band's reunion dates in December of last year. As always, though, he returns to Australia armed only with his booming 12-string guitar, a voice of pure silk and a winning way with the ladies.

Michael Dwyer - Fairfax Digital, January 2005
melbourne.citysearch.com.au
sydney.citysearch.com.au
brisbane.citysearch.com.au


Wednesday March 23 - Enmore Theatre, Sydney
Thursday March 24 - The Tivoli, Brisbane


Celebrated Irish singer-songwriter, Luka Bloom, will begin his new album tour in Australia for the first time in March 2005 for Adrian Bohm Presents with a national string of dates in Sydney and Brisbane.....

Luka says: "I really love coming to Australia, and I certainly owe you one, so I'm coming straight over to start the album tour this time. I think there's a deep empathy between Australians and the Irish, something hard to define but probably evident within our similar, self-effacing sense of humour. I do always feel at home in Australia.

With the Innocence album, I feel really happy with the songs, and love singing them. It's quite a different studio record for me. Rather than emphasizing, say, the guitar sound, the songs and words are very much the focus which captures where I'm at and my feeling towards songwriting these days."

With a critically acclaimed back catalog of songwriting, Luka Bloom is an inspired and inspiring live performer. His concert arsenal includes both tender and dynamic original material and a surprisingly eclectic selection of other people's material; songs loved by Luka........ Audiences are guaranteed an uplifting and different night of music from Luka Bloom on his Innocence tour. He still electrifies all in his company, but the rock inspired performer has given way to the man who puts the song, the words, the meaning and the heart first. Where it deserves to be.

premier.ticketek.com.au/shows/show.aspx?sh=LUKABLOO05


Easter Weekend 24-28 March 2005
East Coast Blues & Roots Music Festival, Byron Bay


A big hit with Australian audiences over the years, Luka Bloom is set to light up hearts in Byron Bay in 2005. With a critically acclaimed back catalogue of songwriting, Luka Bloom is an inspired and inspiring live performer. His concert arsenal includes both tender and dynamic original material and a surprisingly eclectic selection of other people's material; songs loved by Luka. As one Australian reviewer said: "Luka is a solo performer whose trademark is his thunderous and exhilarating acoustic guitar playing, his fine voice and his warm and passionate delivery."

First Round Artists 2005: Michael Franti and Spearhead - Kasey Chambers - The Frames - The Whitlams - Desmond Dekker - Janis Ian - Eric Bibb - Anne McCue - Luka Bloom and many more

www.bluesfest.com.au


7news on Seven - December 2, 2004

Stars announced for blues festival

Bo Diddley, Janis Ian, Luka Bloom and George Thorogood will lead the international contingent at the 2005 East Coast Blues and Roots Music Festival. Locals to perform at the annual festival include Kasey Chambers, The Whitlams and The Cat Empire. The East Coast Blues and Roots Music Festival, which is in its 16th year, runs over the Easter long weekend from March 24 to 28 at Byron Bay's Red Devil Park.

"This festival is about having an amazing time in the most idyllic setting on earth," festival director Peter Noble said.... The festival has been nominated in the category of Music Festival Of The Year in the 2004 Pollstar Concert Industry Awards held in North America annually. The awards will be announced in Hollywood in February with other festivals in the same category including Glastonbury and Montreaux....

The East Coast Blues and Roots Music Festival attracts around 70,000 people each year. Set on five hectares, the festival will offer more than music with an international food fair, eclectic market and craft stores, street theatre and fairs....

www.seven.com.au/news/topstories


Tuesday March 29 - The Basement, Sydney

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With a critically acclaimed back catalogue of song writing, Luka Bloom is an inspired and inspiring live performer. His concert arsenal includes both tender and dynamic original material and a surprisingly eclectic selection of other people's material; songs loved by Luka. As one Australian reviewer said : 'Luka is a solo performer whose trademark is his thunderous and exhilarating acoustic guitar playing, his fine voice and his warm and passionate delivery.'

www.thebasement.com.au

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Supporting Luka Bloom
Toby Beard NEWS UPDATE

Toby will be supporting international artist Luka Bloom on Sunday 13th March at the Fly By Night Club, Fremantle. Don't miss out on your tickets!

SUN 13.03 - fly by night club, fremantle - support for LUKA BLOOM - SOLD OUT!

www.tobyandcodered.com


Announcing... Heather supports LUKA BLOOM!

Heather was hand picked from some of the nation's best to support Luka Bloom at his Adelaide concert on Saturday March 19th @ The Governor Hindmarsh Hotel. Heather is a big fan of Luka's, so this is huge! Luka Bloom is one of the most well known and respected folk singer songwriters...

www.heatherfrahn.com

Heather Frahn is one of Australia's finest young voices on the contemporary folk/roots music scene. Heather's name is on the rise with tours in March and April, including a performance in Melbourne's internationally known Brunswick Music Festival, and support for folk music legend Luka Bloom.


Monique Brumby Supporting Luka Bloom

Monique will also be playing shows in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane with Irish troubadour Luka Bloom in March, so book in early to avoid disappointment!

Sunday 20th VICTORIA - Athenaeum Theatre, Melbourne
Monday 21st VICTORIA - Prince Bandroom, Melbourne
Wednesday 23rd NSW - Enmore Theatre, Sydney
Thursday 24th QUEENSLAND - The Tivoli, Brisbane
Tuesday 29th NSW - The Basement Club, Sydney

www.moniquebrumby.com

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Interviews with Luka Bloom

Brisbane News Magazine - March 9-15, 2005

In our arts section this week we chat with Luka Bloom, the Irish folk singer making the most of his 'second life'.

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The good folk of Newbridge, County Kildare, Ireland, were holding a singing competition in the local cinema. It was a bone-cold night, December 1960, and five-year-old Barry Moore was shaking in his duffle coat when he claimed his prize for a stirring rendition of Irish ditty 'My Singing Bird'.

"I won a Christmas pudding," says singer Luka Bloom, recalling the first really big moment in his first life - the life before Barry Moore changed his name, beat the booze and escaped to America. "It was the first time I'd sung in public. And that was the first time I realised that you got rewarded for doing this. I'ver never really stopped ever since."

It's midnight where Luka's calling from - his isolated property 60 km south of Dublin. He often does interviews at midnight to accommodate southern hemisphere journalists. But he likes talking at midnight anyway. It's peaceful, he says. He mentions that it's snowing outside. The moon is bright and he expects to wake up to see snow on the mountains surrounding his home....

Portrait: Trent Dalton
www.brisbanenews.com.au


db Magazine, Issue 353 - 9-22 March 2005

Luka Bloom

"I'm in Ireland, and it's not too shabby now I must say," enthuses Luka Bloom down the line in his engaging brogue. "Spring is here, the daffodils are up, the birds are singing." How can he even contemplate leaving this bucolic idyll? "Ah, I'd only leave to come to Australia, that's the only reason I'd leave," he chuckles.

Once we've dispensed with the pleasantries and discussed Adelaide's less-than-stellar summer ("Ah, but you'd need some rain though. It's a dry little corner of the world. And me, I get irritated when Irish people complain about the rain; we've got the best climate in the world, if you don't mind a little rain and grey") we get on with the reason for our chat: the new album 'Innocence' and his imminent Australian tour. Or we would, except that Bloom has a bit to say about his homeland....

Interview by Andrew P Street
dbmagazine.com.au/353/iv-LukaBloom.shtml


X-Press Magazine, Issue 943 - 10 March 2005

Luka Bloom

With his 10th album Innocence in the can, Irish singer songwriter Luka Bloom plays The Fly By Night Club on Sunday, March 13. The well-travelled and articulate songsmith has decided to commence his world tour in Australia to make amends for having to cancel his 2004 tour, due to a persistent throat condition. Luka Bloom spoke to Chris Havercroft about touring, his new release and rap music.

Luka Bloom is no stranger to Australian audiences. This week he makes his seventh trip to these shores as a performer since 1992. Bloom is also well aware of the notion that many bands that do tour 'down under' generally arrive after an extensive tour elsewhere and with the travel involved to get here, many entertainers are exhausted and burned out by the time they are required to perform. The affable singer/songwriter is well aware of the rigours of the trip and generally arrives a few days early to settle in and relax as a way to ease into the tour. It is Bloom's aim to be as healthy and rested as he can when he plays his shows for the people of a country that he is very fond of....

Interview by Chris Havercroft
www.xpressmag.com.au/archives/2005/03/luka_bloom.php


The Sunday Mail - 20 March 2005

In the frame

One of the side benefits of the East Coast Blues and Roots Festival is that it enables a significant group of artists to undertake tours here. While most of the festival has long since sold out, side shows spread the musical magic outside the Byron Bay region. In the coming days, southeast Queensland is to be blessed with comparatively rare shows by Irish singer/songwriter Luka Bloom, London-based acoustic blues aficionado Eric Bibb and fast-rising Irish group The Frames.

Bloom is rightly proud of his latest album, his 10th, titled Innocence - so much so that he's devoting the next couple of years to supporting it. "It's the first album that I've released in a while that I really want to get out there and sing the songs and give it a good old lash," he chuckles down the phone line from his new rural home-base outside Dublin. "What's interesting about this album is that I recorded it here in my living room. I brought in some really great musicians and some really good equipment on loan from the Windmill Lane Studios. It worked out really well but maybe it's just because of this group of songs. There's something very intimate and personal about the record that I'm hoping Australians will really like. It's not always easy to take people with you but you gotta do what you gotta do. The worst thing is for people to walk into a show being performed by an artist like me and finding that the act is on auto pilot and singing by numbers. The punters need to know that an artist is still fired up; still changing; still trying to make the show more interesting."

Luka Bloom plays The Tivoli in Fortitude Valley on Thursday...... and is appearing at the East Coast Blues and Roots Music Festival.

Ritchie Yorke
www.thesundaymail.news.com.au

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Luka Bloom on radio

John Laws Morning Show Programme
Wednesday 9 March 2005

Luka Bloom balances his original songs with reinventions of tunes by a diverse range of songwriters, from Joni Mitchell to Bob Dylan. Currently touring Australia, Luka Bloom called into The Fortress to speak with John Laws and sing a couple of tunes. (Songs: Thank You For Bringing Me Here & Make You Feel My Love)

Hear Interview  Download MP3
www.johnlaws.com.au/4Vox.html


774 ABC Melbourne > Afternoons

Afternoons with Richard Stubbs
Thursday, 10 March 2005

Richard Stubbs talks to celebrated Irish singer-songwriter LUKA BLOOM about his new album Innocence, and he'll play live.

774 ABC Melbourne  1.00pm to 3.00pm
www.abc.net.au/melbourne/afternoons


ABC Radio National > The Deep End

The Deep End with Vicki Kerrigan
Thursday 10 March 2005
Luka Bloom Live - Radio National

Luka Bloom turns 50 this year. A master interpreter, throughout his long musical career Bloom has balanced original songs with reinventions of tunes by a diverse range of songwriters. Bloom drops by The Deep End to perform. (Songs: City Of Chicago, Primavera & Make You Feel My Love)

ABC Radio National  3.05pm - 4.00pm
www.abc.net.au/rn/arts/deepend
www.abconline.com.au


720 ABC Perth > Drive

Luka Bloom
Friday 11 March 2005
Presenter: Russell Woolf

He's never been on the MTV awards, he's never dated Paris Hilton, but he's one of Ireland's more successful musical exports. He's done it with a combination of gentle melody and carefully crafted lyrics. Word of mouth, coupled with the acclaim of music writers, and ABC airplay has kept bringing Luka Bloom back to Australia to play for enthusiastic audiences.

Mr Bloom breaks what he does into three compartments - writing a song , recording a song, and performing it. "The performance is the celebration part of the other two jobs" says Luka Bloom.

Russell Woolf is interested in Luka's recent live album 'Amsterdam'. It was unusual as a live recording from a single concert (most live albums are edited together from several concerts). It turns out that it was extremely unusual because Luka's not a fan of live albums at all. "I don't listen to live albums mostly", he says, "unless it's jazz". He was only recording with a view to a 'B' side, but then said "God I've really got to release this". As the title indicates, 'Amsterdam' was recorded in Holland. The crowd sang along in particularly moving fashion. Luka reckons that, perhaps unexpectedly, "the Dutch and the Belgians are just gorgeous singers".

Luka Bloom is only just now resuming live performance. For parts of last year he could neither play nor sing. He was struggling with tendonitis because "I'd basically been playing for thirty years and not really stopped to pay attention to the way I was doing what I was doing". He'd no sooner overcome the tendonitis and he got voice nodules.

This led Luka Bloom to have to reinvent himself as a performer. And yes he's happy with the result.

Listen to the interview [Audio in RealMedia format]
www.abc.net.au/perth/stories/s1323996.htm


As heard on 720 Drive. He has a brand new album called Innocence and appears at the Fly By Night Club Fremantle on the 13th March.


DIG Internet Radio - Music with Depth

Luka Bloom: The Interview
by Russell Woolf - 16/03/2005

The gorgeous and sweet Irish musician Luka Bloom, is touring Australia right now. After a long break from playing live he started his antipodean trip in Perth where he caught up with ABC presenter Russell Woolf.

www.abc.net.au/dig - Originally heard on ABC Perth.


702 ABC Sydney > Breakfast

Breakfast with Angela Catterns
Tuesday 15 March 2005

Breakfast guests not to be missed!

Join Angela Catterns for Breakfast on Tuesday 15 March when the enigmatic Irish folk singer/songwriter Luka Bloom talks about his new album Innocence.
Songs: Throw Your Arms Around Me (Keeper Of The Flame) & Thank You For Bringing Me Here (live)

abc.net.au/sydney


Radio Port Phillip > Equilibrium

Equilibrium Radio Show with Laurie West
Monday March 21, 2005

Review of recent Luka Bloom concert in Melbourne...
Tracks featured were Primavera, In Between Days, Salvador, Blackberry Time, No Matter Where You Go There You Are, The City of Chicago (Christy Moore version), Peace On Earth.

www.equilibriumradio.info


ABC Queensland > Conversations

Conversations with Steve Austin
Thursday, 24 March 2005

Luka Bloom: a conversation

Irish musician Luka Bloom began life with a much duller name. He was born Barry Moore, but decided on a plane flight to New York to adopt the new moniker. It was 1987. Barry was off to a new country, with new people, so why not a new name too? Luka comes from the Suzanne Vega song My name is Luka and Bloom is from James Joyce's Ulysses. Luka grew up in County Kildare in Ireland and was educated by the Patrician Brothers and the Dominican Fathers. He is the brother of folk musician Christy Moore - or as Luka likes to say in concert - Christy Bloom is his brother!

Music was an intrinsic part of his life growing up. The Moore family all sing and play, but Luka had his own way of making music. His first tour was as the support act to Christy Moore in 1969. Luka Bloom was 14 years of age. Severe tendonitis damaged his guitar picking hand, but it was a blessing really; it made Luka learn to play with a plectrum. He also adopted some silly antics on stage. In 1991 Luka recorded the album Acoustic Motorbike and at the PinkPop Festival in the Netherlands, cycled on stage with the guitar strapped to his back.

He travels to Australia often. "I think there's a deep empathy between Australians and the Irish, something hard to define but probably evident within our similar, self-effacing sense of humour," Luka says. "I do always feel at home in Australia."

His shows include tender original material, but his cover songs are equally superb. Luka Bloom hit the big time in America with a stripped-back Irish version of the rap song 'I Need Love' which was first done by LL Cool J. Luka says he does not include cover songs in his set just for the novelty factor. "I have always believed that it is possible for a solo artist to sing songs from any area and the only limitations are in people's minds. Rather than covering these songs as a novelty, I was determined to convey my love of these songs and the artists who created them." The album Keeper Of The Flame saw him tackle songs from Bob Dylan, The Cure, U2, and even the Hunters and Collectors ballad 'Throw Your Arms Around Me'.

The new album Innocence is a departure from the norm. It is more about the lyrics than the sound. Luka paints pictures through his poetry and lets the music simply add to the mood.

Listen to Part One of Luka Bloom Interview  [21:49 - Audio in RealMedia format]
Songs Part One: Innocence (Innocence)
Listen to Part Two of Luka Bloom Interview  [23:33 - Audio in RealMedia format]
Songs Part Two: Sunny Sailor Boy (Amsterdam Live) - Miracle Cure (Innocence) - Throw Your Arms Around Me (Keeper Of The Flame)

www.abc.net.au/queensland/stories/s1328363.htm


17 March 2005 - 23 March 2005 - musicsa.com.au Charts

Three D Radio's Top 20+1 chart
is comprised of the most played albums from past week.
This Week 8  Luka Bloom - Innocence  Last Week -

www.musicsa.com.au/charts

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Readings Hawthorn - Melbourne
Friday, 11 March 2005

In-Store Performance

Primavera
Thank You For Bringing Me Here
No Matter Where You Go, There You Are
City Of Chicago
Diamond Mountain
Innocence
The Mango Tango

Setlist: Murray Bamford
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BMA Magazine - 7 April 2005

Luka Bloom @ Tilley's, March 16, 2005

Ok. I'm going to try and be objective. But oh. Luka, Luka, Luka. Warm, endearing, unashamedly romantic Luka. Once again he entranced and beguiled a fully receptive Tilley's crowd. It must be said that at this gig of gigs, even the most cynical of cynics would have melted into a gooey mess on the floor. Promoting his new album 'Innocence', the audience was captivated with every touching, funny, earthy song and every cheeky, self-deprecating word Luka said in between. Both new and old music was as usual hearty. Personal, often revealing stories and earthy heart-felt narratives. Beautiful musings about love, renewed friendship, life experiences, random meetings, random incidents and world events. Songs to his girlfriend and songs written for his brother, Christy Moore, were amongst the rawly honest mix. With an enduring musical catalogue behind him, he impressed all with his sincerely expressed songs. Together with his witty, loveable Luka-isms and his simply performed music, he charmed all present. No doubt, the audience there in the warmth of Tilley's, would heartily agree that seeing Luka Bloom perform live is always, without fail, an unforgettable experience.

Review by ANNIE COLQUHOUN
www.bmamag.com


Athenaeum Theatre - Melbourne
Sunday, 20 March 2005
There Is A Time
Primavera
First Light Of Spring
Innocence
Gypsy Music
Salvador
I Am Not At War With Anyone
Make You Feel My Love
In Between Days
Blackberry Time
Thank You For Bringing Me Here
Sunny Sailor Boy
June
City Of Chicago
Diamond Mountain
No Matter Where You Go, There You Are

The Acoustic Motorbike
Here And Now
Throw Your Arms Around Me

Setlist: Murray Bamford
Luka Bloom Tour Poster Australia 2005

Prince Bandroom - Melbourne
Monday, 21 March 2005


There Is A Time
Love Is A Place I Dream Of
First Light Of Spring
Innocence
Primavera
Peace On Earth
Gypsy Music
I Am Not At War With Anyone
Miracle Cure
Doing The Best I Can
Blackberry Time
Make You Feel My Love
In Between Days
Thank You For Bringing Me Here
June
Diamond Mountain
City Of Chicago
Sunny Sailor Boy
No Matter Where You Go,There You Are

I'm A Bogman
Here And Now
Throw Your Arms Around Me
Black Is The Colour

Setlist: Murray Bamford

The Tivoli - Brisbane
Thursday, 24 March 2005
Luka Bloom Tour Poster Australia 2005 There Is A Time
Instrumental
I Am Not At War With Anyone
Primavera
Innocence
Doing The Best I Can
Gypsy Music
Miracle Cure
Peace on Earth
Salvador
June
Make You Feel My Love
In Between Days
Blackberry Time
Diamond Mountain
Thank You For Bringing Me Here
City of Chicago
Sunny Sailor Boy
No Matter Where You Go, There You Are

Lily In The Garden
Here And Now
The Acoustic Motorbike

I'm A Bogman
Throw Your Arms Around Me

Setlist: Serena Coghlan

ABC Brisbane - Music Reviews
Date of Review: Tuesday, 29 March 2005

Luka Bloom in Brisbane
Venue: The Tivoli, 24 March 2005


Music concerts usually fall into two categories. You are either shifting uncomfortably in your seat all night, or you are motionless, drawn in by a performance you hope will never end. Fortunately, Luka Bloom's show at the grand Tivoli theatre was the latter.

Luka's magic lies not in his ability to pen a good tune (although he does that!). It lies more in his ability to tell stories. His shows are simple yet effective; one man, one guitar, endless stories. He takes delight in sharing intimate moments with his captivated audience and loves to take you on a journey with him.

The highlights of last Thursday's show came thick and fast; the harsh brown Australian landscapes as described in Diamond Mountain, the sparse and beautiful treatment of the Bob Dylan-penned To Make You Feel My Love, the story of an Algerian migrant to Galway in the moving No Matter Where You Go, There You Are. And then there was Luka's own protest song I am not at war with anyone, a stirring song aimed squarely at Mr Howard, Mr Bush and Mr Blair, and made available on his website.

The audience was not left out either and the crowd joined in unison for the sweet tribute to Luka's son Sunny Sailor Boy and the Hunters and Collectors song Throw Your Arms Around Me which closed the encore. He showcased a plethora of songs from his new album INNOCENCE but delighted with the inclusion of The Cure's In Between Days too.

Mr Bloom can draw you in with his Irish brogue and his simple lyrics and take you on a journey. That is the magic of his music and his shows.

~Kellie Riordan
www.abc.net.au/brisbane/stories/s1333650.htm

Publisher/Distributor: Luka Bloom; Innocence (Shock Records)
ABC Rating: 4.5 out of 5


Barfly Magazine - Issue 546 - March 2005

Bluesfest 2005 Review - Saturday Night Fever

An uncomfortably crowded and smoke-ridden East Coast Blues & Roots Music Festival 12 months ago left this punter vowing not to attend another Bluesfest until the event moved to a more suitably sized site. My resolve lasted until the day before this year's event when a glance at the exciting Easter Saturday line-up prompted the formulation of a last minute hit and run plan...

Luka Bloom On the Crossroads Stage some distinguished solo performers found themselves battling irritating sound spillage from bands playing on adjacent stages. It is to be hoped that this long-standing problem will be eradicated when the festival moves to a bigger site at Tyagarah, 10km north of Byron, reportedly in 2007.

At one stage, the excellent Canadian blues/folk multi-instrumentalist Michael Jerome Browne was all but drowned out by a booming bass drum. The audience came to the rescue with some well-timed handclapping ("You guys are hired," said Browne expressing his gratitude). The veteran American singer-songwriter Janis Ian found herself competing with an incredibly loud instrument (played by one That 1 Guy's on the new APRA Stage), yet still managed to make a big impact with her intelligent ballads and equally insightful between-songs discourse. Irishman Luka Bloom's forceful rhythm guitar playing helped him alleviate the problem. The soloists on the Jambalaya Stage, those keepers of the blues flame par excellence, Guy Davis and Eric Bibb, also suffered to some extent from the audio encroachment from elsewhere.

...I'm sure they'll both be back at Bluesfest. I guess I will too!

Review by Tony Hillier - www.barfly.com.au
Photographer taojones - www.bluesfest.com.au


The Sydney Morning Herald - Friday, 1 April 2005

The Frames, Metro
Reviewed by Bernard Zuel

The Frames
Metro, March 30


Maybe it's true that every Irish man and woman within travelling distance of Sydney (including Luka Bloom) was in the room and responding with the kind of fervour which can come when home is an age away but alcohol is very near and not at all dear........ This wasn't mere energy but belief being sent back and forth. Belief in what? In the power of a song and a lyric to say something to and for you...... They're ready, maybe too ready, to let loose at the first sign from the stage. Keep in mind, too, that Glen Hansard's songs aren't fun, frivolous things. They're often racked with guilt and uncertainty, resolution always seems tantalisingly close but never quite reached, and they're laced with Seamus Heaney and Leonard Cohen. Or at least their spirit.

You can look at a song such as Keepsake, for example, and say, yes, it's nervy internalising which then breaks out into a U2-like grandeur. You can hear What Happens when the Heart Just Stops and say beautifully sad intensity, or the Luka Bloom-assisted foray into Can't Help Falling in Love with You and say romantic crowd pleaser. And you can analyse Revelate and say it's brilliantly both religious and guttural..... Whatever it is, a Frames show has it in spades. Gloriously so.

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