Carré Theater, Amsterdam
Monday, 11 February 2002
I loved it too! Great to see so many listers from so many countries before the show.
And the man was in fine form. I think he played mainly the same set as he did in Brussels,
though in a slightly different order. He didn't do "Autumn Leaves", but he did
do "Delirious", probably because he knows it is my favourite live song.
Well, I like to think so anyway. And, of course, its was briljant. He did a wonderful
Dancing Queen in front of a lovely disco curtain lowered especially for the event.
And he did "On Raglan Road", which I had never heard before, and
which was beautiful.
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Thursday, 14 February 2002
Luka's first concert in Germany took place at the Räucherei in Kiel,
the same place where he already started his German tour in October 1999.
Once again the venue was packed, seats in a row instead of the round
tables, but again a lot of people were also standing along the walls.
It was a great audience, and Luka was in brilliant form!
It was Valentine's day, and he said he was just in the right mood to
sing a lot of romantic love songs!
When he explained to the audience what it means to be a bogman in
Ireland, he asked if there is also a word for this species in Germany!
and somebody called "Landei"! So a new songline
of the bogman song was created: "Ich bin ein Landei!"
Outstanding songs of the night were
'Raglan Road' and 'Black is the Colour / Te Adoro / Black is the Colour'.
In Kiel his new mandolin was no "Feng Shui stage filler".
For the first time he played "Seamus" on "As I Waved Good Bye"!
He also told us the story of learning to play the mandolin for the recording
of the new album and how "Seamus" got his name!
The last songs were Diamond Mountain, Moonslide, Gabriel, If I were a
Carpenter and Dancing Queen!! He played a really long set and it was
a wonderful start of the German tour!!
Friday, 15 February 2002
This time Luka's concert in Hamburg took place in a lecture hall, the
AUDItorium MAXimum! So of course no wonder that his first words to the
audience were "Good evening class!!"
As so often his concert in Hamburg was once again a concert not to be missed!!
The stage was beautiful decorated, lights on the curtain, glittering especially
during Dancing Queen. It took a little bit longer to warm up (for Luka and
the audience) than I remember it from the last time, maybe one reason was
that the audience in Hamburg had to sit down (for the first time??) and was not
really used to it. All the songs were fantastic, Monsoon, Diamond Mountain,
Raglan Road, Black is the Colour & Te Adoro, Love is a place I dream of,
Here and now, Rainbow day ... again so many great songs!
CDs (the new album 'Between The Mountain And The Moon' - including the
vinyl edition -, 'The Barry Moore Years', 'Keeper of the Flame' and 'Salty
Heaven'), the new tour poster and t-shirts (though not the latest edition) were
sold before and after the concert, and it was also possible to subscribe to the
Lukabloom.com mailing list.
Saturday, 16 February 2002
For sure this time no complaints about not getting enough fresh air, the Capitol's
air-conditioning was really working very well, but unfortunately as a negative
result the room temperature was not very comfortable. Some people took
over their coats and jackets again, and maybe if possible Luka would have
loved to do the same. Several times he asked for more light to warm up a bit
more, and he said he would play much better when it's really hot in a room!
But nevertheless he played a great concert.
The wonderful combination of 'Black is the Colour & Te Adoro' was
again a beautiful concert highlight, and so were Love is a place I dream of,
Here and Now, Rainbow Day, In Between Days, and so many more!
He also introduced the audience to the new German word he had
just learned in Kiel, and again it became a new songline
of the bogman song, instead of "I'm a bogman" he sang
"Ich bin ein Landei"! He finished the main set with a brilliant
version of 'Perfect Groove'.
The encores were Bad, Dancing Queen, Diamond Mountain and Gabriel,
and in spite of the cold room temperature everybody in Hannover enjoyed
his show very much!
Luxor Theater, Rotterdam
Monday, 11 November 2002
Been to Rotterdam yesterday. Luka was in a very chatty mood. And played a lot of
my favourites (but then again I have so many favourites that that's no
surprise....) I don't have a very good memory, so don't expect too many
details) Beautiful start of the gig with True Blue. I was very happy to
hear Love is a place I dream of, Black is the Colour, Keeper of the Flame,
Don't be so hard on yourself, I need love. Funny was the story accompanying
Urge for going - ever since it took about half an hour to finish. He introduced the
song saying he learned the song of a great guy, although he couldn't quite
remember ye man's name. Isn't it great to see our super hero is only human
too. Couple of songs later, only microseconds after finishing the song he
just said 'Tom Rush' (I think.... see the remark about my memory above) and
then he explained he'd been trying to remember the man's name during the
last 3 or 4 songs....
Have to say that the audience was only lukewarm... just like some of the
audiences in Belgium Dirk was telling us about. Very much unlike the last
gig in Carre...
Maybe it was because Luka's sound in the new Luxor theater was pretty good
and people were afraid to sing along.... apart from the ooooooohaaaaaaaaaaaa
oooohhhhha oooooooooooooooohooooooo in Sunny Sailor Boy
(and Luka responding with a warm, modest 'mooi'. hey, for the gig other
Dutch gigs, let's try to get a bolder respons like 'schitterend' en
'geweldig'.... with some good ol' Dutch throat-sounds).
Anyway, really looking forward to the gig Saterday in The Hague.
Dr Anton Philipszaal, The Hague
Saturday, 16 November 2002
The concert in The Hague was BRILLIANT!!!
Luka was not very talkative, but very 'singative' indeed. Again I have no
setlist, but the songs were pretty much the same he's been playing during
other concerts the last few weeks and so was the standard (very high that
is). I had another great time and did the rest of the audience and it was
very clear that our buddy Luka had at least as good a time as us!!! Doing
a lovely duet on the lovely Love is a place... with the lovely Alyanya. On
request of a 'very tall guy at the front row he didn't dare to refuse
anything' he ended the concert with Raglan Road (so that's the trick: just
bring a couple of guys from the gym to your next Luka concert)...
De Meervaart, Amsterdam
Sunday, 17 November 2002
A new venue for Luka in Amsterdam, not a great area (one of the
suburbs) but a nice hall. Quite big, and quite full. The atmosphere was
pretty good. Again, a good Alyanya performance, and later the duet.
And a new Luka song this time!! He said he had just written it, I have
no title, but it was all about Mohamed from Algeria and the meeting of
cultures and music. I liked it a lot. I also really liked a set of
Exploring the Blue/Te Adoro/Black is the Colour. And a great Delirious.
I was only planning to go to Utrecht and Amsterdam this time, but now I
am tempted to add Haarlem to the list.
Wednesday, 20 November 2002
So the concert in Haarlem.... Glad that Jolande & I decided to just get
on with it and go!! Very good decision to decide (only after hearing
Alyanya three times & I find myself borrowing her words...)!
To put it this way, if the concert I saw in Rotterdam was the lovely
starter, the concert in The Hague was a perfect main meal, than this one
in Haarlem was an absolute Grand Dessert!!! Very atmospheric venue. Rather
small; built at the turn of the century - with loads of gold & velvet
ornaments - and renovated in the eighties adding a school cantine feeling
to it...Charming stuff ;-)) Actually the venue is in dire need of another
renovation as the guy next to me informed me... the roof at the part where
we were sitting was fine, but above the stage things weren't so good due
to a serious case of decay of concrete...! Great news if your favourite
performer is just about to walk onto that stage. Anyway, maybe someone
told Luka too, because he was performing like it was his last show on
I can't name any highlights right now (see earlier remarks about my
memory), but you have to take it from me there were a good few. He was
very chatty and very entertaining. Loads of loud laughs & singing from the
Haarlem audience! Genuine interaction going on there!! As Luka would put
it: 'mooi'. Actually, one guy had Luka in stiches saying 'mooi' to him
after I think it was black is the colour... Nice one.
Hang on there, I loved I need love, I loved Love is a place (Yep, with
Alyanya), I loved the session with Mohamed (very special... I don't know
who enjoyed it more: them two on stage or us in the audience...).
Wednesday, 20 November 2002
In addition to Sandra's report, here the mere facts:
Exploring The Blue / Gone To Pablo / Dreams in America -
Holy Ground - Don't Be So Hard On Yourself - Billy Gray - Ciara - Natural Mystic -
Keeper Of The Flame - Make You Feel My Love - Here And Now - I Need Love -
Black Is The Colour / Te Adoro / Black Is The Colour -
You Couldn't Have Come At A Better Time - Sunny Sailor Boy
duet with Alyanya: Love Is A Place I Dream Of
Luka Bloom & Mohamed Bouhanna: I'm A Bogman - "Mohamed" - Monsoon - Perfect Groove
The Fertile Rock - Gabriel
I think on the whole this was a lovely concert, the atmosphere was good
and relaxed, Luka seemed to be enjoying himself, particularly when he
was on stage with Alyanya and with Mohamed. I loved Dreams in America, I
hadn't heard the story before. Good to hear the new song accompanied by
Mohamed (who only played it for the first time yesterday afternoon.
Again, Alyanya's voice so beautiful on Love is a Place.. And Luka
changed his bogman from "boer" to "turfsteker". He is quick!
I fully agree with Sandra, I am glad we added this one to our list,
a great one to end this tour with, and hard to pick highlights or
favourites. It just all fit together.