Leinster Leader - Thursday, August 28, 2003
Luka Bloom in concert for Crookstown hall refurbishment funds
Local activists in Crookstown were this week celebrating the announcement that Newbridge singer Luka Bloom would play a
concert in aid of their community hall....
Luka Bloom will play at the hall on Friday 19 September at 8.15 p.m. in what is sure to be a sell out show....
The hall is a centre for community events and activities in Crookstown. It provides a venue for cub scouts, drama classes, and
school events. "We are trying to raise money to carry out vital maintenance at the hall," Mr O'Meara remarked....
Tickets for the Luka Bloom performance are already available from Crookstown Filling Station or any committee member.
Crookstown, Co. Kildare
Friday 19 Sep - 8.15 pm - 15 €
Luka Bloom in Concert
Newbridge born, and internationally acclaimed singer/songwriter
plays a benefit concert for the refurbishment of Crookstown Hall.
Kildare Nationalist - Wednesday, September 03, 2003
Ballitore/Narraghmore - Luka Bloom headlines hall fundraising gig
Ann O'Reilly tells us that the Hall Committee in Crookstown have organised a fund-raising concert in the Hall, Crookstown, for
Friday, September 19, featuring Luka Bloom, commencing at 8.15 pm. Tickets cost 15 each, contact Ann at Crookstown
Motors 0507-23382, or any committee member. As tickets are limited, it is advisable to book early. Your support for this very worthy
cause would be very much appreciated...... The Hall is for the community, and everyone is getting great enjoyment from it. Ann
wishes to thank the community for their continued support, and looks forward to seeing you all in the hall on September 19.
|Crookstown Hall - Crookstown
Friday, 19 September 2003
Ticket & Setlist: Sabine Schellack
Thank You For Bringing Me Here
Make You Feel My Love
I Am Not At War With Anyone
Here and Now
Please Don't Tell Me How The Story Ends
I'm A Bogman
Don't Be So Hard On Yourself
No Matter Where You Go, There You Are
The Fertile Rock
Exploring The Blue
Black Is The Colour
Te Adoro / Black Is The Colour
Sunny Sailor Boy
You Couldn't Have Come At A Better Time
Ballyfermot Community Civic Centre, Dublin
Sunday, September 21st, 2003
with Support from
Conor Byrne & Méabh O'Hare
Tickets go on sale September 1st.
Tel: +353-1-6207160 & 6207192
The Dublin born flute player
Conor Byrne is fast emerging as one of the most
exciting players of the younger generation of traditional musicians. Greatly influenced by his grandmother Nancy Moore, and his
mother Eilish Moore,.... In 1998, he released Wind Dancer, his debut solo
album produced by Luka Bloom and featuring Máire Breathnach, Christy Moore, Cathy Jordan and Liam Ó
Maonlaí. He has toured extensively with Máire Breathnach and performed with musicians including Anuna, John
Renbourne, Christy Moore, Luka Bloom, Eimear Quinn, Maura O'Connell, Paul Brady, Robbie Hannon, Tommy Flemming,
Ronnie Drew, Steve Cooney and Tim O'Brien...
Belfast born Méabh O'Hare,
TG4 Young Traditional Musician of the Year 2000, first took up the fiddle while
attending Bunscoil Phobail Feirste, Andersonstown. She went on to study with Monica Smith, who taught fiddle
classes with the renowned McPeake family in Belfast, and subsequently, for five years, with the legendary
fiddle player Sean Maguire......With a move to Cork and music studies at UCC she collaborated with many
young musicians ..... For a short period, she played with the Dublin based band 'Providence' with whom she recorded an album and
toured extensively in Ireland. In addition to appearances in Europe, America and
Thailand and collaborations on the albums of Luka Bloom and Ronan Keating...
Blowin' In The Wind - Vicar Street, Dublin
23 September 2003
This concert in aid of Gorta and Scarlett was a tribute to Bob Dylan. His mega fans in
the Irish music scene put on a show to remember singing their own favourite Dylan songs.
This great night featured Ron Sexsmith, Jerry Fish & The Mudbug Club, Mundy, Joe Wall,
Steve Wall, Katell Keineg, Luka Bloom and Nina Hynes.
Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh
24 September 2003 - Time: 8 pm
Luka Bloom in Concert
From a very early age Luka Bloom was writing songs and honing his skills as a serious guitar player, with his own way and style of
making music........ He has recorded many hit albums and has toured Ireland, Holland, America, Germany and Australia. Luka's
performance is summed up in his own words "Every gig is precious".
Fermanagh Herald - Friday, 12 September 2003
Ardhowen - Other Events
Christy Moore's brother, the talented Luka Bloom makes his first ever appearance at Ardhowen Theatre on
Wednesday 24 September, a date awaited with great anticipation by his many fans near and far.
Fermanagh Herald - Wednesday, 17 September 2003
Luka Bloom brings his unique talent to Ardhowen
On Wednesday 24th September at 8pm Ardhowen is pleased to welcome the marvellous Luka Bloom for his first
ever visit to the theatre. Born in Newbridge, Co Kildare, Kevin Moore, (Brother of the famous Christy Moore) and now performing
under the name of Luka Bloom, studied Russian and European studies at college in Limerick before dropping out to concentrate on
his music. Music was an intrinsic part of his life growing up. All of the family sing and play, but he had his own way and style of
making music. From a very early age he was writing songs and honing his skills as a serious guitar player. He first went on tour as
the support act to his eldest brother, Christy Moore in 1969. This was a tour of English folk clubs. He was all of fourteen years of age.
From then on Kevin spent all of his time writing songs and playing guitar. Around this time he wrote 'Jenny of the Sun' and 'Wave up
to the Shore' which was recorded by Christy in 1976. He did gigs around Ireland, from the Meeting Place (a hot spot for music in the
70's and 80's) in Dublin to McGanns in Doolin and all places in between, back and forth, up and down the country.
In 1977 he toured Germany and England as part of the group Inchiquin, the other members being Noel Hill and Tony Linnane. Micho
Russell was also part of this tour and Kevin became close to Micho and still calls him a hero. His song 'Hands of a Farmer'
is dedicated to Micho. In 1978 he released his first album 'Treaty Stone' which was received with great acclaim.
A performer of the highest calibre, his concert at Ardhowen is one of the theatre's real highlights of a packed Autumn Season. One
of Ireland's seminal songwriters with a pedigree stretching back to the late 70's. Luka constantly reinvents and challenges himself
creatively and musically. His powerful live performances are filled with energy, atmosphere and downright magic.
Mundy @ The Old Mill, Naas
Friday, September 26, 2003
...An inevitable encore was made special by an impromptu appearance on stage by Luka Bloom.
Mundy stepped aside to make way for the older troubadour but the mutual respect between
performers was evident and they moved among the crowd with a gospel-style rendition of
'Don't be Afraid of the Light that Shines Within You'.
Live Review by Emer McLysaght, Ballyfermot College
University of Ulster - Coleraine
Riverside Theatre Events: LUKA BLOOM
1st October 2003: Acoustic guitar-playing, singer-songwriter Luka Bloom
powers up a storm with his live music. Working with Brian Masterson and Lou
Reed amongst others, his style is now his own - he is well loved by music
aficionados around the world.
ic Derry.com - Derry Nightlife - 26 September 2003
Luka Bloom at the Playhouse
Luka Bloom makes a rare appearance at
The Playhouse on October 2.
From his 1978 debut Treaty Stone to his current live album Amsterdam, Luka Bloom has carved a unique place in
Irish music both at home and abroad - particularly in the USA where critical and audience acclaim
have been huge - with his eclectic and spirited approach to both songwriting and performance.
Passionate, literate and melodic, Luka Bloom's music is at its best in a live setting and The Playhouse
gives audiences a unique opportunity to see and hear a truly gifted artist in an intimate setting.
A true original as well as a master interpreter, Bloom has continued to balance original songs with
reinventions of tunes by a diverse range of songwriters....
Performance time is 8 pm and tickets are priced very reasonable at £12.50.
Telephone the box office on (028) 7126 8027
Belfast Telegraph - 9 October 2003
Brothers in song, but not in music
If you mention the name of Luka Bloom to anyone with any knowledge of the singer/songwriter, the stock response is almost
invariably 'he's very different from Christy, you know'. Christy is, of course, the Irish traditional music icon Christy Moore, Luka's
Or as Luka calls him Christy Bloom.
They're right. Luka Bloom is very different from Christy......
However, there are more similarities than there are differences. Both are consummate musicians and raconteurs, singing in their
own accent and establishing an easy rapport with their audiences.....
Luka Bloom is a fine songwriter. One of his own compositions is a Christy Moore standard written about another sibling
The City of Chicago. Anyone who has written a song of this calibre and popularity has the right to hold his head high.
An extremely enjoyable gig and if this is the first time Luka Bloom has performed in Derry, it is unlikely to be the last.
Live Review by Damian Collins
The Kingdom - Thursday, July 29, 2004
Listowel - Blue is the colour for budding artists
The Blue Umbrella Gallery on Church Street, Listowel, officially opened its
doors on October 10, 2003, with singer Luka Bloom doing the honours on the
The Blue Umbrella Gallery is a co-op of artists and craftspeople from
Listowel and its hinterland who come together to promote and display the
arts in an area that is steeped in history and culture.
The group, under the guidance of the North Kerry Together organisation,
consists of painters, a calligrapher, a stone sculptor, a weaver, a ceramic
artist, iron and stone workers and a photographer.
All felt a great artistic void existed in this area and decided to lease the
premises at Church Street...
Entertainment Ireland - Music
Luka Bloom is set to redress a certain imbalance in his touring career. He's played more gigs in
Australia than his homeland of Ireland. This will soon change with a massive haul of Irish gigs to
be played by the singer/songwriter over the next few months. A good few gigs will take place
in and around Dublin including ones in Whelan's on Friday 24th October and
Waterfront Hall Studio on Sunday 9th November as part of the Belfast Festival at Queen's.
Maybe if you ask nicely at any of his upcoming gigs, he'll replay his show stopping
tune 'Dublin 4' a parody of his eldest brother's song 'Lisdoonvarna', which pokes fun at the new
location of this year's Lisdoonvarna Festival and played at said
festival to enormous applause.
Dublin - October 2003
The Sugar Club - City Centre
The Helix - Glasnevin
The Millbank Theatre - Rush, Co. Dublin
Draíocht - Blanchardstown
The Purty Loft - Dún Laoghaire
Whelan's - City Centre
The Helix - Dublin
Luka Bloom - Sunday 19 October
Time: 8.30 pm - Tickets: € 15 / € 12
Venue: The Space - a 150 seat studio
Luka Bloom has toured extensively in Europe and the US and is now back for one night in The Helix.
Luka Bloom was born on flight EI104 to New York in 1987; Kevin Barry Moore had been around a bit longer born 32 years
earlier in Newbridge, County Kildare on May 23rd 1955. The youngest of six children, all of whom are musical, Luka developed
his own style of music, both writing songs and playing the guitar.....
Fans of Luka will tell you, a live gig with Luka Bloom is not to be missed, and will not be easily forgotten!
The Millbank Theatre - Rush, Co. Dublin
Home of Rush Dramatic Society
Luka Bloom - October 20th (Tickets 20 €)
The Millbank Theatre re-opened in January 2003 .... an exciting innovation has also taken place, with the series of Concerts at the
Millbank, which have proved hugely successful. Among others, Luka Bloom and Suzanne Vega have played at the venue
and plans are afoot for a further 3 concerts over the next 2 months.
Draíocht - Blanchardstown, Dublin 15
Draíocht is the Irish word for Magic
Wed. 22nd October: Luka Bloom
Time: 8.15 pm - Tickets: € 16
Luka Bloom plays at the Draiocht Theatre in Blanchardstown on the 22nd of October.
Luka Bloom was born Barry Moore in Kildare in 1955, the youngest of six children....
In 1987... Barry decided it was time for a serious change. He packed up his guitar and $200 and headed for America,....
The name he settled on was Luka Bloom......
After arriving in Washington DC, Bloom set about building a new career and a new life for himself.....
Shortly afterwards, he signed to the Reprise label (Warner Bros.) and began work on his US debut, "Riverside", the definitive work of
his career, released in 1990. Over the following years, Luka Bloom often traveled back to Ireland to record his music, working with
producer Brian Masterson and sound engineer Paul Ashe-Browne .... "Keeper of the Flame" marked a definite return to form for
Bloom, which he capitalized on for "Between the Mountain and the Moon" (2002), original compositions with a renewed vigor and a
strong lyrical commitment.
Coast @ The Purty Kitchen - Dun Laoghaire
Thursday 23 October - Luka Bloom
Time: 9.00 pm - Tickets: € 16
If you can't handle the heat...
Dun Laoghaire's Purty Kitchen is launching a new series of weekly gigs, hosting such acts as Luka Bloom and Antoni O
Breskey... Kicking off on October 23 with Luka Bloom...
All gigs start at 9pm with more information available from
The Hot Press Newsdesk
HotPress Magazine - 06 Nov 2003
The Purty Kitchen
A sort of homecoming for the one time Dun Laoghaire resident on his short tour of County Dublin
(which, he informed us, brought him to places he'd never set foot in before, such as Blanchardstown and Ballymun!).
Highlights included his version of Mike Scott's 'Sunny Sailor Boy', a song he has made his own,
as well as his brilliant take on LL Cool J's 'I Need Love'. Fine versions of U2's 'Bad',
Bob Dylan's 'Make You Feel My Love' and his own 'Bogman' were also well received.
Incidentally, this was a strictly non-smoking gig "at the request of the artist". No-one in the packed house
seemed to mind – food for thought perhaps, for the publicans currently fulminating over the impending
apocalypse – as they see it!
4 November 2003 - RTÉ Open House - drop in!
Music / Performance: Luka Bloom
Currently on a nationwide tour Luka will be performing in various counties including
Kildare, Cork, Kilkenny and Kerry.... Luka performs 'Thank You For Bringing Me Here'
on OpenHouse today. Don't mention it Luka, we're delighted to have you!
The Market Place
Armagh Theatre and Arts Centre
Saturday 1st Nov 2003
Support Act: Briege Murphy
One Night Only at 8.00 pm.
Ticket Prices: All seats £12.50
Venue: Main Auditorium
Luka Bloom In Concert
Luka Bloom is one of Ireland's seminal songwriters stretching back to the late 1970's. No words can adequately describe the
power, energy, atmosphere and downright magic of his live performances. He is a songwriter at the height of his powers!
Newry Democrat - Wednesday, October 01, 2003
Rostrevor - Community Association AGM
Kicking off the new Writer's Season is the Alan Taylor and
Dick Gaughan event which will be held in a
new venue, Cloughmore Inn, on Sunday, October 5. Both artists have a considerable following so tickets may be
scarce considering the smaller venue. Don't wait too late! Following hot on the tail of that event will be a return to the usual venue for
the group, with the famous Luka Bloom, brother of Christy Moore. He will be appearing on Friday, November 7.
Tickets will be available at the usual outlets.
Newry Democrat - Tuesday, October 14, 2003
Golfers have great day in Boyle Cup
It will be back to St Bronagh's however for the long awaited concert by Luka Bloom. This event will take place on
Friday November 7 and it is anticipated that there will be a big demand for tickets. As the Collective are always keen to promote
local artists as well, they have decided to invite the very talented Sarah Donnan to perform before the main artist. That will be a very
special night. Rostrevor is really excelling itself in the presentation of high quality artists.
St Bronagh's Social Club - Rostrevor, Co Down
Friday 7 November 2003 - 8.30 pm
Support Act: Sarah Donnan
Tickets: Hanna's Newsagent, Rostrevor Tel: 02841 738239 and Carlins Record, Newry Tel: 02830 262878
Irish News Online - 08 November 2003
Luka whose back in Ireland and in bloomin' fine form
Luka Bloom sits opposite me in the Europa Hotel chatting away in that accent and intonation
that his big brother has made universally recognised.
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Belfast Festival at Queens
24th Oct - 9th Nov 2003
Waterfront Hall NTL Studio
Sunday 9 Nov - 7.45 pm - £13.50
One of Ireland's seminal songwriters. No words can adequately describe the power,
energy, atmosphere and downright magic of his live performances. He is a songwriter
at the height of his powers!
Moat Theatre - Naas
The Moat Club - Diary of Events - Music
Sun 16th Nov - Doors open 7.30 p.m.
Admission € 20
LUKA BLOOM, one of Ireland's most talented
singer/songwriters, will play a nationwide tour to promote
his new live album "Amsterdam" in November. Luka is
renowned for his thunderous and exhilarating acoustic
guitar playing, his fine voice and passionate delivery.
2001 saw the release of Luka's first independent album
"Between the Mountain and the Moon".
Carlow Nationalist - Wednesday, September 17, 2003
Paddy celebrates 25 years in the music business
...Carlow music lovers will be delighted to hear that their local record shop, Rainbow Records,
is about to reach that all-important milestone and will celebrate 25 years in business
later this year.....
The two month long celebrations will conclude with a big party night in the
Seven Oaks Hotel on Thursday, November 20, with some of Ireland's top singer
songwriters and some great local talent performing for friends and customers
of the popular store.
The fun will start at 8 pm sharp and as with all events of this magnitude
there is some good news and some bad. The good news is that admission for
the celebration party night will be free - guests will be invited to make a
contribution towards local charities, while all artists are giving their
services free of charge....
Nowadays, as one of the largest Ticketmaster agencies in Ireland, Rainbow
Records has provided great seats at a variety of great concerts.
"There have been so many it would be difficult to isolate which were the
best. Those to play in Carlow included the likes of Eric Clapton, The
Waterboys, UB40, Status Quo, Chris De Burgh and Meatloaf. My own personal
favourites have been men closer to home such as Christy and Barry Moore, aka
Carlow Nationalist & Leinster Times - Wednesday, November 26, 2003
Paddy and friends celebrate 25-years over the Rainbow
Over 400 people turned up at the Seven Oaks Hotel on Thursday last to
celebrate the 25th anniversary of the opening of Rainbow Records along with
owner Paddy Carroll and his family.
An impressive line-up of local artists as well as international
singer/songwriter Luka Bloom, provided the entertainment, while Christy
Moore sent Paddy a special multi platinum disc commemorating his sales for
"Live At The Point" to mark the event.
Carlow People - 27 November 2003
Rainbow Records reel in the years
... To celebrate 25 years in business local record shop boss, Paddy Carroll
decided to host a concert showing his appreciation for suppliers, record companies, customers and friends.
Held in the Seven Oaks Hotel Paddy said 'it was a great night, a long night and there was great variety.'
'There was a mixture of trad, folk, pop and we finished up with a 70s
Luka Bloom, Richie Kavanagh, Justin Kelly, Sheila na Glic and Back in
Business (formerly the Alley Cats) were just some of the musical talent heard on the night....
Although he organised the night himself Paddy was in for a surprise himself
on Thursday night. He was presented with a platinum disc of Christy Moore's
classic album, "Live at the Point" from Sony Records and Christy himself.
The presentation was made by Christy's brother, Luka Bloom who also sang on
Paddy was presented with the disc in recognition of his 25 years in business
and because of his association with Christy Moore throughout the years....
Emigrant Online - 8 December 2003
Carlow: '70s prices at Carlow record store
Paddy Carroll recently celebrated the twenty-fifth anniversary of the opening of his record shop in Carlow town and decided to host an evening for
suppliers, customers and friends in the Seven Oaks Hotel. Rainbow Records opened its doors in 1978 and all discs dating from that year were sold by
Paddy at 1978 prices over the following days. Among those performing at the concert was Luka Bloom, who presented Paddy with a platinum disc of his
brother Christy Moore's "Live at the Point", in recognition of his years of business and his long association with Christy Moore. The night was also
used for fundraising and more than € 2,000 has been shared between the Holy Angels, the Delta Centre and St Dympna's Patient Fund.
Irish Internet Association Net Visionary Awards 2003
The awards are one of the most respected awards for the industry, honouring individuals for their contributions
to the Irish Internet industry. Nominated by peers and voted for by the industry, the awards recognise
excellence and achievement....
The 5th Annual Irish Internet Association Net Visionary Awards took place on the
26th of November 2003 in the Clontarf Castle.
Online Trader - Sponsored by Realex Payments
This award will be given to an individual who has demonstrated the potential of the Internet
to trade effectively and efficiently online. The winner will show how online trading has opened
new geographical or vertical markets or has successfully revolutionised a trading environment.
Winner: Joint award presented to Luka Bloom of Lukabloom.com
and Katriona O'Leary of Buy4now
"Luka uses the internet in the most effective way to promote and sell his music. He records
independently and then sells directly online - thus using the internet to reach his fans and
customers directly. An excellent example of the internet at work."
Net Visionary Awards 2003 photo:
Katriona O'Leary of Buy4now.ie joint winner of the Online Trader award with Colm Lyon of Realex Payments
category sponsor with joint winner for Niall Rynne of Lukabloom.com.
Petsounds - Gig of the Week
Presented by Tom Dunne on 100-102 TodayFM
Luka Bloom Half Moon Club Cork
Saturday, 29 November 2003
Launching his career in the 1970s, Bloom was encouraged by his brother, who
hired him to play with his groups Planxty and Moving Hearts. He recorded
three impressive solo albums in the 1970s and 80s before leaving Ireland for
Washington, D.C. Determined to earn an audience on his own merits he took a
residency at a Georgetown pub, where he honed his solo act. Blooms
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 his 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. He subsequently released three acclaimed albums with
Warners and one with Sony, before returning home to Ireland where he has
continued to record and tour to great acclaim.
Posted on 21 November 2003
The Avondhu - Theatre - Arts
Luka Bloom plays Kilworth on Monday Night
The Village Arts Centre, Kilworth is delighted to host this great artist on Monday night next,
December 1st at 8.15pm. Tickets now on sale, priced €15 from Cotters Kilworth (025-27109 after 5pm),
The Avondhu Office Fermoy (32229) and Hyland's Bookshop, Mitchelstown (24528).
The Kingdom: Entertainment - 03 December 2003
Luka Bloom in Listowel
Singer songwriter Luka Bloom makes a welcome return to the county this week for a gig in St John's Arts Centre in Listowel.
Luka may have began his career touring with his older brother, Christy Moore, but he has long since stepped
out of his shadow with a growing legion of fans not only in Ireland but across the globe.
This weeks gig is a great opportunity for music lovers in the county to get a live taste of music
from the new album 'Amsterdam' which was launched in Ireland in March.
Luka will play St John's Arts Centre in Listowel this Wednesday, December 3, at 8pm before
heading to Kilkenny for a gig on Friday.