An Grianan Theatre
Letterkenny, Co. Donegal
Sun 29 May - Luka Bloom
8pm - Tickets: €20
In 1987, Barry Moore flew out to America and Luka Bloom came back. Singing his songs
around the US, gigging with The Pogues, the Violent Femmes, The Dixie Chicks,
Hothouse Flowers, The Cowboy Junkies. He signed with Warner Music in Los Angeles,
and made 'Riverside', 'The Acoustic Motorbike', and 'Turf'.
2001 was a busy year for Luka, he created Big Sky Records and www.lukabloom.com
and released 'The Barry Moore Years', an album of early songs written before 1987. In
the same year Luka made 'Between the Mountain and the Moon', an album of new original songs.
2003, 'Amsterdam' was released - a live performance from a great night in the Carre Theatre in
Amsterdam. In 2004 'Before Sleep Comes' was recorded, nine soft songs for insomniacs.
Fans of Luka will tell you, a live gig with Luka Bloom is not to be missed, and will not be easily forgotten!
The Glen, Waterford, Co. Waterford, Ireland
Tuesday 31 May - Luka Bloom
Seated Unreserved - €22.50
Luka started out as Barry Moore of Newbridge, County Kildare. In the early
years of his career he wrote songs for Christy Moore, Moving Hearts and many
more before moving to America. Now based in Ireland, Luka plays acoustic
guitars and sings mainly self written songs and a handful of cover versions.
www.forumwaterford.com - www.ticketlord.ie
Waterford Today Online - Issue 250 - 11 May 2005
LUKA BLOOM Live on Tour
Following the release of his stunning new album Innocence, Luka Bloom takes to the road
for a 12 date tour of Ireland this May and June which includes a stop off in The Forum Waterford
on Tuesday May 31st....
Tickets for Luka's Forum Waterford date are now on sale from 'NEXT-DOOR, THE FORUM',
open daily 11am - 11pm, phone (051) 87 11 11 and from www.ticketlord.ie. Tickets are priced at €22.50.
The Clare Champion, Ennis - Friday, 27 May 2005
The visit of a rare talent in full Bloom
Luka Bloom, who plays Glór as part of his tour.
Ennis has been confirmed as a stop on the upcoming Luka Bloom tour which sees him travel to a dozen
locations throughout the country in May and June.
Itís appropriate that Luka has chosen a Clare date, considering his appreciation for the county and
the inspirational role it has had on his music and writing. The tour follows the release of his latest album,
Innocence, and he says his performances will see him maintain his commitment to the live performance...
The Clare Champion, Ennis - Friday, 3 June 2005
Luka offers glimpse of a talent in full bloom
Luka Bloom's latest album 'Innocence' is in the shops and the Kildare-born troubadour plays Glór this Saturday, June 4.
Luka Bloom's new album sparkles like a thousand diamonds in golden sunbeams. 'Innocence', playing softly in the
CD player, requires you to relax as it envelops you, like the warm shadows of an open fire, in its unique ambience.
Bloomís songs have the beautiful ability to instil in the listenerís mind a wealth of imaginative thoughts. Be it dining
alfresco underneath the cover of a star-studded sky, or maybe kayaking around a coral-fringed lagoon... once you
close those eyes, Luka's album will transport you anywhere you wish.
The newly released 'Innocence' is his tenth album, so what is it exactly that keeps this entertainer musically inspired?
"Every piece of absolute crap inspires me!" he laughs. "People go through things in their lives and
they have all these stories to tell. So I listen and I then try to transform ordinary things into extraordinary things.
That's my mission."
Most singer-songwriters have a song that is special to them; a song they created with a passion that is revived each
and every time they listen to the notes recorded. Does Luka have a personal favourite on the album list? "No, I donít
have a favourite," he responds, with a serious tone suddenly underpinning his every word, "I love them all. I just
wouldn't put a song on the album if I didn't love it."....
Interview by Tara King
Glor Irish Music Centre - Ennis
LUKA BLOOM - Saturday 4 June 2005
Time: 8pm - Tickets: €20
Hear Luka play old favourites and songs from his new album, 'Innocence'.
The younger brother of Christy Moore, Barry Moore relocated to the US in
1987 and rechristened himself Luka Bloom. A master interpreter, Bloom has
continued to balance original songs with reinvention of tunes by a diverse
range of songwriters.
Fans of Luka will tell you, a live gig with Luka Bloom is not to be missed,
and will not be easily forgotten!
Dolan's Warehouse - Limerick
LUKA BLOOM - Wednesday 8 June 2005
Upstairs - Time: 8pm - Tickets: €20
A passionate and dynamic performer, and following the release of his stunning new album
Innocence, Luka Bloom takes to the road for a 12 date tour of Ireland this May and
June. In his own words "Every gig is precious".
"In short: More moving with every album he makes... There's an unrivalled tenderness to
Luka Bloom's enchanting, earnest songwriting - his musical and lyrical delivery possesses
that special charm. Deft, delicate touch on the six-string and distinguishable Irish lilt in his
honeyed vocals draws you in immediately".
Melbourne Sunday Herald
The Spirit Store - Dundalk
Fri 10th - Luka Bloom - Tickets 15 euro
Luka parks his acoustic motorbike outside and will be playing tracks from his brilliant new album 'Innocence'.
The Spirit Store - www.spiritstore.ie
George's Quay, Dundalk, Co. Louth +353-42-9352697
Laois Nationalist - Thursday, May 19, 2005
Dunamaise welcomes summer with a sizzling programme of events
The Dunamaise Arts Centre, Portlaoise welcomes the summer with a sizzling programme of events.
Among the many highlights of the new programme is a brand new series of family shows on
Sundays, Roddy Doyle's first children's play No Messin' with the Monkeys!,
the inimitable Luka Bloom, the explosive Mexican trio Más Y Más,
singer-songwriter Pierce Turner, an exhibition by Laois artist Gemma Guihan and many, many more...
As always, the Dunamaise Arts Centre has a spectacular line-up of musical treats in-store for the summer season.
Following the release of his stunning new album, Luka Bloom performs at the
Dunamaise for one night only as part of his Irish tour on Saturday, June 11.
The Box Office at the Dunamaise Arts Centre opened for bookings for its summer 2005
programme on Monday, May 16 (0502-63355).
RTE Radio 1 > Spectrum > Luka Bloom
Saturday, 18 June 2005, 2.01pm
No Matter Where You Go, There You Are (from 'Innocence')
Live in studio: Interview with Luka Bloom and live performance of City Of Chicago
Listen to the series > www.rte.ie/radio1/spectrum
This series is presented by the South African Ambassador to Ireland Melanie Verwoerd
whose term of office officially ends in July of this year. It is a celebration of all facets of Ireland's
multicultural society in 2005. It looks at the people, the music, the stories, the poetry, the art,
as well as the many festivals taking place throughout the summer all over Ireland.
The series introduces to the listeners the many and varied group which have emerged
over the last number of years as Ireland has become a truly multicultural society.
Info: www.lukabloom.com - www.rte.ie/radio1/spectrum
Listen to the series: www.rte.ie/radio1/story/1050482.html
Galway Advertiser - Entertainment - Thursday 26 May 2005
Changing houses works wonders for Luka Bloom
By KERNAN ANDREWS
Moving to America gave Luka Bloom the confidence to find his own musical voice. Moving to a new
house in Kildare has helped him write the best albums of his career. The reason? "I'm allergic to nostalgia," he says.
Luka Bloom will play the Róisín Dúbh on Sunday June 5 as part of The Galway Sessions 2005.
It's fitting he should play a trad festival because when he started off in the 1970s it was as a folk singer called Barry Moore.
Back then he often played support to his brother Christy's band Planxty. When Planxty reformed for some gigs
last year, Luka was again providing the support. Did he get a sense of deja vu doing those gigs?
"The deja vu was when I saw them in Vicar Street," Luka tells me over the phone from his house in Kildare.
"It was a shock seeing them together after all these years. As for playing support I just presented myself
and did my gig. I'm allergic to nostalgia."
That's not suprising. Luka's never been afraid to change or move forward. After his time as a folk singer,
he led a new wave band called Red Square, then in the late 1980s, he moved to the USA, changed his
name to Luka Bloom, and got what he tells me were "a few positive kicks up the arse" in New York. He
had finally found his identity and a highly distinctive songwriting approach.
Watching Luka on stage supporting Planxty in Galway last December, it was hard not to conclude that
he's never been better. Indeed Between The Mountains And The Moon (2001), live album Amsterdam (2003),
Before Sleep Comes (2004), and this year's Innocence, represent his strongest ever run of albums, and
some of the best by any Irish singer-songwriter in recent times.
"I think I have been a late developer," Luka says modestly, though he admits his most recent work is
among his strongest. "Something has shaken in me in the last two years. I decided to simplify the guitar
and focus on the lyrics and get across what it is that really motivates me and moves me. I'm going to
attribute some of that to the house I live in now in Co Kildare on the outskirts of the Bog of Allen."
How did moving house affect his work? "It's a practical thing of being able to write something without
disturbing other people," he says. "I lived for 27 years in city centres and in an apartment there would
be people on the other side of every wall and it was difficult to do your work without upsetting someone.
When I lived in Dublin I would rent a cottage in the Burren and work there for four weeks on the songs
but I don't have to do that anymore. Now I can go to the Burren and visit friends and relax. I can now
do my work where I live and that has made a big impact and I feel there is a freshness to my work."
It is appropriate perhaps that the intimate surroundings of home and the familiarity of the Kildare
countryside is where Innocence was recorded. It's an album that celebrates the joy of simple
pleasures - a celebration of how the ordinary in life has a special quality that can be more
meaningful than the seemingly 'important' events.
"I would regard that as a perfect analysis of what drives me and motivates me," Luka replies.
"Writing songs for me is about making the ordinary extraordinary. People live such fast,
materialistic lives that we lose touch with the essential magic of the ordinary."
True to his "I'm allergic to nostalgia" stance the album is in no way sentimental or self-satisfied.
There is a boldness to it, a determination to make the listener look at things from a different point of
view - whether it is to simply appreciate the moment or the increasingly changing face of Irish society.
"I don't believe music can change the world in a global sense," says Luka, "but I absolutely
believe it can transform an individual life and can articulate our experiences, sorrows, joys
and I think that is the challenge of this particular songwriter."
The most challenging song on Innocence, and perhaps the finest Luka has ever written, is the north African flavoured
'No Matter Where You Go, There You Are' - recounting the tale of a
Muslim who, exiled from Algeria, makes his home in Galway. What led Luka to write this song?
"On the album that song is beside 'City Of Chicago' and that's deliberate," Luka replies.
"'City Of Chicago' articulates some of the hurt and isolation people who left Ireland and emigrated
to Boston, Chicago, and London felt. Now we've gone from that situation to the reverse where
people are coming to Ireland in search of the same life we sought.
I wanted to write a personal song, a positive song, not an anti-Conor Lenihan song. I wanted
to highlight the talent and resources emigrants bring and I used as an example a friend of mine
from Algeria called Mohamed. He now lives in northern Holland. He doesn't live in Galway
but he has been to Galway. I used his experience for coming to Europe as background for
the story I wanted to tell of him making his way from Algeria to Galway and it's a song I like
to sing in Galway."
Luka Bloom plays the Róisín Dúbh on Sunday June 5.
Tickets are available from the Róisín Dúbh, Mulligans, and Redlight Records.
Roisin Dubh > Change of date for Luka Bloom
The date for the Luka Bloom show has been changed to Wednesday June 22 to coincide with the
Galway Sessions (19-26 June).
All tickets for the show on June 5 are valid for this show, or full refunds are available from
point of purchase. We apologise for any inconvenience.
LUKA BLOOM - 22 June 2005 - 8.00pm €20 - Roisin Dubh, Galway
McDermott's Pub - Doolin, Co. Clare
Session with Luka Bloom - Wednesday, 13 July 2005
Doolin is world renowned for Traditional Irish Music and it's beautiful surroundings.
With the Cliffs of Moher and the Burren just 'up the road', it's the ideal place to stay and explore the area.
There are three Pubs in Doolin and McDermott's may be just the one for you.
Starting off with a good meal, accompanied by a smooth Pint of Guinness and
rounded off with a great Irish Music Session - what more can you ask for.....
Many famous musicians have played here over the years, including Seamus Creagh,
Josephine Marsh, Mary Custy, Sharon Shannon and Luka Bloom, to name just a few.
Luka Bloom on RTÉ's 'Daniel O'Donnell Show'
Daniel's back on RTÉ ONE for a new series beginning on Sunday 17 July.
Recorded before a live studio audience
the series will run for ten weeks
features interviews and performances from national and international guests.
> Sunday, 31 July - 20:30 - The Daniel O'Donnell Show
Music and chat show hosted by Daniel O'Donnell with a line-up of celebrity guests.
Daniel is joined by singer-songwriter Luka Bloom and American R & B/soul legends the Drifters.
Daniel plays host & performer for the series and is accompanied throughout by his house band.
Guests who will feature in the series include: Paul Young, Luka Bloom, Lucie
Silvas, Elkie Brooks, Diarumid Gavin, Steve Brookstein, Pat Boone and The Drifters.
Leinster Leader - Thursday, August 4, 2005
Singing and Dancing at Lughnasa a huge hit in Rathangan
Rathangan was transformed into the music capital of Leinster at the recent
Buskers turned out in force for the second annual competition which turned
out to be one of the biggest crowd pullers of the August Bank Holiday
"The standard of entries was superb. It's great to see so much local talent
on display," said committee chairman Paddy O'Loughlin.
"The Sunday night concert (31 July 2005) was fantastic with The Walls, The
Blizzards and Fred. We had some great bands playing including our own Chasing
Faith and Lemon.
"Unfortunately the weather let us down on Friday night but Toss the Feather
kept the show going in the community centre after the official opening.
Seamus Kelly's book launch and the Church of Ireland concert was a great
success. Luka Bloom was sold out on Monday night..."
He added: "I would like to thank everybody for turning out over the weekend.
Thanks to all our sponsors including our main sponsor Rathangan and District
Lughnasa is one of the four Celtic Fire Festivals which are celebrated at points midway between the solstices and equinoxes.
Samhain, on November 1st, begins the Celtic new year. This is followed by Imbolc (February 1st), Bealtaine (May 1st),
and Lughnasa (August 1st). The name is derived from the Celtic deity Lugh, god of all arts and crafts.
Féile An Phobail - West Belfast 2005
Damien Dempsey, Luka Bloom and Gráda
Music at the Giant's Foot
Tuesday 2nd August, 8pm
Damien Dempsey's unique sound reflects the influence of
traditional Irish Sean Nós and his musical heroes: Bob Marley and Elvis Presley. An award winning
fearless and confrontational songwriter who has played with Christy Moore, Bob Dylan and Morrissey.
Supported by Luka Bloom and Gráda in an
unmissable night of unique and dynamic sounds.
Tickets £8 from all Féile outlets.
Sponsored by Foras na Gaeilge.
RTE Radio 1 > Brenda Power
A daily programme in which Brenda Power examines the human interest stories behind the headlines.
Brenda Power > Luka Bloom: 9th August 2005
Singer Songwriter Luka Bloom. His new album is called 'Innocence' but the song featured on the
programme today was taken from his 'Riverside' album >>
The Man Is Alive
>> Click on the date to listen to the show.
Magnetic Music Café
Doolin, Co Clare
Ireland's legendary songwriter
Saturday 13th of August 2005
advance sales €18.00
Phone (+353) 065 707 4988
Events > "Best for the West" Concerts
Once again we have organised our "Best for the West" concert series commencing in
mid-July until early September, doors opening at 9.30pm. Our non-smoking venue offers a wonderful
opportunity to hear some of Ireland's best-known artists in a listening atmosphere. To avoid
disappointment, please book your tickets in advance as The Magnetic Music Café is a small,
THE TICKET - ROOTS - Friday, 12 August 2005
Tuesday 16 August 2005
Luka Bloom - One of the best singer-songwriters in Ireland performs in one of the most intimate venues in Dublin county.
Seamus Ennis Cultural Centre, The Naul, Fingal - 8.30pm - €18.95 - 01-8020898
Seamus Ennis Centre - Naul, County Dublin
Tuesday 16th August - Luka Bloom
Doors open: 8.30 pm - Adm: €18.95
From a very early age Luka was writing songs and honing his skills as a serious guitar player.
He first went on tour as the support act to his eledest brother, Christy Moore, in 1969 at the tender
age of 14. Since then he has gained international recognition and has released a number of
very successful albums. Don't miss this opportunity to see Luka in an intimate setting.
For more information visit: www.lukabloom.com. Booking recommended.
The Séamus Ennis Cultural Centre is a traditional Irish Musical Centre dedicated to the memory of
Séamus Ennis and is situated in Naul, Fingal, North County Dublin. The Centre has a year round
programme of live traditional music, Irish language and Irish Dancing classes.
Phone: 01 8020898 - E-Mail for Enquiries and General Information: email@example.com
Barry's Public House - Grange, County Sligo
Sat 20th August - Luka Bloom
9.30PM - Tickets: €15
Sligo Weekender - Tuesday, August 09, 2005
Luka makes his return to his favourite Sligo venue
By Fergal Gallagher
Luka Bloom returns to Sligo for the first time this year with his new album in tow and a wealth of new
songs at his fingertips.
Luka plays one of his favourite Irish venues. Barry's Public House
in Grange on Saturday,
August 20. Tickets cost €15 and are available in advance. The doors open at 9.30pm.
The Irish musician and songwriter launched 'Innocence'
in March of this year to massive critical acclaim.
Reviewers from Australia to Austria to right here in Ireland have been praising this latest collection of
songs from Luka, brother of Christy Moore.
Melbourne's Sunday Herald Sun said "More moving with every album he makes. There's an unrivalled
tenderness to Luka Bloom's enchanting earnest songwriting, his musical and lyrical delivery possesses t
hat special charm."
The Irish Times was full of praise too " Evidently personally content, Luka's music bespeaks of matters
spiritual rather than material. His belly is fired by personal reflection rather than political objection and
it makes for a satisfying gathering."
Jackie Hayden of Hot Press gave it eight stars out of ten and commented "With this more reflective
and introspective album, he restores himself to his rightful place in the pantheon of intelligent and
passionate songsmiths with his uncanny ability to see the power and meaning in the atoms of daily life."
But we'll leave the last word to the man himself. One of his songs "No Matter Where You Go, There
You Are" sums up Bloom's trademark lyrical signature. As he says "No matter where you go, there
you are / so don't let go of what you know to be true."
The Granary - Killarney, County Kerry
Thursday 25 August - Luka Bloom
10:30pm - Tickets: €15
Having tread the boards of stages all over the globe, 36 years of craft honing has given
Luka Bloom from Newbridge a place on the music map...
Whazon - Cork
Your Online Guide to Cork, Waterford and Kilkenny
Friday 26 August, 9pm @ The Blackbird, Ballycotton.
Saturday 27 August, 8pm @ Sirius Arts Centre, Cobh.
Sirius Arts Centre - Cobh, County Cork
Saturday 27 August - Luka Bloom
8pm - Tickets: €17
An evening with Luka Bloom plus support
Whazon - Kilkenny
Your Online Guide to Cork, Waterford and Kilkenny
Wednesday 31 August, 9pm @ Cleere's, Kilkenny.
THE TICKET - ROOTS - Friday, 09 September 2005
Thursday 15 > DONEGAL
Luka Bloom - Irish singer-songwriter; low maintenance, high quality.
Balor Theatre, Ballybofey - 8.30pm - €15/€12 - 074-9131840
Balor Theatre - Ballybofey, Co Donegal
Entertainment Listings for 2005 - Upcoming Events
Thurs Sep 15th - LUKA BLOOM
8.30pm - Adm €15 - Full Bar
A few years back, Black Arthur's Folk Club was a thriving music night in Ballybofey with singer/songwriters
from round the country coming to share their music. You'd pay a pound in every thursday, there'd always
be good music and, more often than not, a party afterwards. One of the most popular artists was a young
man who'd hitch to and from Ballybofey to play there called Barry Moore.
Well, in 1987 Barry Moore flew out to America and Luka Bloom came back. He's sang his songs around
America with the likes of The Pogues, The Violent Femmes, The Dixie Chicks, The Hothouse Flowers.
He's released album after album of quality music while all the time remaining true to his roots. Even now
after all this time you can still here the same timeless emotion in his songs that captivated everyone at
Black Arthurs all those years ago.
Luka returns to The Balor Theatre on Thursday 15th September and we've decided to make it a Black
Arthur's Folk Club reunion night! We're encouraging all those who used frequent the famous folk club to
dust down their '80's clothes and come down to make a special night of it. There will be special spot
prizes on the night for those wearing the best 80's dress. It'll be a special night of nostalgia to catch up
with old friends, relive old memories and, of course, listen to the stunning music of Luka Bloom.
Sunday Business Post - Sunday, August 28, 2005
By Niamh Connolly
A pot full of tea, mugs and a packet of iced teacakes are laid out on the
kitchen table in Mary Corduff 's house, ready for whoever comes through the
back door. And there has been no shortage of callers to her Rossport home
since her husband, Willie, went into Cloverhill prison along with four
neighbours for obstructing exploration giant Shell's building of a
high-pressure gas pipeline alongside their land. The Corduff house
is the nerve centre of the campaign to 'Free the Rossport Five'.
The men's wives, Caitlin Ni Sheighin, Aggie Philbin, Mary Corduff and the
'two Maureens' - wives of Vincent and Philip McGrath - are resolute: the
pipeline pumping untreated gas will not be going through the bogland next to
Local teacher Maura Harrington is the latest visitor.
"Luka Bloom is in Rossport. He's down visiting the camp to show his support
for the campaign," she tells the women.
Harrington, who is the principal in Inver national school, and Irish Times
columnist Fintan O'Toole addressed a packed meeting on the Shell controversy
in Dublin last week.
"Who is Luka Bloom?" says one of the women to Maura. "He's Christy Moore's
brother," comes a chorus.
..."It was the local people on the ground that brought the issue of the
unauthorised work to the Minister, because the Department was ignoring it.
It was only because a photograph was finally presented to them of the welded
pipeline that they accepted it," says Mary Corduff.
The women express bewilderment at the postcards they are getting from
far-flung destinations in support of their campaign - from Australia, the
United States, and Africa as well as Europe...
Message from Luka Bloom
First of all, my sincere sympathies to all the people of the Gulf Coast in the US. These are heartbreaking
times there. I had one great night in Tipitina's in New Orleans in a sweltering July in 1988 with The Pogues.
God bless you all; you are in my thoughts and prayers.
I'm sending out this note to speak briefly about something which has nothing to do with my work. It concerns
a matter in Ireland which I find very heavy right now.
There are 5 men from a little village in County Mayo called Rossport in prison for nearly 70 days now.
They are not criminals. For 5 years they have been trying to protect their village from a project involving
The Corrib Gas field; a huge gas resource off the Mayo coast. The project involves Shell Oil, Statoil,
and I think Enterprise. The Irish government has granted permission to the oil companies to build a
refinery about nine kilometres inland. This means that the untreated gas will come ashore, and a pipe
will carry it the nine kilometres; passing on its route, through the village of Rossport, 70 metres from the
houses of the men imprisoned. These men, and many other men and women, have been campaigning
for 5 years to have the gas refined at sea, and piped safely inland. They have protested Shells' activity
and as a result, Shell had an injunction placed upon them. They were brought to court, and told unless
they agreed to apologise to Shell and also guarantee they would not interfere with work, they would be
in contempt of court and imprisoned. And there they are, in prison for trying to protect their community.
They will remain in prison until they 'purge their contempt', or Shell agrees to lift the injunction. Shell
won't move. The men will not 'purge' unless Shell lifts the injunction.
This is a complicated issue. I am not an engineer, and do not understand the complexities of the
project itself. But I have visited Rossport recently, and seen the incredible beauty of the place. I have
also seen the madness of this pipe passing so close to peoples' homes. And I have met the families
of some of these men. It is easy to see their hurt, that their loved ones are imprisoned for their principles.
And it is very impressive to see their determination and strength in incredibly difficult circumstances.
I admire them greatly. And I support their call for the release of these men immediately. I believe these
people have not been given a proper hearing, to voice their concerns to the Government. I believe
their imprisonment to be a gross injustice. I urge Irish people to visit Rossport, and see for themselves
the madness being visited on this community. For myself, until Shell lifts it's injunction, and allows
these men to be freed and to debate/negotiate with them, I will not be buying any petrol from Shell
or Statoil outlets.
For further information on this matter, please visit
www.shelltosea.com and www.freetherossportfive.com.
Peace and love, Luka
The Glens Centre > Saturday, 17 September 2005
Sunset Cruise of Innisfree with Luka Bloom & Dick Warner
A very special evening for the Green Festival on the Rose of Innisfree.
Dick Warner will host a short lecture which will be followed by an intimate concert
with Luka Bloom, one of Ireland's finest singer/songwriters. Luka's trademark is
his thunderous and exhilarating acoustic guitar playing, his fine voice and his warm
and passionate delivery.
The Rose Of Innisfree, Parke's Castle, Co. Leitrim
Boat leaves the quay at 7pm sharp!! Limited tickets so booking is essential.
The cruise on Lough Gill with Dick Warner and Luka Bloom is sold out.
Sunset Cruise of Innisfree with Luka Bloom and Dick Warner
The Rose Of Innisfree, Parke's Castle, Co. Leitrim
Saturday, 17th of September
Dick Warner, well known environmentalist, conservationist, broadcaster and
presenter of Waterways, will host a short lecture.
This will be followed by an intimate concert with Luka Bloom, one of Ireland's
finest singer/songwriters who's trademark is his thunderous and exhilarating
acoustic guitar playing, his fine voice and his warm and passionate delivery.
This is an unique opportunity not to be missed!
Limited tickets so booking is essential. Booking: 071 98 55833 - €22
The Scene - Issue 56 - Monday, 5 September 2005
Compost is the new wine
"Forget about wine, these days dinner party talk is about composting."
says Hans Wieland, programme manager at the Organic Centre and one
of the organisers of the Green Festival Northwest.... The Green Festival, which
takes place in Leitrim and neighbouring counties from Friday September 16th - Sunday
September 25th, aims to raise awareness about composting, waste prevention,
alternative architecture and energy and to generally encourage people to leave
a softer footprint on the earth and live life in a more sustainable way...
One of the highlights of the festival will be a boat tour of Lough Gill on
The Rose of Innisfree on September 17th at 7pm.
Luka Bloom will team up with well known environmentalist Dick Warner
for an evening that promises to be as entertaining as it is informative.
The Irish Times - Weekend - September 10, 2005
Luka on the lough
The Third Green Festival North-West runs from September 16th to 25th. One of
the highlights that is sure to be booked out quickly is a sunset cruise on
Lough Gill with singer-songwriter Luka Bloom and environmentalist Dick
Warner.... Programme details from the Organic Centre, Rossinver, Co Leitrim
(tel: 071-9854338; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org).
Horizons - Environmental events from around the country
Aiken Promotions presents > GIG FOR NEW ORLEANS
Christy Moore & Friends @ Vicar Street
Tuesday, September 20th.
Doors will open at 7.30pm. Show starts at 8.30pm. This is a fully seated show.
Tickets are €40 from Vicar St. tel: 0818 719 390, Ticketmaster and usual
agents nationwide, and available on the web at www.ticketmaster.ie.
All proceeds from this show will go to The Red Cross to help fund
their effort to aid the people affected by Hurricane Katrina.
from Christy Moore chat:
"Today's gig for New Orleans is sold out. Apart from Declan and I it
will feature Wally Page, Mary Coughlan, Lisa Hannigan with Damien Rice,
Luka Bloom and Freddie White. It was a spontaneous gesture. I watched
the carnage and, in my powerlessness, all I could think to do was make
some phonecalls. Everyone said yes. In financial terms it is the slightest
drop in an ocean of suffering but it allows a thousand Irish people to spend
a night together in solidarity with our brothers and sisters who have lost
20 September 2005 - www.christymoore.com/christy_chat.asp
GIG FOR NEW ORLEANS
Vicar Street Dublin, Tuesday, September 20th 2005
reviewed by Christy Moore
...Declan Sinnott and I were joined by: Wally Page, Luka Bloom, Mary Coughlan, James Delaney,
Damien Rice, Lisa Hannigan and Freddie White.
The music performed was:
Burning Times -
Louisiana 1927 -
Hattie Carroll -
Sail Away -
Biko Drum -
16 Fishermen Raving -
Finglas Boys -
North and South -
City of Chicago -
Wounded Knee -
This Land is Your Land -
Lakes of Pontchartrain -
Still in Love -
Barrel House -
Ride On -
Baby Sister -
Missing you -
Black is the Colour -
On Your Way Down -
Black and Blue -
For us, it was a special night. The audience responded to the spirit of the occasion - so too did Vicar Street,
Ticketmaster and everyone associated with the production of the music and we were all at one.
We give Thanks.
- Christy Moore
21 September 2005 - www.christymoore.com/reviews/2005.htm
Hot Press Magazine - 10 October 2005
Christy Moore Live at Vicar Street, Dublin
This show, a benefit concert for the victims of Hurricane Katrina,
was the brain-child of Christy Moore. "I was looking at TV reports
from New Orleans and I personally felt a need to respond," he said.
"I started to make calls. The Red Cross gave me the nod, Vicar Street
gave up their first available date."
At short notice, Moore recruited artists such as Damien Rice, Lisa Hannigan,
Mary Coughlan and Declan Sinnott. Together they served up a feast of folk
and blues. Highlights included Christy Moore and brother Luka
Bloom performing 'City of Chicago' and 'Wounded Knee',
Mary Coughlan singing 'Ride On' with Christy on guitar and Rice and Hannigan
duetting on a fantastic version of 'Volcano'. As ever, Moore made the
audience the focus of his attention, encouraging them to sing along
There was no proselytizing. Moore merely explained the gigís purpose:
to send a message of solidarity to the dispossessed people of the
delta. The money raised was, he said, "a tiny drop in an ocean of
despair". During the famine of 1847, he continued, the Choctaw Nation
(Native Americans inhabitants of Louisiana) sent $70 for the relief
of hunger in Ireland - "this at a time when they themselves were
Later, Freddie White's offered a moving rendition (and great
impersonation of Louis Armstrong) on 'Black and Blue', a song about
racism in the American south.
In total, the benefit raised some €35,000, the bulk going to the Red
Cross. The penultimate song of the night was 'Louisana 1927',
performed by all the artists on stage together. When it ended, cheers
encouraged Moore to re-emerge. He ended a great night with the
classic 'Nancy Spain'.
Cork Kerry > Things To Do
The Clonakilty International Guitar Festival hopes to swiftly establish
itself as one of Ireland's most important guitar events. Its programme will
embrace all styles of music; attract audiences, students and performers from
all over Ireland, the UK and even America. From traditional to rock, blues
to country - whatever your taste, it's all going to be catered for here over
Building on Clonakilty's rich tradition in music and all things cultural, it
is hoped that this new festival will further Clonakilty's long established
reputation as the music capital of West Cork by presenting some of the best
names in world guitar over a period of three days. Performances, workshops,
concerts and exhibitions are included in the programme.
Artists Confirmed: Louis Stewart (Ireland), Eric Bell (Northern Ireland), Bill Shanley (Clonakilty), Roy Harper (UK),
Frankie Lane (Ireland), Stephen Housden (Australia), Clive Barnes (Ireland), Steve Belton (Ireland),
Arty McGlynn (Northern Ireland), Luka Bloom (Ireland) and Matt Churchill (UK).
More to be confirmed.
Irish Examiner - Saturday, August 27, 2005
Clon's on song as agri-college marks centenary
By Sean O'Riordan and Ray Ryan
A Cork town kicked off a weekend of music last night ahead of separate events to mark its agricultural
collegeís centenary. Clonakilty Vintners' Association is sponsoring the music festival which will feature a
free open-air concert tomorrow night with The Walls. It will act as a prelude for the town's first international
guitar festival next month....
The three-day Clonakilty International Guitar Festival hopes to establish itself as one of Irelandís most
important guitar events when it kicks off on September 23.
Top acts lined up include England's Roy Harper and Matt Churchill, Stephen Housden from Australia
and Ireland's Luka Bloom and Steve Belton.
Local and internationally recognised guitarist Bill Shanley has been crucial in helping to set up the festival,
which is being organised by a committee chaired by Denis Noonan.
Clonakilty International Guitar Festival
Sept 23rd - 25th, 2005
This year Clonakilty is proud to host their first ever International Guitar Festival. With West Cork being
steeped in musical history it seemed only fitting to bring together a group of musicians national and
international to not only showcase their skills through concerts, performances and inpromtu sessions,
but to pass on those skills to the new emerging talent found in the surrounding areas.
The festival is geared towards those interested in seeing a master display their skills, and share their
The weekend will comprise of workshops held from one until six on Saturday and Sunday, live music
on the streets, concerts and to top off every night, performances by Luka Bloom, The Frank and
Walters and B.P. Fallon's famous Death Disco.
Friday, Sept 23rd - Luka Bloom in concert
with special guest Clive Barnes
Live @ Imperial Hotel
Doors 8:30pm - Concert starts 9pm Sharp
Tickets €20, available from de Barra's and Hickey's Music Shop
more details can be found > www.clonguitarfest.com
Friday, 12 August 2005
Luka Bloom to Record a Live DVD in Dublin
Luka Bloom and Union Station Productions are only delighted
to invite 100 of you to join in and be part of a one off event, a recording, for a DVD to be released in 2006.
This is an invited audience only and seats are limited. We have chosen a small venue in Dublin, to
capture an intimate evening with Luka and his audience!
TICKETS: On sale only at www.lukabloom.com > sold out in less than 4 hours!
on Monday 15th of August at 10am GMT, tickets are priced at €20.
VENUE: The Space @ The Helix, Glasnevin, Dublin, Ireland.
DATE: Wednesday September 28th 2005
read concert reviews > Live @ The Helix, Dublin
DVD Live Recording
Luka Bloom during the Question and Answer Session after the concert
DUBLIN BY NIGHT > MUSIC > www.dublinlinks.com
Luka Bloom - Whelan's
Tuesday, 25 October 2005
Time: 8pm - Tickets: €25
Luka Bloom, folk singer/songwriter, plays Whelan's on Tuesday, the 25th of October.
Luka Bloom showcases new songs from his most recent album,'Innocence' with an intimate concert in Whelans.
Luka Bloom was born Barry Moore in Kildare in 1955, the youngest of six children. A dedicated guitar player,
his first live gig was at 14 years of age, playing support for brother Christy on a tour of English folk clubs in 1969....
This concert in Whelans promises to be a musical treat.
Whelan's, 25 Wexford Street, Dublin 8
Tel: +353 1 4780766 - www.whelanslive.com
Cinnamon Club opens @ the Brook Lane Hotel, Kenmare, County Kerry
Freddie White will perform this Saturday night (13/08) at the opening of Kenmare's chic nite venue -
the Cinnamon Club at the Brook Lane Hotel
Even before the opening night, the Cinnamon Club has already begun to establish a reputation as an
excellent live venue in music circles. Testament is the number of leading Irish artists who have committed
to perform over the coming months. These include Freddie White (on the opening night), Mary Coughlan,
Mary Doyle Kennedy, Mickey Harte, Isla Grant, Luka Bloom, Kieran Goss and many more.
The Club will also feature new artists and comedy acts.
The Cinnamon Club will be open every Saturday night from 9:30pm. Tickets are limited to 100 and can be
pre-purchased or bought at the door on the night. For more information telephone the Brook Lane Hotel,
Kenmare, Co Kerry on 064 42077 or visit the hotel's website www.brooklanehotel.com.
Irish Examiner - Saturday, September 17, 2005
Go with the river's flow
By Barry Coughlan
Meanwhile, Kenmare in Kerry has a new venue, the Cinnamon Club, in the town's Brook Lane Hotel.
There is a special offer of €185 per person sharing for two nights' accommodation, including breakfast,
dinner on one evening, and entry into the Cinnamon Club, which features top acts such as Mickey
Harte, Isla Grant, Luka Bloom and Kieran Goss.
Wexford Festival Opera
20 October - 6 November 2005
Late Night Events
Luka Bloom - Dun Mhuire
Sunday 30 October, 23:30, €15
...His latest offering, Innocence, is that magical journey,
captured by a man with an ear for life's hidden details.
Wexford Festival Opera - www.wexfordopera.com
Dun Mhuire Theatre, South Main Street, Wexford
Unison.ie - entertainment music - Friday May 27th 2005
Opera festival set to hit the high notes with heady mix of classics and
With everything from the classical notes of Ludwig van Beethoven to the more
contemporary sounds of Luka Bloom, organisers are anticipating a veritable
invasion of music-lovers when the 54th annual Wexford Festival Opera gets
underway later this year.....
All eyes will be on American-born composer David Agler in his first season
as the festival's artistic director. Yesterday, Minister for Arts, Sports
and Tourism John O'Donoghue welcomed his appointment at a launch in the
Guinness Storehouse, Dublin.....
Wexford Festival Opera runs for 18 days and kicks off with a fireworks display
on Wexford Quayside, followed by a performance of Maria di Rohan on October 20.
Tickets go on sale from next Wednesday, June 1.
AKA - Professional Group Exhibition > 3 Nov - 3 Dec 2005
At Riverbank Arts Centre, Newbridge
Riverbank Arts Centre is delighted to host an exhibition of work by members
of the Association of Kildare Artists (AKA). The AKA is the representative
body for professional artists living/working in County Kildare.
The AKA's members are professional artists drawn from all parts of the
county, who exhibit their work during the year nationally and internationally...
The annual exhibition for 2005 will be officially launched at the Riverbank
Arts Centre on Thursday, 3rd November at 7.00 pm. Internationally known
artist, Luka Bloom, will officially open the exhibition. The exhibition will
be open to the public for one month, until Saturday, 3rd December.
(Admission free). Participating artists work in a range of medium, including
oils, watercolour, sculpture and print...
For more information contact:
Sinead Redmond, Riverbank Arts Centre
045 448314, email@example.com
Leinster Leader - 10 November 2005
Artists keep us in the picture
By JANE MULLINS
Artists have a special role in contemplating and reflecting visually the
Kildare landscape, singer Luka Bloom said last week as
he launched the 2005 Association of Kildare Artists Exhibition.
That treasure was a feast for the eyes as the works by a collection of
artists went on show in the Riverbank Arts Centre in Newbridge, it is open
to the public from now until 3 December and does offer an insight into an
The Association of Kildare Artists represents professional artists living or
working in the county and each year the annual exhibition brings the talents
of members to a wide audience. The wonderful classical sounds of The
Heartstring Quartet provided soothing background music at the Riverbank Arts
Centre on Thursday, 3 November, as artists and guests gathered for the
official opening of the annual AKA exhibition.
The collection of works on show in the 2005 event was chosen by Marian
O'Donnell who said the exhibition gives recognition to local artists in their
own home place and celebrates the wealth and diversity of artistic activity
in the county.
Artists exhibiting works include Brid Ni Rinn, who is Chairperson of AKA as
well as Prosperous artists Brid Og Norrby and Pamela de Bri. Mother and
daughter from Clane, Margaret Becker and Rebecca Peart also had works
exhibited. Clane artist Fiona Marron and Deirdre Shanley also had works
included in the Riverbank exhibition.
Newbridge artist Rosemary Burns captured, in one of her paintings on
exhibit, the Bluebell Walk near Rathangan and this ability by the artist to
bring a place to life visually was emphasised by Luka Bloom. He praised the
talent of the artist to contemplate and capture the world around them and
highlighted how important this is for County Kildare.The AKA exhibition is
taking place both in the McKenna Gallery in the Riverbank Arts Centre and
also in the restaurant foyer. Admission is free of charge and all paintings
are for sale at prices that range from €300 to €3,200.
Photo Leinster Leader: Brid Ni Rin and Luka Bloom
Thursday, 29 December 2005 - RTÉ One 10.30pm
One Faithful Harp:
The Life and Music of Thomas Moore
A documentary celebrating the life and work of Thomas Moore.
Featuring original new settings by musicians and singers including Christy
Moore, Luka Bloom, Eimear Quinn, Michael McGlynn, Steve Cooney,
Laoise Kelly, and Iarla Ó Lionárd, and unexpected archive
recordings by artists like Nina Simone and Joe Strummer of the Clash.
One Faithful Harp is a long overdue reassessment of Thomas Moore's life and
work. With contributors like Seamus Heaney, Prof. Kevin Whelan, Fintan
O'Toole, Nicholas Carolan, Dr. Gerry Lyne and others, this programme will
present the Moore repertoire in exciting - even subversive interpretations,
against a commentary which will address the controversial questions that
Galway Advertiser - Thursday, 29 December 2005
Sabrina Dinan launches her debut EP at the Roisin Dubh
By KEVIN MCGUIRE
For fans of the acoustic scene in Galway, the name Sabrina Dinan will not be unfamiliar.
The County Clare-born songstress has been wowing audiences here in the city for almost five years.
Now the Ennis girl releases her debut EP The Bondi Hotel on Tuesday January 3 in the
Over the past four years Sabrina has regularly supported Mundy, Roesy, Paddy Casey, Damien Dempsey,
Luka Bloom, and Aussie legend Paul Kelly...
Encouragement for Sabrina has not only come from members of her family but also from some well
respected musicians. People such as Luka Bloom, Liam O'Maonlai of The Hothouse Flowers,
Albert Niland, and Myles O'Reilly of Juno Falls have been singing her praises.
"It keeps me thinking that I'm on the right road," Sabrina says of the endorsements.
"Sometimes I get moments where I wonder whether I'm doing the right thing. When
people say nice things it makes you believe in yourself a lot more. It's really cool
that all those people believe in me."
Luka Bloom believes in Sabrina so much that he recently invited her to tour with him in Holland
as support act. She jumped at the chance and it has proved to be an important learning curve.
"It was great because it gave me a little glimpse of what life is like as a full-time musician,"
she says. "It sort of motivated me to keep sticking at what I'm doing. Luka taught me so much and he
gave me some good advice as to where to go from here. He's a great live performer and I learned
a lot of things about that too."
...For more info on Sabrina Dinan log on to www.sabrinadinan.com.