March 6, 2007 :: Enmore Theatre, Sydney
Tue 6 March @ 8.00pm
Luka Bloom (born Barry Moore) comes from a family of
singers and writers. He first went on tour at age fourteen with older
brother, Christy Moore, in 1969. That was a long time ago. Thirty-six years
of craft honing has secured Luka a place on the international music map. He
has taken his songs to clubs, theatres, festivals, bars, arenas and dives
all over the world.
An inspired and inspiring performer, his literate and melodic original
songs, sensitive interpretation of others and impassioned live performances
have earned Bloom a devoted Australian following.
Right now Luka is in training for his return to Australia in March 2007.
He says, "in truth, I spend 2 months out of 24 in Australia and the
next 22 waiting to return."
Photo by AlvaBean
March 8, 2007 :: Australian National Memorial Theatre, Melbourne
Luka Bloom in Concert
Adrian Bohm and Irish Echo present Luka Bloom in concert with special guest Sabrina Dinan.
Thursday, 8 March 2007
Due to unprecedented demand, Adrian Bohm and Irish Echo present Luka Bloom in his
second concert with special guest Sabrina Dinan.
Wednesday, 14 March 2007
Performance time 8.00 pm
Australian National Memorial Theatre
20 Carlisle St (cnr Barkly St)
St Kilda, Melbourne, Victoria
Tickets available from Ticketmaster on 136 100 or www.ticketmaster.com.au
OR National Theatre box office on 9525 4611.
March 10 + 11, 2007 :: 31st Port Fairy Folk Festival
Luka Bloom @ Port Fairy Folk Festival
SAT 8.30pm Stage 3 - Album Launch
SUN 8.35pm Stage 3
Luka Bloom (born Barry Moore) is an accomplished Irish folkĖrock singer songwriter. Coming
from a family of singers and writers, he first went on tour at age fourteen with older brother,
Christy Moore, in 1969. That was a long time ago. In 1987 Barry Moore flew out to America
and Luka Bloom came back.
Luka has brought his songs to clubs, theatres, festivals, bars, arenas and dives all over the
world. Thirty-six years of craft honing has earned him a place on the music map and a
devoted Australian following. He is currently putting the finishing touches to a DVD and
releasing his new album Tribe, a collaboration with Dubliner Simon OíReilly.
This is Lukaís eighth tour to Australia. He says, "Öin truth, I spend two months out
of 24 in Australia and the next 22 waiting to returnÖ"
Luka Bloom appears 2007
Announcing the line-up for the 31st Port Fairy Folk Festival:
March 9 Ė 12, 2007
Next March, the beautiful fishing village of Port Fairy hosts the 31st Port Fairy Folk Festival.
Tickets go on sale this week - most will sell out in just a few weeks.
International Headliners for 2007 include Eric Bibb & Danny Thompson,
Luka Bloom in his first appearance at Port Fairy; one of the biggest
Irish bands in the world, Lúnasa, Ralph McTell, who has released more than
thirty albums including Streets of London, returns on on his farewell tour...
Port Fairy Folk Festival is one of Australiaís longest running and most successful music
festivals. In 2007 it presents over 100 acts including 22 international acts. There is
also a huge street festival with free stages, "Street Invaders", buskers
The Festival Director, Jamie McKew, said, "We have a great line-up for 2007 featuring
festival favourites from around the world. Ralph McTell asked to return to Port Fairy on his
farewell tour; Lúnasa - the best Irish band on the planet - are back and we
present for the first time the legendary Irish troubadour, Luka Bloom."
Festival Chairman, Bruce Leishman, said: "The festival has become a model community
project. It has led to greater community spirit and supported just about every charity in the
region. It brings great happiness and pride to our region."
Around 20,000 people a day (80,000 visits over 4 days) enjoy four days and three nights of
music, dance, workshops, street performances, theatre, busking, craft fairs, a Children's Folk
Circus, the Free Festival of the Streets, and the many local tourist charms of the historic
coastal fishing village.
Banditaliana - Eric Bibb & Danny Thompson -
Luka Bloom - Kevin Burke & Ged Foley -
Sabrina Dinan - Paddy Keenan - Lúnasa - Eleanor McEvoy -
Ralph McTell - Colum Sands - Andy White - and many more
Folk Roots > Cross Roads > Celtic Roots > Country Roots
> World Roots > Rhythm Roots
Plus more to be announced including hosts, childrenís and street performers.
more info ::
The Irish Invasion rocks into Port Fairy
"Irish music has been a part of Port Fairy ever since the first days of European arrivals.
The Celtic muse, the songs, the wild fiddle and high whistle have always been a part of this
festival. You have to ask if there is better music on the planet," mused director, Jamie McKew.
The international line-up of Irish players alone reads like the history of the best of the best of
the recent era of Irish folk music and all its branches. The point is well made by the inclusion
of early luminaries such as fiddler, Kevin Burke of the Bothy Band; Uillean Piper Paddy Keenan
of Bothy and Moving Hearts. Top that with legends Luka Bloom and "the best Irish
band on the planet", Lúnasa. To complete the picture the new generation in the person of
Gavin Moore also takes the stages. Gavin is the nephew of the amazing Christy Moore and Luka Bloom.
Luka Bloom - Ireland
From Newbridge, County Kildare, 36 years of music later and you have the essence of musical
Ireland in one fine troubadour. The songs are filled with stories of love, lonesomeness, solitude,
soul-shine and life. Luka has quality and passion as beautifully told in his latest album Tribe.
Sabrina Dinan - Ireland
The County Clare singer, a rising star around Ennis, regularly plays support for the likes of
Mundy, Roesy, Paddy Casey, Damien Dempsey and Aussie legend Paul Kelly. She tours to
Australia with Luka Bloom.
Gavin Moore - Ireland
Born into what is arguably Irelandís most famous music family, Gavin Moore respects the
influences of his uncles Christy Moore and Luka Bloom, but musically, this singer is most
definitely his own man. Gavinís distinctive, soulful voice, with its great range, sets him
apart, not just from the sound synonymous with his family, but also from his peers. His
collection of songs to date reflect sensitive observations on life, about coming of age,
self-discovery and awareness.
Visit www.portfairyfolkfestival.com for more information.
March 13, 2007 :: In-Store Concert @ Readings Carlton, Melbourne
Tuesday 13 March, 6.30pm - Readings Carlton
Free - No bookings needed.
Carlton, 309 Lygon St, 9347 6633
Live Music In-Store :: Luka Bloom
Divine Irish folk rock singer song-writer willl perform live in store
as part of his celebration of his new album Tribe. Get here early!
Tribe is the result of a year long collaboration between
Luka and Simon O'Reilly, a wonderfully rich earthy sound.
Photo by Esther O'Rourke-deGraaf
March 17, 2007 :: Blue Mountains Music Festival, Katoomba
Marquee - Show: 4:15 - 6:00 pm
Line-up: Luka Bloom, Eric Bibb & Danny Thompson, Ralph McTell,
Paddy Keenan, Colum Sands, Sabrina Dinan, and many more
Blue Mountains Gazette - Friday, 16 March 2007
Festival excitement builds
By Jacqui Knox
Excitement is building in the Mountains as the cream of
international and national musicians and performers start arriving in
Katoomba for the 12th Blue Mountains Music Festival of Folk, Roots & Blues.
Scheduled across this St Patrick's Day weekend from March 16-18,
the 2007 festival has a fitting celtic line-up that includes some of
Ireland's most enduring and beloved musicians.
The legendary Luka Bloom leads the charge and has spent 36 years
honing his craft.
A regular vistor to Australian shores, Luka comes from a family
of singers and writers and stands side-by-side with older brother Christy
Moore in the annals of Irish music history.
Joining Luka will be one of the best known artists to come out
of Ireland in the last decade, Eleanor McEvoy, plus the scarily wild
uilliann piper Paddy Keenan, formerly of the internationally acclaimed Bothy
Performer Colum Sands hales from County Down while emerging
Irish singer-songwriter Sabrina Dinan will also perform a solo spot at the
festival.... The first Blue Mountains folk festival was in 1996 and since
then has attracted an ever-broadening field of musicians to perform on six
Blue Mountains Gazette - Wednesday, 21 March 2007
Spellbound - festival rises above setbacks
By Damien Madigan
The simple power of singer/songwriters holding an audience spellbound
quickly erased all complications at a dramatic Blue Mountains Music Festival
on the weekend.
The 12th festival could have been mistaken for an unlucky 13th when the
marquee on the main stage collapsed on Friday afternoon.
While this forced organisers to temporarily halt ticket sales for safety
reasons, a new marquee was soon installted and the goodwill of audiences had
the festival soaring again.
English folk legend Ralph McTell had enthralled folk fans singing in unison
to his "medley of hit", The Streets on London on Saturday night.
Earlier in the day Irish troubador Luka Bloom joked the misty Katoomba
rain was his St Patrick's Day gift to the festival.
But even the rain didn't deter hardy festival-goers who happily traipsed
from stage to stage enjoying more than 50 concerts.
By the time the Blue Mountains Music Festival closed on Sunday night with a
thumping blues set from Chris Wilson, Jim Conway and Jeff Lang, it's
dramatic start had been long forgotten...
Headline act Luka Bloom used more subtle means to charm the packed
audience at his Saturday afternoon show. The Irish singer-songwriter left the
Mountains with a of new fans despite performing while the Katoomba mist
descended and rain fell.
March 19 - 21, 2007 :: Tilley's Devine Cafe Gallery, Canberra
Mon 19 | Tue 20 | Wed 21
Ticket Price: $45.00
An uplifting and different night of music guaranteed from much-loved and
highly acclaimed Irish singer-songwriter Luka Bloom. An inspired and inspiring
performer, his literate and melodic original songs, sensitive interpretation of
others and impassioned live performances have earned Bloom a devoted
Australian following. Right now Luka is in training for his return to Australia
in March 2007. He says, "in truth, I spend 2 months out of 24 in
Australia and the next 22 waiting to return."
more info :: www.tilleys.com.au
BMA Magazine Issue 272 - Mar 08 '07 - Mar 21 '07
WHO LUKA BLOOM
WHAT ACOUSTIC WONDERMENT
WHEN MARCH 19, 20 & 21
Heís fresh out of the recording studio with the album Tribe and Iíve got to love
a man who describes his latest release to me by admitting that, "Iíve always
had a fascination with pretentious music." After a history of eclectic
musical endeavours ranging from a stint with The Violent Femmes to an entire
album recorded for insomniacs, Luka has returned with his latest little nugget,
a collaboration of his own vocals alongside the instrumental delights of Simon
OíReilly. "To be really honest, I have no idea how to market this album,"
Luka explains. "Itís a little bit of everything. Thereís an ambient, trippy kind
of feel to it, but then it also gets quite unexpectedly political." We can
expect a few guest performers on Tribe, including Lukaís own 22 year-old
son who is, like his father, "a beautiful singer". Known for his infectious
personality and intimate shows, Luka is a favourite amongst the Tilleyís
music crowd. Okay, so I think my mumís got a bit of a crush on him, but
if you like witty Irish banter and acoustic delights, then Bloom is your man.
March 22, 2007 :: The Tivoli, Brisbane
Time Off - Queensland Leading Street Press - Wednesday March 7 to March 13, 2007
Émigré's Anatomy - Luka Bloom
Irish singer-songwriter Luka Bloom started off life with the name Barry Moore, and took
his by now well-known alias to avoid constant associations with members of his family.
Not that he was trying to hide from anything insidious - just that when your brother is
Irish folk legend Christy Moore, itís hard to escape from such a massive shadow.
So he took the name Luka Bloom ('Luka' from the Suzanne Vega song of the same name,
and ĎBloomí from the main character in Joyceís Ulysses) and set about carving his own
niche in the musical world, an odyssey which has just seen him release his tenth studio
solo album Tribe.
"We were all singers in my house, and I was writing songs from when I was about 12,"
Bloom explains of his musical heritage. "I performed them at home, and at school and
at concerts. We did pretty well on a televised competition with school when I was
about 14. Itís all Iíve ever done - Iíve never had a job. My sonís about 24, and Iím
always telling him that I still havenít worked out what to do when I grow up."
"It came down to not having a choice really, and I really did struggle for a long time.
But I was inspired by so much music: things like Neil Young, Bob Dylan, James Taylor,
Joni Mitchell - basically just sad bastards with guitars. Thatís the sort of stuff that
got me going."
I was forced to head over to the States pretty early on out of pure desperation.
In 1986 Ireland was a pretty grim place, and a lot of people were emigrating. There
were no job prospects, no employment and no interest in songwriting. I gave myself
two years to make it work, after which I was going to go and get a Ďnormalí job.
Luckily right as that time elapsed things started happening, and the rest is history."
While Bloom travels the world as part of his job, he has always had a significant
rapport with Australian audiences - one which began when his cover of LL Cool
Jís 'I Need Love' was a smash hit here in the early 90s.
"That song hit the Top 20 in eight different countries," Bloom recalls.
"I remember my first tour to Australia was in 1991
[Nov 1992], and now
this is my ninth [8th] tour coming up! That really created
an audience for me here in Australia, and I just keep coming back for more
because I love it down there. Australia is my blessed land."
"There were other countries like England where I couldn't get a gig, and then
I arrived in Sydney for my first gig and there were 2000 people there! I couldnít
believe it! Iíd only just arrived in the southern hemisphere and I was dying of
jetlag, and it was just like 'Who told these people? This is not supposed to
happen to me! Iím supposed to struggle and scrape for two years in each country,
and then get invited to do a theatre or a club'. I really had an immediate audience
down there - things really do happen upside down in your country!"
Luka Bloom plays The Tivoli Thursday 22 March. Tribe out through
Big Sky Records/Shock.
- Steve Bell
March 24, 2007 :: Joe's Waterhole Hotel, Eumundi
LIVE @ JOES
IN "THE BACK ROOM" AT JOE'S WATERHOLE HOTEL
Saturday March 24th ....
LUKA BLOOM (Ireland) with Sabrina Dinan (Ireland) ....
Doors open 7.30 pm .... Show 8.30 pm ....
Tickets on sale now @ Joes Waterhole $46.
March 26, 2007 :: Governor Hindmarsh Hotel, Adelaide
db Magazine - Issue 405 - 21 Feb - 7 Mar 2007
Puff 'n' Stuff
Everything that's happening in Adelaide this fortnight.
Currently putting the finishing touches to a live DVD, Luka Bloom is also getting ready
to kick off his ninth [8th] Australian tour later next month. Look out for
new album, 'Tribe', when it hits the shelves to coincide with his upcoming tour, then head on
down to the Governor Hindmarsh on Mon 26 March.
Rit It Up - Adelaide's leading street press magazine - Issue 927 - March 22-28, 2007
by Robert Dunstan
Irish singer songwriter Luka Bloom - the younger brother of Irish music legend Christy
Moore - is coming to town as part of Adelaide Fringe 07 armed with a brand new album,
Tribe. A regular visitor to this country since the early í90, Luka will be undertaking
his first visit for a couple of years.
"And I canít wait to get back," he said over the telephone from home in
Ireland late one night. "Why wouldnít I for Godís sake? "
"And, fortunately for me, people in Australia are still gluttons for punishment,"
Luka added with a laugh. "Itís tour number nine [eight]
for me and Iím pushiní for 10. But itís a nightmare flying these days with all the
pain in the arse security."
The singer songwriterís latest album, Tribe, marks somewhat of a departure
for it was written and recorded with Country Clareís Simon O'Reilly
after Luka had heard Simonís instrumental
Tide Lines album.
"It is a total departure," Luka readily agreed, "but itís an album
Iíd be wanting to make for a long, long time. Simon had made a beautiful instrumental
album that someone had sent to me and I just loved it. So I contacted him and
said Iíd like to work with him. So Simon created all these sounds and then posted
them to me - and I mean he literally posted them to me as CDs because I'm
a bit of a Luddite - and then I made up the songs from his music. It was
lot of fun and very enjoyable."
Lukaís trademark guitar only appears on two songs.
"Yeah, itís most unusual for me to just be singing," he said. "But
that was also something I wanted to do."
Robbie Moore, Lukaís son, adds backing vocals to the title song.
"That happened quite by coincidence," Luka said. "The studio
[Black Box] where we recorded my vocals was in France and only an hour away
or so from where Robbie is studying at university. So I invited him over and he
gave it a go."
Luka is travelling with special guest Irish-born opening act Sabrina Dinan
who has been winning rave reviews for her performances in Australia.
"Yeah, Sabrinaís amazing," Luka enthused in conclusion.
"She spent a good while or so in Australia some time ago, but this
will be her first big tour."
Luka Bloom plays the Governor Hindmarsh on Mon Mar 26 with special
guest Sabrina Dinan. Lukaís latest offering, Tribe, is out now through Shock.
March 27, 2007 :: Fly By Night Musicians Club, Fremantle
Luka Bloom is returning to Australia for his long awaited
ninth tour to Australia in March 2007.
Presented by Adrian Bohm
Tuesday, 27 March 7:30pm
Fly By Night Musicians Club, Fremantle
Special Guest: Sabrina Dinan
An inspired and inspiring performer, his literate and melodic original songs,
sensitive interpretation of others and impassioned live performances have
earned Bloom a devoted Australian following.
"...tremendous artistry" New York Times
"...powerful performance" Chicago Sun-Times
A fan of Australia the Irish born singer says, "Öin truth, I spend 2 months
out of 24 in Australia and the next 22 waiting to returnÖ" And he is!
Tickets go on sale December 9 and are $46.00 through
...Luka spent the ensuing 18 months since launching 'Innocence' in
Australia in February 2005, touring
constantly in Europe and the US.
He is currently putting the finishing touches to a DVD which will consist of a
live show in Dublin, and a small gig in his home filmed this summer.
Luka now heads to France to mix his new CD 'Tribe', a collaboration
with Dubliner Simon O'Reilly. This album is completely different from anything he has released
before and Luka is keen to see what Australian audiences make of it. It is hoped the
album will be ready for release by March 2007.
more info ::
April 02, 2007 :: Kulcha, Fremantle
Mon 2 April - 8pm
LUKA BLOOM & SABRINA DINAN - Special Concert
LUKA BLOOM: Not only a tremendous guitarist but also a
mesmerising performer, LUKA is one of the rare showmen who can fill two
hours at ease with only a guitar in his hands. And in between, he knows
how to mark himself with some funny blinding lyrics.
SABRINA DINAN: The minute you hear her sing you will know you're
in the presence of someone special. The smoky warmth of her voice is
irresistible. Her songs range from upbeat passionate to so gentle and
fragile that the audience seems to hold its breath during the intricate
Monday 2 April, 2007
LUKA BLOOM and SABRINA DINAN
The cat is out of the bag...LUKA is playing at KULCHA!
Celebrating the end of his latest successful Australian tour. Don't miss this opportunity
to experience LUKA's music in the intimate setting of our wonderful venue.
Numbers are strictly limited so you'll need to be quick!
Price: $25 Presale, Doors open 7.30pm, show starts at 8pm.
At KULCHA, 1st Floor, 13 South Terrace (above Dome Café) FREMANTLE
Bookings open to KULCHA MEMBERS today until 5pm.
General Bookings open at 10am tomorrow. Bookings on 9336 4544