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Luka Bloom Tue 06 March Sydney - Enmore Theatre
Thu 08 March Melbourne - National Theatre
Sat 10 March Port Fairy - Port Fairy Folk Festival
Sun 11 March Port Fairy - Port Fairy Folk Festival

Tue 13 March Melbourne - Readings Carlton In-Store Concert
Wed 14 March Melbourne - National Theatre
Thu 15 March Sydney - The Basement
Sat 17 March Katoomba - Blue Mountains Music Festival
Mon 19 March Canberra - Tilley's Devine Cafe Gallery
Tue 20 March Canberra - Tilley's Devine Cafe Gallery
Wed 21 March Canberra - Tilley's Devine Cafe Gallery

Thu 22 March Brisbane - The Tivoli
Sat 24 March Eumundi - Joe's Waterhole Hotel
Mon 26 March Adelaide - Governor Hindmarsh Hotel
Tue 27 March Perth - Fly By Night Club
Mon 02 April Fremantle - Kulcha
March 2007 Luka Bloom on Radio & TV [various shows]

Special Guest: Sabrina Dinan

Presented by Adrian Bohm

Luka Bloom Live @ Port Fairy Folk Festival 2007
Port Fairy Folk Festival
Saturday, 10th March 2007
Port Fairy Folk Festival
Sunday, 11th March 2007
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March 6, 2007 :: Enmore Theatre, Sydney

Luka Bloom
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."
Luka Bloom
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
OR National Theatre box office on 9525 4611.

March 10 + 11, 2007 :: 31st Port Fairy Folk Festival

Port Fairy Folk Festival Poster 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 @ Port Fairy Festival
Luka Bloom @ Port Fairy Folk Festival
Saturday, 10th March 2007
>> Festival Review, Setlists & Photos by Esther O'Rourke-deGraaf

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.

Luka Bloom 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 and markets.

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.

Artists 2007
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.

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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.
Shock Records

Luka Bloom @ Readings
Photo by Esther O'Rourke-deGraaf

March 17, 2007 :: Blue Mountains Music Festival, Katoomba

Luka Bloom
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 Band. 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 stages....

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

Luka Bloom Luka Bloom
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 ::

BMA Magazine Issue 272 - Mar 08 '07 - Mar 21 '07

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.

Luka Bloom 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


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

Luka Bloom
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.

Luka Bloom
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: 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 guitar picking.

Monday 2 April, 2007
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

Luka Bloom @ National Theatre, Melbourne
        Photo by Esther O'Rourke-deGraaf
06 March 2007  Enmore Theatre, Sydney - Anne E.
08 March 2007  National Theatre, Melbourne - Murray Bamford
10 March 2007  Port Fairy Folk Festival, Port Fairy - Esther O'Rourke-deGraaf
11 March 2007  Port Fairy Folk Festival, Port Fairy - Esther O'Rourke-deGraaf
13 March 2007  Readings Carlton, Melbourne - Esther O'Rourke-deGraaf
14 March 2007  National Theatre, Melbourne - Esther O'Rourke-deGraaf
15 March 2007  The Basement, Sydney - Sarah Gregson & Anne E.
19 March 2007  Tilley's Devine Cafe Gallery, Canberra - Murray
20 March 2007  Tilley's Devine Cafe Gallery, Canberra - Murray
21 March 2007  Tilley's Devine Cafe Gallery, Canberra - Murray

Live Reviews
06 March 2007  Enmore Theatre, Sydney - Michael
06 March 2007  Enmore Theatre, Sydney - Sarah Gregson
08 March 2007  National Theatre, Melbourne - Murray Bamford
10-11 March 2007  Port Fairy Folk Festival, Port Fairy - Esther O'Rourke-deGraaf
13 March 2007  Readings Carlton, Melbourne - Esther O'Rourke-deGraaf
14 March 2007  National Theatre, Melbourne - Esther O'Rourke-deGraaf
15 March 2007  The Basement, Sydney - Sarah Gregson
19-21 March 2007  Tilley's Devine Cafe Gallery, Canberra - Murray Bamford
22 March 2007  The Tivoli, Brisbane - Sharon Grantley
26 March 2007  Governor Hindmarsh Hotel, Adelaide - Mr Blue

Concert Photos
10-11 March 2007  Port Fairy Folk Festival, Port Fairy - Esther O'Rourke-deGraaf
13 March 2007  Readings Carlton, Melbourne - Esther O'Rourke-deGraaf
14 March 2007  National Theatre, Melbourne - Esther O'Rourke-deGraaf
17 March 2007  Blue Mountains Music Festival, Katoomba - Steve Ford
26 March 2007  Governor Hindmarsh Hotel, Adelaide - Jame
26 March 2007  Governor Hindmarsh Hotel, Adelaide - Alan Riley

LUKA BLOOM on Radio & TV

PBS 106.7 FM - Show Specials

with Susi Lanagan
Thursday 01 March 2007 - 09:00-11:00 am

Luka Bloom interview on What The Folk!

Susi Lanagan will be interviewing Irish folk-rock singer-songwriter Luka Bloom....

Playlist 1 March 2007
Diamond Mountain and To Begin To from TURF
Dead of Night and Tribe from the new album TRIBE

PBS 106.7 FM - Melbourne, Australia
"For 25 years, PBS-FM has been a beacon of independent, freeform, passionate, real and unpretentious radio. PBS is a champion of specialist and under-represented music and is proudly non-corporate, anti-fashion and wanker-free.

PBS announcers are music-loving folks who volunteer their energy, musical knowledge and vast record collections to prepare in-depth, specialist, music-freak programs. From our humble inner-city studios, with a small core of staff and an army of dedicated volunteers, we broadcast 24 hours a day to the wider metropolitan area of Melbourne and beyond, and stream live to the world here on the web..."

more info:

ABC TV - Sunday, 04 Mar 2007 - 4:00pm

My Name Is Luka
Irish singer-songwriter Luka Bloom talks about his life and career while playing some of his songs.

My Name Is Luka Poster
Helmut Boeijen - director
Tim Klok - camera/editing
Menno van den Berg - sound

"My Name is Luka" portrays Luka Bloom, younger brother of Irish folk hero Christy Moore, in his own personal environment. At home, in music town Doolin and at his sister Anne's place he talks about his life and music and plays some of his great songs. The film is also a portrait of rural Ireland and its musical history.

tbs Productions
portfolio > My Name Is Luka

This Week's Shows
Mornings with Kerri-Anne
Monday, 5 March 2007 - 9am

Losing weight without starving yourself may seem like a real challenge, but we have the tricks to kill those hunger pains while dropping the kilos. Effie Zahos talks family finance, Irish folk singer Luka Bloom performs an "electro-acoustic" number and we tell you how to spot a genuine Louis Vuitton from a cheap imitation in our handbag fashion parade. Also, today, Ian Wallace discusses the benefits of eating as a family and the surprising impacts of letting the kids cook. And youíll be amazed at the physiques of two Australian junior bodybuilding champions.

Luka Bloom
He is one of Ireland's most celebrated singer/songwriters with an illustrious career
working alongside some of the best including the Dixie Chicks and Lou Reed.
Now Luka Bloom is back in the country and joins us this morning.
He performs a track from his latest album TRIBE.

John Laws : Vox

John Laws Morning Show
Monday, 05 March 2007

Luka Bloom joined John in the studio to play some acoustic songs from his new album, Tribe.
Live music: Make You Feel My Love, Tribe and Lebanon

MP3 >

774 ABC Melbourne

The Conversation Hour
by Jon Faine and Terry Lane
Thursday, 08 March 2007 - 11:00-12:00am

with Luka Bloom and June Oscar and Wayne Bergmann

When touring Australian in 2005 Luka said: "I really love coming to Australia. I think there's a deep empathy between Australians and the Irish, something hard to define, but probably evident within our similar, self-effacing sense of humour. I do always feel at home there."

Luka Bloom is playing at the National Theatre tonight, & next Wednesday (14th March)
and at the Port Fairy Folk Festival this weekend

His new album Tribe is distributed by Shock.

Live music played this morning by Luka Bloom:
City of Chicago and No Matter Where You Go, There You Are

Related Audio: MP3 >

Planet Radio
Worldís First Environmental Radio
Planet Radio 88fm is the worldís first environmental radio service based in Brisbane Queensland, Australia.

Music & Interviews

12th March 2007 - Jan Nary interviews and music with Luka Bloom

The doyen of Folk Music in Australia speaks with the incredibly talented Luka Bloom.
Listen to the whole interview and thereís some performance from Luka in there too.

Songs: City in Chicago and Gypsy Music (from Innocence)

MP3 >

ABC Radio National

The Daily Planet - 12 March 2007 - Dan Crary and Don Ross
Presented by Lucky Oceans

Playlist 1455 CD Cut 7
'Dead of Night' - Luka Bloom and Simon O'Reilly
(Incantory piece that celebrates the dead of night in Dublin's run-down inner city, featuring
Simon O'Reilly's electronics and programming and B.J. Cole's processed pedal steel guitar)
IMRO-MCPS - Big Sky Records CTX 333 CD | Luka Bloom - 'Tribe', distributed in Australia by Shock (

ABC South West Victoria

Ballarat and South West Vic mornings

By Stephen Martin and Megan Connellan
Part 1 March 12-16, 2007

Bloom in Port Fairy
After a huge turnout to his performances in Port Fairy reknowned Irish folk musician Luka Bloom speaks with Megan Connellan about his music and his first trip to the Port Fairy Folk Festival.

MP3 >

ABC Queensland

with Richard Fidler
Tuesday, 13 March 2007
Sally Henderson and Luka Bloom

Luka Bloom - who was born into a famous Irish musical family as Barry Moore - is now in his 50s, but still has the power to reinvent himself. He's just spent a year creating his new album, Tribe, with fellow Irishman Simon O'Reilly, and in it Luka's edginess and tension have dissolved into a much more spacious and atmospheric landscape.

While Tribe features all original songs, Luka isn't adverse to performing his own versions of other songwriter's material. "I've just taken on a Kylie Minogue song - Can't Get You Out of My Head. When you are a solo singer-songwriter with drums and guitar, it's very easy for people to put you into a neat little box, hidden away under 'Irish folk' in the back of the record store, and I've always loved the idea of taking on songs that people wouldn't expect. Just to try and shake the perception that people might have of where you belong - break down the borders. I just love the idea of going into different areas of music and stripping away all of the glitz, and stripping away all of the effects and stripping a song down to it's bare essentials and seeing can it hold up? If the song is any good, it will."

While Luka may not like being filed under 'Irish folk', he's still very proud of his Irish heritage. "I live in Ireland and I'm quite happy, very happy that I'm an Irish man. I think there's a lot of Irishness in my songs, but I never wanted to travel the world as somebody whose primary profession was the fact that they were Irish. I always felt that somehow that phenomenon can often take away from the work and take away from the songs and for me, my working life rises and falls on the strength of the songs. I'd like to think that my songs can be heard and enjoyed by people of many different nationalities."

He might be a proud Irishman, but Luka draws the line at over-the-top Irishness. "I think the Australian-Irish handle the whole thing much more graciously than is done in America. I mean I don't think you paint rivers green in Australia, which they do in Chicago on St Patrick's Day and serve up green spaghetti. I find it all a bit nauseous, to be honest with you."

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Australian Tours 1992 - 2007
1. 1992, Nov 20 - Dec 3 > Enmore Theatre, Sydney, November 20 > review of Luka Bloom's first concert in Australia
2. 1995, Feb 19 - Mar 8 > Turf Tour
3. 1996, Oct 23 - Nov 7
4. 1998, Oct 8 - Oct 31 > Salty Heaven Tour
5. 2000, May 6 - May 18 > Keeper Of The Flame Tour
6. 2002, Mar 16 - Mar 31 > Between The Mountain And The Moon Tour
0. 2004, Mar 26 - Apr 11 > cancelled
7. 2005, Mar 11 - Mar 30 > Innocence Tour
8. 2007, Mar 6 - Mar 27 > Tribe Tour

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