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Music Documentaries & TV Shows
Luka Bloom 2006  My Name Is Luka [Canvas Belgium]
2005  De Bende van Wim [Canvas Belgium]
2005  One Faithful Harp: Life and Music of Thomas Moore [RTÉ Ireland]
2005  Vrije Geluiden [Ned 3 Netherlands]
2004  Other Voices - Songs From a Room [RTÉ Ireland]
2003  Open House [RTÉ Ireland]
2003  TMF Café [Belgium]
2002/2003  De Laatste Show [Belgium]
2002  Coast to Coast [ABC Australia]
1998  2 meter sessies [Nederland 3]
1995  Celtic Grooves [KFTV]
1990  Bringing It All Back Home [BBC]
1990  WDR Rocklife [WDR Germany]

Sunday 29 October 2006 - 13:00-14:00 - Canvas
Music on Sunday :: Luka Bloom - My Name Is Luka

Luka Bloom werd onlangs vijftig. Muziek op zondag maakt de balans op van een halve eeuw Bloom. 'My name is Luka', een persoonlijke documentaire over de populaire Ierse singer-songwriter. We gaan terug naar zijn roots en bezoeken mensen en plekken die zijn leven, en de hedendaagse Ierse muziek in het algemeen, hebben gevormd. 'My Name Is Luka' toont Luka Bloom, de mensen die hem dierbaar zijn en de rijke natuur en cultuur van Ierland. Hij mijmert over het verleden, het heden en de toekomst. We oren hem zingen, en uitleggen waarover zijn songs gaan, want een lied zonder betekenis is voor hem geen lied. Een hartverwarmende reportage, de soundtrack van zijn leven?

Luka Bloom

Luka walking on a beach in Ireland and singing 'Be Still Now'.
Watch a preview here > Broadband - Real Player

» Songs, people and places featured in the documentary,
some impressions and some of Luka's comments...

Documentary by Helmut Boeijen

The Irish singer-songwriter Luka Bloom has seen Abraham this year. Helmut Boeijen (director), Tim Klok (camera/editing) and Menno van den Berg (sound) are making an overview of fifty years Luka Bloom through an intimite portrait, working title 'My name is Luka'. In this personal documentary the younger brother of Christy Moore - the most popular living Irish artist - traces his own roots and visits the people and places that have formed his own life in particular and contemporary Irish music in general. This documentary can be seen as a sequal (and counterpart) of 'It's just a band', the documentary Boeijen, Klok and van den Berg made of the Irish guitarband The Frames and was broadcasted twice by the VPRO-program 'Vrije geluiden' (free sounds) on Netherlands 3. While that band is situated in the capital Dublin, Luka Bloom is clearly a representative of the Irish countryside. 'My name is Luka' shows him in the overwhelming nature and culture well known in Ireland. Amidst the people that are precious to him.
Translation by Sophie Decoene

Watch also the great documentary of 'The Frames - It's just a band'

...Glen Hansard is joining a musical get-together at Luka Bloom's home...

Original broadcast date: Sunday 6 February 2005 - VPRO Vrije Geluiden - RealOne Player

Friday 30 December 2005 - 20:45-21:10 - Canvas
De Bende van Wim

'De Bende van Wim' (Wim's Gang) are Wim Opbrouck (actor), Michiel Hendryckx (photographer) and Jean Blaute (musician) from Belgium. In summer 2005 they were travelling through Europe on their motorbikes: from Scotland, Ireland, Galicia, Portugal to the Bretagne. In Ireland they visited Luka Bloom at his home in County Kildare. He sang for them 'June' and 'Sunny Sailor Boy'.

> Aflevering 5
De Bende heeft een afspraak met één van hun levende idolen: de Ierse singer-songwriter Luka Bloom. Samen zingen ze Sunny Sailor Boy.
The Gang has an appointment with one of their living idols: the Irish singer-songwriter Luka Bloom. Together they sing Sunny Sailor Boy.

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 surround Moore.

The Minstrel Boy
by Thomas Moore

The minstrel boy to the war is gone,
In the ranks of death you'll find him,
His father's sword he has girded on,
And his wild harp slung behind him.
"Land of song!" said the warrior bard,
"Though all the world betrays thee,
One sword, at least, thy rights shall guard,
One faithful harp shall praise thee!"

> Thomas Moore Poems
> Short Biography of Thomas Moore

Sunday 6 November 2005 - 11:00-11:59 - Ned 3
Vrije Geluiden > Afleveringen
The music programme on Nederland 3

Watch audio stream
> Luka Bloom and the Darius Ensemble

Real Player & Media Player [Smallband & Broadband]

Interview with Luka Bloom and live performances of 'Open Up Your Arms' (new song),
'Miracle Cure', 'City Of Chicago' and 'Primavera' (from the latest album 'Innocence').

Friday, 15 October 2004 - RTÉ TWO - 23:50-00:20
Other Voices - Songs from a Room
The second show in this series features Irish singer-songwriter Luka Bloom.
Luka Bloom performs songs from his albums.

Setlist: Primavera - You - Exploring The Blue - The Man Is Alive -
The Hill of Allen - No Matter Where You Go, There You Are

Luka @ St James Church
Luka Bloom @ St James Church, Dingle
Wednesday, 10 December 2003
Luka @ St James Church
Photos: RTÉ 'Other Voices'
The Second Series of Other Voices, Songs from a Room the Music Series Celebrating New and Innovative Irish Voices to be filmed for RTÉ Television in Dingle, County Kerry..... In a region steeped in tradition and heritage that has long attracted musicians and artists from different disciplines, cutting-edge artists gathered at the most westerly point of Europe, and created an exciting and mix of modern sounds and new voices.... Presented this year by Jerry Fish, the shows will feature performances from David Kitt, Hal, Rodrigo y Gabriela, The Jimmy Cake, The Tycho Brahe, Cara Dillon, The Handsome Family, Declan O'Rourke, Paddy Casey, Bellx1, Karan Casey, Gemma Hayes, Turn, Luka Bloom, Jerry Fish and The Mudbug Club as well as a number of special guests who will be calling by St James'.

Thursday, 1 May 2003
TMF Café @ TMF Studio's te Mechelen, Belgium
with: Brainpower (NL) - Lemon - Janez Detd - De Mens - Luka Bloom (IRE)

TMF Café TV Dates
Tue 13/05/2003 - 21:30-22:30
Thu 15/05/2003 - 21:30-22:30
Sat 17/05/2003 - 17:00-18:00
Sun 18/05/2003 - 12:00-13:00
Mon 19/05/2003 - 21:30-22:30

Luka Bloom LIVE
Exploring The Blue - Perfect Groove - Sunny Sailor Boy - The Fertile Rock

4 November 2003 - RTÉ Open House - drop in!
Music / Performance: Luka Bloom

Currently on a nationwide tour Luka will be performing in various counties including
Kildare, Cork, Kilkenny and Kerry....
Luka performs 'Thank You For Bringing Me Here' on OpenHouse today.
"Don't mention it Luka, we're delighted to have you!"

De Laatste Show - Videos

Luka Bloom - Guest in De Laatste Show
28-01-2002  Luka Bloom & De Laatste Showband - Perfect Groove
17-03-2003  Luka Bloom & De Laatste Showband - Sunny Sailor Boy

Watch Luka Bloom Video Clips
[Windows Media Player]

17 March 2002 - Sunday Morning at 9:30 am - Coast to Coast

Luka Bloom performed 'Rainbow Day',
a song from his latest album 'Between the Mountain and the Moon'.
ABC Photo Gallery

30 September 1998 - TV Special Nederland 3
2 meter sessies

Location: Old Mill, near river Liffey, Ireland - 22 August 1998
Also featured are his nephew Conor Byrne (flute) and singer Gemma Hayes.

I'll Walk Beside You - Holy Ground - Ciara - Don't Be So Hard On Yourself
You Couldn't Have Come At A Better Time - I Need Love - Rescue Mission

Listen to the show: 2 meter sessies
[Real Player]

Celtic Grooves
Music documentary on the fusion of traditional Irish music and contemporary dance, rap, hip-hop and house music.

"From the first day of the pre-production to the first broadcast on Irish televison, Celtic Grooves was a two year journey of filmmaking passion to find out what this new fusion of hip-hop, rap and house with traditional Irish music was all about. On this great journey we meet and interviewed the cool Davy Spillane, the groovy Luka Bloom, the righteous Marxman, the "mad for it" Scary Eire, the now legendary Howie B, the "out spoken" Sinead O'Connor, the folk guru Donal Lunny, the singer & producer Philip King and the legends of legendary music producers Denny Cordell (God rest his soul) at Island Records, London."

Director: Michael E. Clyne
Key Feature Productions © 1995

Bringing It All Back Home
BBC Documentary - 1990

Bringing It All Back Home Donal Lunny - Paul Brady - Emmylou Harris - Mary Black
Dolores Keane - Sharon Shannon - Liam O'Flynn - Davy Spillane
Luka Bloom - Eileen Ivers - Elvis Costello - Mary Coughlan & others

Commissioned by the BBC this was originally released in 1990 as a five part TV series and a double CD. Bringing It All Back Home heralded the enormous upsurge in Celtic music. Re-mastered and re-edited, this nineteen-track collection features unique performance from Irish and International artists.

Also available in DVD, VHS, CD, and Book

WDR Köln, TV Special
Live Music Hall, Köln - 5 April 1990
Rocklife - Luka Bloom in Concert

Gone To Pablo
Te Adoro
Rescue Mission
Second Skin
Dreams In America
This Is The Sea

Encore: I Need Love


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