The setting for this afternoon gathering couldn't have been more inspiring.
The open fields of Kildare and the Bog of Allen are the backdrop for music
with friends and family. We get an intimate feeling with Luka in his home,
where many of his most recent songs were written. Water Ballerina, You
Couldn't Have Come At A Better Time, are still lyrically emotional classics.
Luka has made great connections with audiences in Australia, Belgium,
Germany, Holland, Ireland, Italy, Switzerland, the UK and the US throughout
his career, so he personally invited his fans to come and experience an
intimate gig in a Dublin venue. The mood is sumptuous and songs like The Man
Is Alive and City Of Chicago are performed with outstanding passion - pure
dynamite! Luka made it a stunning night and opened up for a questions and
answers session afterwards.
MY NAME IS LUKA
In this feature we get a personal insight into Luka: the artist, the writer
and performer from his home in County Kildare and with his family in County
Clare. This documentary shines light on the inspirations for his songs and
the natural settings of Ireland which bring out his expressive lyrics.
The diversity of the performance from Dublin and Kildare has made for a fine
collection of new and old songs with magical moments captured throughout.
Romantic songs like Love Is A Place I Dream Of and the call for Peace On
Earth are among the many beautiful tracks on this Live CD. Luka is a live
performer like no other, and his spirit and music are really alive on these
I hate watching violent movies. Always did. whenever I find myself watching one, I look
through closed fingers, and wait for the hard parts to pass. That's what it was like last
night trying to watch the new DVD for the first time. I loved the bits in the documentary
section where I'm playing with friends, or walking with my sister; but I couldn't be looking
at or listening to myself talking so much. The only part of the DVD I could watch without
freaking was when I was playing guitar, because it's the first time I've watched myself
do that, and I still have no clue what I'm doing, which is a bit of fun.
What I'm saying is I would never have done this. Only for members of my family and a
few people close to my family, the DVD would never have happened. Niall, Usna, Turlough,
Anne, and all the people they assembled, made this happen.
They started to ask me about it 3 years ago and I didn't want to know about it. Just
let me write songs and sing them and I'm happy. But the lads just thought it was time
for this, and they persisted. I thought they were mad.
So many great people came over to Dublin for a mighty night in the Helix. From all
over the place. We had a lovely time.
I'm not going to go into the details of the delay in getting the DVD finished, but I'll
just say there were serious issues with the Helix gig from a technical perspective.
We lost all but 50 minutes of the gig. I was prepared to let the project go, but Niall
and Usna persisted, and in time they rescued enough of the show to consider finishing.
Then I got the idea of bringing a few people round to the house for a Saturday
afternoon, to get a different buzz.
Then we approached the lads in Holland about using the documentary...... And all
of a sudden nearly 3 years later here we are.
2 gigs, a bunch of songs, way too much of me talking shite.
I can't watch it, and I never will again.
But for people who like these things, I hope the DVD satisfies your curiosity.
And I hope you enjoy the songs, and the shots of the Burren.
I've learned something from the DVD, and I'm grateful for that.
It's great to sing and play music. But maybe not so great to be trying to explain yourself.
Maybe there's no need. Maybe it is best to sing the song, and then shut up. I think so.
See what you think.
This was a long tough road, especially for Niall and Usna at Union Station Productions.
I thank them and admire them for their resilience and conviction. And I thank all the
people who helped put the 2 gigs together.
But most of all, I thank the people who took time and trouble to travel to Dublin to
attend the Helix gig. We really hope the wait is worth it for you now.