02. First Light Of Spring
05. Miracle Cure
06. Peace On Earth
07. Gypsy Music
08. City Of Chicago
11. No Matter Where You Go, There You Are
12. Thank You For Bringing Me Here
13. Larry Redican's Bow
(Bonus Tracks: Cooking Vinyl)
14. Doing The Best I Can
15. I Am Not At War With Anyone
All songs written and composed by Luka Bloom
© 2005 Luka Bloom (IMRO/MCPS Ireland)
Except: Larry Redican's Bow, traditional, arranged by Luka Bloom
Luka Bloom - Guitars, Vocals, Mandola
Kenneth Edge - Soprano Saxophone and Clarinet - Tracks: 1, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9
Joe Csibi - Double Bass - Tracks: 1, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9
Ray Fean - Percussion, Salt and Pepper - Tracks: 1, 4, 6, 7, 9, 11, 13
Mohamed Bouhanna - Derbouka - Tracks: 11, 13
Eithne Ni Chathain - Vocals and Fiddle - Tracks: 7, 12, 13
Pat Collins - Fiddle - Tracks: 9, 11
Recorded in Blacktrench, County Kildare.
Engineered, mixed and mastered by Brian Masterson.
Produced by Luka Bloom and Brian Masterson.
Project Coordinator: Niall Rynne
Artwork: Turlough Rynne
Photography: Giorgia Bertazzi
Luka Bloom still manages to keep the best of company too. Kenneth Edge's soprano saxophone and
clarinet conjure a mood reminiscent of Van Morrison's Astral Weeks. Ray Fean lends the subtlest of
percussion; Joe Csibi adds double bass and Pat Collins' fiddle roams free and wide.
Mohamed Bouhanna's derbouka adds the final essential ingredient that defines Bloom's
delight in Ireland's growing multiculturalism. And enmeshed in all the songs, as well
as in the two instrumental interludes of Innocence, 'Peace On Earth'
and 'Larry Redican's Bow' is the spirit of a musician who's long let
go of the cocky defiance of youth, who bears the scars and celebrations of
daily life with a comfort born of the same regrets, delights and minor
triumphs that we all share. 'No Matter Where You Go, There You Are'
sums it up sweetly, on the back of Bloom's trademark uncompromising guitar
lines: "No matter where you go, there are you / So don't let go of what you
know to be true."
Innocence Press Release
"The whole story of this album is interesting and different. Life is an endless stream of challenges,
and for this singer, the most important ingredient to hang on to is our
innocence and wonder at the world."