Tin Angel, Philadelphia
Monday, 3 May 1999
The venue is indeed intimate. Our seats couldn't be better, any closer and we'd be on stage with the man.
Ah, the stage, was too small for him (I think), his movement seemed to be subdued even caged. Tehehe,
he didn't knock over any guitars. ;-)
Guitars: I've heard a lot of pickers but Luka is one with his guitar. They really are blood relatives, right down
to the familiar tweak of a gear key. The sound was warm and rich. Question: Not to cast aspersions on Rudy,
but he sure looks like he's been around. Judy, however, looked brand new. Is she? Is this Judy II? Carmen,
sounded lovely on Keeper of the Flame and Water Ballerina.
Voice: What can I say about his voice? It's the sorcerer's apprentice, weaving spells, captivating all who
listen and he is indeed in fine form.
Audience: The crowd was very friendly, music crazed people, packed in like sardines in a long low lit rather
warm room. Apparently I wasn't the only one longing for Luka in Philly.
New Songs: Well, I was surprised that the Salty Heaven material didn't surface until later in the sets. When
I think of the new songs it's "Rainbow Day" that is my particular favorite. Gabriel is very moving,
and Angel of Holland, romantic. Keeper of the Flame, a slow burn of sultry unspent passion. Ciara, was
indeed faster, a bit mischievous. While it was faster is was also much cleaner without all the other instruments
from Salty Heaven, a melding of the two versions. It sounded questioning not pleading to me. There was
another song, which Anna called No Resistance and I thought that one was lovely and had the same sort
of quality as Keeper of the Flame.
Old Songs: Rescue Mission was unbelievable on Monday night. He played and sang it perfectly.
Exploring the Blue immersed the audience in a gentle and floating stream of melody. Everybody
Hurts was moody yet lovely. Diamond Mountain, haunting.
Stories: It was a pleasure hearing them from "himself".
After the show: Luka Bloom is one warm generous guy. He really put out on stage and though tired
spent some time with each of us. Signing, snapping, etc. Michaela Majoun, from XPN was trying to get
him to visit her show in the morning, but she's on really early and over at 10:00am, so no was the answer.
More signing and snapping. He insisted on a group shot. A patient man. Yes he earned that P word,
a very kind and caring soul.
The man and his music remain undefinable. Sanas. Thanks for sharing it with us Luka.
- Denise Smith
Tin Angel, Philadelphia
Monday, 3 May 1999
Luka's voice was perfect, not a foul note to be had anywhere. It's amazing, all those sounds out of one
man and one guitar (well, three - Rudy, Judy and Carmen all say hello). The crowd was wonderful,
well-behaved and enthusiastic. Just a great, great show that followed no specific setlist, and resembled
more a strange party among friends than a concert among strangers.
- Anna Hight
Wednesday, 23 June 1999
Ooohhhhhh those of you who didn't come to Boston tonight for this last-minute
gig, you're gonna be kickin' yerselves.
Besides a special Colourblind especially for Lukalist's very own Tony, The
Man Is Alive/Hill of Allen, Delirious, Gone to Pablo, Rescue Mission, I Need
Love, and regular staples like Hungry Ghost, Forgiveness and Blackberry Time,
an incredibly fast Ciara, and specials like Sanas and Shape of Love to Come,
Mr Bloom succumbed to crowd pressure and proceeded to beautifully mangle
Irishman In Chinatown. It didn't matter that he hardly knew half the words,
the crowd did. It was a twisted, strange, harried, freaked-out version that
brought the house down.
- Anna Hight
Roisin Dubh, Galway
Friday, 23 July 1999
I've been lurking for awhile now on the list
and understood from Luka that there were a bunch of people from the weblist at the gig on Friday night,
along with myself and a friend. It was truly magical to see him in Ireland,
in such an intimate venue and the quality of the show was up there with any
I've experienced over in the states, and then some.
I had the great pleasure of sitting next to his son Robbie who seemed as
fascinated by the crowd reactions as the crowd were by Luka, and it was a
warm and fuzzy kind of feeling in the room, with everyone really connected to
what he had to say and sing.
The best moment of all came for me when he did Sunny Sailor Boy and for the
first time he actually got to hear me sing along, only to remark of course
that he hates it when "real singers" sit up front and make him look bad!
Well, it would take a lot more than a few trained voices to make him look bad
and I only wish that my voice spoke the volumes of the craggy crevices of the
west of Ireland as well as his!
The show featured all the usual favorites including "Gone to Pablo"
which I hadn't heard him do in quite awhile and the captivatingly splendid "Leaving
Lhasa" which has quickly become my personal new favorite. I would hope that
you all will have the opportunity to see him perform in such an intimate and
beautiful setting at some point soon.
We ran into him on the street the next day, walking and shopping with Robbie,
and he was off on Saturday to play on Inishmore and then onto Lisdoonvarna
tomorrow. I told him I was trying to decide between seeing
him again that night, or going to see the Galway trad band De Dannan's. He
assured me that he'll be back in the U.S. and will be playing the Bowery
Ballroom on September 10th. Needless to say, I'll be there with bells on!
There was a wonderful singer/songwriter who opened for him named
Damien Rice (alias Dodima,
formerly of the band Juniper) and he will be a force to be reckoned with in
days to come. He has a wonderful in-your-face attitude and definitely
is not afraid to speak his mind and does with with a beautiful and
versatile voice. I look forward to hearing more of him.
Well that's my first two cents worth! Hope you all enjoy reading this as
much as I enjoyed experiencing it.
- Alice Farrell
This is your country: Three Luka concerts in Ireland.
Roisin Dubh, Galway
Friday, 23 July 1999
Rena and Erwin saved two seats at a stagefront table for Nainsi and myself. Poor Luka's gonna
get a scary flashback and wonder if he's in Ireland or not when he sees me yet AGAIN! 8-) I set down
to chatting and spot Nainsi has moved a bit behind us (smart girl!). ;-)
Paul Scully workin' away on stage and turns around and spots me! (OK, OK..this is AFTER I yelled
I'm great at being subtle dontcha know! LOL!;-)). Paul comes over and says: "I can't believe yer
here!!!!" Woohoo!!! Neither can I and after 48 hours without sleep, I'm just as goofy as can be!
(Basically my regular self, but a bit less chatty, not by much though!).
Damien [Rice] climbs past our table: He thanks Luka for having him open and says he loves
to play for Luka because of the kind of audience Luka attracts.. (I of course already think
"this man is brilliant" though he hasn't played a note!)..and he was brilliant!!
Talented, great voice, great sense of humor, and he could do lovely things with his geetar!
He was also..erm..easy on the eyes.
(Ok, gratuitous and superficial addition..but since yer 'seeing' the person when you're in a live s
etting, this sure doesn't hurt. ;-)
Next..it's LUKA!!! Wow, I just arrived that morning, and barely have got the feel of Ireland in me.
And yet I'm already surrounded by lots of nice people, who's greatest difference to other audiences
I've been with, is that they make anything and everything sound entertaining due to a natural talent
for phrasing and expression!!!! :-)
Thank God Rena's got a comprehensive setlist. (I'm hopeless when it comes to this!)
SETLIST: Here And Now / Exploring The Blue / Black Is The Color / Gone To Pablo / Rescue Mission /
Sunny Sailor Boy / Love Is A Monsoon / Delirious / You Couldn't Have Come At A Better Time /
Forgiveness / Ciara / The Fertile Rock / Blackberry Time / I'm a Bogman / Keeper of the Flame /
Angel of Holland / Holy Ground / I'll Walk Beside You
Encores: Looking For The Perfect Tune / Rainbow Day / Leaving Lhasa / Everybody Hurts /
Can't Help Falling In Love
I'll walk beside you was lovely and moving in the usual sean nos style The audience was a
bit shy but Luka had 'em full force for Fertile Rock and Everybody hurts.
Highlights: The whole show! Deadly! Brilliant! Like awesome! Especially the stage to audience
duet with 'the girl with the great voice' (now, better known as ALICE..woohooo..wow what a voice!!!)
Luka's thoughts, "Lovely!"..and then "I hate when someone with that good a voice sits
so close to the stage!" :-))) Big Luka smile..but no more singing from Alice. Luka: "uh-oh..I've frightened her".
Then, more singing from Alice and Luka looks like a happy man in the world!!! GOOOO ALICE!!!
The audience was great... really very nice, friendly people.. a great group!
The traveler's highlight: A lovely welcoming smile from Luka along with a pat on the head as he
passed our table. If I had not been made to feel welcome in this lovely land and brilliant festival,
that did it alright! Thanks Luka!!!!!
photo: Rena, Nainsi, Luka & Vicky
Roisin Dubh, Galway
Saturday, 24 July 1999
Oooo..musta been a full moon this night!!! ;-)))
We sat on the other side of the stage so Luka would only have a fearful flashback when he looked
left and saw me YET AGAIN!!! AHHHHHHH! 8-))
This show was wild and wonderful. Great craic! Diamond Mountain reeeally hit home for me, he
really went up and down it during this song. Beautiful!!!
Interesting how each show there's one or two songs that really stand out, either cause of audience
reaction or the timing or the intensity with which the song is delivered. That's not to say that they
aren't always great but something clicks and I've asked other people and sometimes they agree
and sometimes they don't so it may be a personal thing. Maybe when one's own emotions are
in sync with the emotions in a song at that moment?? Hmmm...
Once again 'tanks' Rena for keeping track of the songs..
SETLIST: Sunny Sailor Boy / Exploring The Blue / Gone To Pablo / Rescue Mission / You Couldn't
Have Come At A Better Time / Looking For The Perfect Tune / The Acoustic Motorbike / Hungry Ghost /
Water Ballerina / Keeper of the Flame / I'm a Bogman / Love Is A Monsoon / Holy Ground /
Ciara / Blackberry Time / Here And Now / Forgiveness / Diamond Mountain / The Fertile Rock
Encores: Leaving Lhasa / I Need Love / Everybody Hurts / Gabriel
Water Ballerina was really lovely. Another stand out for me was Gabriel. Very beautifully sung
and the audience going "ssssshhhhhhhhh" to those by the bar making a bit of clatter
before Luka started and Luka thanking them. Great stuff!
Here's where the full moon kicks in: ;-)
1) Oh, Canada!
There was a man from Canada asking Luka all sorts of questions and Luka answered the first
few and then was like "what is this..an interview??!!!!!" LOL! The man, unperturbed was like
"I just want you to come back to Canada!" And Luka promised to answer the rest of his questions
after the show..
2) Shut the F**** up!!!!!
People shouting requests and Luka looking a bit like he's trying to make out requests..so finally
the guy sitting at the other side of our table yells..SHUT THE F**** UP!!! Which breaks up Luka
and the crowd..everybody laughing...Luka asks if he wants to be his spokesperson..LOL! :-)))
3) Shut the F*** UP (again)!!!
Someone in the crowd made a comment..I can't recall.. Something like: 'we want Christy'and
Luka says "Is that supposed to bother me??" Everyone applauds (YESSS!) And the guy
says something and MR. SHUT THE F*** UP! chimes in again! (I love a man with good timing!!)
Bogman had recently been released as a single and when Luka was singing it, you could
already hear people singing along with it!!! NEAT!!!!
5) Great view:
Wow, as close as I've been in the past..when Luka would walk to the edge of stage left
playing I got about a 5 inch from my face view of the geetar playin'...amazing!!!
6) Persistent woman. :-))
One brave gal was determined to get her request and stood up and started discussing with
Luka why he wouldn't play her request and Luka was like "I haven't played it in so long, I've
really forgotten it"..so she asked for "everybody hurts"..as an alternate choice..
7) Brave Woman! ;-)
When Luka did 'I need love' and did his usual 'i dare ya' pause.. ;-) ...one gal was like,
"OVER HEEEEERE!"..the audience got a kick out of this..and Luka walked to to the
side of the stage she was closer too and continued to sing looking straight at her. ;-) I think she
was rewarded with a lovely sunflower for her valient effort at the end of the show, as well..sooo if
ya want a bloom, courage is key! ;-))
At the end of the concert Luka got a standing ovation..and he was giving the Wayne's World
'i'm not worthy' bow to the audience!!
Royal Spa Hotel, Lisdoonvarna
Wednesday, 28 July 1999
Lisdoonvarna's a lovely town. I stayed at a B&B that a really nice woman was running.
My tootsies were a bit sore from treking around the countryside. I sat a bit back from the stage
flanked by Rena and Erwin and a new aussie Lukavibe recruit from my B&B, Gillian. No opening
act tonight. Luka comes on, reams of applause. The lights were completely down so were in
darkness. Luka had a spotlight on him which didn't allow him to see the audience. He said a
couple of times "I sure wish I could see ya!" Lots of flash piccies. Whew, I was seein'
spots don't know how he manages to see after a flash barage!
One highlight of the Lisdoonvarna show was that Luka nearing the end of Fertile Rock made
mention to the many individuals who are 'not for sale'!! And intend on
protecting the Burren.
YEAH! WOOHOOO!!! I can't recall all those individuals but some of the them included: P.J. Curtis
and John O'Donohue. The audience was applauding loudly. It's obvious that many of the Irish
people, or at least those in the audience at Luka concerts agree that protecting the Burren is
important and they don't want to see it destroyed for commercial purposes.
As a tourist I feel so very lucky to be able to see it, but if being able to go there meant that it would
result in the destruction of this area then I would gladly give up this opportunity. It was very upsetting
to often see garbage on the paths and roadsides as it is...
Highlights, so many!!! Great audience again, excited to be there, loving Luka's performance, very
positive reactions to his new material. He sang 'hands of a farmer' and dedicated it, but I didn't
catch the dedication. Overall Luka seemed really relaxed and happy and did a number of encores.
Really brilliant concert!!!
All three concerts were lovely, unique and a lot of fun! Robbie, Paul and Luka were a terrific trio..
making sure all went smoothly and making everyone feel comfy and cared for! :-))
Special thanks to Rena, Erwin, Nainsi, Robbie, Paul, and of course Luka, for making Irish
wanderings even more special if that's possible! :-))
- Chatty Vicky <---'finding love along the way...and rainbow days'. :-)
> setlist & photos
Tin Angel, Philadelphia
Monday, 13 September 1999
Yes, it's the witching hour and I'm just back from heaven.
Poor Luka was possessed by mischievous gremlins tonight at the Tin Angel.
But it was another very mellow and wonderful show. He seemed very content
to be back at the TA.
He wore that 60's looking tie-dyed turquoise shirt and seemed very relaxed
and in no hurry.
Here is the set list, which I wrote down in a journal Vicky presented to
me, um presumably for the life and times of Denise M. Smith. It starts:
Luka Bloom at the Tin Angel - His last show in America this millennium
1. Be Well - a request granted for Mz. Vicky
2. You - oooo, I was sooo glad to hear this one live!
3. The Acoustic Motorbike
4. Sunny Sailor Boy - owa's were very soft. A timid audience. No, it was
5. The Perfect You
6. Rainbow Day - this is still my favorite of the new songs
7. Can't Help Falling in Love - heavy sigh...
8. Rescue Mission - whoa that guitar is bitchin!
9. Love is a Monsoon (guilt without sex!)
10. Keeper of the Flame - gorgeous!
11. I Have to Dream Again
12. I'm a Bogman - a Christmas present for someone at the back
13. Water Ballerina - um, lapse in concentration, rolling eyes 'shyness
14. The Hungry Ghost - Judy took a dive...sound faded...Paul come up here!
15. The Golden Land - while Paul worked his wire magic, Luka's pipes took over
16. Don't Be So Hard On Yourself - started tentatively but finished nicely
17. Forgiveness - the long sad song
19. Ciara - very rhythmic this time, furious ending, poor Judy!
20. The Fertile Rock - I can't hear ya back there!
Encores - Introduces band, Rudy, Judy, Carmen and Trudy
21. Leaving Lhasa - lovely
22. Black Is the Colour - gentle, almost tender
23. The Request - I Need Love - Where'd that lady with the glasses go? She
bailed cause you made that mean face at her. What mean face? You know the
one, the cross eyed up in the air look? Daisy attack. Muttering. Well, if
ya see her tell her I'm sorry. Sing it for us anyway. But don't mess up the
words. Second line he messes up Ah, F**k! LOL!
24.You Couldn't Have Come at a Better Time
You can say that again. Another wonderful show at the Tin Angel. Only one
complaint smoking in such a small place sucks. It is soo inconsiderate to
the performer and the other folks trying to breath. Luka ask for a
Non-smoking show next time.
Tanx to Luka and Paul for that wonderful, healing musical magic that they weave.
To the girls for their excellent company. Vicky, Jeannie, Susan, Bobbie and Dale, Jonetta, Anna,
Danielle. If I missed anybody I didn't mean too.
Hm, March is only 6 months away....
Roisin Dubh, Galway
Monday, 21 August 2000
Just when our plane landed at Shannon airport a beautiful rainbow
made us feel welcome in Ireland.
Our timing and planning of the travelling route (Mayo/Sligo/Donegal)
was not bad, though this year we missed his gig in Lisdoonvarna!
but of course we made a break in Galway when I heard that Luka was
doing a gig at the Roisin Dubh again, the same place where we'd seen him
playing two brilliant concerts during the Galway Arts Festival 1999.
Candles on the tables made the atmosphere cozy and intimate, again
a packed venue and a very enthusiastic and excited crowd.
Paul was back at work - so of course no complaints about the sound - and
Luka was in great form. It was a brilliant show and another unforgettable
night at the Roisin Dubh!
Matt Molloy's, Westport
Tuesday, 22 August 2000
After Galway our next step was going to Westport and Clare Island. It was
our first stay in Westport, and of course we were planning to visit
Matt Molloy's pub in the evening. He is a member of the famous Chieftains,
and his pub is a well-known place for live music! I expected
to hear some great traditional Irish music that night... but then there
was a singer who only had one folk song in his set... and that was a
Swedish one... but I was not really disappointed!
They do not sell tickets in advance, only at the door on the night of the show
one hour before the gigs begin! Most of the gigs are sold out very soon and
so it also was that night.
The small venue, a backroom with a bar, the roof partly made of glass,
a small stage - there was not much space for moving around - a few rows
of seats and some bar stools... most of the people were standing
in the back and it was really crowded. There was a very lively atmosphere,
the audience a bit restless - the bar was closed during the performance,
so people had to leave the room for getting new drinks - but
nevertheless it was a great gig again and it was over too soon!!!
Ionad Cois Locha, Dunlewey
Thursday, 24 August 2000
And finally the Lakeside Centre in Dunlewey situated
at the shores of Dunlewey Lough, on the foot of Mount Errigal - a very
unique place. The venue holds 200 people and has a perfect sound and an
intimate atmosphere. It was a seated concert, rows like a theatre, and maybe
therefore it was more quiet and the audience was more concentrated on
the music. On the other hand it took some time before they actually warmed up
and joined in singing the songs. But finally the applause at the end of the show
was so enthusiastic and overwhelming that he came back for 2 encores!!
The songs he played were all as great as usual!
The Acoustic Motorbike, Sanas, I'm a Bogman, The Hungry Ghost,
Diamond Mountain, Black is the Colour, Delirous, You couldn't have
come at a better time..... but 'Love is a Monsoon' was still the only
new song in the setlists!
There are always some songs I miss (never during the show but afterwards)
or I would have loved to hear again (so little time - so many songs)!
This time I was hoping to hear 'Cool Breeze' live in Donegal...
there was no cool breeze these days... but he didn't sing one
of his wonderful beach songs either!
I always love when he sings some "surprise songs",
songs which do not belong to his "usual" setlist!
In Dunlewey it was a wonderful a cappella version of 'Silvery Moon', which I'd
only heard once before, and in Westport 'Catch the Wind' a wonderful song
by Donovan, it was a song of the first record he ever bought himself.
He also played again a lot of cover songs: If I Were A Carpenter, In Between
Days, Make You Feel My Love, No Surprises, Bad, Dancing Queen, Natural
Mystic, the great Australian song Throw Your Arms Around Me,
and of course always Keeper Of The Flame!
> setlist & photos
Wednesday, 8 November 2000
Just coming back from an extraordinary concert here in Hamburg's Markthalle,
I have to say NANANNAAAANA!!!! we got 3 (three) encores, beat that!
After some last minute floor- taping by Paul, Luka appeared
(no Hawaiian - but an awful jeans type shirt - I want the water rippled one, please - )
starting with a song for Mr Nader... but I should let you have the setlist now:
1) Dreams in America
2) Love is a monsoon
3) Gone to Pablo
4) Exploring the Blue
5) Rescue Mission
7) Don't be so hard on yourself
8) Natural Mystic - with an unusually friendly reference to smoking ganja -
9) Blackberry times
10) Make you feel my love
11) Keeper of the flame
12) Bogman (with a wonderful 'Christy' verse)
13) No Surprises - What a surprise
14) In Between Days
15) Sunny Sailor Boy - something to keep the audience busy
16) Urge for Going
17) You couldn't have come at a better time
18) I'm a happy man in the world (can't think of the real title- should be
somewhat different but it's too late now to root around here to find the
19) Ciara - (does anyone still measure his relationship - situation
according to how he plays Ciara? - if yes, he was quicker than ever and sort
of relieved when it was over)
20) Fertile Rock - super-extended version - still hum
1st encore - dark blue shirt - very nice - Very hanseatic Mr. Bloom !
21) If I were a carpenter
23) The Swedish Folk Song
2nd encore - still dark blue shirt - sort of wet by now
25) Black is the colour - an almost clerical, eclectic version - absolute
silent and alert audience - brilliant and intense.
3rd encore - no comments on the state of that shirt anymore
26) "10 million miles from reality" - this is the only line I could take
down - maybe one of you is able to tell me what I've heard?
(Bob Marley's "So much trouble in the world")
27) Throw your arms around me - over and over requested by a girl in the
audience, who didn't get the real thing but at least 'her song'
28) Autumn leaves - a cappella - absolutely brilliant - one couldn't wish
for more to end this show - (except for : it should never end)
The venue was packed, but it was a marvellous show, I hope the performer
enjoyed it as much as 'his' audience (and we were all 'his').
Have fun, all the rest of you who are going to see him during the next
YES - I forgot, CD's were sold before and after the show, I think he
signed them as well after the show.
Muziekcentrum Frits Philips, Eindhoven
Friday, 16 March 2001
Just returned home from the second Luka Bloom concert in a week (Sunday
Amsterdam - yesterday Einhoven) dog-tired and knackered. But pleased.
I thought Luka once a year here in Hamburg is about the dose for me, not too
little - not too much, but now I have to say even twice a week isn't overdosed.
Amsterdam was nice - all the people who came from all over the world to meet
in a poxy aul' bar at A'dam station - good to see everybody healthy and
The concert (it was my first time ever Luka concert where I had to sit down
and couldn't move to the music strange feeling). Aftershow party in the Irish pub
(hosting a lot of celebrities) was special.
Yesterday in Eindhoven we saw one of the performances for which I admire
Luka deeply. Music brilliant as ever but on top he was talkative, the
audience reacted nicely - again he knew how to work a crowd, perfect!
Here's the setlist:
3-Don't be so hard on yourself
5-Gone to Pablo
7-Sunny Sailor Boy
8-You couldn' have come at a better time
10-Keeper of the Flame
12-If I were a carpenter
14-In between days
17-I need love
19-Black is the colour - Te Adoro - Exploring the Blue
Brilliant all together.
- Slán go foill, Sabine
Muziekcentrum Frits Philips, Eindhoven
Friday, 16 March 2001
A great concert in Eindhoven, and a great audience as well!
This time no complaints about not enough participation by the audience,
tonight it was more the opposite! For the wellknown reason, Luka was trying
to prevent them from clapping during the songs again and again... :-)
He was not thinking of his gig at the Buitenboel Festival in 1997, when he
said he would be in Eindhoven for the first time, but some people of the
audience did. His lack in memory was good for some jokes during the rest
of the show.
He sang again Robbie Robertson's "Golden Feather" and it's
great to know that in a few weeks this song will be released on the US version
of "Keeper Of The Flame".
Is "Exploring The Blue" already a great song itself,
in the outstanding combination of "Black Is The Colour"
and "Te Adoro" it became a very new and unique touch!! It was
the perfect end of a wonderful show.
Again it was sold out and again he got standing ovations after
the show and after the encores as well.
Diligentia, The Hague
Tuesday, 20 March 2001
My last concert for this tour, and I wasn't too sure beforehand. After that great second
night at the Kleine Komedie.. O me of little faith... The venue in The Hague was just as
intimate, it was sold out again, and the sound was perfect. I loved the combination of
Black is the Colour/Te Adoro/Exploring the Blue, I've never heard Gone to Pablo done
more beautifully, and Ciara and I Need Love were.. different!
I loved all the concerts I saw and found something special in all of them, and it was a
different song every time. Ciara and Black is the Colour/Te Adoro in Utrecht, If I Were
a Carpenter in Leiden, and Gone to Pablo last night. And I'm still recovering from
Delirious in Amsterdam, that may take me some time. I could make this a longer
list, but it's back to the real world.
An Taibhdhearc, Galway
Saturday, 28 July 2001
I just made it home from Ireland today and after a 25 hour plane trip, I'm amazed I'm sitting here writing this but I guess
that's what jet lag will do to you. Ireland was wonderful and I've come home with some great memories of warm hearted
people and stunning scenery. But the highlight from which I'm still buzzing is the Luka concert in Galway. Everyone in
the States who's waiting for the man I don't think you'll be disappointed.
He played at the Taibhdhearc in Galway which is a tiny Irish speaking theatre. It made a great change from seeing him
in the huge places he plays in when he comes to Sydney. It was very intimate and what seemed like a rather cold
audience warmed up quickly to the point where requests where being asked for and Luka did his best to play them.
I'm really sorry but I don't have a set list, he just played whatever came into his head. Some of the more memorable
moments included the mandatory "Fertile Rock" singalong which later became the mantra by which the
entire audience sang him back on stage for the encores and also the fact that everytime I've heard him sing
"I Need Love" it's been different and this time it was with a rather ironic and insincere edge which gave
the audience a good laugh.
So, it was a mixture of old favourites, covers and a few newies. Lots of stories were told and it was really interesting
seeing him in front of an Irish crowd, he seemed more relaxed though he did say he was on holidays. He was on
stage for 2 and 1/2 hours and did two encores. It's amazing the buzz that you walk out with after one of his shows,
I took a friend who was converted into a Luka fan that night and we couldn't stop raving for hours.
So, everyone he's in fine form and I think he'll be worth the wait. Anyway enough raving, I think maybe I should grab
- Kris Watkins, Australia