Leinster Leader - Thursday, 19 January 2006
Gaelcholáiste Chill Dara At The Riverbank
Siamsa cois Life will be performed on January 25 in the Riverbank Theatre, Newbridge.
Bí linn for a celebration of the best of Irish traditional music, drama and dancing from the students
of Gaelcholáiste Chill Dara.
The evening will showcase the talents of the students themselves and there will be live performances
from our special guests and friends; the wonderful Luka Bloom, and Kildare's finest traditional group,
Comedian Paddy McDonnell, who appears regularly on our TV screens in Naked Camera, Stew and
notably as Eoin McLove in Father Ted will also be on hand to present the evening's entertainment.
Bí linn d’oíche siamsúil le daltaí agus cairde ó
Ghaelcholáiste Chill Dara a bheidh ag ceilúradh ár n-oidhreacht traidisiúnta
féin chomh maith le cultúr na Meanscolaíocht trí Ghaeilge anseo i gCill Dara.
Beidh idir amhránaíocht, drámaíocht, ceol agus damhsa den chéad
scoth le feiceáil óna daltaí agus tá an Gaelcholáiste fíor
bhuíoch do Luka Bloom agus do Cathú as seinm ag an ócáid iontach seo.
Upcoming Events > Trad Ceol le Siamsa Cois Life
SIAMSA COIS LIFE (Music/Drama)
25 Jan 2006
At Riverbank Arts Centre
Time: 8.00pm -
Special Guests: Luka Bloom and Cathu
Aoionna speisialta: Luka Bloom agus Cathú
Ceol agus cultur duchasach aos og Chill Dara.
Bi linn d'oiche saoithiuil le daltaí agus cairde o Ghaelcholaiste Chill Dara
a bheidh ag ceiluradh ar n-oidhreacht traidisiunta fein chomh maith le
cultur na Meanscolaíocht tri Ghaeilge anseo i gCill Dara. Beidh idir
amhranaiocht, dramaiocht, ceol agus damhsa den chead scoth le feiceail o na
daltai agus ta an Mheanscoil fior bhuioch do Luka Bloom agus do Cathu as
tacu linn ar an ocaid iontach seo.
Leinster Leader - 26 January 2006
Special Ceremony To Mark Start Of Feile Bride
By PAUL O'MEARA
The lighting of a special flame in the centre of Kildare town will mark the official opening of Feile
Bride at the beginning of next month and will symbolise the strong links between the town and Brigid.
It will be lit in a special afternoon ceremony marking St. Brigid's Day on Wednesday February 1
starting at 2.30 pm.
"The county council have created a beautiful structure in which the flame will be housed. It is
described as a twisted column which flourishes at the top into a large-scale oak leaves nestled
into which is a bronze acorn cup holding the flame," said Sr. Mary Minihan of the Brigidine Order,
which founded the annual Feile.
Sr. Mary stressed the importance of linking the past with the present by recalling that an acorn
sowed by the Bishop of Kildare and Leighlin Daniel Delaney in Tullow almost 200 years
developed into an oak tree.
Also on St. Brigid's Day there will be a concert at St. Brigid's Cathedral (8 pm) featuring,
among others, Luka Bloom, Steve Cooney, Laoise Kelly, Ellen Cranitch and Noirin Ni Riain
although there is a big demand for tickets for the event...
Solas Bhríde - Féile Bríde 2006
Féile Bhríde, a celebration of
Brigid's feast incorporating a Peace and Justice conference in collaboration with
Afri (Action from Ireland), workshops, and a candle
lit ritual on Brigid's Eve at the well.
Féile Bhríde 2006 - Kildare - January 24th - February 1st
Celebrating the Perpetual Flame of Brigid
Tuesday, January 31st - Brigid's Eve
7.20 pm Brigid's Eve Ritual at St. Brigid's Well
Gather at 7.20 pm near Japanese Gardens car-park. (Bring an un-lit candle in a jar or lantern)
Wednesday, February 1st - La Fheile Bhríde - Imbolc
2.30 pm Unveiling of Sculpture at the Market Square
3.00 pm Lighting of the Perpetual flame of Brigid
8.00 pm "Celebrating the Perpetual Flame of Brigid"
With Noirin Ni Riain, Luka Bloom, Steve Cooney, Laoise Kelly, Ellen Cranitch and other surprise artists!
Venue: St. Brigid's Cathedral
Admission: €25.00 / Concessions €20.00
Enquires to: Solas Bhríde
Tel: 045 522890 - Fax: 045 522212
Out of the cold dark winter space
We come together looking for Brigid's grace
We dip our open hands deep into the well
Where our rivers run to, who can tell?
We warm our hearts and faces in the heat of the burning flame
Something about our spirits never stays the same
Don't be afraid of the light that shines within you
Irish Independent - Tuesday, 17 January 2006
Top Acts Play For Charity
Top musicians will take to the stage in Whelan's in Dublin to raise money for the
Chernobyl Children's Project.
Two charity gigs on February 7 and 8, are being organised by Aoife
Tunney, the former wife of Liam O Maonlai, the lead singer of Hot House
Flowers. The line-up will include Mick Pyro, of The Republic of Loose,
Bronagh Gallagher, Nina Hynes, Mundy, Luka Bloom, and Prison Love.
However, The Hot House Flowers will not be performing.
"They are already booked to play a gig in America," explained Aoife.
The money raised will go towards funding an ambulance packed with aid,
which Aoife will drive to Belarus in April.
The Irish Times - Thursday, 2 February 2006
Eclectic charm of Aoife's home with a heart
My Style: Aoife Tunney raids antique and junk shops to decorate her house, she tells Eoin Lyons
All long hair and long legs, Aoife Tunney is chattering away while preparing coffee in the kitchen of her
Sandymount home, a mews built in the 1980s. These days the one-time model happily stays on the
other side of the camera and instead appears on the printed page as a writer.
Gracious to the bone and ordinarily low-key, today she allows us into her home to publicise concerts
she has organised next week at Whelan's Music Venue on Wexford Street. The gigs will raise
money for the 20th Anniversary Chernobyl Children's Project's Convoy. Aoife will drive one
of 27 vehicles setting out from Cork on April 7th on a one-week journey to Belarus...
By now you've guessed Aoife is not your average supercilious girl-about-town.
"My parents were involved in the anti-nuclear movement here in the 1970s - they organised
a music festival in Carnsore, Co.Wexford, with stars of the day such as Christy Moore, to
help stop a power station being built there."
Which brings us neatly to her gigs next week at which respected artists will perform, hopefully
raising enough money to pay for the ambulance Aoife will drive to Belarus.
"Having a kid kind of focuses you on the well being of other children and over the years
I met Adi Roche who inspired to be more aware about what happened at Chernobyl. We
need between €15,000 and €20,000 to buy the ambulance - they don't have reliable
emergency equipment so bringing this and other practical things is really important."
The first concert takes place in Whelan's on Tuesday February 7th when Mick Pyro of
Republic of Loose, Bronagh Gallagher and Nina Hynes will play; and on Wednesday February 8th,
when Mundy and Luka Bloom perform. Tickets €18 from 1890 200 078
© The Irish Times -
Irish Independent - Breaking News - Tuesday, 7 February 2006
Dublin venue hosts Chernobyl fundraising concerts
Whelan's of Wexford Street plays host to special charity concerts over the
next two nights in support of the people of Belarus.
Mick Pyro of Republic of Loose, Commitments star Bronagh Gallagher and
singer-songwriter Nina Hynes take to the stage at the Dublin venue tonight.
Tomorrow's line up features Mundy, Luka Bloom and Colin Devlin.
Charity organiser Aoife Tunney will drive an ambulance full of aid to
Belarus in April.
She will be part of the 20th Anniversary Convoy to the area suffering from
the world's worst nuclear disaster.
These concerts are being held so she can raise funds to buy the ambulance.
CHERNOBYL CHILDREN'S APPEAL GIG
Whelan's, 25 Wexford Street, Dublin 2, Tel. 4780766
Doors open @ 8pm - Tickets: €18
Tuesday, 7 February 2006
featuring Mick Pyro (Republic of Loose), Bronagh Gallagher & Nina Hynes
Wednesday, 8 February 2006
featuring Mundy & Luka Bloom
These gigs are to raise funds for Chernobyl Children's Project to buy an ambulance
which Aoife Tunney will drive along with thier convoy 3,000 km across Europe to Belarus
in Chernobyl this April. This year is the 20th anniversary of Chernobyl, the world's worst
nuclear disaster, and the suffering of the people in this area need our help more than ever.
Please help us make this important trip to Belarus by supporting these gigs -
all artists are supporting this effort free of charge.
Newbridge College - News
Voices of the Past - Charity Concert
College Theatre: Friday, 10 February 2006 - 8.00pm
Luka Bloom (Barry Moore), Eamon Brady, Mark Weld, Lisa O'Sullivan,
Joanne Gleeson, Shane Roe & his Band, Cathy Lawlor, Niamh Callanan, Colm Ivers...
Adults: €20.00 | Students & OAP's: €10.00
Doors Open 7.15pm
Newbridge College, Newbridge, Co Kildare
Ceol '06 contains 26 breathtaking songs in Irish put together by some of the best singers and
bands in the music industry. These artists include The Corrs, The Saw Doctors, Mundy, The Frames,
Luka Bloom (Cathair Mhór Chicago),
The Waterboys, and many more.
The launch of this CD will take place on Saturday 4th March with a concert featuring a number of the
artists performing on the album including The Revs, The Pale, Q, Traic and The Fuschia Band.
All profits from the night and the CDs will be donated to Concern to help with educational projects
in Mozambique (last year Seachtain na Gaeilge raised €20,000 for Mozambique and this year we
believe that they can double the amount with your help!). Seachtain na Gaeilge runs from 4th to 17th March.
CEOL '06 will be available from Concern and from
music shops from Friday, 3rd of March.
www.concern.net & www.concerngifts.org
CEOL '06 contains a selection of breathtaking songs in
Irish put together by some of the best singers and bands in the music industry. The Irish language belongs
to all and these CDs show that there are many different ways to use it. All profits from these CDs will be
donated to Concern to help with educational projects in Mozambique (last year we raised €20,000
for Mozambique and this year we believe that we can double the amount with your help!).
The double album will be released on the 3rd of March 2006.
Gael Chultur 2006
The Seachtain na Gaeilge CD CEOL '06, containing
songs by some of the top stars of Irish music (including The Frames, The Waterboys, Luka Bloom,
Aslan, Kila, The Frank & Walters, Iarla Ó Lionáird, Mundy,
The Saw Doctors, The Revs, John Spillane, Autamata, Lisa Hannigan, Traic, The Pale, Emmet Tinley, Roesy,
Morgan The Bouncer, Ger Wolfe, Fuschia, The Mongrels, and more), will be launched officially at this event and
some of the musicians and singers appearing on the album will perform on the night. There will be more
information regarding the special guests available at www.snag.ie nearer the time of the event.
Dolan's Warehouse - Limerick
LUKA BLOOM - Thursday, 9 March 2006
Upstairs - Time: 8pm - Tickets: €21
More moving with every album he makes... There's an unrivalled tenderness to
Luka Bloom's enchanting, earnest songwriting - his musical and lyrical delivery possesses
that special charm. Deft, delicate touch on the six-string and distinguishable Irish lilt in his
honeyed vocals draws you in immediately.
- Melbourne Sunday Herald
Dolans Pub, Dock Road, Limerick
ireland.com - The Ticket - Roots - Friday, 03 March 2006
Thursday 9 March 2006 > LIMERICK
Spring has sprung - Bloom is here again. Dolan's Warehouse - 9pm - €20 - 061-314483
Galway Advertiser - Entertainment - Thursday 9 March 2005
Sunday afternoon music as Luka Bloom comes to Campbell's Tavern
By KEVIN MCGUIRE
Luka Bloom undertook his first tour as a performer at the tender age of 14, touring English folk clubs alongside
older brother Christy Moore. So began an illustrious career which has seen him play venues around the world.
Last year Luka released one of his best albums in years with the deeply personal Innocence and he has
continued to be a renaissance man. The coming weeks will see his album released in America but before
that he will play an intimate Sunday afternoon gig at Campbell's Tavern, Cloughanover, on Sunday at 3.30pm.
Innocence was well received in Ireland and saw Luka claiming a high position in the Irish album charts.
It contains many memorable songs such as the emigrant's lament 'City of Chicago', 'No Matter Where You
Go, There You Are', the title track, and the inspirational 'Miracle Cure'.
Luka says of the album and the album title: "The reason why I called it Innocence is because I'd just
turned 50. There's two different types of innocence - there is the innocence of youth and there is what I would
call the innocence of choice."
In explaining the term 'innocence of choice' Luka elaborates: "In life you meet people who are say 60
or 70 years old and the world has really kicked them around but they still seem to have a sense of joy in life
and a hope for the future. As a songwriter in order for me to access the part of me that writes songs that
'innocence of choice' has to remain. Despite disappointments, despite let downs, and despite being hurt
by life one has to choose to hold on to this essential ingredient of innocence."
Persons who choose a life in the arts and music must constantly deal with disappointments and knocks
along the way. As a live performer Luka has struggled with tendonitis in his hands for the greater part of
20 years. In 2003 his years of battling with the affliction came to a head.
"I suffered very severe tendonitis in my right hand and within a few months I also developed nodules
on my vocal chords," he tells me. "Having just built a new house in the country it was not what
I needed at that moment with the bills flying in the door!"
Luka's song 'Miracle Cure' goes some way to describing the situation of his not being able to work as a
musician for a long period. "Some very creative stuff came out of that time," he says. "The
style of playing and singing that I'd been engaged in over the previous 30 years had been very full on.
When I came to the point where I couldn't perform any more it forced me to discover a new way of performing
and singing. I found myself completely scrapping my entire repertoire and literally starting from scratch
again. I arrived at a place where I either had to change what I was doing or to stop completely, and I chose
to change. I've found that my new quieter style of playing has been enormously satisfying to me."
Having regained his health and vitality Luka was reborn with his current album. Innocence is getting a
great reaction in America and Bloom is due to undertake a seven week tour there soon. He admits
he is in no immediate hurry to record a new album.
"I'm going to give this album the opportunity that it deserves," he says. "I feel a great
connection to the songs on the album and I think there's something about them that was a long time
coming. For me it's a sort of transitional album - it's very different from anything I've done before. It'll
probably be about a year before I even think about recording another album. I'm just going to honour
this one for a while yet."
Luka Bloom has played everywhere from Boston to Brisbane in his 36 year career and remains
one of the most vibrant live performers in the music world. Throughout the ups and downs of his
life on the road he has maintained his innocence and thrived upon the positive vibes it has given him.
For tickets to Luka Bloom contact Campbell's on 093-35454 or Mulligan Records.
Voices Across Cultures:
Musical Concert at the Dunamaise Theatre, Portlaoise
on Tuesday 21st March 2006 at 8.00pm.
Raffle prizes will be available on the night.
A musical extravaganza called 'Voices Across Cultures' is being organised by
Optimum Point Consultancy - the organisation that promotes cross-cultural
understanding in association with Midlands 103.
The concert which commemorates 'International Day for the Elimination of
Racial Discrimination' features music from Romania, Slovakia, Poland, Hungary,
Jamaica, Nigeria, Pakistan and Ireland as well as Real Celtic Riverdance,
Gospel music and some of our finest solo artistes.
The aim of the concert according to the organiser, Councillor Rotimi Adebari
is to use music - a universal language that cut across boundaries as a
unifying tool to bring people of different cultures, nationalities, colour
and creeds together in a relaxed atmosphere.
Book now at the Dunamaise Theatre on 0502 63355 as places are limited.
Come along and together we can sing with one voice. The concert is
organised by Rotimi Adebari, member of Portlaoise Town Council. For more
information, you can reach him on: 086 3010262
Laois Nationalist - Thursday, March 30, 2006
Festival of music, song and dance shows many voices across cultures
By Joe Barrett
A multicultural festival of music, song and dance was held in the
Dunamaise Arts Centre, Portlaoise last week.
The event commenced with Portlaoise artist Seán O'Reilly leading the
large attendance in his rendition of the popular song 'If you're Irish come
into the Parlour'.
Among the highlights of the night was the Romanian artiste Carol Aflat....
A gospel choir, made up of representatives from all the different
Christian denominations in Portlaoise.....
Students of the Gabrielle Lynam School of Dance livened up the arts
centre with their Real Celtic Riverdance and Heywood College students also
entertained the audience with traditional Irish music.
Luka Bloom brought his uniqueness to the stage with inspiring messages
and songs. He quoted from his song that was inspired by Nelson Mandela: "It
is not the darkness that we are afraid of but the light that shines within
us". He also sang about an Algerian man who made wooden boxes and now lives
in Galway after fleeing his home country.
...The night featured music from Romania, Slovakia, Poland, Hungary,
Jamaica, Nigeria, Ireland as well as traditional Irish music, Real Celtic
Riverdance and Gospel Music.
Earlier in the evening, guests were treated to a reception during
which the organiser of the event Portlaoise Town Councillor Rotimi Adebari
described Voices Across Cultures as a one-stop resource centre that promotes
cross-cultural understanding and provide answers to questions asked during
cross-cultural contacts..... Thanking those who attended Mr Adebari praised the
efforts of all the artistes for their wonderful performance and thanked the
organisations that supported the concert....
For more information about Voices Across Cultures visit their web-site
De Barra's Folk Club - Clonakilty, West Cork
Luka Bloom - Wednesday, March 22nd
Tickets: €20 - Doors @ 9pm
From pubs to festivals, arenas to dives, Luka Bloom has spent the last 36 years of his life
perfecting his craft all across the globe. Since touring the English folk circuit with Christy
Moore at the age of 14 the 'godfather of the Irish singer-songwriter scene' has gone on
to share the stage with the likes of The Pogues, The Violent Femmes, The Dixie Chicks,
The Hothouse Flowers, The Cowboy Junkies and The Frames.
With the 2005 release of the album 'Innocence', Luka has proved that his songs
are as resilient, poignant and passionate today as they ever were, thus earning him a
legion of new fans as well as delighting his faithful followers.
Gig guide: www.debarra.ie
|Cleere’s Theatre Bar, Kilkenny
Thursday 23rd - Live Music - 9pm
Luka Bloom - A LEGEND!!!
Tickets: €15 - Book Early!!
Kilkenny Advertiser - Wednesday, 29 March 2006
Luka Bloom blows away Kilkenny audience
Luka Bloom fans were once again treated to an intimate gig in the back theatre in Cleeres
on Thursday last. Fans old and new drank in his haunting melodies and inspiring lyrics at the packed
out concert in the popular venue. Luka played some good old reliables such as 'Make you feel my
love' and 'I am not at war with anyone.' He also played a selection from his new album 'Innocence'
which was just released in America on Wednesday last. He told the riveted audience that he was very
excited that one year after the album had been released in Ireland - it was finally released in the US.
Luka sang a number of beautiful tracks from 'Innocence' including 'Primavera', 'Gypsy Music', 'City of Chicago',
'Thank You For Bringing me here' and 'Innocence'.
All of his songs were accompanied by anecdotes about his inspiration for the words. Fans in Cleeres were
mesmerised by his vocals and his expert guitar playing on the tiny stage. Luka would be well used to
playing to huge crowds particularly in the US, however, the small, intimate venue of Cleeres back-room
provided the perfect atmosphere to hear the legendary singer/songwriter at his best. Luka remembered
the old days when he spent time in Kilkenny and Castlecomer, while climbing up the ranks of the music
business as a young musician.
Having now tread the boards of stages all over the globe, 36 years of craft honing has given Luka Bloom
a place on the music map.
Live Review by Naoise O'Donovan Coogan
Bewley's Cafe Theatre - Dublin
Bewley's Cafe Theatre, located in the former Oriental Room of the Grafton Street Cafe,
is Dublin's foremost stage for lunchtime drama and one of the city's most exciting
venues for evening cabaret, jazz and comedy.
Luka Bloom plays in the Bewley's Theatre, Grafton Street
Double Bill with Eithne Ní Chatháin
Monday, 27 March 2006
Time: 8 pm | Tickets: € 15.00
Date: 20 June 2006 - 15 July 2006
Old Market House Arts Centre, Lower Main Street, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford,
is currently exhibiting 'Unexpected' paintings by John Cullinan and 'Silhouettes of Summer'
bogwood and glass sculptures by Brian O'Loughlin. On display upstairs in Seomra de Paor
is 'Market 06' a selection of work by various artitsts. These exhibitions will run until
Saturday 15th July 2006. Tuesday to Saturday 11am to 5pm.
Admission is free and all are welcome. 058/48944.
Munster Express - Entertainment - Friday, 30 June 2006
Luka Bloom launches new exhibitions in The Old Market House
There were both musical and artistic delights at the launch of the new exhibitions
in the Old Market House Arts Centre, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford recently.
‘Unexpected’ is a series of new paintings by Tramore artist John Cullinan. John was
both a student and teacher in the Limerick School of Art. John spent eight years in
West Clare, which he feels enhanced his appreciation of nature and landscape.
Following a move to Waterford John spent a number of years teaching art in De La
Salle College but ill health intervened and he did not paint for some time. He retired
in 1998 and has been painting steadily since 2000. His profile has rapidly expanded
since then and he has been exhibiting very successfully.
‘Silhouettes of Summer’ is an exhibition of bog oak and glass sculpture by Kildare
artist Brian O’Loughlin. The bog oak is sourced mainly in the midlands, in the bog
of Allen, and it’s hinterlands. The wood is brought to Brian’s store and air dried
for a minimum of three years. In selecting a piece for work Brian must first sense
its inner potential, beyond its haggard, rough, flaky exterior. When the rough
exterior is removed, the shape below is cut and handcarved, respecting its
natural lines and fissures until the final form emerges. After a repeated process
of sanding and polishing other medium may be added (eg. bronze, gold leaf,
glass, feathers, etc.), and thus the process is complete. There is a synergy
between Brian and the bog oak, he changes the character quite substantially
all the while retaining and enhancing it natural grain, colour and form.
In the upstairs gallery Seomra de Paor, ‘Market 06’ features a selection of work
by various artists. This month there is new work by Tramore artist Tom Molloy Snr.,
Cork artist Fiona Harrington, Mayo artists Michael Absalom and Anthony Pilbro.
Margaret Organ, Co. Arts Officer welcomed everyone and congratulated the
exhibiting artists on their work. The Kildare born singer/songwriter Luka Bloom
was guest speaker on the evening. Luka delighted the gathered crowd by performing
two songs, including the aptly named ‘I am a Bogman’. He spoke of how he met
Kildare artist Brian O’Loughlin earlier in the year, when he was presented with one
of Brian’s pieces. Luka spoke about how he was very taken by the beauty of Brian’s
work. He also praised John Cullinan for his striking work and for the amazing palette
of colour he uses to alter our perception of traditional subjects.
These exhibitions continue until Saturday 15th July 2006.
The Arts Centre is open during the summer months from Tuesday to Saturday 10am - 5pm.
Admission is free.
Waterford News & Star - Friday, June 30, 2006
OLD MARKET HOUSE
There were both musical and artistic delights at the launch of the new exhibitions
in the Old Market House Arts Centre, Dungarvan, when a series of new
paintings by Tramore artist John Cullinan entitled "Unexpected" was
unveiled and the Kildare born singer/songwriter Luka Bloom, guest speaker
on the evening, also delighted the gathered crowd by performing two songs,
including the aptly named "I am a Bogman"..... The exhibitions continue
until Saturday 15th July. Admission is free.
Riverbank Arts Centre, Newbridge, County Kildare
News from Kildare Youth Services - Summer '06
Exciting things ahead as the first YOUTH CAFÉ in Kildare, is soon to open
LUKA BLOOM GIG
World Famous Singer/Songwriter Luka Bloom has agreed to play a gig in The Riverbank
Arts Centre Newbridge on June 23rd 2006 to raise money for the Youth Project. All the
money raised will go into the set up of the Youth Café. We would like to thank
Luka for this kind offer of support as we know he is a busy man.
Curragh Youth Project > Latest News
Luka Bloom in Curragh Kids benefit gig.
Luka Bloom is set to play a gig for the young people of the Curragh Camp.
On Friday, 23 June at 8pm, Luka will take to the stage in the Riverbank Arts Centre
in aid of the Curragh Youth Project
which is in the process of developing Kildare's first youth café. The café
will solely operate for young people and will be run by young people, for young people.
Tickets are on sale at the box office in the Riverbank Arts Centre Telephone and
credit card bookings (045) 448333.
Kildare Nationalist - Thursday, June 08, 2006
Coffee break as youth café opens in the Curragh
By Vicki Weller
The handover of a former military building this month will mark the start of
a new era for young people living in the Curragh area. Once seen as a
forgotten spot on Kildare's map, the community in the Curragh Camp has been
rejuvenated in recent times by a number of ventures. Chief among these is
the Curragh Youth Project, based in the camp and now providing a range of
services for young people.
In June, the former NCOs' mess in McDonagh will be taken over by the youth
project, with an expansion of facilities to include a café run by young
people, exclusively for young people.
As youth project coordinator Mick O'Brien explained, the project currently
caters for around 70 teenagers, offering after-school activities ranging
from sports or arts and crafts to social activities and educational
programmes, including drug and alcohol awareness.........
The idea for the youth café came from the young people themselves.
It will be run as a non-profit-making enterprise by the teenagers and those
involved will receive advice and help, including training in small business
management. An internet facility, playstations, pool tables, a juke box,
musical instruments and an arts and crafts room are just some of the
additional facilities that the new premises will offer. It can also be used
for meetings, homework clubs and other community purposes.
The start-up costs will total €20,000, according to Mick, who runs the youth
project with the help of Community Employment Scheme workers John Whyte and
Carly McNulty. One of the major fundraisers will be a concert by Luka Bloom
at Newbridge's Riverbank Arts Centre on 23 June.
"Luka came to visit the project last year and was impressed, so he wanted
to do something. The concert will be his first gig back in Ireland after a
ten-week tour of the US, so we are hoping for a really great turnout."
Following renovation work on the McDonagh building over the summer, it is
hoped the youth café will open its doors in October....
He concluded by expressing the hope that continued funding would be found
for the future running of the project.
Loughcrew presents > Rhythm, Blues & Beyond
LOUGHCREW GARDENS, OLDCASTLE, CO. MEATH
Sat. 24th & Sun. 25th June 2006
Doors Open 2.00pm - Bring your own picnic!
Tickets: 1 Day: €30.00 | Weekend: €55.00
Booking Line: +353 (0) 49 854 2754
Book Online: firstname.lastname@example.org - www.ticketmaster.ie
Saturday > Luka Bloom | Bree Harris | Calder's Circus Quartet
On Sat 24th & Sun 25th June Loughcrew Gardens presents the Third
Loughcrew Jazz & Blues Festival.
Following on the success of Loughcrew Garden Opera, which has introduced
quality opera to a whole new audience outside Dublin, Loughcrew Gardens now
introduces a variety of blues and jazz music to the midlands. The event
provides a platform for emerging jazz talent alongside established
favourites. The venue is spectacular ~ the stage has the ruined Plunkett
Church as a backdrop, and the open-air auditorium spreads through woods and
gardens with marquees and ancient yew trees for emergency shelter.
Charles & Emily Naper
Loughcrew, Oldcastle, County Meath, Ireland
Tel: +353 (0)49 85 41356 | Fax: +353 (0)49 85 41921
www.loughcrew.com | email@example.com
When we discover that we have a short time to live, our lives can change dramatically.
A Spiritual Care Centre is being built in southwest Ireland to support people at this most
Perched spectacularly among the cliffs of southwest Ireland, Dzogchen Beara is Rigpa’s long
term retreat centre. With its dramatic coastal views, among the best in Ireland, and its
constant, all pervasive spiritual practice, the atmosphere is such that most people find they
are deeply nourished by their visit. It is here, on an elevated tract of land with views of both
sunrise and sunset over the Atlantic, that the Spiritual Care Centre will be built. It will serve
as a model of how to offer spiritual care for those who face chronic illness or death and those
who care for them...
How you can help :: Organised events :: Music and art projects
Here at Dzogchen Beara we have recently had a benefit concert with Luka Bloom
which raised both the profile of the project locally and funds.
"The show that stands out last summer for me, was a magical night in June, on
the edge of the southwest of Ireland in County Cork. The place is Dzogchen Beara,
near Castletownbere. A buddhist centre in the tibetan tradition, and a truly wonderful
place. The occasion was an evening to celebrate plans to build a buddhist care
centre for the dying. A lovely evening, sun coming through the window. A lovely
crowd; no sound system. very special feelings."
Luka Bloom - 27 Dec 2006
Roundstone Arts Week > News
Roundstone Arts Festival 10th year anniversary
The Roundstone Arts Festival is celebrating it's 10th year anniversary this year,
it is putting the festivities into two weekends:
Weekend 1 > June 29th - July 2nd > Music & Visual Arts
Weekend 2 > July 28th - July 30th > Literature & Music
Saturday July 1st
Luka Bloom, Steve & Joe Wall, Roesy & Noelie McDonnell
(special in-the-round style night songs & stories)
Location: Community Hall - Time: 8.30pm - Ticket Price: €25
For more information: firstname.lastname@example.org | +(353) (0) 95 35977
Galway Advertiser - Entertainment - Thursday 1 June 2006
Take two chances to enjoys this year's Roundstone Arts Festival
By KERNAN ANDREWS
The Roundstone Arts Festival will celebrate its 10th birthday in style this
year with concerts from Luka Bloom, Jape, and Steve and Joe Wall, as
well as nightly trad sessions, art exhibitions, and children's events.
This year the Roundstone Arts Festival is putting the festivities into two
weekends. From Thursday June 29 to Sunday July 2 it will be music and visual
arts events and from Friday July 28 to Sunday 30 it will be literature and
Highlights include the opening night concert with Donegal's finest, Altan.
The festival's 10th birthday party takes place throughout Sunday July 2 on
Roundstone harbour, with jugglers, beach party cocktail bar, BBQ, and
performances from the brilliant singer-songwriter Jape, Cork band Fred, and
Dublin's The Mighty Steff.
There will also be a special 'In the round' style, with stories and songs
from Luka Bloom, Roesy, Noelie McDonnell, and Steve & Joe Wall.
The Redneck Manifesto will play the Roundstone festival as will Katell Keineg,
Ann Scott, Joe Chester, Sabrina Dinan, Orlagh De Bhaldraithe, The Correlli
Quartet, Emmet Scanlan, and The Dirty Epics. Concerts take place in
churches, village halls, living rooms, pubs, and outdoors in the village.
Tickets will be limited so it is advisable to purchase them early. Tickets
are on sale now and are available from 095-35871 or 095-35960.
Galway Advertiser - Entertainment - Thursday 22 June 2006
A feast of music and arts at Roundstone
By KERNAN ANDREWS
The 10th Roundstone Festival will be held over two weekends this year. The first takes
place Thursday June 29 to Sunday July 2 and features music and visual arts...
On Saturday July 1...
Luka Bloom, Steve and Joe Wall, Roesy, and Noelie McDonnell will give a special ‘in the round’
style night of songs and stories in the Community Hall at 8.30pm...
Galway Independent - Wed June 28 - Vol 6 · Issue 26
Roundstone celebrates tenth arts festival
The annual Roundstone arts festival is celebrating its tenth anniversary this year.
Festivities will now take place over two weekends with music and visual arts for the coming
weekend of Thursday 29 June to Sunday 2 July; the weekend of Friday 28 July to Sunday
30 July will feature literature and music.
Highlights of the festival include an 'In the round' evening, with stories and songs from
Luka Bloom, Roesy, Noelie McDonnell and Steve and Joe Wall, all sharing the stage
for a one-off night in an intimate setting, while on Sunday, Roundstone Harbour will host
jugglers, a beach party cocktail bar, BBQ and music throughout the day including
performances from Jape, FRED and The Mighty Steff.
The opening night concert features Donegal's finest trad outfit, Altan, while performances
from Katell Keineg, Ann Scott, Joe Chester, Sabrina Dinan, Orlagh De Bhaldraithe, Albert
Niland and Emmet Scanlan are included among others this year. Back by popular demand
'The Redneck Manifesto' return to the festival after a cracking set last summer.
Further information, as well as accommodation details, is available from
www.roundstoneartsweek.com. Tickets are available from (095) 35871 or (095) 35960.
Hot Press - 1 June 2006
Between a rock and a bard place
With interest in this year’s 10th Roundstone Arts Festival already building up, we sent
our very own Roundstone Cowboy Jackie Hayden to check out this year’s line-up.
Altan, Sabrina Dinan, Orlagh De Bhaldraithe, Luka Bloom, Roesy, Noelie McDonnell,
Steve Wall, Joe Wall, The Red Neck Manifesto, Joe Chester, Jape...
Highlights of the first weekend will be a special night "in the round" style, with stories
and songs from Luka Bloom, Roesy, Noelie McDonnell, and Steve and Joe Wall...
The Glens Centre - Manorhamilton, Co. Leitrim
Luka Bloom - Friday 14 July 2006
One of Ireland's finest singer/songwriters, Luka's trademark is his
thunderous and exhilarating acoustic guitar playing, his fine voice and his
warm and passionate delivery. Having thread the boards of stages all over
the globe, 36 years of craft honing has truly given Luka from Newbridge a
place on the music map. Luka comes from a family of singers and writers and
first went on tour with older brother, Christy Moore when he was just 14
years of age. Turning 50 in 2005, Luka has brought his songs to clubs,
theatres, festivals, arenas and dives all over the world.
Don't miss this chance to catch Luka Bloom in our intimate venue.
LUKA BLOOM CANCELLED
Due to a chest infection, Luka is unable to play on Fri 14th July.
Apologies to all who had intended to come. We hope to reschedule
this concert soon.
Spirit Store - Dundalk, Co. Louth
Luka Bloom - Saturday 22 July 2006
Time: 8:00pm - Tickets: €20
Following a lengthy and successful American tour Luka returns to
Ireland for another trip on his acoustic motorbike.
The Argus Newspaper, Dundalk - Wed, Jul 19, 2006
Entertainment this week :: Spirit Store
Luka Bloom one of the most prolific songwriters
is in for a night of socially conscious classics.
Luka Bloom plays in Benbulben Hotel
Friday 28th July 2006
9.30PM - Tickets €20
For Ticket Purchases & Info Contact Etak Promotions on 096-37636 / 086-8106058
www.etakpromotions.ie | www.enniscroneonline.com/etak
Sligo Weekender - Tuesday, July 18, 2006
Talented Luka is 36 years in Bloom
After 36 years of craft honing troubadour Luka Bloom has taken his place on
the music map.
One of Ireland's most popular entertainers, Luka will bring his wealth and
experience spanning 36 years to Enniscrone next week.
His visit to the Benbulben Hotel is one gig along the long road of Luka's
career, having tread the boards of stages all over the globe.
Like many Irish musicians then, and indeed today, Luka comes from a family
of singers and writers, first going on tour with older brother, Christy
Moore in 1969.
Turning 50 in 2005, Luka has brought his songs to clubs, theatres,
festivals, bars and arenas all over the world.
Singing his songs around the US, gigging with The Pogues, the Violent
Femmes, The Dixie Chicks, Hothouse Flowers and The Cowboy Junkies is all
part of the life of Luka Bloom.
2001 was a busy year for Luka, he created Big Sky Records and released The
Barry Moore Years, an album of early songs written before 1987.
In the same year Luka made Between the Mountain and the Moon, an album of
new original songs.
In 2003 Amsterdam was released - a live performance from a great night in
the Carre Theatre in Amsterdam. In 2004 Before Sleep Comes was recorded.
And now comes his latest offering, Innocence.
'City of Chicago' is a song for any Irishman or woman who ever emigrated.
'No matter where you go, there you are' is a song for anyone who ever
immigrated into Ireland.
'Peace on Earth' is a song dedicated to the children of Beslan, whose lives
were so tragically taken from them.
The heartfelt album Innocence was released on February 1, 2005.
"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," said
Luka of this album.
Luka is just after playing a gig in the Glens Centre in Manorhamilton and he plays
the Benbulben Hotel in Enniscrone on Friday, July 28
. Tickets are €20
and the concert begins at 9.30pm.
New Ross Standard - Friday, June 30, 2006
An Oasis of Style and Quality
The Bailey, where industrial heritage meets urban chic, is a genuinely
distinctive cafe bar and live music venue.
An ambitious and extravagant malt store conversion, this listed
building is an architectural treasure with a 21st century turbo engine.
In an age when new buildings seem to pop up overnight the scale of the
conversion involved in The Bailey is inspiring. The craftsmanship needed to
restore rather than rebuild pays no head to rush hour. The stone on the
outside of the entire building was hand washed twice by local craftsmen.
Having spent time travelling in Europe and the West Coast of America
Leo and Orla knew the time was right to open up a new style of cafe bar in
Enniscorthy. They both felt it was time to move away from the traditional
bar culture and introduce the new continental cafe bar style to the
"The idea from the start was to marry the continental influences with
the traditional features of the building to create something unique of which
the whole area could be proud of," says Leo.
The Bailey boasts an enviable Irish, European style menu, devised by
proprietor and chef Orla Morrissey. Orla works with Head Chef Szabolcs
Kollar and the Hungarian team to ensure a creative kitchen where all chefs
have an opportunity to develop their talents....
The Bailey Live is a dedicated live entertainment venue. This funky,
art deco styled interior together with state of the art sound and lighting
systems create one of the most exciting live venues to emerge on the
national circuit to date. The line up is equally exciting; the intimate 200
capacity venue will be launched this Friday June 30 by acclaimed musician
songwriter and leading lapside guitarist Clive Barnes, sharing the bill with
Ireland Meteor award winner 2006 John Spillane.
This promises to be a night not to be missed. Check out the full
Bailey Live gig listing, which includes award winners Kila, The Walls and
chart topping Mundy. Also John Saunders and touring from Nashville the
amazing Burrito Deluxe. The August B/H trad special features the legendary
Scullion (Fri 4/8) and double bill Ronnie Drew and Eleanor Shanley (Sat 5/8). Another
double bill in August bringing the best of Americana country roots-rock is Jeffrey
Foucault (Sat 12/8) and another opportunity to catch Enniscorthy's own Clive Barnes.
The Fathers of Irish bluegrass the Niall Toner Band (Fri 18/8), with leading singer
songwriters Luka Bloom and Meteor Award winner 2004 Roesy (Sat 26/08)
finishing off what promises to be the finest Summer line ups on the national circuit.
Tickets for all gigs are available from The Bailey.
"The Bailey is your one stop shop for all your entertainment,
socialising and dining needs. An establishment that has all your
requirements for an excellent night out all rolled into one," says General
Manager Tony Dempsey "Our aim is to create a venue that will appeal to the
young as well as the more mature client.".......
The Bailey is bursting with contrasts. Once the bastion of industrial
life in Enniscorthy. Now an ultra modern cafe bar, and live venue located in
heart of the South East. A place to meet, take in some live music, a social
drink/cocktails and of course enjoy a great meal.
Absorb the atmosphere, which is relaxed yet very alive with a dash of
sophistication and a splash of fun. "Our challenge is to create the ultimate
venue, providing the highest standards in our food and beverage offer. To
exceed people's expectations, and always creating that 'wow' factor. With a
strong emphasis on high service standards and consistency, with
professional, friendly, approachable, knowledgeable staff," added Tony.
The Bailey is past, present and future with a personality that is both dynamic
and addictive- a rare, rare find indeed. The Bailey - an unforgettable experience.
The Bailey Live, Barrack Street, Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford, 087 2314963
Wexford Live - entertainment, festival, music and event guide for Wexford - Sunday, 16 July 2006
Aug 19 - Luka Bloom - The Bailey, Barrack Street, Enniscorthy - 20 Euro.
The Bailey, Enniscorthy
Opening soon in the old granary building, Enniscorthy the county's newest bar
and music venue. Details soon.
Roisin Dubh - Galway
LUKA BLOOM :: Tuesday November 7th
9pm - €22.50/20 Members
LUKA BLOOM returns to the Roisin Dubh tonight. A master interpreter,
Bloom has continued to balance original songs with reinventions of
tunes by a diverse range of songwriters, and of course, his
distinctive style of guitar playing, often referred to as 'electro
acoustic', has won him a huge fan base all over the world. Bloom
released his most recent album Innocence in 2005. Many of the songs
feature a new found interest in Eastern European gypsy music and other
World Music. In his previous work, he relied on steel-stringed
guitars that created his distinctive style. His aubergine and yellow
guitars were often introduced by name at gigs. The most recent album
features a more classical guitar and the resonant plucking associated
with that style of instrument. Always a great show.
Tickets available from Redlight Records, Mulligan & Roisin Dubh.
Cyprus Avenue - Cork
LUKA BLOOM :: Wednesday 8th November
Doors: 8 pm :: Tickets € 20
A master interpreter, Bloom has continued to balance original songs
with reinventions of tunes by a diverse range of songwriters.
Ratoath Community Centre
The Venue Theatre - Ratoath, Co. Meath
Having tread the boards of stages all over the globe, 36 years
of craft honing has given Luka Bloom from Newbridge a place on
the music map. Like many Irish familes then and indeed today
Luka comes from a family of singers and writers first going
on tour with older brother, Christy Moore, in 1969.
Saturday 11 November 2006
Tickets: € 20.00
The Meath Chronicle - Saturday, November 11, 2006
Luka Bloom at The Venue
The Venue Theatre Ratoath, this Saturday, presents one of Irelands troubadours,
Luka Bloom. Luka comes from a Kildare family of singers and writers, first going on
a tour of English folk clubs with older brother, Christy Moore, in 1969, when was
fourteen years of age.
Turning 50 in 2005, Luka has brought his songs to clubs, theatres, festivals, bars,
and arenas all over the world. From McGanns in Boston to The Tivoli in Brisbane
to Red Hot Club in Newbridge. He has gigged with The Pogues, Hothouse Flowers,
The Cowboy Junkies, signed with Warner Music in Los Angeles, and made Riverside,
The Acoustic Motorbike, and Turf. His latest offering is ‘Innocence’.
Luka Bloom is appearing at The Venue Theatre in Ratoath on Saturday next, 11th November.
For tickets call (01) 689 5600.
Wonderland Promotions presents
LUKA BLOOM plus Support
Spring and Airbrake, Belfast
15 November 2006
THE END OF INNOCENCE TOUR.
Having tread the boards of stages all over the globe, 36 years of craft honing has truly
given this troubadour a place on the music map. Turning 50, Luka has brought his songs
to clubs, theatres, festivals, bars, arenas and dives all over the world. His latest offering
Innocence was released on February 1st 2005.
Moat Theatre - Naas
Thursday 16 November | 8 pm | Tickets: €18
The End Of INNOCENCE Tour
Support: Eithne Ni Chathain
Autumnal shades pervade Luka Bloom's 10th album, 'Innocence'. All the road miles,
pedal rotations and late night concerts have wrought a burnished tint to the man who's given
us classics as diverse as the languid 'Sunny Sailor Boy', the lonesome and harrowing
'The City Of Chicago' and the unapologetically defiant 'You'.
And now, 10 albums on, Luka Bloom's musical journey has brought him to a place where songs
seep from every pore, and melodies celebrate the ordinariness of life. 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 you are / So don't let go of what you know to
LUKA BLOOM's come home and INNOCENCE charts
his return with a delicate ear for the detail.
See him at the MOAT THEATRE!
Whelan's of Wexford Street
Dublin's original live music venue.
Monday 27 November 2006
Support: Sabrina Dinan
Doors open @ 8pm | Tickets: € 22.00
Whelan's - Dublin
Monday, 27 November 2006
Here And Now
Love Is A Place I Dream Of
I Am Not At War With Anyone
Sunny Sailor Boy
Make You Feel My Love
In Between Days
See You Soon
Peace On Earth
City Of Chicago
No Matter Where You Go, There You Are
I Need Love
The Man Is Alive
The Hill of Allen / The Man Is Alive
Exploring The Blue
Don't Be So Hard On Yourself
You Couldn't Have Come At A Better Time
If I Were A Carpenter
Photos Niall Hetherington >>
Jean Monnet Theatre | University of Limerick
Luka Bloom | November 29
The University of Limerick ents season is back in full swing with the return
of UL's 10,000 students, and among the line up between now and Christmas
in the first visit to the college of Luka Bloom.
All tickets available from UL Students’ Union.
Jean Monnet, Wednesday Nights, 8pm
Limerick Event Guide - October 2006
|entertainment ireland :: Songs for Beslan @ Riverbank Arts Centre, Newbridge
Kildare Today - Entertainment - Tuesday, 12 December 2006
Luka Bloom to present special show in memory of Beslan fund
The Riverbank Arts Centre, Newbridge, is hosting a special concert called
'Songs 4 Beslan' on December 14 at 8pm. Admission is €20 and all
proceeds go to aid Beslan. Box Office No: (045) 448333.
The Beslan school hostage crisis (also referred to as the Beslan school
siege or Beslan Massacre) began when armed terrorists took more than
1200 school children and adults hostage on September 1, 2004, at
School Number One (SNO) in the Russian town of Beslan in North Ossetia.
On the third day of the standoff, gunfire broke out between the hostage-takers
and Russian security forces. According to official data, 344 civilians were killed,
186 of them children, and hundreds more wounded.
Since Beslan, a wonderful Irishman called Colin Goggins has set up a fund for Beslan.
He has a website called www.beslanfund.ie.
Colin arranges counselling for the survivors and families of the kids. And he
brings some of the kids to Ireland.
At Christmas time, we try to add to childrens' lives, and make them feel special
and happy. This gig in the Riverbank is a chance for Kildare people to do
something really great for a community of children in Russia who have little to
be happy about since the massacre at Beslan. Also, it will be a great night of
music and songs.
Presented by Newbridge man Luka Bloom, the line-up includes Ronan Hally,
Jason Donoghue, Eithne Ní Chatháin, Sabrina Dinan, Pat Timmony,
Emily Whelan, Conor Byrne, Aoife Kelly, plus more to be announced!
Kildare Nationalist - Thursday, December 14, 2006
Luka’s charity show at Riverbank
Top-ranking artist Luka Bloom will head a line-up of talented performers at a special
concert at the Riverbank Arts Centre this Thursday night, 14 December, with the proceeds
going to the Beslan Children’s Fund.
The massacre of the schoolchildren at Beslan was an event that shook the world but, as is
the case with so many tragedies, the spotlight of the world’s media has moved on while those
who suffered the consequences of the disaster continue to bear the burden.
Newbridge-born artist Luka Bloom (Barry Moore) became involved in fundraising for the Beslan
families at the behest of Irishman Colin Goggins, who set up the Beslan fund and has given
a huge amount of his personal time and energy to the cause.
The aim of the concert and other fundraising events is to try and help the Beslan community,
and especially the children (many of whom are still traumatised) to have a hopeful Christmas.
Local people are asked to support Luka and his follow performers, Ronan Hally, Jason Donoghue,
Eithne Ní Chatháin, Sabrina Dinan, Conor Byrne, Pat Timmony and Aoife Kelly
by attending the Riverbank concert and providing much needed funds for this tragedy-stricken
The show starts at 8pm on Thursday evening, 14 December, and tickets at €20 can be
booked by contacting the Riverbank on 045 448333.
The Beslan Fund > Luka Bloom - a word of thanks
Luka Bloom wrote an instrumental piece of music inspired by the Beslan massacre.
It is called Peace on Earth. He said of it, "sometimes you just can't find the words
to express what you are feeling". Recently, Luka sold our beautiful lapel pins
at some of his gigs. We look forward to possibly working together next year.
Luka's website is www.lukabloom.com.