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Luka Bloom - Ireland 2003
10 Jan 2003   Naas - The Old Mill
1 Feb 2003   Shannon Airport - St. Brigid's Day Peace Walk
10 Feb 2003   Dublin - ENFO - All Ireland Wetland Event
15 Feb 2003   Dublin - National Demonstration against War on Iraq
21 Feb 2003   Kells - Dante's
26 Feb 2003   Leixlip - The Open Zone - St. Mary's GAA Club
6 Mar 2003   Dundalk - The Spirit Store
8 Mar 2003   Kingscourt - The Yard @ Murtagh's
22 Mar 2003   Ballyvaughan - Burren College of Art
24 Mar 2003   Galway - An Taibhdhearc
25 Mar 2003   Westport - Matt Molloy's
26 Mar 2003   Westport - Matt Molloy's
3 Apr 2003   Dublin, Ballyfermot - Luka Bloom visits BCFE Arts Department
4 Apr 2003   Portlaoise - Dunamaise Theatre & Arts Centre
5 Apr 2003   Clonmel - Clonmel Arms Hotel
10 Apr 2003   Newbridge - Riverbank Arts Centre
11 Apr 2003   Newbridge - Riverbank Arts Centre
12 Apr 2003   Waterford - The Forum - Stage 2
19 Apr 2003   Birr - Birr Theatre & Arts Centre
20 Apr 2003   Cork - The Everyman Palace Theatre
6 Jun 2003   Naas - The Old Mill
13 Jun 2003   Rathangan - The Millhouse
16 Jun 2003   Dublin - Whelan's
17 Jun 2003   Dublin - Luka Bloom lectures at Trinity College
17 Jun 2003   Dublin - Whelan's
19 Jun 2003   Kildare - Green Flag Ceremony @ Scoil Bhride Naofa
19 Jun 2003   Carlow - Devereux - Éigse Carlow Arts Festival
20 Jun 2003   Kilkenny - Cleere's Theatre
23 Jun 2003   Lisdoonvarna - Royal Spa Hotel
25 Jun 2003   Waterford - The King's Bar
26 Jun 2003   Clonakilty - De Barra's Folk Club
2 Jul 2003   Dingle - MacCarthy's Pub
3 Jul 2003   Killarney - The Granary - Killarney Summerfest
10 Jul 2003   Manorhamilton - The Glens Centre
25 Jul 2003   Grange - Barry's Pub
3 Aug 2003   Clongorey, Newbridge - Community Hall - Benefit Gig
16 Aug 2003   Ballyvaughan - Burren College of Art
26 Aug 2003   Spanish Point, Miltown Malbay - Armada Hotel - Benefit Gig
28 Aug 2003   Rathangan - The Millhouse
30 Aug 2003   Dublin - RDS Arena - Lisdoonvarna Festival 2003
19 Sep 2003   Crookstown - Crookstown Hall - Benefit Gig
21 Sep 2003   Dublin, Ballyfermot - Community Civic Centre
23 Sep 2003   Dublin - Vicar Street - Bob Dylan Tribute For Gorta & Scarlett
24 Sep 2003   Enniskillen - Ardhowen Theatre
26 Sep 2003   Naas - The Old Mill
1 Oct 2003   Coleraine - Riverside Theatre - University of Ulster
2 Oct 2003   Derry - The Playhouse
10 Oct 2003   Listowel - The Blue Umbrella Gallery - Launch
11 Oct 2003   Limerick - Dolan's Warehouse
18-24 Oct 2003   DUBLIN TOUR
18 Oct 2003   Dublin - The Sugar Club
19 Oct 2003   Dublin, Glasnevin - The Helix
20 Oct 2003   Rush - The Millbank Theatre
22 Oct 2003   Dublin, Blanchardstown - Draíocht
23 Oct 2003   Dún Laoghaire - The Purty Loft @ The Purty Kitchen
24 Oct 2003   Dublin - Whelan's
30 Oct 2003   Westport - Matt Molloy's
31 Oct 2003   Headford, Cloughanover - Campbell's Tavern
1 Nov 2003   Armagh - The Market Place - Theatre & Arts Centre
7 Nov 2003   Rostrevor - St Bronagh's Social Club
8 Nov 2003   Downpatrick - Down Civic Arts Centre
9 Nov 2003   Belfast - Waterfront Hall - NTL Studio
13 Nov 2003   Drogheda - Solas
14 Nov 2003   Dundalk - The Spirit Store
16 Nov 2003   Naas - The Moat Club
20 Nov 2003   Carlow - Seven Oaks Hotel - Rainbow Records' 25th Anniversary
21 Nov 2003   Clonmel - Hearn's Hotel
24 Nov 2003   Cobh - The Sirius Arts Centre
25 Nov 2003   Midleton - McDaid's - Midleton Folk Club
26 Nov 2003   Dublin - Clontarf Castle - Net Visionary Awards 2003
27 Nov 2003   Clonakilty - De Barra's Folk Club
29 Nov 2003   Cork - The Half Moon Theatre
1 Dec 2003   Kilworth - The Village Arts Centre
3 Dec 2003   Listowel - St John's Theatre & Arts Centre
5 Dec 2003   Kilkenny - Watergate Theatre
10 Dec 2003   Dingle - St James Church - RTÉ: Other Voices, Songs From A Room
13 Dec 2003   Kells - Dante's

Marcia Howard @ The Old Mill, Naas, Co. Kildare
Friday, January 10, 2003

Marcia's first independent gig in Ireland ...
Special Guests at that show included Steve Cooney, Laoise Kelly, Luka Bloom
(who unveiled a new song I'm Not At War With Anyone especially on the night).
and Maria Doyle Kennedy.

KNN - Kildare Internet News Service
KILDARE 16 January 2003

Strong anti-war theme to Feile Brid

Feile Bride 2003 in Kildare, which begins next Thursday, is the 11th year of the festival, and will include an anti-war conference organised by Afri. The focal symbolic event will be the lighting of the 'Flame of Peace' in the Market Square on the afternoon of Sunday 26 January. Other features of the festival include An Afro-Ceile, a workshop on the theme of 'St Brigid - Peacemaker', and a lecture on Celtic times by author John O'Donoghue. On St Brigid's Day, 1 February, visitors will have the opportunity to trave the 'Footsteps of St Brigid', beginning at the Heritage Centre. Other items involve the unveiling of a new sculpture of St Brigid by Anne McCormack, and the performance of a new song by Barry Moore which has a peace theme.

Bill Trapman

Laois Nationalist - Irish News - Friday, January 31, 2003

Luka Bloom promotes From River to Planes 5.5 mile peace walk

Luka Bloom signs autographs for the Clonaslee Vocational School Folk Group at Clonaslee Community Centre on Monday while promoting the From River to Planes 5.5 mile peace walk.

Clonaslee students say no to Iraq war

Students in Clonaslee Vocational School have given a firm thumbs down to George Bush on his threatened war on Saddam Hussain and Iraq. And they were afforded the opportunity to declare their objections when they were joined in their school on Monday morning by singer Luka Bloom and Clare O'Grady Walshe from Afri. Clare is one of those people organising the From the River to the Planes peace walk from Bunratty Castle to Shannon Airport next Saturday.

Through a series of coincidences Luka and Clare ended up in Clonaslee where Luka was blown away by the school choir who sang his latest song I am not at war with anyone. Luka wrote the song a couple of weeks ago and on the same day Clare decided she would organise the walk to Shannon. The pair have been friends for some time now and automatically linked up the two projects. He was joined on stage on Monday morning by Eithne Ní Chatháin from Kilcock. Luka only met Eithne over the weekend at the Féile Bhríde in Kildare and was so taken with her voice he invited her to sing with him in Clonaslee. The Laois connection came about through Cathy knowing Orla Calt, a religion teacher in Clonaslee. When Orla heard about the song and the march she suggested that Luka might like to come and sing the song with her students. He readily accepted the invitation.

Luka explains: "I felt I had to say something. The only voice I had was to write a song and then I arrive in Clonaslee two weeks later and walk in the door and realise that I could have stayed in bed because they already knew it. They are fantastic." ............ Luka explained that he does not generally write songs about topical matters. "But every now and then something comes along that just captures me. I woke up about two weeks ago and I had this anti-war thing. It is very specific for me - it is Shannon," he said.

"There is nothing I as an individual can do to prevent George Bush or Tony Blair whether I'm a student in Clonaslee or a singer from Black Trench. You feel completely powerless in the face of the overwhelming military power that is in the world."

"You know, they mightn't even declare a war because they have actually been at war since the Gulf War."

"In a global sense I have no power but as an Irish citizen I have a right to fully understand why the Irish Government chooses to allow the country to be automatically allied (through planes landing in Shannon) in this act of war."

"I was saddened last week when Vincent Brown did his programme from Shannon Airport. There were people there from Limerick Chamber of Commerce and Shannon Chamber of Commerce saying this protest is bad for jobs. Where are our principles? Where are our priorities - that we are comfortable to partake in a war like this."...

Denis J. Croke

Lá Fhéile Bhríde - Saturday, February 1st, 2003

Shannon Peace Camp

St. Brigid's Day walk for Peace - From the River to the Planes
5.5 mile peace walk from the River Shannon at Bunratty Castle to Shannon airport.
Or join walkers at airport at 2pm for music, poetry and talk. Concludes 3pm.

Over 500 people walk nearly 6 miles from Bunratty castle to Shannon Airport. The crowd was addressed at the airport by former UN assistant Secretary-General Dennis Halliday. A number of musicians including Luka Bloom performed on stage.

Luka Bloom

Performance artists include Luka Bloom and Glen Hansard. Luka Bloom's latest single, 'I am not at war with anyone', was written and produced especially for this occasion. It is not for sale and has been released this week for nationwide radio-play. Glen Hansard, lead singer with The Frames, will also perform.

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February 1st, Lá 'le Bríde 2003 - Afri March in Shannon

From the River to the Planes

Nearly a thousand people walked from the River Shannon to the warplanes at Shannon Airport on February 1st, Lá 'le Bríde 2003. This imaginative event, initiated by Clare O'Grady Walshe and supported by Afri and the NGO Peace Alliance gave participants an opportunity to express their opposition to war and to the use of Shannon Airport as part of the war machine............ When the walk reached the perimeter fence at the Airport the crowd listened to Denis Halliday saying that the Government had brought shame on Ireland's name by participating in preparations for war on Iraq.

Luka Bloom

They heard Luka Bloom and Eithne Ni Chathain singing 'I am not at war with anyone'... Other performers included Glen Hansard of the Frames, Nóirín Ní Riain. The walk also coincided with the launch of a postcard campaign directed at Taoiseach Bertie Ahern and calling on the Irish Government to 'stop fuelling the war.'

Clare FM - Local News Archive - Saturday, February 1st, 2003

Bishop leads peace rally in Bunratty
by Pat Flynn

As many as four hundred people turned out for today's peace walk the River Shannon at Bunratty to Shannon Airport. The march was held to in protest at the use of Shannon Airport as a refueling stop for U.S. military aircraft en route to the Middle East. The group walked in a peaceful and orderly fashion to the airport from Bunratty under the supervision of the Gardaí. Security was tight at Shannon airport however the event organisers had assured Gardaí that the march would be a peaceful one. Gardaí were very happy with the manner in which the protest was conducted and organised.

Luka Bloom

Well known singer/songwriter Luka Bloom performed along the route as well at the airport where the march ended...


Leinster Express - 5 February 2003

Clonaslee VS pay tribute to Luka Bloom

Clonaslee Vocational School welcomed a special visitor on Monday, January 27 in the form of Barry Moore, better known as Luka Bloom.

Luka visited the school as part of his attempts at promoting public awareness of the current military crisis with Iraq, and in particular, to promote the 'From River to Planes' 5.5 mile peace walk from Bunratty to Shannon Airport, which took place on February 1.

While in the school, he performed his newest piece entitled 'I am not at war with anyone' ... Clonaslee Vocational School was selected along with three other schools in Ireland which Luka visited, where he rehearsed the song with the help of the pupils in the schools...

County Kildare Anti War Movement
19 April 2003

Eithne Ni Chathain, accompanied by Dave Jordan on percussion and Bud Barret on Guitar, sang local artist Luka Bloom's anti-war song 'I am not at War with anyone'.

All Ireland Wetland Event - 10th Feb 2003
ENFO Andrew Street Dublin 2

On Monday, 10th February Workshop, exhibition and launch day in ENFO ... The event will include short overview papers, a panel of experts to ask and discuss wetland issues with, followed by Luka Bloom's musical launch of wetland posters and legal guide for the layman. Space is strictly limited.

Programme: 10.00 Opening of workshop ...
12.30 Luka Bloom presents a musical note to celebrate wetlands...

Acknowledgements: This event and lunch is hosted by ENFO.
Speakers, musician, chairs, selectors and organisers are giving time and craft gratis...

Irish Anti-War Community
National Demonstration

International Day of Protest

International Day of Action - Saturday Feb 15th
...The organisers of Saturday's protest in Dublin as part of the International day of Action against War on Iraq expect as many as twenty thousand people from throughout the country to take to the streets.

The March will assemble at 2pm in Parnell Square and begin with a rally including a number of speakers, some poetry reading and songs. The March will then move through O'Connell St, D'Olier St, College Green, Nassau St, Kildare St, to the Department of Foreign Affairs at St Stephen's Green. Here a second rally will take place including further speeches, poerty recitals and songs. Finally the march will continue around St Stephen's Green, down Dawson St, Nassau St, Suffolk St and onto Dame St for a final rally at the Central Bank Plaza. The rally will again include a number of speeches, songs and musical performances.

Songs and musical performances from: Christy Moore, Luka Bloom, Hazel O'Connor, Kila, Mary Coughlan.

...The final rally is expected to finish not later than 5.30pm. The main event will followed by a gig in the Temple Bar Music Centre which commences at 6pm.

Luka Bloom
Luka Bloom performing at the demonstration

The Gardiner Street Gospel Choir joined Luka Bloom to sing "I am not at war with Anyone"
at the Anti-War demonstration in Dublin on 15th February, 2003.
Photo Gallery - Peace Protest

The Open Zone, St. Mary's GAA Club, Leixlip, Co. Kildare
Wednesday, February 26th, 2003

Support Acts: Kevin Breen and Declan Walsh
Doors 8:30 pm, Tickets: 10,00 €
Tickets are only available on the night of the show at the venue.

The "Open Zone" is a once a month mid week session of local musical talent which gathers at Green Lane. The music at the event ranges from traditional to rock and everything in between but the one thing all music types have in common at the gig is the emphasis on the original.

The Spirit Store
Dundalk, Co. Louth

Thursday March 6th: Luka Bloom
Tickets: 15.00 €
Spirit Store

The Argus - March 2003

Luka Bloom in The Spirit Store

The Spirit Store this week gets under way on Thursday night with a visit from Luka Bloom. Many column inches have been written about Prosperous' second biggest son. One time known as Barry Moore, brother to Christy, before striking out on a hugely successful solo career as Luka Bloom. He has never been far from controversy, always on the cutting edge as both a writer and performer, he realised that his only way forward was to set himself up as his own cottage industry, by passing the record companies and bringing all his work to the public on his own terms. Since then he has his best success with the album 'Between the Mountain and The Moon', but he's here on Thursday to play tracks from his soon to be released album 'Amsterdam' which hits the shops officially on March 28th.

The Kingdom - Thursday, March 06, 2003

2,400 year peace keeper recruited for Newbridge anti-war protest

...The Crooked House Theatre Company staged the Greek comedy Lysistrata at lunchtime on Monday at the Riverbank Arts Centre. Although only 15 people took shelter from the rain for the reading of the play the group were part of something much bigger. Newbridge was one of five towns in Ireland and 700 worldwide to host the play.

At the end of the Newbridge reading, musician Barry Moore also known as Luka Bloom performed his anti-war song I am not at war with anyone reminding those present to make love not war. And this was quite literally the overall message coming from the Lysistrata Project.

Irish Independent - Saturday, 8 March 2003

'Folksy Irish Rocker' Luka Bloom In Kingscourt

Barry Moore, or Luka Bloom, as he is better known, takes the stage in The Yard @ Murtagh's this Saturday.

Music was an intrinsic part of Moore's life when he was growing up as the whole family sing and play, but Barry had his own way and style of making music..... Barry spent all his time writing songs and playing guitar - around this time he wrote 'Jenny of the Sun' and 'Wave up to the Shore' - which Christy recorded in 1976...... By 1991 Luka covered LL Cool J's 'I Need Love' and as the Rolling Stone review put it "the prospect of a folksy Irish rocker covering a rap ballad may seem strange, but experimenting with different forms is precisely what keeps established traditions vital". 'The Fertile Rock' was to become the anthem from his album 'Turf'. The song is about a campaign to save the magnificent Mullaghmore in the Burren from developers.

Luka Bloom Burren College of Art
Ballyvaughan, Co. Clare

Luka Bloom in concert

Luka Bloom played and sang in BCA's
lecture hall on Saturday 22 March 2003.

Saturday August 16th, 2003
at 8.30 pm - Tickets: 18 €
Luka Bloom sold out for Saturday August 16th 2003. - 09 October 2003

Winter Concert Series at Newton Castle

Following the highly successful series of Summer concerts which featured artists such as Luka Bloom, Mary Coughlan, Juliet Turner, John Spillane, Mick Hanly, the Café Jazz Quartet and Martin Hayes & Dennis Cahill, the walls of Newtown Castle will resound again to the strains of music, as it becomes the backdrop to a series of top class national and international acts performing as part of the Newtown Nights Winter series at the Burren College of Art, Ballyvaughan.

The Summer concerts were magic, the candlelit coach-house is such an intimate setting ... the audience feels at one with the performer. The musicians clearly enjoy the venue and the atmosphere is relaxed yet powerful......... This will be followed by a further series in the New Year.

Galway Events

Monday, 24 March - An Taibhdhearc, Luka Bloom

Luka Bloom will take to the stage in An Taibhdhearc for one night only on the 24th of March. Luka's performance is summed in his own words - "Every gig is precious. Whether the Spa in Lisdoonvarna, Carré in Amsterdam, or the Melbourne Concert Hall, the privilege is the same, as is the commitment to the gig."

Galway Advertiser - 20-03-2003

Luka Bloom to launch his new album at An Taibhdhearc

The man born Kevin Barry Moore in Kildare in 1955 comes to Galway this Monday to launch his new album Amsterdam in An Taibhdhearc. After years of requests from his fans across Ireland, the US, and Europe, Bloom has finally produced a live album which was recorded in Carre Theatre in Amsterdam.

....He set up a base in The Burren, Co Clare for a time. Clare has played an important role for him so much so that he is about to headline the recently re-established Lisdoonvarna Festival this summer. He has recorded a highly-lauded album of cover versions - which saw him take on songs from Abba to U2 to great effect. Earlier this year he took part in the anti-war demonstrations in Dublin. So, now he has put his live prowess to good effect with the recording of this new album Amsterdam.

Not a bad track record for a man who has been known for the majority of his life as "Christy Moore's brother".

Kevin McGuire

Amsterdam Poster Events > Coming Soon to Matt Molloy's

Luka Bloom
Tuesday 25th & Wednesday 26th March

Luka Bloom's (Kevin Barry Moore) performance is summed in his own words - "Every gig is precious. Whether the Spa in Lisdoonvarna, Carre in Amsterdam, or the Melbourne Concert Hall, the privilege is the same, as is the commitment to the gig."
Music was an intrinsic part of his life growing up. All of the family sing and play, but Barry had his own way and style of making music. From a very early age he was writing songs and honing his skills as a serious guitar player.

Tom Dunne's Pet Sounds
Thursday, 27 March 2003 - 19:00-22:00

Luka live on Today FM
This afternoon live recorded especially for Today FM
'Sunny Sailor Boy', 'Here And Now' and 'I Am Not At War With Anyone'.

Today FM (100-102 FM)
[Windows Media Player]

Ballyfermot College of Further Education

Acclaimed Musician Luka Bloom visits the Arts Building on Thursday 3rd April
to give a talk to the rock and music management students.

Photos & Video >

Irish Times, 3 April 2003 Saturday, March 29, 2003
Leinster Express - Arts & Entertainment Revue

Luka Bloom, musical maestro,
playing in Portlaoise on April 4

Two more eagerly awaited performances in the Dunamaise Theatre will tickle the fancy of music fans old and new in the coming weeks as the centre plays host to Johnny Carroll and Luka Bloom.

Veteran musician Luka Bloom is gearing up for a Portlaoise performance next month, playing at the Dunamaise Theatre on Friday, April 4, beginning at 8 pm. The performance will coincide with the release of his new album 'Amsterdam', which will be released on March 28 through his own label, Big Sky Records. Recorded during a show in Holland just over one year ago, the album has been a labour of love for Luka and is one of the most eagerly anticipated live albums this year...

Darren O'Loughlin

Luka Bloom comes home to play two gigs in The Riverbank Arts Centre.
These gigs are not to be missed.

Luka Bloom In Concert

Riverbank Arts Centre Newbridge
Thursday 10th & Friday 11th April

8.00pm (Tickets €18 / €15)

Luka Bloom is set to play two gigs at the Riverbank Arts Centre in Newbridge (10th & 11th April), following the release of his new album 'Amsterdam' on March 28th. Recorded during a show in Holland just over one year ago, the album has been a labour of love for Luka and is one of the most eagerly anticipated live albums this year....... Luka is launching 'Amsterdam' on his website one week before official release - check for further information.

Fans of Luka will tell you, a live gig with Luka Bloom is not to be missed - and will not be easily forgotten!

Leinster Leader - Thursday, April 10, 2003

Luka Bloom's Amsterdam and live at the Riverbank

Luka Bloom is one of Ireland's worst kept secrets..... His is the sort of music you either adore with a passion, or ignore with an uneasy indifference. And this album Amsterdam reveals him at his best. Luka Bloom live. And so very alive.....

..."It was one of those rare nights; everything was right. I was just blessed that the tapes were running that night. The people I work with, my sound engineer Paul Scully and Brian Masterson, engineer of Windmill Lane, did a fantastic job editing a two hour show to 13 songs and 54 mins in a way that has continuity and flow."

...He admits it was excruciatingly difficult to pick the songs. "The album has a sense of the journey of a gig; you start at one level and take it to another level. Choosing the songs was the hardest part of it."

And why did he call the album Amsterdam? "I wanted to pay tribute to the people of a city that's been very good to me...... I lived in Dublin for 27 years after I left Newbridge. I'll always like it, and I have lots of great friends there and love going there, but as a place to live it's too fast for me. I'm not a really a 'big city' kind of person. Dublin has become a very fast big city with a fair bit of aggression. In Amsterdam you still have the feeling of a relaxed town."....

Now he will take a short break before continuing the gruelling tour to promote the album. Probably what he will look forward to most this summer will be Lisdoonvarna in June. "Myself and Christy are the only people on the bill who did the original Lisdoonvarna. I can't wait. But for now I intend to enjoy watching the flowers coming up in Blacktrench, watching the spring kicking in. And I'll be keeping an eye on my son doing his leaving cert."

The wheel has come full circle. The prodigal young Barry Moore, who was expelled from school and admits he gave his mother plenty to worry about, has returned home, to 'suburban Clongorey', a settled and mature Luka Bloom, and reckons he's here to stay, for a while at least!

Theresa Murray

Carlow Nationalist & Laois Nationalist - Thursday, April 10, 2003

Luka's homecoming

When Luka Bloom takes to the stage at the Riverbank in Newbridge this week he will return to his home town after a period of great change in his life and career. A new home, an anti-war song which is becoming a cult hit around the world, and a new live album which brings together years of material recorded during one night's performance in Clare (Carré) last year.

"A live album is something I've always wanted to do, many times over the years it has been suggested that I do this, now it's done. I know I should have released a live album a long time ago, it's a great way of reflecting closely on my work" says Luka of his new project.

The new home is the place he has bought in Blacktrench, "suburban Clongorey" he says jokingly, just outside Naas, "a great place where the blue sky can be seen for miles on a beautiful, clear night". The anti-war song is called 'I am not at war with anyone', and despite not been released commercially the song has been played on over 400 radio stations across America and down-loaded from his own web-site many thousands of times. "I am delighted with the response for that, it was never a song for commercial release, I'm just glad to have had my say about the war."

With a childhood like Luka's it's not surprising he became a musician. He was born Barry Moore in Moorefield Terrace in Newbridge...... And so it's back to where it all began. The Riverbank in Newbridge on April 10 and 11, his home town and home crowd, playing the songs he has written and performed over the decades. Any ambitions left Luka? "Well peace on Earth would be nice, Oh and a big hit record for myself".

"I am just an old troubadour really, playing me music, singing me songs, having a bit of craic while doing it, itís a great life really and I love every minute of it, hope to continue doing it forever."

Munster Express Online - Friday, 11 April 2003

Luka Bloom returns to the Forum

Luka Bloom returns to The Forum this Saturday night for one special performance. The younger brother of influential Irish singer/songwriter Christy Moore, Barry Moore had tired of being in his brother's shadow when he decided to relocate to the United States in 1987. Re-christening himself Luka Bloom during the long airplane ride, he took the first steps toward establishing his own reputation.

A master interpreter, Bloom has continued to balance original songs with reinventions of tunes by a diverse range of songwriters. His reworking of LL Cool J's "I Need Love" transformed the song from its hip-hop origins to a brogue-inflected folk tune....

Sligo Weekender - Tuesday, April 15, 2003

Luka's Irish adventure starts with new album

When you interview someone and their first words to you are: "I've been hanging on the bloody phone for your call for the past hour", the omens are not good. However, Luka Bloom's mischievous sense of humour had already caught me out. Winding people up is, it seems, a speciality of Mr Moore....

...Bloom's third album in two years ... was also the most unexpected. "Releasing a live album is a new experience for me. I had no intention of making a live album. I recorded loads of shows last year, but only with a view of using some as b-sides, but when I heard this particular show there was something very special for me." The show in question was held in February 2002 in the beautiful Carre Theatre in Amsterdam. Luka played to a large audience of devoted fans, who had travelled from as far as the West Coast of Clare, Cork, Kildare, Boulder Colorado and Germany to see him perform.

"Every now and then you're fortunate to have a night where, as soon as you walk into the room, there is magic. This was one of those nights," said a still enthusiastic Bloom.

It is possibly that enthusiasm and boundless energy which has endeared Bloom to so many. Well, that and his music, which shares some very Irish and also some very universal influences and sounds.... "The one big difference between home and abroad is when I do a gig in Holland or Belgium or Germany, larger numbers of people show up. For a long time I have concentrated on playing in Europe and in America. I'd come back to Ireland for a week, maybe play one gig and then I'd be off again for two months..... I decided to begin my working life in Ireland with this album. Last weekend I did a gig in Portlaoise and it was the first ever time I did a gig in Portlaoise. I did a gig in Clonmel the night after it. It was the first ever time I did a gig in Clonmel too."

He continues. "Years ago when I started out there just wasn't the choice of venues. There are fantastic venues around Ireland now." While Luka has played for thousands of people at a time, his Irish tour will be much smaller. Intimate venues are very much what this songwriter is after ...

...Live performances will be the sole concern of Luka Bloom for the next twelve months. Despite the fact that he is almost constantly writing new material (he was strumming his guitar to a new tune just before I called) he will not be returning to the studio any time soon....

Robert Cullen

Birr Theatre Programme - Upcoming Events
Birr Theatre & Arts Centre
Oxmantown Hall, Birr, Co. Offaly

Luka Bloom - Saturday 19 April

One of Ireland's most respected performers & an old friend of Birr, Luka Bloom returns to Birr Theatre & Arts Centre, Oxmantown Hall as part of his nationwide tour to promote his new live album Amsterdam. Luka is a performer whose trademarks are his thunderous & exhilarating acoustic guitar playing, his fine voice & his warm & passionate delivery.

Two Weekends Of Music At Birr Theatre & Arts Centre weekend, Luka Bloom will be performing at the Theatre on Saturday 19th April.

One of Irelandís most respected performers and an old friend of Birr, Luka Bloom returns to Birr Theatre & Arts Centre, as part of his nationwide tour to promote his new live album Amsterdam.

...Barry Moore played the length and breath of Ireland in the 70's and 80's playing from Dublin to Doolin. In 1987 a new country, new people, new everything... New York... so why not a new name. It was on the journey to New York that Luka Bloom was born - Luka from the Susanne Vega song 'My Name is Luka' and Bloom from James Joyce's Ulysses.

In 1991 Luka returned to Dublin to record The Acoustic Motorbike the album that included a ground breaking cover for LL Cool J's 'I Need Love'. The years '94 to '97 were spent touring Europe and Australia extensively with a break in '95 where he spent time in Birr where the songs for the album Salty Heaven were written.

In February 2002 in the beautiful Carre Theatre in Amsterdam Luka played to a large audience of devoted fans who had travelled from as far as the West Coast of Clare, Cork, Kildare, Boulder Colorado and Germany to be with the MAN for this concert...

Mike Mcmahon

The Avondhu - Theatre - Arts

Luka Bloom returns to Cork's Everyman Palace

Lobby Promotions in association with Red FM presents Luka Bloom in concert at The Everyman Palace Theatre on this Sunday, April 20.

Luka Bloom released his new album 'Amsterdam' on March 28 through his own label, Big Sky Records. Recorded during a show in Holland just over one year ago, the album has been a labour of love for Luka and is one of the most eagerly anticipated live albums this year.

Kevin Barry Moore was born on 23 May 1955, in Newbridge, Co. Kildare. The youngest of six children he was born into a very musical family and started writing and honing his guitar playing skills from a young age. In 1979 Barry moved to Groningen in Holland and recorded the album 'In Groningen', in 1980. Next came 'No Heroes' in 1982, which included the song 'Remember the Brave Ones', later recorded by Moving Hearts. In 1987 came the biggest move yet. Barry decided to move to America. It was while travelling to America that he thought new country, why not a new name. And so some 35,000 feet above the Atlantic Luka Bloom was born. The name came from Suzanne Vega's song 'Luka' and James Joyce's 'Ulysses'. 1991 saw Luka return to Dublin to record 'The Acoustic Motorbike', the album that included a ground breaking cover of LL Cool J's 'I Need Love'. The same year he appeared at The Pinkpop Festival in Holland, where he cycled onto the stage with his guitar strapped to his back. He was well received and thus came his big break in Europe. The years '94 to '97 were spent touring Europe and Australia extensively, with a break in '95 where he spent time in a secluded cottage in Birr, Co Offaly where the songs for the album 'Salty Heaven' were written. In 2000 Luka released an album of other peoples songs, 'Keeper of the Flame', inspired by people and songs long since admired by Luka.

Tickets/c.card bookings from The Everyman Palace Theatre box office on 021-450 1673,
tickets €22/20, doors 7.30pm, show 8pm

Kildare Nationalist - Wednesday, June 04, 2003

Newbridge - Students make it their business to aid local charity

Luka Bloom pays a return visit to The Old Mill at Victoria Bridge on Friday night June 6, at 8 pm. The number to contact for tickets etc, is 879716.

The Old Mill would like to thank all those people who have supported their recent series of gigs.

Luka Bloom will also play a gig at the Millhouse venue in Rathangan on June 13 and the number to contact for this is 524936.

Kildare Nationalist - Wednesday, June 04, 2003

Rathangan - Local lad's day to remember

Luka Bloom will perform in The Millhouse on Friday, June, 13th. The doors will open at 8.30 pm and the concert will start at 9.00 pm. A local band will support the famous County Kildare singer.
Tickets cost 15 and are available from the Millhouse or by phoning 086-8945357.

Kildare Nationalist - Wednesday, June 18, 2003

Rathangan - Best wishes to local Olympians

The county Kildare singer gave a rousing performance at the Millhouse in Rathangan at the weekend. The artist sang some of his new songs mixed with some of his earlier work and received a great reception from the crowd. Tickets were sold out for the gig, which was enjoyed by people of all ages. The crowd sang along and joined in the fun and Luka was very impressed with the response.
The Millhouse was decorated beautifully with candles lining tables and ledges creating an intimate atmosphere.

RTÉ Interactive - 26 May 2003

Luka Bloom for Irish tour in June

Luka Bloom is to embark on a series of Irish gigs in June as part of his Amsterdam world tour. Bloom released the live album, 'Amsterdam', earlier this year and is currently on tour in America.

Luka Bloom lectures at Trinity College, Dublin
Tuesday, 17 June 2003

Trinity College 2003

Western People - Wednesday, June 18, 2003

Westport - Carousel Band to reel them in for Westport ceili

There was cause for joy and sorrow as well as plenty of reflection at the recent weekend organised jointly by Afri and Louisburgh Community Project to commemorate the Doolough Tragedy of 1849.
Several hundred people travelled to Louisburgh from across Ireland to share in a moving programme of events remembering the innocent victims of the Great Famine and all wars throughout the world. Coming in the wake of the recent war on Iraq, the predominant theme of this year's events was Peace and the need for us all to denounce the senseless suffering caused by war.......

Appropriately enough, it was a group of children who brought the speeches to an end, singing a new and as yet unpublished song by Luka Bloom. The song's title 'I am not at war with anyone' summed up the message of peace of the afternoon's proceedings. Although Luka Bloom was unable to travel to Louisburgh for the weekend, he would have been proud of the beautiful version of his song that the children from Louisburgh, Killeen and Lecanvey national schools sang. - 27 May 2003

Music & Gigs
Luka Bloom tour comes to Whelans

On Monday June 16th and Tuesday June 17th at 8 pm Luka Bloom will play Whelans, Dublin. The gigs are part of the 'Amsterdam' world tour to promote Luka's critically acclaimed live album. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster nation-wide, the Sound Cellar, and Road Records in Dublin.

Currently on tour in America nothing quite conveys the power, energy, atmosphere and magic of Luka Blooms live performance, until you experience it. The Whelans gigs are the first opportunity in 2003 for Dublin fans, new and old, to see Luka perform since his sell-out show in the Olympia last year.... - 20 June 2003
Green Flag for Scoil Bhride Naofa

Scoil Bhride Naofa, National School, in Kildare Town were awarded the Green Flag as part of Green-Schools Programme run by An Taisce in conjunction with Kildare County Council. The Green Flag was raised at a ceremony in the school grounds on 19 June...

...Among the invited guests, Luka Bloom entertained all with some encouraging words and a song...

Luka Bloom at Green Flag Ceremony
Luka Bloom singing at Green Flag Ceremony at Scoil Bhride Naofa
Girls Primary School, Kildare Town

Info & Photo:

RTÉ Programme News - 16 June 2003
RTÉ Radio 1 in Carlow/Kilkenny

As part of RTÉ's continuing commitment to regional programming, Radio 1 will broadcast from a number of venues around the country on a regular basis...

On Thursday 19 June, Rattlebag will be in Carlow for the Eigse Festival. Reporter Kay Sheehy will be going walkabout with Limerick-born artist John Lalor, now based in France, who is in exhibiting in Carlow for the festival and also giving a workshop. Also featuring on the programme will be Luka Bloom...

Luka Bloom plays 'Sunny Sailor Boy'
You can listen to each topic of the show - 28K RealAudio [5:45 min]

Rattlebag is a live, daily, magazine style radio programme dedicated to the arts and entertainment.

Carlow Nationalist - Wednesday, June 04, 2003

Luka's back in Carlow for Éigse

LUKA BLOOM, one of Ireland's most talented singer/songwriters, will play Devereux's on Thursday, June 19, part of a nationwide tour to promote his new live album Amsterdam.

Just back from a tour of the States most of his live performances are now enjoyed by American, Australian and Continental audiences. Luka is renowned for his thunderous and exhilarating acoustic guitar playing, his fine voice and passionate delivery. These skills were honed at an early age, while growing up as part of the famous Moore family of Newbridge.......

Carlow fans have a rare opportunity to catch his two-hour show during the Éigse festival. Early booking is advisable as the concert takes place in the more intimate Level One section of the venue and tickets will be limited to less than 200. Tickets are available from Rainbow Records, Tullow Street.

Michael Godfrey

Éigse Carlow Arts Festival
13 - 22 June 2003

Date: Thursday 19th June
Venue: Level 1 @ Devereux
Admission: € 15
Tickets available from: Rainbow Records

Luka Bloom is one of Ireland's most talented singer-songwriters.
His performance at Éigse is part of a nationwide tour to promote
his new live album Amsterdam. He is a solo performer who is
renowned for his "thunderous and exhailarating acoustic guitar
playing, his voice and his warm and passionate delivery".

The Kingdom - Thursday, June 05, 2003

Every gig is precious as town venue hosts the stars

The Granary in Killarney will host a variety of acts throughout the 2003 SummerFest for those who prefer a more intimate venue. With a capacity audience of 200, the venue will provide traditional music nightly with no cover charge, which will be followed by live bands. While some of the acts such as the Tom Cats, The Ben Reel Band and the Willful will attract a strong local following, many others will have a nationwide appear.

One of Ireland's best-known singer/song writers, Luka Bloom will perform in the venue on Thursday, July 3. Well known for his unique live performances, Luka insists: "every gig is precious. Whether the Spa in Lisdoonvarna, Carre in Amsterdam or the Melbourne Concert Hotel, the privilege is still the same, as is the commitment to the gig."

Killarney Summerfest
June 26th - July 6th, 2003

Luka Bloom Killarney Summerfest Concerts

DATE : Thursday July 3rd
VENUE : The Granary

Luka Bloom is easily one of Ireland's best songwriters...
His live performances are raved about .... Don't miss this
opportunity to catch him in the intimate surroundings of
The Granary.
Tickets (€ 10) on sale at the Granary; phone 064-20075
or e-mail

Donegal Culture News

The well loved Luka Bloom will perform at the Glens Centre on Thursday 10th July. One of Ireland's finest singer/songwriters, Luka's trademark is his thunderous and exhilarating acoustic guitar playing, accompanying his fine voice and a warm and passionate delivery.

The Glens Centre - Manorhamilton
Thursday, 10 July 2003
Glens Centre I Am Not At War With Anyone
Here And Now
Make You Feel My Love
Love Is A Place I Dream Of
I'm A Bogman
Diamond Mountain
Don't Be So Hard On Yourself
No Matter Where You Go, There You Are
Raglan Road
Natural Mystic
Exploring The Blue
Gone To Pablo
Rainbow Day
Sunny Sailor Boy
Going To Lisdoonvarna
Perfect Groove
You Couldn't Have Come At A Better Time

Don't Be Afraid Of The Light That Shines Within You
Black Is The Colour
Te Adoro / Black Is The Colour

Sligo Weekender - Tuesday, July 22, 2003

A summer Bloom to give pleasure in Grange

A household name he may be and hail from one of Irelandís most musical families he might, but Luka Bloom is still looking for success and acceptance in his native country.
The genial singer and songwriter who has found fame around the world is the first to admit that he ignored the Irish market in search of foreign fortune. Having gained that fortune though, Luka is keen to return to his roots. Not in any twee sense you understand, more to get back to the origins of his performance, in small venues the length and breadth of the country. It is for this reason that Luka accepted an invitation from Barry's Live Music Venue in Grange, North Sligo, to play there on Friday, July 25.

Under the management of Colin Gillen, Barry's has developed a strong reputation for music. Almost every genre is welcomed, from traditional to jazz, to blues to folk to all out rock. Luka Bloom is by far the biggest star to play there so far though and his gig is destined to be packed to the rafters....
In simple terms, you will never have as intimate a setting nor as good a chance to see Luka Bloom up-close and personal. Don't miss out. You can get your tickets in advance of the gig from Barry's in Grange.

Luka Bloom Luka Bloom in Concert
Sunday 3rd August 2003

Community Hall
Clongorey, Co. Kildare

Armada Hotel
Spanish Point, Miltown Malbay, Co. Clare
Tuesday, 26 August 2003

Benefit Gig - Tickets: sold out

Christy Moore: We also did a concert in Spanish Point in aid of the local youth club.
This gig was put together by Donnacha Rynne and also features Luka Bloom
and the Doolin Ceili Band. It was completely sold out.


Lisdoonvarna Festival 2003

Ticketmaster Ireland - Latest News - 26 February 2003

Christy Moore, Suzanne Vega, The Frames and more

June 28th 2003

Lisdoonvarna Festival is back. 20 years after the last Lisdoonvarna Festival was held, we are delighted to announce that the world famous festival is back. Lisdoonvarna 2003 will take place on Saturday June 28th at the original festival site, just outside Lisdoonvarna, Co. Clare.

Christy Moore will headline the festival in his long awaited return to outdoor performance. Joining Christy Moore on the bill will be The Frames, Suzanne Vega, Mundy, Damien Dempsey, Luka Bloom plus more acts to be announced.

The Festival will also feature a second Stage hosted by Wonky. Artists confirmed so far are: Bonnie Prince Billy, The Microphones (K Records), Goodtime John and D.A.D.D.Y.

The first Lisdoonvarna Festival was held in 1978. Over the next six years the festival played host to artists such as Jackson Browne, Emmylou Harris, Van Morrison, Planxty and Rory Gallagher. At the time, the festival was hailed as the 'Grandson of Woodstock' by the music press and at its peak it attracted over 50.000 patrons to Lisdoonvarna.

RTÉ Interactive News TV - 28 Feb 2003

Moore for Lisdoonvarna Festival return

After a twenty year gap, one of Ireland's best remembered outdoor music events is to make a comeback this year. Christy Moore will headline the Lisdoonvarna Festival and confirmed support acts include The Frames, Suzanne Vega, Mundy, Damien Dempsey and Luka Bloom. Thousands are expected to descend on County Clare for the one-day festival on 28 June. It will be held at the original festival site, just outside the town....

Aiken Promotions - Saturday, March 1st, 2003


The Lisdoonvarna Festival is back after twenty years. Aiken Promotions in association with Shannon & Doherty proudly presents Lisdoonvarna 2003, which will take place on Saturday June 28th at the original festival site just outside Lisdoonvarna Co. Clare; Tickets go on sale Thursday 6th March from all usual outlets nationwide. Christy Moore will headline the festival also featuring The Frames, Mundy, Josh Ritter, Damien Dempsey, Luka Bloom plus more acts to be announced.

...Christy Moore has become synonymous with the Lisdoonvarna festival; his song Lisdoonvarna captured the mood and tempo of this event. It is a credit to the Festival's legacy that it is attracting such high profile musicians like The Frames, Mundy, and Luka Bloom.

...Lisdoonvarna 2003 promises to be a fantastic day's entertainment. Tickets priced at € 59.50 go on sale Thursday 6th March. Gates open on day of festival at 1pm and show starts at 1:30pm...

Aiken Promotions - 29 May 2003

Aiken Promotions to relocate Lisdoonvarna Festival following Clare County Council's decision to refuse the Licence Application...

Aiken Promotions - 05 June 2003

Dublin welcomes Lisdoonvarna 2003
Saturday, 30 August 2003 - RDS Arena

After an absence of over 20 years, the Lisdoonvarna Festival is back and on the move. Christy Moore and The Frames will headline the Main Stage at the RDS Arena while a second stage will be used for a host of acts to be announced at a later date. It will be a day long event with a line-up of mainly Irish acts on two stages. Tickets already purchased for Lisdoonvarna '03 remain valid. - July 2003

Lisdoonvarna '03

The line-up for the relocated Lisdoonvarna '03 is good enough to get over the weird move to Dublin's RDS Arena on August 30th.

Lisdoonvarna '03 was prevented from going ahead in the place that gives the festival its name, by some local objections from busybody killjoys which led Clare County Council to refuse Aiken Promotions a licence for the event. They alleged the volume of traffic would be more than the current infrastructure could withstand, despite the fact that the Gardai had indicated their approval. The words 'meadows littered with hypodermic syringes' were uttered, which is certainly not the first image that comes to mind when you think of Christy Moore. So the puritanical idiots won and the good vittle-providers of Clare lost out on over a million in revenue. Aikens decided to go ahead with it elsewhere and searched for an alternative venue.

That venue now is the RDS in Dublin. So the quintessentially 'down-the-country' folkie fest comes to Dublin 4. Instead of supping a pint of porter at a trad session in a wee Clare shebeen before the gig, you can sup a pint of Heino in Searsons on Baggot street. Not really the same.

Anyway, it's still a terrific line-up and if you miss The Frames at Witnness, this is your big chance to see them. Also a good opportunity to catch Christy Moore, as this'll be the biggest show he'll have played in a long while, having frequently announced his retirement from live shows of late, citing heart trouble.

The full line-up should easily make up for the move from the depths of County Clare to Dublin's RDS. There will be four areas: a Main Stage, Stage II, the Acoustic Room and a brand new Comedy Room...

Lisdoonvarna 2003 Luka Bloom

Christy Moore's brother Barry, a.k.a. Luka Bloom plays Stage II at this year's Lisdoonvarna festival.

Luka Bloom was born Barry Moore in Kildare in 1955, the youngest of six children. A dedicated guitar player, his first live gig was at 14 years of age, playing support for brother Christy on a tour of English folk clubs in 1969. From then on Barry spent all his spare time writing songs and practicing on the guitar. It was in those years that he wrote "Wave Up To the Shore" which Christy covered on The Black Album, in 1976.

His first album, Treaty Stone, was released in 1978. This first album contains a number of Barry Moore classics such as "Lonesome Robin", "Jenny of the Sun", "Girl" and of course "The Treaty Stone". The album was performed in the finger picking folk guitar style, like all of his music before 1979. In the middle of that year, tendonitis caused serious harm to his picking hand, forcing him to change his style and learn to play with a plectrum.

Barry Moore moved to Holland that year, and recorded two albums over there, In Groningen (1980) and No Heroes (1982). He returned to Dublin shortly after, and from '83 until '86 he moved away from folk music altogether, fronting the band Red Square. Like so many other bands in Dublin at the time, buoyed by the success of U2, Red Square had aspirations to Rock'n'Roll stardom. This punk-pop outfit was a far cry from his soulful folk days. And he loved it; he says of his time with Red Square that it "got me off the stool, out of the folk clubs, taught me how to roar." He did not stay long with them though; used to being his own man, the infighting and squabbling of a bunch of young egos was not worth the hassle for the older Barry Moore.

In 1987, after realizing that drinking was getting the better of him and his career was stagnating, Barry decided it was time for a serious change. He packed up his guitar and $200 and headed for America, leaving behind a longtime lover and his young son Robbie. Perhaps tired of his elder brother Christy's long shadow, he decided to change his name too. He wanted something catchy, like Iggy Pop or Bono or Sting, something people would remember. The name he settled on was Luka Bloom, after the Suzanne Vega song ("My name is...") and the character from James Joyce's "Ulysses"......

RTÉ News - 06 June 2003

Lisdoonvarna Compilation Album
Release date 13 June 2003
Planxty, The Chieftains and Christy Moore are amongst the artists on a compilation album from the early years of the Lisdoonvarna festival. Donal Lunny has compiled the album ...... the festival which took place each summer from 1978 to 1983.

Donal Lunny's Definitive Lisdoonvarna

Planxty, Moving Hearts, Christy Moore - Lisdoonvarna, Andy Irvine, Paul Brady,
The Chieftains, Rory Gallagher, Davy Spillane, Emmylou Harris, Phil Lynott,
Scullion, John Martyn, Richard & Linda Thompson, Jackson Browne,
Freddie White, Clannad, Van Morrison & The Chieftains

& Limited Edition Bonus CD
Christy Moore, The Frames, David Kitt, Halite,
Luka Bloom - I Need Love

ShowBiz Ireland News - 29 July 2003

Oh Lisdoonvarna, Lisdoon, Lisdoon...

...ShowBiz Ireland caught up with some of the contemporary Irish acts at the lauch of the festival in Vicar Street last week including Mundy, Nina Hynes, Luka Bloom, The Frames, and many more...

Photo: Nina Hynes, Mundy, and Luka Bloom
Thursday, 24 July 2003 - Launch of Lisdoonvarna Festival in Vicar Street, Dublin

Lisdoonvarna Festival 2003
Saturday, 30 August - RDS Arena, Dublin
Lisdoonvarna 2003 Main Stage
DJ Leagues O'Toole - Kilfenora Ceili Band
Mundy - David Kitt - The Frames
Christy Moore with Donal Lunny & Declan Sinnott

Stage II
Nina Hynes - Goodtime John - Katell Keineg
Mark Geary - Damien Dempsey - Luka Bloom
Josh Ritter

Acoustic Stage
Roesy - Gavin Moore - Shay Cotter - Alice Jago
Q - Clive Barnes - Barry McCormack - Ann Scott
Martin Finke - Paul O'Reilly - Rua - Anto - Eoin
Coughlan - Declan O'Rourke - Jesse & Layla
Margaret Healy

Comedy Tent
Barry Murphy's Comedy Circus
The best Comedy Show in Ireland.
Stand-up sketches, music and freakishness
with special guests from Occident and Orient.
Aengus MacAnally - Jason Byrne - Dave McSavage
Dermot Carmody - Reuben - Rooney & Tyler

Luka Bloom @ Lisdoonvarna Festival
Saturday, 30 August 2003 - RDS Arena, Dublin
I'm A Bogman
Make You Feel My Love
Fertile Rock
Perfect Groove
No Matter Where You Go, There You Are
Sunny Sailor Boy
Dublin 4

written especially for the day

Setlist: Paula Diemer
Luka @ Lisdoonvarna
Photos by Ciara Drennan
and Paula Diemer
Luka and Niall
"Oh Dublin 4, Dublin, Dublin, Dublin, Dublin 4"
Parody of Christy Moore's festival song "Lisdoonvarna"

Irish Independent - 01 September 2003

Lisdoonvarna 'on legs' is still a potent legend

The country came to Dublin 4 at the weekend as a horde of 27,000 people descended on the RDS showjumping arena for the Lisdoonvarna Festival.... "It's been a fantastic day and a fantastic night."..... Mark Geary, Mundy, Luka Bloom and David Kitt all put in great performances over the course of a lovely sunny afternoon...

Maurice O'Brien

Calling time in D4 ... and no mud to boot

...The new-look Lisdoonvarna was both an organisational and a musical success, with 30 acts performing on four different stages to a 27,000-strong crowd...... However, tighter regulations now governing concerts in built-up areas meant headline act Christy Moore finished his set before 11pm. 'Oh, Dublin 4' sang Christy's brother Luka Bloom during his afternoon set - and there was no doubting the irony in his voice. Previous Lisdoons often only ended virtually with the dawn....

Eugene Moloney

Sunday Business Post - 07 September 2003

In concert: Lisdoonvarna
RDS Arena, Dublin, August 30

It was a day of nostalgia for some of us ........ Luka Bloom, a veteran from the early days, was another highlight. He thanked Clare Co Council for the gig in the RDS and almost blew the tent apart with his rendition of: 'Ohhhh Dublin 4, Dublin, Dublin, Dublin 4'.

... Despite last weekend's RDS gig lacking Co Clare's beautiful surroundings, musically it certainly lived up to previous years. Lisdoonvarna has always been about good music, good vibes and meeting old friends. A generation later, Lisdoonvarna was a great celebration of that spirit.

Pat Pidgeon

Hotpress - the music review - 11 September 2003

Lisdoonvarna 2003, RDS, Dublin

It may be a long, long way from Clare to here, but for one day and night there was a little bit of Dublin 4 that seemed magically transported to a mossy hillock somewhere between the Burren and Kilfenora...

The funniest moment of the whole day belonged to Luka Bloom, though, who treated a packed tent to a wonderful reworking of the brother's 'Lisdoonvarna', tarted-up and transported to 'Dublin 4' in the back of a Hiace: "Everybody needs a frappucino / A pint of Bud, roight, and a glass of Vino." Anyone for the last few G&Ts there?

John Walshe

Hotpress - the music review - 11 September 2003

Lisdoonvarna 2003, RDS, Dublin

Christy Moore's brother Barry takes to the stage armed with his trusty acoustic guitar and introduces his set with the words, "I'd like to sing a song for all the Dublin people here today - it's called 'Bogman'". The crowd response is ecstatic as Luka goes on to deliver his characteristically lively and poetic brand of folky story-telling. Much of the material on show is familiars from his live album Amsterdam, independently released on Big Sky Records earlier this year, and wonderful it is too. However, the undisputed highlight is a radical makeover of a certain song made famous by Luka's sibling. Moore the younger claims to have written it that morning and requested the help of his tour-manager to hold up the lyrics - and off he leaps into his own hilarious rendition of 'Lisdoonvarna' recontextualising the lyrics for the more bourgeois surroundings of Dublin 4. Needless to say, references abound to cappucinos, frappucinos, a pint of Bud and a glass of vino. Classic. Luka invoked the John Spillane composition 'Fair Play To Me'. An apt summation, I'd say.

Sinead Ni Mhordha

Leinster Leader - Thursday, August 28, 2003

Luka Bloom in concert for Crookstown hall refurbishment funds

Local activists in Crookstown were this week celebrating the announcement that Newbridge singer Luka Bloom would play a concert in aid of their community hall.... Luka Bloom will play at the hall on Friday 19 September at 8.15 p.m. in what is sure to be a sell out show.... The hall is a centre for community events and activities in Crookstown. It provides a venue for cub scouts, drama classes, and school events. "We are trying to raise money to carry out vital maintenance at the hall," Mr O'Meara remarked.... Tickets for the Luka Bloom performance are already available from Crookstown Filling Station or any committee member.

James Healy

Crookstown Hall
Crookstown, Co. Kildare

Friday 19 Sep - 8.15 pm - 15 €

Luka Bloom in Concert
Newbridge born, and internationally acclaimed singer/songwriter
plays a benefit concert for the refurbishment of Crookstown Hall.

Kildare Nationalist - Wednesday, September 03, 2003

Ballitore/Narraghmore - Luka Bloom headlines hall fundraising gig

Ann O'Reilly tells us that the Hall Committee in Crookstown have organised a fund-raising concert in the Hall, Crookstown, for Friday, September 19, featuring Luka Bloom, commencing at 8.15 pm. Tickets cost 15 each, contact Ann at Crookstown Motors 0507-23382, or any committee member. As tickets are limited, it is advisable to book early. Your support for this very worthy cause would be very much appreciated...... The Hall is for the community, and everyone is getting great enjoyment from it. Ann wishes to thank the community for their continued support, and looks forward to seeing you all in the hall on September 19.

Crookstown Hall - Crookstown
Friday, 19 September 2003
Ticket Crookstown
Ticket & Setlist: Sabine Schellack
Thank You For Bringing Me Here
Water Ballerina
Make You Feel My Love
I Am Not At War With Anyone
Here and Now
Please Don't Tell Me How The Story Ends
I'm A Bogman
Blackberry Time
Don't Be So Hard On Yourself
No Matter Where You Go, There You Are
Raglan Road
The Fertile Rock
Exploring The Blue
Black Is The Colour
Te Adoro / Black Is The Colour

Sunny Sailor Boy
You Couldn't Have Come At A Better Time

Ballyfermot Community Civic Centre, Dublin
Sunday, September 21st, 2003

with Support from
Conor Byrne & Méabh O'Hare

Tickets go on sale September 1st.
Tel: +353-1-6207160 & 6207192

Conor Byrne & Méabh O'Hare
The Dublin born flute player Conor Byrne is fast emerging as one of the most exciting players of the younger generation of traditional musicians. Greatly influenced by his grandmother Nancy Moore, and his mother Eilish Moore,.... In 1998, he released Wind Dancer, his debut solo album produced by Luka Bloom and featuring Máire Breathnach, Christy Moore, Cathy Jordan and Liam Ó Maonlaí. He has toured extensively with Máire Breathnach and performed with musicians including Anuna, John Renbourne, Christy Moore, Luka Bloom, Eimear Quinn, Maura O'Connell, Paul Brady, Robbie Hannon, Tommy Flemming, Ronnie Drew, Steve Cooney and Tim O'Brien...

Belfast born Méabh O'Hare, TG4 Young Traditional Musician of the Year 2000, first took up the fiddle while attending Bunscoil Phobail Feirste, Andersonstown. She went on to study with Monica Smith, who taught fiddle classes with the renowned McPeake family in Belfast, and subsequently, for five years, with the legendary fiddle player Sean Maguire......With a move to Cork and music studies at UCC she collaborated with many young musicians ..... For a short period, she played with the Dublin based band 'Providence' with whom she recorded an album and toured extensively in Ireland. In addition to appearances in Europe, America and Thailand and collaborations on the albums of Luka Bloom and Ronan Keating... -

Gorta Concerts

Blowin' In The Wind - Vicar Street, Dublin
23 September 2003

This concert in aid of Gorta and Scarlett was a tribute to Bob Dylan. His mega fans in
the Irish music scene put on a show to remember singing their own favourite Dylan songs. This great night featured Ron Sexsmith, Jerry Fish & The Mudbug Club, Mundy, Joe Wall, Steve Wall, Katell Keineg, Luka Bloom and Nina Hynes.

Ardhowen Theatre
Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh

24 September 2003 - Time: 8 pm

Luka Bloom in Concert

From a very early age Luka Bloom was writing songs and honing his skills as a serious guitar player, with his own way and style of making music........ He has recorded many hit albums and has toured Ireland, Holland, America, Germany and Australia. Luka's performance is summed up in his own words "Every gig is precious".

Fermanagh Herald - Friday, 12 September 2003

Ardhowen - Other Events

Christy Moore's brother, the talented Luka Bloom makes his first ever appearance at Ardhowen Theatre on Wednesday 24 September, a date awaited with great anticipation by his many fans near and far.

Fermanagh Herald - Wednesday, 17 September 2003

Luka Bloom brings his unique talent to Ardhowen

On Wednesday 24th September at 8pm Ardhowen is pleased to welcome the marvellous Luka Bloom for his first ever visit to the theatre. Born in Newbridge, Co Kildare, Kevin Moore, (Brother of the famous Christy Moore) and now performing under the name of Luka Bloom, studied Russian and European studies at college in Limerick before dropping out to concentrate on his music. Music was an intrinsic part of his life growing up. All of the family sing and play, but he had his own way and style of making music. From a very early age he was writing songs and honing his skills as a serious guitar player. He first went on tour as the support act to his eldest brother, Christy Moore in 1969. This was a tour of English folk clubs. He was all of fourteen years of age. From then on Kevin spent all of his time writing songs and playing guitar. Around this time he wrote 'Jenny of the Sun' and 'Wave up to the Shore' which was recorded by Christy in 1976. He did gigs around Ireland, from the Meeting Place (a hot spot for music in the 70's and 80's) in Dublin to McGanns in Doolin and all places in between, back and forth, up and down the country.

In 1977 he toured Germany and England as part of the group Inchiquin, the other members being Noel Hill and Tony Linnane. Micho Russell was also part of this tour and Kevin became close to Micho and still calls him a hero. His song 'Hands of a Farmer' is dedicated to Micho. In 1978 he released his first album 'Treaty Stone' which was received with great acclaim.

A performer of the highest calibre, his concert at Ardhowen is one of the theatre's real highlights of a packed Autumn Season. One of Ireland's seminal songwriters with a pedigree stretching back to the late 70's. Luka constantly reinvents and challenges himself creatively and musically. His powerful live performances are filled with energy, atmosphere and downright magic.

Mundy @ The Old Mill, Naas
Friday, September 26, 2003

...An inevitable encore was made special by an impromptu appearance on stage by Luka Bloom.
Mundy stepped aside to make way for the older troubadour but the mutual respect between
performers was evident and they moved among the crowd with a gospel-style rendition of
'Don't be Afraid of the Light that Shines Within You'.

Live Review by Emer McLysaght, Ballyfermot College

Riverside Theatre
University of Ulster - Coleraine

Riverside Theatre Events: LUKA BLOOM

1st October 2003
: Acoustic guitar-playing, singer-songwriter Luka Bloom powers up a storm with his live music. Working with Brian Masterson and Lou Reed amongst others, his style is now his own - he is well loved by music aficionados around the world.

ic - Derry Nightlife - 26 September 2003

Luka Bloom at the Playhouse

Luka Bloom makes a rare appearance at The Playhouse on October 2.

From his 1978 debut Treaty Stone to his current live album Amsterdam, Luka Bloom has carved a unique place in Irish music both at home and abroad - particularly in the USA where critical and audience acclaim have been huge - with his eclectic and spirited approach to both songwriting and performance.

Passionate, literate and melodic, Luka Bloom's music is at its best in a live setting and The Playhouse gives audiences a unique opportunity to see and hear a truly gifted artist in an intimate setting. A true original as well as a master interpreter, Bloom has continued to balance original songs with reinventions of tunes by a diverse range of songwriters....

Performance time is 8 pm and tickets are priced very reasonable at £12.50.
Telephone the box office on (028) 7126 8027

Belfast Telegraph - 9 October 2003

Brothers in song, but not in music

If you mention the name of Luka Bloom to anyone with any knowledge of the singer/songwriter, the stock response is almost invariably 'he's very different from Christy, you know'. Christy is, of course, the Irish traditional music icon Christy Moore, Luka's brother. Or as Luka calls him Christy Bloom. They're right. Luka Bloom is very different from Christy...... However, there are more similarities than there are differences. Both are consummate musicians and raconteurs, singing in their own accent and establishing an easy rapport with their audiences..... Luka Bloom is a fine songwriter. One of his own compositions is a Christy Moore standard written about another sibling The City of Chicago. Anyone who has written a song of this calibre and popularity has the right to hold his head high.

An extremely enjoyable gig and if this is the first time Luka Bloom has performed in Derry, it is unlikely to be the last.

Live Review by Damian Collins

The Kingdom - Thursday, July 29, 2004

Listowel - Blue is the colour for budding artists

The Blue Umbrella Gallery on Church Street, Listowel, officially opened its doors on October 10, 2003, with singer Luka Bloom doing the honours on the night.

The Blue Umbrella Gallery is a co-op of artists and craftspeople from Listowel and its hinterland who come together to promote and display the arts in an area that is steeped in history and culture. The group, under the guidance of the North Kerry Together organisation, consists of painters, a calligrapher, a stone sculptor, a weaver, a ceramic artist, iron and stone workers and a photographer. All felt a great artistic void existed in this area and decided to lease the premises at Church Street...

Entertainment Ireland - Music

Luka Bloom
Luka Bloom is set to redress a certain imbalance in his touring career. He's played more gigs in Australia than his homeland of Ireland. This will soon change with a massive haul of Irish gigs to be played by the singer/songwriter over the next few months. A good few gigs will take place in and around Dublin including ones in Whelan's on Friday 24th October and Waterfront Hall Studio on Sunday 9th November as part of the Belfast Festival at Queen's.
Maybe if you ask nicely at any of his upcoming gigs, he'll replay his show stopping tune 'Dublin 4' a parody of his eldest brother's song 'Lisdoonvarna', which pokes fun at the new location of this year's Lisdoonvarna Festival and played at said festival to enormous applause.

Flyer Dublin Tour 2003

Dublin - October 2003

Saturday 18th
The Sugar Club - City Centre

Sunday 19th
The Helix - Glasnevin


Monday 20th
The Millbank Theatre - Rush, Co. Dublin

Wednesday 22nd
Draíocht - Blanchardstown


Thursday 23rd
The Purty Loft - Dún Laoghaire

Friday 24th
Whelan's - City Centre

The Helix - Dublin
Luka Bloom - Sunday 19 October

Time: 8.30 pm - Tickets: € 15 / € 12
Venue: The Space - a 150 seat studio

Luka Bloom has toured extensively in Europe and the US and is now back for one night in The Helix.

Luka Bloom was born on flight EI104 to New York in 1987; Kevin Barry Moore had been around a bit longer born 32 years earlier in Newbridge, County Kildare on May 23rd 1955. The youngest of six children, all of whom are musical, Luka developed his own style of music, both writing songs and playing the guitar..... Fans of Luka will tell you, a live gig with Luka Bloom is not to be missed, and will not be easily forgotten!

The Millbank Theatre - Rush, Co. Dublin
Home of Rush Dramatic Society

Future Concerts
Luka Bloom - October 20th (Tickets 20 €)

The Millbank Theatre re-opened in January 2003 .... an exciting innovation has also taken place, with the series of Concerts at the Millbank, which have proved hugely successful. Among others, Luka Bloom and Suzanne Vega have played at the venue and plans are afoot for a further 3 concerts over the next 2 months.

Draíocht - Blanchardstown, Dublin 15
Draíocht is the Irish word for Magic
Wed. 22nd October: Luka Bloom
Time: 8.15 pm - Tickets: € 16

Luka Bloom plays at the Draiocht Theatre in Blanchardstown on the 22nd of October.

Luka Bloom was born Barry Moore in Kildare in 1955, the youngest of six children....
In 1987... Barry decided it was time for a serious change. He packed up his guitar and $200 and headed for America,.... The name he settled on was Luka Bloom...... After arriving in Washington DC, Bloom set about building a new career and a new life for himself..... Shortly afterwards, he signed to the Reprise label (Warner Bros.) and began work on his US debut, "Riverside", the definitive work of his career, released in 1990. Over the following years, Luka Bloom often traveled back to Ireland to record his music, working with producer Brian Masterson and sound engineer Paul Ashe-Browne .... "Keeper of the Flame" marked a definite return to form for Bloom, which he capitalized on for "Between the Mountain and the Moon" (2002), original compositions with a renewed vigor and a strong lyrical commitment.

Coast @ The Purty Kitchen - Dun Laoghaire
Thursday 23 October - Luka Bloom
Time: 9.00 pm - Tickets: € 16

If you can't handle the heat...
Dun Laoghaire's Purty Kitchen is launching a new series of weekly gigs, hosting such acts as Luka Bloom and Antoni O Breskey... Kicking off on October 23 with Luka Bloom... All gigs start at 9pm with more information available from

The Hot Press Newsdesk

HotPress Magazine - 06 Nov 2003

Luka Bloom
The Purty Kitchen

A sort of homecoming for the one time Dun Laoghaire resident on his short tour of County Dublin (which, he informed us, brought him to places he'd never set foot in before, such as Blanchardstown and Ballymun!). Highlights included his version of Mike Scott's 'Sunny Sailor Boy', a song he has made his own, as well as his brilliant take on LL Cool J's 'I Need Love'. Fine versions of U2's 'Bad', Bob Dylan's 'Make You Feel My Love' and his own 'Bogman' were also well received.

Incidentally, this was a strictly non-smoking gig "at the request of the artist". No-one in the packed house seemed to mind – food for thought perhaps, for the publicans currently fulminating over the impending apocalypse – as they see it!

Colm O'Hare

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!

Luka Bloom The Market Place
Armagh Theatre and Arts Centre

Saturday 1st Nov 2003
Support Act: Briege Murphy
One Night Only at 8.00 pm.
Ticket Prices: All seats £12.50
Venue: Main Auditorium

Luka Bloom In Concert
Luka Bloom is one of Ireland's seminal songwriters stretching back to the late 1970's. No words can adequately describe the power, energy, atmosphere and downright magic of his live performances. He is a songwriter at the height of his powers!

Newry Democrat - Wednesday, October 01, 2003

Rostrevor - Community Association AGM

Writers' Collective:
Kicking off the new Writer's Season is the Alan Taylor and Dick Gaughan event which will be held in a new venue, Cloughmore Inn, on Sunday, October 5. Both artists have a considerable following so tickets may be scarce considering the smaller venue. Don't wait too late! Following hot on the tail of that event will be a return to the usual venue for the group, with the famous Luka Bloom, brother of Christy Moore. He will be appearing on Friday, November 7. Tickets will be available at the usual outlets.

Newry Democrat - Tuesday, October 14, 2003

Rostrevor - Golfers have great day in Boyle Cup

Club Return:
It will be back to St Bronagh's however for the long awaited concert by Luka Bloom. This event will take place on Friday November 7 and it is anticipated that there will be a big demand for tickets. As the Collective are always keen to promote local artists as well, they have decided to invite the very talented Sarah Donnan to perform before the main artist. That will be a very special night. Rostrevor is really excelling itself in the presentation of high quality artists.

St Bronagh's Social Club - Rostrevor, Co Down
Friday 7 November 2003 - 8.30 pm
Support Act: Sarah Donnan
Tickets: Hanna's Newsagent, Rostrevor Tel: 02841 738239 and Carlins Record, Newry Tel: 02830 262878

Irish News Online - 08 November 2003

Luka whose back in Ireland and in bloomin' fine form

Luka Bloom sits opposite me in the Europa Hotel chatting away in that accent and intonation that his big brother has made universally recognised.
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Belfast Festival at Queens
24th Oct - 9th Nov 2003

Waterfront Hall NTL Studio

Sunday 9 Nov - 7.45 pm - £13.50

One of Ireland's seminal songwriters. No words can adequately describe the power, energy, atmosphere and downright magic of his live performances. He is a songwriter at the height of his powers!

Luka Bloom Moat Theatre - Naas
The Moat Club - Diary of Events - Music
Sun 16th Nov - Doors open 7.30 p.m.
Admission € 20

LUKA BLOOM, one of Ireland's most talented
singer/songwriters, will play a nationwide tour to promote
his new live album "Amsterdam" in November. Luka is
renowned for his thunderous and exhilarating acoustic
guitar playing, his fine voice and passionate delivery.
2001 saw the release of Luka's first independent album
"Between the Mountain and the Moon".

Carlow Nationalist - Wednesday, September 17, 2003

Paddy celebrates 25 years in the music business

...Carlow music lovers will be delighted to hear that their local record shop, Rainbow Records, is about to reach that all-important milestone and will celebrate 25 years in business later this year..... The two month long celebrations will conclude with a big party night in the Seven Oaks Hotel on Thursday, November 20, with some of Ireland's top singer songwriters and some great local talent performing for friends and customers of the popular store. The fun will start at 8 pm sharp and as with all events of this magnitude there is some good news and some bad. The good news is that admission for the celebration party night will be free - guests will be invited to make a contribution towards local charities, while all artists are giving their services free of charge....

Nowadays, as one of the largest Ticketmaster agencies in Ireland, Rainbow Records has provided great seats at a variety of great concerts. "There have been so many it would be difficult to isolate which were the best. Those to play in Carlow included the likes of Eric Clapton, The Waterboys, UB40, Status Quo, Chris De Burgh and Meatloaf. My own personal favourites have been men closer to home such as Christy and Barry Moore, aka Luka Bloom."

Carlow Nationalist & Leinster Times - Wednesday, November 26, 2003

Paddy and friends celebrate 25-years over the Rainbow

Over 400 people turned up at the Seven Oaks Hotel on Thursday last to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the opening of Rainbow Records along with owner Paddy Carroll and his family.

An impressive line-up of local artists as well as international singer/songwriter Luka Bloom, provided the entertainment, while Christy Moore sent Paddy a special multi platinum disc commemorating his sales for "Live At The Point" to mark the event.

Michael Godfrey

Carlow People - 27 November 2003

Rainbow Records reel in the years

... To celebrate 25 years in business local record shop boss, Paddy Carroll decided to host a concert showing his appreciation for suppliers, record companies, customers and friends. Held in the Seven Oaks Hotel Paddy said 'it was a great night, a long night and there was great variety.' 'There was a mixture of trad, folk, pop and we finished up with a 70s disco.' Luka Bloom, Richie Kavanagh, Justin Kelly, Sheila na Glic and Back in Business (formerly the Alley Cats) were just some of the musical talent heard on the night....

Although he organised the night himself Paddy was in for a surprise himself on Thursday night. He was presented with a platinum disc of Christy Moore's classic album, "Live at the Point" from Sony Records and Christy himself. The presentation was made by Christy's brother, Luka Bloom who also sang on the night. Paddy was presented with the disc in recognition of his 25 years in business and because of his association with Christy Moore throughout the years....

Emigrant Online - 8 December 2003

Carlow: '70s prices at Carlow record store

Paddy Carroll recently celebrated the twenty-fifth anniversary of the opening of his record shop in Carlow town and decided to host an evening for suppliers, customers and friends in the Seven Oaks Hotel. Rainbow Records opened its doors in 1978 and all discs dating from that year were sold by Paddy at 1978 prices over the following days. Among those performing at the concert was Luka Bloom, who presented Paddy with a platinum disc of his brother Christy Moore's "Live at the Point", in recognition of his years of business and his long association with Christy Moore. The night was also used for fundraising and more than € 2,000 has been shared between the Holy Angels, the Delta Centre and St Dympna's Patient Fund.

Irish Internet Association Net Visionary Awards 2003

The awards are one of the most respected awards for the industry, honouring individuals for their contributions to the Irish Internet industry. Nominated by peers and voted for by the industry, the awards recognise excellence and achievement....

The 5th Annual Irish Internet Association Net Visionary Awards took place on the
26th of November 2003 in the Clontarf Castle.

Online Trader - Sponsored by Realex Payments
This award will be given to an individual who has demonstrated the potential of the Internet to trade effectively and efficiently online. The winner will show how online trading has opened new geographical or vertical markets or has successfully revolutionised a trading environment.

Winner: Joint award presented to Luka Bloom of
and Katriona O'Leary of Buy4now

"Luka uses the internet in the most effective way to promote and sell his music. He records
independently and then sells directly online - thus using the internet to reach his fans and
customers directly. An excellent example of the internet at work."

Net Visionary Awards 2003 photo: Katriona O'Leary of joint winner of the Online Trader award with Colm Lyon of Realex Payments category sponsor with joint winner for Niall Rynne of

Petsounds - Gig of the Week
Presented by Tom Dunne on 100-102 TodayFM

Luka Bloom Half Moon Club Cork
Saturday, 29 November 2003

Launching his career in the 1970s, Bloom was encouraged by his brother, who hired him to play with his groups Planxty and Moving Hearts. He recorded three impressive solo albums in the 1970s and 80s before leaving Ireland for Washington, D.C. Determined to earn an audience on his own merits he took a residency at a Georgetown pub, where he honed his solo act. Blooms reputation as a skilled guitarist and uplifting performer continued to grow. Accepting a second residency at the Red Lion in New York's Greenwich Village, he began to shuttle between the two clubs. By the end of the year, he had elected to make New York his home. The decision proved fortuitous when his show at the Red Lion was caught by a talent scout from Reprise, who signed him to the label. He subsequently released three acclaimed albums with Warners and one with Sony, before returning home to Ireland where he has continued to record and tour to great acclaim.
Posted on 21 November 2003

The Avondhu - Theatre - Arts

Luka Bloom plays Kilworth on Monday Night

The Village Arts Centre, Kilworth is delighted to host this great artist on Monday night next, December 1st at 8.15pm. Tickets now on sale, priced €15 from Cotters Kilworth (025-27109 after 5pm), The Avondhu Office Fermoy (32229) and Hyland's Bookshop, Mitchelstown (24528).

The Kingdom: Entertainment - 03 December 2003

Luka Bloom in Listowel

Singer songwriter Luka Bloom makes a welcome return to the county this week for a gig in St John's Arts Centre in Listowel. Luka may have began his career touring with his older brother, Christy Moore, but he has long since stepped out of his shadow with a growing legion of fans not only in Ireland but across the globe. This weeks gig is a great opportunity for music lovers in the county to get a live taste of music from the new album 'Amsterdam' which was launched in Ireland in March.

Luka will play St John's Arts Centre in Listowel this Wednesday, December 3, at 8pm before heading to Kilkenny for a gig on Friday.

Other Voices - Songs From A Room
The Second Series to be filmed for RTÉ Television in
St James Church, Dingle, Co Kerry from 4 to 10 December 2003

Wednesday, 10 December 2003
Gemma Hayes & Luka Bloom

8.00 pm - 20 Euro - (only 70 seats)
Tickets available from The Dingle Record Shop, The Music House, Main Street, Dingle
and Steve Coulter - Tel: +353-87-982 9728
For further Information contact:

Hot Press - 14 November 2003

Church of noise
Other Voices, Songs From A Room returns for a second series

The success of last year's RTÉ production of Other Voices, Songs From A Room and its number one sister album has prompted organisers to repeat the venture.

A second series, shot in the same 200 year old church in Dingle, Co Kerry, is to be filmed over seven days from December 4 to 10 and will feature performances from artists such as David Kitt, Hal, Rodrigo y Gabriela, The Jimmy Cake, The Tycho Brahe, Cara Dillon, The Handsome Family, Declan O'Rourke, Paddy Casey, Bell X1, Karan Casey, Gemma Hayes, Turn, Luka Bloom, Jerry Fish and the Mudbug Club, as well as a number of "very special" guests...

RTÉ Entertainment - 26 November 2003

Success prompts return of Other Voices

The success of last year's RTÉ production of 'Other Voices, Songs From A Room' and its number one sister album has prompted organisers to repeat the venture....

The second series is being filmed live for RTÉ Television in St James' Church in Dingle, Co. Kerry from 4th - 10th December 2003 and due to hit TVs nationwide in the new year.

The Kingdom - 27 November 2003

Music men go into the west

Musicians will be flocking together to head into the west next month to feature in a television programme celebrating innovative Irish performers.

The second series of 'Other Voices, Songs from a Room' will be filmed for RTÉ Television in Dingle..... Following on from the success of the first series, they will do it all again from December 4-10 as musicians from various backgrounds, traditions and disciplines travel to Dingle to celebrate the sounds and styles of Irish music and voices.

Presented this year by Jerry Fish, the shows will feature performances from David Kitt, Hal, Rodrigo y Gabriela, The Jimmy Cake and The Tycho Brahe. Also lined-up are Cara Dillon, The Handsome Family, Declan O'Rourke, Paddy Casey, Bell X1, Karan Casey, Gemma Hayes, Turn, Luka Bloom, Jerry Fish and The Mudbug Club as well as a number of special surprise guests....

All shows start at 8pm and you are advised to book now as the venue only seats 70.
Tickets cost € 20 and for further details email

Thursday 4th December - Jerry Fish & The Mudbug Club / David Kitt
Friday 5th December - Hal / Turn / Rodrigoy Gabriela
Saturday 6th December - The Jimmy Cake / The Tycho Brahe
Sunday 7th December - Cara Dillon / The Handsome Family
Monday 8th December - Declan O'Rourke / Paddy Casey
Tuesday 9th December - Bell X1 / Karan Casey
Wednesday 10th December - Gemma Hayes / Luka Bloom.

Eve Kelliher

Leinster Leader - 25 September 2003

Red Hot Music is back in Naas

It's back, it's still red hot and it's better than ever. The monthly nights of red hot music are back at the Red House, Naas, starting on Thursday 2nd October with northern star Juliet Turner who played a storm of a gig last time she was there..... This time out she is support by Gavin Moore, nephew of the famous Christy and Barry in a concert not to be missed...

Members of the Red Hot Music Club will be delighted to learn of upcoming concerts. The line up includes The 4 of Us in November, Dervish in December, Mundy in January, Luka Bloom in February, Kevin Doherty in March and a surprise guest as usual for the final concert in April...


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