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Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Luka Bloom @ McGonigel's Mucky Duck

05/02/06 Luka Bloom (Christy Moore’s brother) at the Mucky Duck - 2425 Norfolk, Houston, Texas 77098 713-528-5999 (voice); 713-528-4763 (Fax) Email addresses Rusty: Luka Bloom a.k.a Barry Moore 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. It was a tour of English folk clubs and he was fourteen years of age. That was a long time ago. Turning 50 in 2005, Luka has brought his songs to clubs, theatres, fesitivals, bars, arenas and dives all over the world. From McGanns in Boston to The Tivoli in Brisbane to Red Hot Club in Newbridge. Its 1987, Barry Moore flew out to America and Luka Bloom came back. Singing his songs around the US, gigging with The Pogues, the Violent Femmes, The Dixie Chicks, Hothouse Flowers, The Cowboy Junkies. He signed with Warner Music in Los Angeles, and made 'Riverside', 'The Acoustic Motorbike', and 'Turf'. He made Salty Heaven in Birr Co Offaly 1997. Luka read about Ani di Franco and her independent crusade to make her own music in her own way, in her own time, released by her own people. This concept excited him and he went about setting up his own independent way of working. In 2000 Luka recorded 'Keeper of the Flame', an album of eclectic covers by great artists. 2001 was a busy year for Luka, he created Big Sky Records and 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. 2003, 'Amsterdam' was released - a live performance from a great night in the Carre Theatre in Amsterdam. In 2004 'Before Sleep Comes' was recorded, nine soft songs for insomniacs. And now comes his latest offering.'Innocence'. This is an album of 11 new songs and one old gem. 'Primavera' Song for Spring inspired by Mariza. 'City of Chicago' A song for any Irishman or woman who ever emigrated. 'No matter where you go there you are' A song for anyone who ever immigrated into Ireland. 'Thank you for bringing me here' A daughter tells a father on Fanore beach. 'Innocence' A 49-year-old man calls an album 'Innocence', because he knows you have to hold your innocence. 'Miracle Cure' It's hard to move on, and forgive, whether for society or for one person. 'Miracle Cure' is the story. 'Peace on Earth' Beslan, Tsunami, 2004 was a sad year for children. Sometimes words cannot say it. 'Peace on Earth' 'Venus' Venus is passing across the sun for the first time in 150 years, and the radio tells us not to look at it. 'Venus' is the story. 'Gypsy Music' 50 million more people in Europe don't need a visa to come to Ireland - 'Gypsy Music' is the answer. 'First light of Spring' Winter will soon be over. Days are still short, it's still a bit cold, but soon we'll see the 'First light of Spring' and that is sweeter than anything. 'Salvador'. A love song left on an answering machine. 'June' Summer sunshine. "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" Luka Bloom January 2005.
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