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Luka Bloom Luka Bloom is regarded as one of Ireland's
most respected contemporary folk artists, having produced
over 20 albums since the 1970s, he continues to push
the boundaries of what his music can do. Born into a
very musical family, Luka (62) is the youngest of six
and grew up in Newbridge, Co Kildare. He was just 18
months old when his father died, leaving his mother
nancy to raise six children on her own. She has been
a big influence on his life. He's very close to all
of his siblings.
He was christened Barry Moore, but changed his name
for professional reasons. He has recorded 20 albums
to date and is currently on tour nationwide. He lives
in Co Clare, and has two sons, Robbie and Tom, and two
grandsons, Tom (3), and John (one year). A master interpreter,
he has continued to balance original songs with reinventions
of tunes by a diverse range of songwriters. Like many
who write songs, Luka's orchestra of choice is the guitar.
What makes his career a little different is his constant
search for a new voice within the guitar. The guitar
is the landscape on which the song is created, and he
is forever probing that landscape for new inspiration.
No effects, no gadgets, just searing voice and mastery
of his instrument. His new album 'Refuge' was released
just last month, October 2017.
A few lines from Luka on the release of 'Refuge' and
what inspired him to write one of his most personal
albums to date:
Sometimes records are planned for months or even years.
Sometimes records sneak up on you.
I am very happy to announce that in October 2017 we
will be releasing my new record REFUGE on www.lukabloom.com
Autumn\Winter 2016 the world seemed to become a loud,
brutal place. People hurting from war, homelessness,
People respond in different ways.
I sought refuge in songs. I wrote some, I learned some
and I visited some old ones.
After a few months of quiet work, I felt the need to
put these songs out into the world.
At first I heard choirs and strings and trumpets.
In the end I decided to keep it raw, and simple.
And here it is - REFUGE. 11 songs, recorded in the amazing
studio that is Lettercollum Recording Studio, with John
Fitzgerald and mastered by my old friend Brian Masterson.