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Luka Bloom

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Luka Bloom (born 23 May 1955 as Barry Moore) is an accomplished Irish folk-rock singer-songwriter. He is also the younger brother of Irish folk singer Christy Moore.

In order to avoid the pressure of being related to Christy Moore, Bloom adopted his pseudonym. “Luka” is taken from the title of Suzanne Vega’s song “Luka” about child abuse and “Bloom” refers to the main character in James Joyce’s Ulysses. Bloom is, however, very forthcoming about being Moore’s brother and does not hide behind his stage name.

Luka Bloom’s style of guitar playing is very distinctive and is generally referred to as “electro-acoustic”. In his early career as Barry Moore, Bloom used a fingerpicking style. However, tendonitis in his hands forced him to adopt a strumming style which is the one he still uses and is often credited with his success.

He began his career in the United States playing small clubs in Washington DC and later in New York City. He was a frequent performer in New York’s Greenwich Village—at the Lion’s Den (a center for American folk music in the early Sixties), and at the Red Lion, where he played with Eileen Ivers backing him on fiddle, during his “Irishman in Chinatown” tour. (Ivers would also appear on the Riverside album.)

He toured America frequently through the Nineties, although his contemporary touring schedules take him mostly to Europe. He remarked during his 2006 US tour that he has grown fond of playing in Eastern Europe, “now that I don’t need a work visa.”

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  • pretfles

    enjoying head and heart, nice new album, thx Barry

    14 Mar 7:44pm Reply
  • pretfles

    the concert in Mechelen was again a great Luka Bloom experience, thanks Barry for the little chat after the gig.

    19 Oct 2013 Reply
  • thetrogg

    @clearskies. For me "Riverside" is as essential as "The Voyage" . Its apples and oranges - they have a very different take on irishness as I see it - from the outside I know

    22 Jul 2011 Reply
  • JanViool

    Lees het aritkel over Luka Bloom in New Folk Sounds 133 (februari/maart 2011). www.newfolksounds.nl

    25 Jan 2011 Reply
  • likeahurricane1

    Great concert in Utrecht, for almost two hours music. For some vids see video

    4 Apr 2010 Reply
  • pretfles

    Thanks for the fantastic gig in De Roma in Antwerp yesterday, I completely forgot time and place and got in trance with your outstanding performance. Thanks a lot for giving me this feeling in the hectic period that I'm going through.

    1 Apr 2010 Reply
  • clearskies

    Would be good if he was as popular in Ireland than other countries in Europe! Although he will never be as good as his brother

    27 Feb 2010 Reply
  • Jlectric

    'Turf' and 'Before Sleep Comes'... two of my alltime favorites

    22 Dec 2009 Reply
  • bitofbluesky

    I love his soulful voice

    10 Oct 2009 Reply
  • mamafanfan

    cool

    27 Jul 2009 Reply
  • LeighBCD

    I love his voice

    17 May 2009 Reply
  • melsonwheels

    ^_^

    29 Apr 2009 Reply
  • KFKangaroo

    Decided to catch him at the West Coast Blues and Roots, having only heard the name not the music, loved it!! great musicianship and he had that audience in the palm of his hand!

    19 Apr 2009 Reply
  • kiss_the_truth

    Added!

    17 Apr 2009 Reply
  • CaptureTheCat

    happiness!!

    8 Mar 2009 Reply
  • sergej12

    Great talent and a very nice man.

    4 Feb 2009 Reply
  • pretfles

    It was fantastic Luka

    6 Nov 2008 Reply
  • pretfles

    Can't wait till Wednesday when I'll see him inn Leuven

    1 Nov 2008 Reply
  • rongrace

    Went to see Luka at the Bush Hall in London, fantastic gig, you just don't appreciate what a great guitarist he is until you see him live

    25 Oct 2008 Reply
  • pretfles

    New album out now, Eleven songs, just received it with the mail

    12 Sep 2008 Reply
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