Born Barry Moore on 23 May 1955 to Nancy Power and Andy Moore of Newbridge in County Kildare, Ireland; Luka Bloom is the youngest member of the family and has three sisters and two brothers.
Barry was educated by the Patrician Brothers in Primary School and by the Dominican Fathers in Newbridge College. He formed a group with his brother Andy and best friend Pat Kilbride - Aes Triplex - while in Newbridge College.
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. 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 Barry spent all of his time writing songs and playing guitar.
In 1977 he toured Germany and England as part of the group Inchiquin. In 1979 Barry moved to Groningen in Holland and was based there for a number of years. He recorded the album "In Groningen" in 1980. 1982 saw the release of "No Heroes" - all of the songs on this album are written by Barry. "Remember the Brave Ones" was later recorded by Moving Hearts.
Barry spent some time playing with Manus Lunny before he headed off in another new direction. From 1983 to 1986 Barry fronted the Dublin post-punk/pop band Red Square. It was one of 5000 bands in Dublin trying to become the next U2. It was great fun. "Got me off the stool, out of the folk clubs, taught me how to roar".
In 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 recorded "Riverside", "The Acoustic Motorbike", and "Turf".
Monday 7 and Tuesday 8 March 2016
Much loved Irish troubadour Luka Bloom is a master of the concert stage.
His incredibly gifted electro-acoustic guitar playing guarantees an impassioned live performance of his original, poetic and melodic songs.
Luka’s concert arsenal includes both tender and dynamic original material and a surprisingly eclectic selection of other people’s work.
Over the years Bloom has brought his inspiring lyrics and sumptuous melodies to clubs, theatres, festivals, bars and arenas all over the world, but he has a special place in his heart for Australian audiences and has earned a devoted following in this country.
Be early: no reserved seating
Doors open at 6.30. Kitchen open till 9pm.
Performance at 9pm
Monday 18, Tuesday 19 & Wednesday 20 March 2013
At the last event in Perth, many Australian singers and musicians came together to perform at a special concert. And on that day, I got to sing with The Gyoto monks from Tibet, and that was a beautiful experience. A perfect ending to a wonderful tour.
I had written ‘As I waved goodbye’ 10 years ago in Kildare. The song is like a photograph of the moment in 1959 when The Dalai lama said farewell to his people, his city, and his country. It was also the moment the Tibetan people said farewell to him.
When this song was finished, I never imagined in my wildest dreams that one day I would sing the song for him. And on the last day in Perth, the Gyoto monks sang a beautiful chant underneath the rhythm of the song.
This feels like the perfect image to announce my 2013 Heartman tour of Australia, beginning in Adelaide in early March.
It will be great to see my friends again, hopefully make a few new ones; and also sing a song or 2 from home, for all the Irish people who have had to leave, to seek employment in the great land that is Australia.”
Be early: no reserved seating
Doors open at 6pm, kitchen open till 9pm
Performance at 9pm.
Tuesday 22, Wednesday 23 and Thursday 24 March 2011
Much loved Irish troubadour Luka Bloom is a master of the concert stage. His incredibly gifted electro-acoustic guitar playing guarantees an impassioned live performance of his original, poetic and melodic songs. Luka's concert arsenal includes both tender and dynamic original material and a surprisingly eclectic selection of other people's work. Over the years Bloom has brought his inspiring lyrics and sumptuous melodies to clubs, theatres, festivals, bars and arenas all over the world, but he has a special place in his heart for Australian audiences and has earned a devoted following in this country. Presented by Adrian Bohm
Saturday 4, Sunday 5 & Monday 6 April 2009
Much loved Irish troubadour LUKA BLOOM releases a new album ELEVEN SONGS (Shock Records) with a good excuse to return to our shores for his 9th Australian tour.
Monday 19, Tuesday 20 & Wednesday 21 2007
An uplifting and different night of music guaranteed from much-loved and highly acclaimed Irish singer-songwriter Luka Bloom. An inspired and inspiring performer, his literate and melodic original songs, sensitive interpretation of others and impassioned live performances have earned Bloom a devoted Australian following. Right now Luka is in training for his return to Australia for his ninth tour in March 2007. He says " in truth, I spend 2 months out of 24 in Australia and the next 22 waiting to return "