Dit keer een lijntje van de mobiele studio in Nashville naar de Westkust in Ierland! De Ierse Folkzanger en verhalenverteller Luka Bloom doet al een tijdje mee; Begin jaren 70 als jongetje van 14 in de band van zijn broertje en in 1990 kwam zijn eigen doorbraak met het album 'Riverside'. Eind juni verscheen het nieuwe album 'Bittersweet Crimson '. Luka woonde in Groningen en de VS en heeft mooie reisverhalen, bijzondere ontmoetingen én te gekke muziek in petto voor deze Songlines!
Luka Bloom is one of Ireland’s best known and most respected contemporary folk artists. Originally from County Kildare, Luka Bloom has been singing and performing since the age of 14. He released his debut album Treaty Stone in 1978 and soon after moved to the Netherlands, where he remains hugely popular. He also previously lived in Washington DC and in New York, where he was signed by Reprise records, the iconic label that signed Tom Petty, Neil Young, Fleetwood Mac and so many other greats. Over 20 albums on, Luka Bloom is living not to far from me on the west coast of County Clare while continuing to tour the world. His brother is the folk musician and previous guest of this podcast Christy Moore and his sister Anne Rynne is also a singer, songwriter and musician. I’ve seen Luka perform a number of times now and have always been struck by his unique sound and a real sense of social and ecological consciousness that ripples through his songs.
It's a strange thing indeed to connect with a country on the other side of the world to where you grew up, so much so that you feel the same sadness when leaving it as you do when you leave home. But this is the experience of Luka Bloom, the great Irish songman who for more than 40 years has put his passion for social justice to music, and given voice to those who aren't often heard or recognised. His songs have touched a chord in Australia, so much so that he has now toured the country more than a dozen times. In this episode of Streets of Your Town, Luka Bloom tells us about the euphoric joy he feels seeing a Fremantle sunset, and feeling the appreciation of his Australian fans, wherever he goes.
On this week’s podcast, Luka Bloom joins Róisín Ingle to talk about his latest album Frugalisto which he takes on the road later this year. He also performs three songs live with some special-guest vocals by Róisín on the track Sunny Sailor Boy.