- 01 Nov 17
Irish folk singer-songwriter Luke Bloom’s latest album Refuge has been released, as he prepares for a number of Irish gigs.
Bloom’s career has spanned decades, during which he has established himself as ‘a master interpreter’ and skilled guitarist.
Bloom’s live shows typically tend to balance original songs with reinventions of tunes by artists as diverse as Elvis Presley and LL Cool J.
His latest album Refuge has a raw and simple sound. The songs were inspired by the “people hurting from war, homelessness and climate change” that the artist observed in late 2016.
Bloom says the world “seemed to become a loud, brutal place” and so he “sought refuge in songs”.
All 11 of Refuge’s tracks were recorded in Lettercollum Recording Studio with John Fitzgerald and mastered by my old friend Brian Masterson.
The cover painting is called ‘At One’ – by Tim Goulding, a great Irish artist from Beara Peninsula in West Cork.
Carl Corcoran of RTE lyric FM described the album as “a sublime conversation between Luka’s honey coated voice and the distinctive and beautifully recorded Lowden guitar”
Bloom will perform a cover of Leonard Cohen’s In My Secret Life at his live shows in November, to mark the first anniversary of Cohen's passing.
Bloom’s tour dates are as follows,
Sun Nov 19th, The Róisín Dubh, Dominic St Galway (091) 586 540
Sat Dec 2nd, The Punchbowl, Booterstown Co Dublin (01) 283 2356
Mon Dec 4th, Ballymore Acoustic Gig, Ballymore Eustace Co Kildare