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Thursday 28th October 2021

St Mary's Arts Centre, Sandwich

Declan O'Rourke

Friday 12th November

Canterbury Cathedral Lodge

The Bar-Steward Sons of Val Doonican

Saturday 20th November 2021

Colyer-Fergusson Room, Gulbenkian, Canterbury

Usher's Island

Sunday 28th November 2021

Gulbenkian, Canterbury

Martyn Joseph

Saturday 4th December 2021

Waterstones, Canterbury


Luka Bloom

Sunday 2nd November 2014

Canterbury Cathedral Lodge

Doors 7pm for 8pm start
£15 online
£16 cash or cheque in advance
£17 on the door 

With a poet’s heart and a rocker’s soul, Luka Bloom is regarded as one of Ireland’s best-respected contemporary folk artists.  Producing 20 albums since the 1970s, Bloom continues to push the boundaries of what his music can do, and is still making provocative, poetic music that delves deep into the intricacies of the human soul.

Kevin Barry Moore, as he was named, came from the land of St Brigid in Co. Kildare, Ireland. Brought up in a musical family; he is the younger brother of renowned singer and songwriter Christy Moore. 

On his way to New York, where he settled in 1987, he decided to embrace fully the change of leaving the homeland and became officially for the first time Luka Bloom – ‘Luka’ from the Suzanne Vega song, and ‘Bloom’ - Joyce’s great Dubliner from Ulysses. 

Luka Bloom has the power to bring audiences to a hush as his poetic lyrics bounce over melodies in a beautiful, captivating way, then rouse the spirit of the audience to the ceiling when he changes the tempo. 

Luka has a brand new album, Head and Heart, released in spring of 2014. 

‘…someone whose quest is far from over, but whose comfort in his own skin bears testament to a road well travelled. And the music's not half-bad either. Magnificent.’ 
‘Bloom never fails to deliver an entertaining show, and you are hereby advised to catch him at a town near you.’ - 

"I'm allergic to nostalgia. Long nights reminiscing about the good old days are a bit of a yawn to me. Much more excited by the good now days, the next song, the next gig, the seed of the next record.... And yet, perhaps it's ok to press the pause button for a moment, and reflect a tiny bit on experiences over a period of time. Not dwell too long; just feel it again, pay respect to the places and the people."
"Every gig is precious. Whether the Spa in Lisdoonvarna, Carre in Amsterdam, or the Melbourne Concert Hall, the privilege is the same, as is the commitment to the gig." –  
Luka Bloom


From YouTube

I've been fortunate to have seen Luka 3 times, he never lets you down. This is one of many great songs, from this great musician.

Luka is my favourite and hero. With his songs he saved my life and it's obvious that he is not aware of it.

Luka could only be 'overlooked' (as someone suggested here) by those who haven't yet recognised he is the best singer/musician in Ireland. He has huge respect and a solid fan base from those who do. I'm his biggest fan - he is serious perfection musically. Get there to see him live in action if he's somewhere near you. You won't forget it. The man is alive......and really amazing on stage.

No one can sing a love song, like Luka Bloom!

For years Luka's music has spoken to me. It has been with me through some very difficult times and some great joys. This song is among those that speak the loudest.

From Amazon

If you haven't heard Luka live, then you have missed out. Here is the greatest singer /songwriter /musician to come out of Ireland. Luka's Platinum collection is a worthy reminder of his professionalism over decades.  I'm one of his biggest fans, so what can I say? Buy Luka and take any opportunity to hear one great artist live if he's on stage anywhere near you. You'll be back for more.

A couple more selected clips

The last word from Debs - 'I can't stop listening to Luka - his voice is so smooth and seductive, and his heart and clever mind shines through in his words...this will be an extra special gig' - Date Added 25/07/2014