Luka Bloom (born 23 May 1955, in Newbridge, County Kildare, Ireland as Kevin Barry Moore) is an Irish folk-rock singer-songwriter. He is the younger brother of Irish folk singer Christy Moore.
Bloom's early albums showcased his frenetic strumming style, including "Delirious" the debut track on Riverside, and his penchant for thoughtful cover songs, an affinity that he maintains even in more recent work. He had previously covered LL Cool J's I Need Love and Elvis Presley's Can't Help Falling In Love on the album The Acoustic Motorbike.
Released in 2000, Keeper of the Flame was an album of cover versions featuring renditions of ABBA's Dancing Queen, Bob Marley's Natural Mystic and the Hunters and Collectors' Throw Your Arms Around Me among others.
Bloom's 2004 acoustic mini-album, Before Sleep Comes, was recorded while he was recovering from tendinitis. He stated that the purpose of the album was "to help bring you closer to sleep, our sometimes elusive night-friend".
Bloom released his album Innocence in 2005. Some of the songs feature a new found interest in Eastern European Romany music and other world music. The album features a more classical guitar and the resonant plucking associated with that style of instrument. In his previous work he relied on steel-stringed guitars that created his distinctive style.
In 2007 he released Tribe, a collaboration with County Clare musician Simon O'Reilly, with O'Reilly composing the music and sending the recordings to Bloom for him to complete with lyrics and singing.
A DVD titled The Man is Alive was released on 20 February 2008. It features concerts filmed in Dublin and at his home in Kildare, a question and answer session with fans, the documentary "My Name is Luka" and a CD of music taken from the two performances.
"Eleven Songs" was released in September 2008, featuring an expanded ensemble of instrumentation, giving the album a distinct sound within his catalogue.
Label: Evolver Entertainment | Released: 2003 | Length: 51'11"