I managed to catch Luka Bloom on stage at Bush Hall, Shepherds Bush last week for the start of his tour promoting his new record Eleven Songs. While I was looking forward to hearing some of his new stuff, as I’d enjoyed much of his early 90’s albums, I was looking forward to hearing some old stuff too… Sometimes, the words that come out of Luka Bloom’s mouth sound like a rolecall of cliche’s - but thats kinda the pure nature of his songwriting - its simple, and direct. His delivery is always so believable, they dont stick out, and you’d almost think he coined the phrases in the first place.
Luka is one of those people who has a true - dare I now use a cliche - lust for life, and a yearning to experience all the world has to offer, and his music reflects it - he sings of people and places from around the globe. In performance, too, he plays with energy and life, and its quite infectious - Even Bush Halls rather civilized audience were buzzing early on, and became more raucous as the night continued.
I had the strange experience of introducing Luka Bloom to an irish mate of mine back in Australia. Which, is odd not only for the fact that he hadn’t heard of him, but also because my friend was very much in the same kinda place as Luka Bloom, as someone who was a real traveller, and craved a good craic. He’s since found the love of his life, and they’ve recently married, back in Ireland. So, I’d like to dedicate ‘You Couldn’t Have Come at a Better Time’ to Steve and Caroline, and let them know we think of them still. Enjoy!
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