Spotlight Artist: Luka Bloom

Our next Spotlight Artist is renowned Irish singer and songwriter Luka Bloom. Luka will be performing two shows in New York in October, as part of his tour to support his latest release, “Dreams in America”. Our friend Christopher Deignan at the NY Irish Center arranged this interview for us.

Luka Bloom:

Are you touring solo, or will you have supporting musicians?
I am the band, me and my 3 guitars.

How is your 2010 tour going?

You used to live in NYC. What were some of your favorite bars or restaurants back then?
Oh dear, my favorite places to sing in were The Red Lion (not the coolest place on earth, but I had the most memorable shows there in the winter of 1987/1988); Continental Divide, Under Acme, until eventually I graduated to The Bottom Line and CBGB!

My favorite restaurant was Quantum Leap on West 3rd. Very simple veggie fare.

What do you see are some of the biggest differences between NYC of the late 80s/early 90s and today?
The obvious ones. Cleaner, easier to get around. Not as edgy… I loved it then, I loved it now. I don’t do nostalgia; everything changes including New York, and me.

What are some of your favorite venues to perform?
I love performing everywhere. It’s the best job imaginable, and sometimes the smelliest dives you don’t want to be in, are the best shows…..go figure.

Musical influences:
The usual; Van, Miles, Bob…I’m a simple guy.

Official site:
facebook: lukabloom
Myspace: lukabloom
Youtube: lukabloomvideos

Where can we buy your music? (new record ‘Dreams in America’ from Compass Records.)
Tell us about your newest release, “Dreams in America”.

It is a moment of gratitude for the records and shows since Riverside came out 20 years ago. We launched Riverside in Maxwell’s in Hoboken in January 1990, and I’ve been rockin’ ever since. This tour is about saying thank you for that time, and the CD contains tracks from all the years since. I recorded it in my living room over last Christmas.

Can you share a story or anecdote about performing live in New York?

I remember seeing a queue in the snow outside The Red Lion in January 1988 one Wednesday night, and I knew something was happening.

Any advice to someone just starting out?
Never give up; don’t take yourself too seriously. Its none of your business what anyone thinks of you. Always love what you do. Just give of yourself and you will somehow be taken care of.

Thank you!

Cheers Sean

Luka Bloom appears twice in New York next week: Sunday, Oct. 3 at City Winery and Tuesday, Oct. 5 at the NY Irish Center.

Tuesday, October 5
New York Irish Center presents…

An Evening With Luka Bloom
Tickets are $42 each (no limit on individual purchases)
There is an 80 seat limit so book your ticket(s) early.

Tickets can be purchases ONLY via Credit Card or Paypal using the following link:
Doors open 7pm
Complimentary cocktail hour downstairs
(donations to the Center for cocktails hour are encouraged)
The downstairs area will also be open after the show for drinks
General admission seating, so arrive early
8pm showtime (No admittance to the show after 8pm)

New York Irish Center
10-40 Jackson Ave.
Long Island City, Queens, NY
718 482-0909

also appearing this Sunday at City Winery…

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Luka Bloom
* Bar Stools $20
* Reserved Tables $30
* Reserved Best Tables $35
* VIP Tables $35
City Winery
155 Varick St.
(bet. Spring & Vandam St.)
New York, 10013
(212) 608-0555

Below is a clip from last year’s appearance at City Winery, performing “Dreams in America”.

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