Tradition Now: Luka Bloom

Tradition Now: Luka Bloom

Saturday, 29 October 2022, 8.00pm

2021 saw acclaimed Irish songwriter Luka Bloom release his first solely instrumental album, Out of the Blue. An often sublime and reflective album, it marks new terrain for Bloom.

“People responded to Covid in many different ways. For sure it was a struggle, even for those who did not get ill. But what kept me reasonably sane during 2020-2021 was the simple joy of just playing the guitar at home each day. Initially inspired by Steve Cooney’s stunning recording of old harp tunes, I began to create some tunes myself. Very reflective, solitary tunes. This reminded me of my youth in Kildare, just loving the adventure each day of playing guitar. And it comforted me, as it always has done.

Eventually I recruited Jon O’Connell, Adam Shapiro, Brian Masterson, and we created this record Out of the Blue. With some lovely trumpet from Susan O’Neill. It is my lockdown blues in a way. Recorded in a living room in Liscannor, County Clare. The tunes are uncomplicated, the only way I know. Each one resonates with me deeply, because of the time that was…. An invitation to play these tunes in NCH is just a huge honour.” Luka Bloom

Tradition Now explores innovation in traditional music today. This Autumn’s edition celebrates the voice from sean-nós to folk from the North East of England as well as instrumental innovations from Ireland to Brittany

Presented by NCH in partnership with The Arts Council

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