Church of Ireland, Boyle, Co. Roscommon

Church of Ireland
Co. Roscommon

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Luka Bloom



I’ve just returned from Germany; 3 weeks traipsing up and down the autobahn, singing for the Germans, God bless them.
Apart from some foreign festivals, I’m happily home for the summer.
A few swims, a few 99s, a few cycles on the acoustic motorbike. And a few new songs.
AND a few visits to exotic destinations like Boyle, to sing my songs and meet some good people enjoying Ireland in Summer.
Between the referendum and the Winter, we need a bit of sun and fun.
I’m grateful to The Boyle Arts Festival for inviting me to come and sing in the Church of Ireland on Monday 23rd of July.
And I can’t wait.
Put the kettle on.


The very embodiment of the folk singer, Luka Bloom has that deep sense of social justice with an uncanny ability to distil contemporary life into the pithiest and most alluring combinations of lyrics and melody lines. Last year’s album, Refuge, put a finger on the fractured nature of so much of what’s happening in our world today, from homelessness to war to climate change. His voice is still as open and honest as it was over 30 years ago, and his guitar finds chord combinations that are all his own. Passion, playfulness and pause for thought: a hearty combination in any gig.

Siobhan Long, Irish Times. March 2018.