Luka Bloom

Instruments: Guitar | Singer | Songwriter

In 1972 Barry Moore wrote a song called WAVE UP TO THE SHORE. Not his first song, but it had something. He did some gigs, wrote some songs; and in 1987 he boarded a plane for New York, and Luka Bloom was born.

Riverside was released in 1990 on REPRISE Records. It was followed by THE ACOUSTIC MOTORBIKE, AND TURF. During the early 1990s the life of writing, recording and touring took off. The US, Australia, Germany, Holland, Belgium, Switzerland, and The UK are frequent destinations for Luka’s songs.

As well as his own touring, he has performed at some of the great festivals: Pinkpop(Holland); Roskilde(Denmark), Torhout\Werchter(Belgium), Newport Folk Festival(US) Byron Blues Festival(Australia), Glastonbury and Cambridge, (UK). And most of all, he regularly sings all over the island of Ireland, where he lives in County Clare.

Since 2000, Luka has been releasing his own songs and music via 17 independent albums in total, as well as a book of photographs and some lyrics called HOMEPLACE. In 2022, Luka was singing Wave up to the Shore at home one afternoon. He suddenly realised it was 50 years old. And this resulted in a triple cd of 50 songs from the past 50 years. Reworkings of songs written and learned since 1972.

It is called WAVE UP TO THE SHORE; and is available from

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