The Irish folksinger Barry Moore (brother of Irish legend Christy) moved
in 1988 to New York and changed his name to Luka Bloom.
Riverside (Reprise, 1990) is the album of a modern, urban
singer-songwriter, hardly related to his Celtic roots.
Thanks to tasty arrangements (Jane Scarpantoni's cello), a powerful voice,
This Is For Life,
Gone To Pablo and Delirious managed to connect
with a generation and a country that weren't his.
He returned to Ireland and started his major career with
The Acoustic Motorbike (Reprise, 1992), an album that, contrary to the
title, is arranged with a drum machine and absorbs influences such
The denser and moodier arrangements lend the album a
more contemporary feeling,
but also make it less personal.
A sparser, more intimate Turf (Reprise, 1994) seemed to apologize to
Unfortunately, he was soon forgotten by the press that had heralded him as
one of the most original voices of the new generation of singer-songwriters,
despite the fact that Salty Heaven (Shanachie, 1999) features some
of his most elaborate and innovative compositions: the
jazzy The Hungry Ghost, the orchestral Water Ballerina and
the lengthy epic on the Irish migration Forgiveness.
Between The Mountain And The Moon (Skip, 2001) is a collection of
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