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Tuesday 16 January 2018

Luka has 11 songs, and more for Cork

INTERNATIONALLY acclaimed singer/songwriter Luka Bloom will make a welcome return to Cork on Wednesday, February 11 for a gig at the Pavilion on Carey's Lane.

The gig is part of Bloom's Irish tour to mark the release of Don't Be Afraid Of The Light That Shines Within You, the second single taken from his 2008 album 11 songs.

For almost two decades Bloom has enjoyed tremendous success across the world, getting his big break in 1987 when he toured the US with the acts including The Pogues, The Violent Femmes, Houthouse Flowers and The Cowboy Junkies.

Over the decade he has concentrated on performing in Australia and on the European mainland when his distinctive electro-guitar style and melodic riffs have earned him a huge fan base.

Bloom's love for playing in front of a live audience has never been more apparent than on 11 Songs, his 12th studio album.

While not a live album it returns to raw almost live sound of his early albums and acts as a potent reminder of why he is such a master of the concert stage.

Co-produced by Bloom and Dave Odlum (former Kila and Frames guitarist), the pair have managed to bring together a stellar line up of backing musicians and singers. These include former Frame Dave Hingerty, Hothouse Flowers frontman Liam O'Maonlai, Paul Smith, Cora Venus Lunny, The Gardiner Street Choir, Sinead Martin and Robbie Moore.

His Irish tour will offer fans a rare opportunity to hear songs from the new album live as well as many tracks from his extensive back catalogue.

Tickets for the gig at the Pavilion cost €20 from Plugd Records on Washington Street or at www.tickets.ie.

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