Luka Bloom tonight

LUKA BLOOM is heading west to play the Monroe’s Live tonight as part of Galway International Arts Festival.

From County Kildare, the man born Barry Moore had his first taste of the stage in 1969, when, aged 14 he embarked on a tour with older brother Christy Moore. By 1978 he had released his debut album Treaty Stone, but the following year severe tendonitis forced him to change from his original finger-picking guitar style to having to play with a plectrum. However this led to the developed of his unique slash-strumming technique.

Bloom has produced 20 albums to date, his best work has arguably been done since the noughties and his high standards have continued on Head and Heart, released earlier this year.

Doors are at 8pm.

For tickets see www.giaf.com and www.monroes.ie .

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