younger brother of influential Irish singer/songwriter Christy Moore,
Barry Moore had tired of being in his brother's shadow when he decided
to relocate to the United States in 1987. Re-christening himself Luka
Bloom during the long airplane ride, he took the first steps toward
establishing his own reputation. A master interpreter, Bloom has
continued to balance original songs with reinventions of tunes by a
diverse range of songwriters. His reworking of LL Cool J's "I Need
Love" transformed the song from its hip-hop origins to a
brogue-inflected folk tune. His 2000 album Keeper of the Flame featured
covers of tunes by Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Bob Marley, Nina Simone,
U2, ABBA, Radiohead, and Tim Hardin.
Launching his career in the 1970s, Bloom was encouraged by his brother,
who hired him to play with his groups Planxty and Moving Hearts.
Although he recorded three impressive solo albums in the 1970s and
'80s, he was unable to the match his brother's success. Moving to the
United States, Bloom temporarily settled in the Washington, D.C., area.
His first performance at a Georgetown pub led to a six-month residency,
where he honed his new act. Bloom's reputation as a skilled guitarist
and uplifting performer continued to grow. Accepting a second residency
at the Red Lion in New York's Greenwich Village, he began to shuttle
between the two clubs. By the end of the year, he had elected to make
New York him home. The decision proved fortuitous when his show at the
Red Lion was caught by a talent scout from Reprise, who signed him to
the label. After recording three memorable albums for Reprise -
Riverside in 1990, Acoustic Motorbike in 1992, and Turf in 1994 - Bloom
fell victim to a corporate shakeup in 1995. By then, he had returned to
his homeland, settling in Dublin. His 1999 album Salty Heaven was
partly recorded in his cottage home in the village of Birr, and
completed at Abbey Road Studios in London.
Craig Harris, All Music Guide