I recently spoke to Irish musician Luka Bloom about his upcoming Australian tour.

This is will be Luka’s 12th tour of Australia.  I’m doing a phoner with him from Ireland and it’s late night his time, in fact a little later than expected because the interviewer before me, Luka says, was Irish and ‘they didn’t stop talking’. Mine won’t be the last interview on this particular night for Luka he is scheduled to be chatting away until 1 am but as Luka’s publicist tells me’ he is a trooper’.

Although Luka is not visiting Hobart this tour, because, he tells me he has little control over the itinerary, he is apologetic and reminds me how much he loves Hobart.

Luka is always glad to go home and return to family and friends after a tour but with Australia the feeling is different because when he’s in Australia he doesn’t feel as if he is away from home.

While he can’t exactly say why he feels this way, Luka thinks part of it has something to do with the connection that the modern day Irish have with Australia and their awareness that their ancestors made that extraordinary trip to the other side of the world. These people have left their imprint on the nation, something both genetic and spiritual embedded in the landscape. An ‘intangible’ feeling manifested in Luka as a sense of familiarity, of being home away from home.

Right back to his first concert at the Elmore Theatre, he felt, he said ‘a hurricane of support’ and fell in love with Australia instantly. Added to that warm reception was the Australian sense of humour with, like the Irish, its irreverent use of the English language. It seems fitting then, that Luka will debut his new album ‘Frugalisto’ here in Australia.

Luka as a folk singer has always had a message in his music and most recently climate change has become a deep concern because of his new neighbours in County Clare, keen surfers who are equally devoted to treading softly on the earth and do that by creating a living environment of positive sustainability.

Luka has seen people’s awareness of climate change grow and notes that for the first time this year in Ireland people were actually scared of the rains coming and for good reason as these rains resulted in frightening flooding.

Luka’s neighbours present hope for the future in a world where the scary scenario is that there might only be 59 more harvests, if climate change is not recognised and acted upon. It is these concerns that has prompted Luka in writing his new album ‘Frugalisto’ to be showcased on this tour.

You can see Luka on the mainland in Feb/March.  See dates: