Geneva Literary Aid Society

Luka Bloom (01.04.2017)

Luka Bloom live in Geneva“A fabulous songwriter, deeply rooted in his homeland and always looking for more.”

Irish folk legend, Luka Bloom is back in Geneva on Saturday, April 1. It’s four years since GLAS brought him to Geneva for the first time and he is a crowd favourite wherever he goes around the world, thanks to the quality of his songs and his amiable stage presence.

Here’s a sample of some emails we received after his last visit:

  • “It was really great. Would love to see him again.”
  • “Unbelievable show last night – great stuff. Thanks for arranging this. Please keep me on your mailing list.”
  • “Thanks for organising a great night with Luka Bloom – it felt like a private concert in one’s own home! A great success.”

Rolling Stone described him as a “A fabulous songwriter, deeply rooted in his homeland and always looking for more.” The Dalai Lama asked him to accompany him on a tour because of the beautiful song he wrote about the Dalai Lama’s flight into exile.

The support act will be Vaud-based Irish singer-songwriter Eoghan O’Sullivan.

All proceeds from this concert will go to support children attending the Gaza Music School, which we also supported with a concert last year. We recently received a note from the school outlining some of the valuable work they are doing in Palestine:

Our branch in Gaza strives incessantly to meet the growing demand for music education as a means to facilitate the access of Gaza’s young people to cultural life. Since 2012, it has been offering the first-ever structured and long-term music education program in Gaza, opening opportunities for children aged 6-18 to learn the joy of music and share it with their community. During the academic year 2015/2016, the number of students enrolled in the branch reached at around 204 (60% of which were girls), compared to 120 in 2012.

The Conservatory in Gaza continuously seeks to motivate its students and teachers both academically and professionally through encouraging them to form choirs, groups and ensembles and participate in Palestinian and international musical activities and specialized workshops such as the Palestine National Music Competition and the Palestinian Youth Orchestra tour. Currently the Conservatory’ branch in Gaza manages 4 ensembles, 1 choir and 1 orchestra. It also organizes the “Sea and Freedom” Festival on an annual basis. In 2015 and 2016, 25 concerts were performed offering a myriad of musical genres including Arabic, Classical and modern repertoires. Around 2500 participants attended the concerts with over 150 members who comprised the organizational, musical and technical groups of the festival.

More praise for Luka Bloom

  • With each successive album, Luka Bloom digs deeper and gazes wider.” The Irish Times.
  • That he scales such emotional heights with just his voice, a guitar and a bagful of heartfelt songs makes Bloom’s achievements even more remarkable.” Hot Press magazine

Ticket Reservations

Send an email stating your name and the number of tickets required to:

Date: Saturday 1 April, at 19.30 (Ticket collection from 18.30)
Tickets: CHF 30 (and CHF 20 for students, retired and unemployed)
Venue: The Aula, College des Coudriers, 15a Avenue de Joli-Mont 15a 1209 Genève



For more videos of Luka Bloom in action, see his website: