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West Cork album release for Frugalisto –

Luka Bloom returns to DeBarras to launch his latest album ‘Frugalisto’ recorded in West Cork and featuring many guests.


‘It was December 2012. I made the move to the people’s Republic of North Clare in the West of Ireland. Wind and rain howling all around me, it felt apocalyptic and wild, and I loved it.

A visitor to Clare since 1973, I never really felt the Winter wind before.

In three short years I have come to love this time of warm fires and slow tunes.

There is no hurry, because it is down time. Even the Wild Atlantic Way cannot entice big numbers to come. And so we go quiet. We play with and for, each other.

This inspired The January Blues.

The song FRÚGALISTO I owe to Fergal Smith and all the good people of Moy Hill Community Garden.

They are all half my age and they are teaching me about life, as we face into a challenging future for our children and grandchildren.

I could talk about all the songs, the North Clare baby boom that inspired Jiggy Jig Jig; the dream of being a surfer in middle age in Give It a Go…

But it is best to just hear the songs, and see what they mean for you.

The last song is Wave up to the Shore.

I wrote it in 1971, when I was 16. Pat Colgan was my English teacher then.

Pat, and his wife Margaret encouraged me to write songs. I thank them both from the bottom of my heart. It took many false starts, and 44 years to finally record this song.

My nephew Gavin sings it with me.

Lettercollum House in Timoleague, County Cork gave me the best recording experience of my life I believe. And with the musicians and singers who ventured to West Cork, we took our time, and stepped up to the songs.

Some days, Billy the Alsatian sat at my feet when I sang. I just knew everything was fine in this world. And it is.

Thank you everyone.


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