Fertile Rock – New Video

Sometimes all it takes is a song…
With the song ‘Fertile Rock’ by Luka Bloom a beautiful and unique connection was created in 2012 and continues to this day between a Danish Choir, an Irish musician, and a mountain in The Burren, Co. Clare…

“Ah, the travels of songs.
I love how some songs seem to grow mystical wings and find themselves landing in exotic places……… like Denmark.
Fertile Rock comes from 1992, during a time when people gathered to protect a sacred mountain in the Burren in County Clare.
There were plans to bring mass tourism to the area, and these developments would have changed the nature of the area forever.
Many people gathered, and their weapons were songs, poems, films, stories and music. And some law.
In the end, the development never happened. Mullaghmore remains mysterious and a little ‘off-track’.
People come, but not in big buses………
I wrote this song for the mountain, and never imagined the song would be sung in faraway places.
And yet, here it is, in its original version, being sung by Osterbro Pigekor from Copenhagen.
They sing the original words, which has a verse about the struggle of the 1990s to protect the mountain.
About 10 years ago, I changed the second verse, to acknowledge that the mountain remains exactly as it did generations ago. Untouched.

Østerbro Pigekor have done something very special with this song.
They have created a beautiful interpretation, which literally brings me to the mountain when I hear them sing it.
Now they have created this gorgeous video.
And their video is a collage of flowing photographs.
These photographs are works of art, created by Hanne T. Fisker.
Hanne lives beside the Burren in county Clare now.
She photographs the Burren like nobody else.
Somehow she manages to take photographs with her heart.
And so the choir and Hanne become the perfect marriage of art and song.
I am so grateful to Marlene, Hanne and the wonderful young women of Østerbro Pigekor for this gift they have given to my song.
Here is the ‘new verse’, not in this version:”

‘In the flowering desert
Anam Cara echoes around
And people go walking
The limestone’s holy ground’.

Luka Bloom

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Soon to be in Ireland…!

Only a few days to go and Østerbro Pigekor will be back on the emerald isle and looking forward we are.

Two great concerts are lined up:

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Here’s a link to an article in Mayo News – “Luka Bloom to perform with Danish choir in Westport”

Let the adventure unfold! ❤

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The time has come to pick up the tread from Østerbro Pigekors tour to Ireland in 2012. We are this very minute working on their next tour to Ireland the 15th – 21st of October 2016. We are really excited about this!

More info will follow as soon as we have the tour fully organised, but if you happen to be in Ireland, there will most likely be a concert in Clare and perhaps this time, we’ll include Connemara as well.

Until then, please have a listen to this video from the choir singing “Fertile Rock” by Luka Bloom at the foot of the very mountain that inspired the song; Mullaghmore in the Burren, Co. Clare. The sound is muffled, only microphone was in Luka’s pocket! But it will give you a good idea of their work, sound and adventures…

The Danish – Irish Adventure Continues…

Concert in Copenhagen with Østerbro Pigekor and Luka Bloom!

Sometimes, all it takes is a song. “Fertile Rock” by Irish singer songwriter Luka Bloom became the foundation rock for what later transpired into a true musical adventure between Østerbro Pigekor (ØP), Luka Bloom and The Lismorahaun Singers, culminating in a moving concert in Kilfenora with standing applause.

A deeply inspiring and creative friendship developed during this trip to Ireland in July 2012, and as a natural consequence, the Irish troubadour is now coming to Copenhagen for the craic and to once again sing along with ØP. So, despite a busy concert calendar for both parts in the autumn, a concert with ØP and Luka Bloom is on the horizon the 6th of October 2012 in Copenhagen.

Marlene Lollike and ØP is looking much forward to offer the Danes a little insight into Irish music, a meeting with a true artist (and “bogman” freely translated by the girls to bonderøv) and to share a small part of the magic that unfolded in Ireland.

True to the traditional Irish spirit in which the music occurs spontaneously and in the flow that is given, the choir and Luka Bloom only have a few days together up to the concert, but it should not be underestimated what can arise in a creative moment when the heart and soul is involved and everyone gives their utmost. The repertoire will consist of ØP’s own Nordic tracks, songs in cooperation with Luka Bloom and last but not least, a few of his songs solo.

It is with great joy and honor that Østerbro Girls Choir with Marlene Lollike at the helm, exactly two years after she first heard “Fertile Rock” that started it all, and now can bid welcome to an afternoon full of music. Anything can happen … one thing is for sure, it will not be boring.

To listen to ‘Gaman’ by Luka Bloom with Østerbro Pigekor from Corcomroe Abbey in Bellhabour, Co. Clare, Ireland, please click on the following link Media

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Collaborative Concert With Lismorahaun Singers, Østerbro Pigekor and Guest Luka Bloom!

The poetic energy of The Burren is known to inspire and call out the art of many an artist from all over the world and one rainy day in October 2011 it reached the Danish choirmaster Marlene Lollike through the song “Fertile Rock” by singer songwriter Luka Bloom. Deeply moved by the sound and lyrics of the song, she sat in the kitchen with her long-time friend from childhood in a little white cottage in Doolin in the midst of green hills and sprinting donkeys, dreaming the next tour for her choir Østerbro Pigekor. And sometimes dreams do come true and sometimes a dream transpires itself beyond our wildest imagination.

The Burren is also the home for the exceptional Lismorahaun Singers with the inspiring Archie Simpson as musical director. Despite different surrounding backgrounds for the Danish and the Irish choir, one in a capital city another between limestone rocks, exists something that’s even beyond the common love of singing; they have a mutual unique sense and feel for the resonance of the universal language of music that transcends any differences there might be.

An email was sent to Archie Simpson in April 2012 with a humble request, if he in any way would be interested in meeting up with the Danish Østerbro Pigekor when they were coming to Ireland first week of July. With his positive reply (this is an understatement) a whole avalanche of musical creativity started, emails flying between Denmark and Ireland, intended and unintended phone calls, full-on work on arrangements and songs, and all this is to culminate in a collaborative concert in Kilfenora, County Clare the 5th of July. Each choir will bring their own repertoire along with a couple of songs they will perform together, among them a Danish and Irish Folksong (some challenging tongue-twisting is guaranteed)

Another little story is being added to this already quite fascinating adventure, when Luka Bloom hears about the upcoming collaborative concert. Excited as only he (and Archie !) can be, he contributes with the idea to meet up with both choirs at their workshop the 4th of July, before his own concert in Lahinch same evening. The wish is to have both choirs accompanying him on one of his songs “Gaman” from his newest album “This New Morning” and create a special moment in time remembering the Japanese people and their way of dealing with earthquakes and tsunamis. Gaman means: to endure the endurable. And since the charming second wave of vikings and the powerful singers of the Burren are too cool to miss, Luka will stay around for another night and be the choirs special guest on the evening of the collaborative concert the 5th.

So, here we are. The dots have been connected; 3 creative and inspiring people with music as their first language accompanied by strong and beautiful sopranos, altos, basses and drones, need say no more.

However, the true beauty and strength of this story is, how everyone involved is giving their utmost with a sincere enthusiasm and honest openness to what collaboratively can be co-created in a very short amount of time. The choirs are looking much forward to share this musical adventure at their concert where anything can happen…

Mullach Mór

In honor of the song that was the spark that ignited this dream, the Danish Choir will walk up and greet Mullach Mor and give a little back to The Burren for what it gives everyone who walks there. The walk is open to anyone who would want to join the choir on the 3rd of July at 11am-ish, if the weather allows it. Meeting point will be at the starting point of the trail. Do come along !

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Collaborative concert with Lismorahaun Singers

As the days are getting still longer and the rays of the sun is beaming down on the West coast of Ireland (yes, sunshine can happen in Ireland too) much is unfolding for the upcoming tour to Ireland 1st – 6th of July 2012.

Besides a concert in Tullamore the 2nd of July, Oesterbro Pigekor has the great honor of creating a collaborative concert with Archie Simpson and The Lismorahaun Singers from County Clare. Please have a look at their website and check out their history and work of singing: Lismorahaun Singers

This very moment both choirs are working hard on twisting their tongues into Irish and Danish songs which they will sing together along with each choir bringing their own unique sound of songs to the evening of the 5th of July in Kilfenora. The collaborative work is still in progress and other great Irish musicians might join in on this special evening… we’ll see…

As it unfolds further details will follow.

It’s going to be great craic! (as they say in Ireland)

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Next stop Ireland….

In the first week of July Oesterbro Pigekor will be on their way to the emerald isle of haunting tunes and songs.

Choirmaster Marlene payed the little coastal village Doolin in County Clare, also known as the capital of the traditional Irish music, a short visit in October 2011. Inspired and deeply touched by the traditional Irish music and folksongs, it wasn’t hard to decide where to bring Oesterbro Pigekor for their next tour abroad.

As soon as Marlene returned to Denmark, her and Morten and the choir girls, supported by several other creative minds in Denmark and Ireland, began the project of fundraising and putting together a repertoir of songs. For curious minds, the repertoir will consist of Nordic classical music and folksongs plus their own arrangements of songs by the Irish singer songwriter Luka Bloom (permission has been granted:)

The main purpose of the tour is to get a touch of insight into the Irish world of music, inspiring interaction with Irish musicians and to sing with a Nordic voice in this ancient land. The choir will mainly concentrate on the area of Galway and Doolin and definitely not miss the chance to explore and get a sense of the poetic and untamed nature of the Westcoast of Ireland.

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