Bio

When Luke was given the Declan Affley “Best Rising Talent” award in 1998, one year after first picking up the mandolin, his days as a classical piano player or indeed anything else, were numbered. He quickly became recognized for his playing and was brought in around Australia to record with bands such as Isfahan and Senan’s Haggart and his own band the Funky String Band. In 2002 Scottish supergroup Shooglenifty heard him and swiftly extended an offer for touring to a full time position in the band. In Scotland Luke established himself as a firm session leader both as melody player and accompanist.

In the 8 years that have followed Luke has made 11 albums and made guest appearances on numerous others. An avid composer, his tunes can be heard dominating the Shooglenifty repertoire but he also likes the challenge of writing for other forms. He is currently writing a suite for mandolin, bassoon and rubab and is on the verge of releasing an album of his compositions featuring afghan rubab, cypriot violin, scottish fiddle, mandolin and percussion.

His skills as a teacher and scholar have also not gone unnoticed. He has been flown to New Mexico annually to teach Bouzouki and Mandolin at Zoukfest, to Victoria Australia to teach fiddle and mandolin at Music Under the Southern Cross and has led numerous workshops and tutor weekends around Scotland.

Now more based back in Australia, he has broadened his musical experience with a national tour of the theatre show Cafe Rebetika, and performances with the Australian Ballet's recent production of Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet. The return home has also seen Luke's skills and experience in the studio in high demand as both producer and session musician.

His solo debut “A Splendid Notion” is released on Shoogle Records.