New album ‘Stories from Home’ out on general release
“An album, brimming with the joy of life, highlights are many…’This is a story’ will make your heart soar, destined to be one of the songs of the year.” R2 music magazine
“An engaging third album…intimate…joyful.” 4 **** stars The Scotsman
“A gorgeous harmony drenched third album…An album seeped in nostalgia, love and the joy of motherhood…The duo just get better and better.” The Daily Record
“Considerable development in their sound…beautifully recorded…with lovely harmonies…cannot help but stand out.” Glasgow Herald
“This is a life-affirming piece, full of fantastic lyrics, great musicianship and more than a few wry smiles.” Fatea Records
“Once again, Deborah Arnott and Clare Neilson have served up a fantastic album. Blueflint have scored a hat-trick of brilliant albums. However long the next one takes, six months or a decade, I’ll be waiting.” 17 Seconds
“Blueflint are a superb musical outfit, and the combination of their well observed lyrics…and their impressive musical credentials, make this a fantastic record.” Rock Society
Blueflint @ ‘The BBC Quay Sessions with Edith Bowman’
‘This is a Story’
‘Hawk & Eagle’
‘This is a story’ video
To coincide with the new album release, the band released a video for the album track ‘This is a story’ – we love it – all our thanks to the wonderful Colin Usher of Coffee with a Lid for shooting and editing the video!!
Blueflint began in 2003 as a duo based around the close harmonies of Deborah Arnott and Clare Neilson whose voices, both ethereal and warm, interweave through raw, honest and beautifully-crafted songs. In 2008 they extended the band to incorporate fiddle, double-bass and drums in a line-up that deftly captures the atmospheric Blueflint sound.
Their critically acclaimed third album, ‘Stories from Home‘ released in 2015, sees the duo songwriters naturally evolving towards an alt folk flavour, incorporating electric guitar and keyboard into their acoustic sound. Stories of relationships, parenthood and life in a home town form the thread running through this eclectic yet captivating album, with Paul Savage (King Creosote, From Scotland with Love, Mogwai) in the producer’s chair.
After a successful spring album launch tour and recent live performances at ‘The BBC Quay Sessions with Edith Bowman,’ and BBC Radio 2’s ‘Drivetime with Simon Mayo’, Blueflint will be touring again this autumn.
In previous years Blueflint supported The Proclaimers on their ‘Like Comedy’ UK tour, and proved themselves to be a formidable live act whose evocative performances have gained them a strong reputation and following throughout the UK.
Selected as part of the ‘Made in Scotland 2013‘ Showcase, the band played to sell-out Edinburgh Fringe performances and have gone from strength to strength as a singular and unique act on the UK musical scene, playing prestigious venues and festivals such as Celtic Connections and Edinburgh’s Hogmanay Street Party.
“If you are going to The Proclaimers get there early to see Blueflint.” Steve Lamacq BBC Radio 2
Previously released albums ‘High Bright Morning’ (2009) and ‘Maudy Tree’ (2011) gained the band plaudits throughout the music press and national radio play.
Their debut single ‘Take your shoes off’ gained radio play on BBC Radio 2, BBC Radio Scotland, BBC Radio Ulster and many other local and national radio shows.
Blueflint are Deborah Arnott [vocals; bluegrass banjo; ukulele]; Clare Neilson [vocals; clawhammer banjo]; Danny Hart [fiddle]; Hugh Kelly [double bass], and Ruairidh Saunderson [drums].