Blueflint at the Fringe!
After sell-out performances in 2012 and 2013, Blueflint will be performing at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Thursday 20th August (8.00pm) sees the band return to the Acoustic Music Centre @ St Brides for a one-off gig – further details on our gigs page
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
‘This is a story’ Video
To coincide with the release, the band have also 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!!
After receiving funding from Creative Scotland, Autumn 2014 saw Blueflint record their third album with renowned producer Paul Savage (King Creosote, Mogwai, From Scotland with Love.) They are delighted to be releasing the album in Spring 2015 with a national tour to follow. Please check out the Blueflint gig page for details.
The sound of Blueflint is defined by the sublime close harmonies of Deborah Arnott and Clare Neilson whose voices are accompanied by a five-piece line-up intertwining banjos, fiddle, piano, electric guitar, double-bass and drums in raw, honest and beautifully-crafted songs, imbued with a strong alt folk flavour.
The Proclaimers support
2012 saw Blueflint support The Proclaimers for six weeks on their UK album launch tour. The tour took in venues such as Edinburgh’s Playhouse and the Shepherds Bush Empire. Blueflint’s atmospheric and evocative performances proved them to be a formidable live act and gained them a strong reputation and following through the UK.
Made in Scotland*
Blueflint were delighted to see many of these audiences again as they toured throughout the UK in 2013. The band’s Edinburgh Fringe show was selected to perform as part of the prestigious ‘Made in Scotland’* 2013 Showcase and played to sell-out audiences, mirroring their similar success during the Edinburgh 2012 Fringe.
The success of Blueflint’s highly acclaimed debut album ‘High Bright Morning’ gained the band plaudits throughout the music press. Their much anticipated second album ‘Maudy Tree’ raised their profile even further.
Blueflint are Deborah Arnott [vocals; bluegrass banjo; ukulele]; Clare Neilson [vocals; clawhammer banjo]; Danny Hart [fiddle] and Hugh Kelly [double bass].
“If you are going to The Proclaimers get there early to see Blueflint” Steve Lamacq BBC Radio 2
*Made in Scotland is a curated showcase of high quality performance from Scotland at the world’s biggest arts festival, made possible by support from the Scottish Government’s Edinburgh Festivals Expo Fund. It is a partnership between the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society, the Federation of Scottish Theatre (FST) and Creative Scotland.
“This second album has ample evidence that their talent should be a lasting one, with both women contributing fine new songs to their catalogue…making the disc a sonic step forward.”
“One of Scotlands finest….one of the most charming Bluegrass CDs of the year…this is a Scots triumph…excellent songwriting…”
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