In 2009 the success of Blueflint’s highly acclaimed debut album ‘High Bright Morning’ gained the band plaudits throughout the music press and their much anticipated second album ‘Maudy Tree’ in 2011 raised their profile even further.
Blueflint supported The Proclaimers for six weeks on their 2012 ‘Like Comedy’ UK album launch tour, taking in venues as Edinburgh’s Playhouse and London’s Shepherds Bush Empire. Their atmospheric and evocative performances, proved them to be a formidable live act and gained them a strong reputation and following through the UK.
The band’s debut single ‘Take your shoes off’ gained airplay on stations including BBC Radio 2 (Steve Lamacq,) BBC Radio Scotland and BBC Radio Ulster.
“If you are going to The Proclaimers get there early to see Blueflint.” Steve Lamacq BBC Radio 2
The sound of Blueflint is defined by the sublime close harmonies of Deborah Arnott and Clare Neilson whose voices, both ethereal and warm, interweave in ballads and songs of eerie melancholy and heartfelt charm.
The Edinburgh-based five-piece band intertwine banjos, fiddle, double-bass and drums to accompany the singers in beautifully-crafted songs, swooping easily from the dark underbelly of folk to buoyant Americana-tinged ballads.
Blueflint successfully thwart attempts at musical pigeonholing; their fresh and original sound refuses to sit squarely in any one genre, bringing an unexpected twist to the banjo sound and gaining them fans from across the musical spectrum.
Both ‘High Bright Morning’ and ‘Maudy Tree’ received national radio play (BBC Scotland, BBC Wales, BBC Ulster, BBC Radio Nan Gaidheal, BBC Shropshire and many internet radio sites,), and the band undertook successful UK and Irish tours to promote both albums. Previous festival appearances include Celtic Connections, Edinburgh’s Hogmanay Street Party, Wickerman, Belladrum and The Ulster Appalachian Festival.
Blueflint are Deborah Arnott [vocals; bluegrass banjo; ukulele]; Clare Neilson [vocals; clawhammer banjo]; Danny Hart [fiddle]; Hugh Kelly [double bass], and Ali Murray [drums].
Another classy fusion of folk and Southern country. Vocalists Deborah Arnott and Clare Neilson display all the beauty of their voices against a clever banjo and fiddle background on this good-natured album.
Terrific harmonies…A robust supporting cast and top-notch arrangements make this lovely record a serious contender for UK Americana album of the year, if such an accolade exists.
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