Blueflint

Blueflint

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The atmospheric Blueflint sound-Close harmony singing and banjos in beautifully-crafted songs that swoop easily from the dark underbelly of folk to buoyant Americana-tinged ballads.A fresh,unique sound that refuses to sit squarely in any one genre, gaining them fans from across the musical spectrum.

Biography

Blueflint Biography

With the success of their highly acclaimed debut album High Bright Morning in 2009, (produced by Jim Sutherland) and their atmospheric and evocative live performances, Edinburgh's Blueflint have built a strong reputation and following.

Their much anticipated second album Maudy Tree released in October 2011, has raised their profile even further, gaining the band plaudits throughout the music press. The band is delighted to be supporting The Proclaimers in their UK tour this autumn 2012, taking in venues such as Edinburgh's Playhouse and Shepherds Bush Empire.

Blueflint began in 2003 based around the banjo duo of Arnott and Neilson. In 2008 the duo extended the band to incorporate fiddle, double-bass and drums in a line-up that deftly captures the atmospheric Blueflint sound, accompanying the singers and banjos in beautifully-crafted songs that swoop easily from the dark underbelly of folk to buoyant Americana-tinged ballads.

The Edinburgh-based five-piece successfully thwart attempts at musical pigeonholing, with a fresh, unique sound that 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. Blending banjo traditions, the sound of Blueflint is defined by the sublime close harmony singing of Deborah Arnott and Clare Neilson, whose voices, both ethereal and warm, interweave in ballads and songs of eerie melancholy and heartfelt charm.

Blueflint's live performances have captivated audiences throughout the UK and Ireland, and have established Blueflint as an original and refreshing act. Blueflint have played a host of renowned events, including most recently Celtic Connections, Edinburgh’s Hogmanay, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, and the Annual Appalachian and Bluegrass Festival, Omagh.

Blueflint are Deborah Arnott [vocals; bluegrass banjo; ukulele]; Clare Neilson [vocals; clawhammer banjo]; Danny Hart [fiddle]; Hugh Kelly [double bass], and Ali Murray [drums].

Discography

2008 Blueflint EP

2009 High Bright Morning LP

2011 Maudy Tree LP

2012 Take your shoes off SINGLE

All released on Johnny Rock Records.

Songs from both LPs and the single have gained radio play on UK National and regional radio stations including:
BBC Radio 2, BBC Radio Scotland, BBC Radio Ulster, BBC Radio Shropshire and many regional radio stations. The songs have also gained internet radio play globally.