Interview with Claire Neilson from Blueflint ahead of their gig at Leamington Live Art and Music Project – performing LIVE at Leamington LAMP 26th October
Written by Clay on October 17, 2013
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. Playing in front of audiences ranging from 2000-4500 in capacity – just under 80,000 people in total during the tour – Blueflint have met with an extremely enthusiastic response and have proved themselves to be formidable live performers, gaining a strong reputation and following across 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 band have just completed two sell-out performances at the Edinburgh Fringe as part of the prestigious ‘Made in Scotland’ Showcase 2013 and have a number of English tour dates booked for Autumn 2013 (please see below).
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
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
Blueflint are Deborah Arnott – vocals; bluegrass banjo; ukulele; Clare Neilson – vocals; clawhammer banjo; Danny Hart – fiddle; Hugh Kelly – double bass, and Ali Murray – drums.
Coming Leamington LAMP in Leamington on Sat Oct 26th