Saturday, 17 October 2009

Blueflint CD reviews for 'High Bright Morning.'

Hi Folks


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CD NEWS: Blueflint appeared on Ricky Ross's 'Another Country' show, BBC Radio Scotland, on Tues 6th Oct about 9pm. Listen again on:

The List 5 Stars *****
"Stories of heartbreak, revenge and plenty more drama besides pepper the lyrics of ace Edinburgh bluegrass banjo duo of Deborah Arnott and Clare-Louise Neilson...Their sublime delicate vocal harmonising adds a layer of achingly melancholy beauty to every song...their wonderful take on Americana could warm the coldest of hearts."
Edinburgh Launch night 30th Sept 09
Emma Newlands
The List
2nd Oct 09


'One of Scotlands Finest:' "One of the most charming Bluegrass CDs of the Year...This is a Scots triumph... Excellent songwriting...Arnotts 'I like the way' has hit written all over it."
Keith Bruce- 
Sunday Herald 4th Oct 09

4 Stars ****
"Claire-Louise Nelson and Deborah Arnott have produced an impressive album
featuring some lovely melodies and tuneful harmonies...Plaintive and engrossing."
Graham Caldwell
Scottish Daily Express
9th Oct 09

"Wholly engaging to anyones ears...Great songs..taking them beyond any Bluegrass pigeon holes...High Bright Morning arrives this month and conveys the magic of their songwriting in ten emotive often dark tales...the songs have a special atmosphere of their own." 
Mark Robertson- 
Preview, The List 24th Sept 09

"You'll love High Bright Morning." 
Rick Fulton 
Daily Record 2nd Oct 09

"These sublime original songs cannot fail to move you, cannot leave you untouched...‘Takes More Than A Little Time,’ the album’s opener, sets the stall, as one future classic after another follows...Get your hands on this album. It’s one that you’ll want to hear again and again." Ed Jupp 
17 Seconds

"This is a great album of original music... Buy, play and smile." 
Trefor Patten Nov 09 edition

RADIO PLAY for 'High Bright Morning.'

Tracks from the new CD have had radio play on the Iain Anderson show on BBC Radio Scotland [10th and 19th August]

Archie Fisher's 'Travelling Folk' show BBC Radio Scotland on 27th August.

'Another Country' show with Ricky Ross on Tuesday 15th September- BBC Radio Scotland

The Late Show-BBC Ulster Wed 16th with Cherrie McIllwaine

Heartland FM

Tracks from the CD will also be played on 'Going North from Nashville' on Monday 12th October.

We had a great time at our CD launches in Edinburgh and London and are looking forward to our tour over the autumn.
Please check out our web site for tour dates:

Thanks for all the support.

Debs and Clare


Thursday, 27 August 2009

Blueflint CD launch/ radio play/ tour

Blueflint CD launch/ radio play/ tour

Hi Folks

Hope this finds you all well. It is busy time for Blueflint. Oh yes!


We are delighted to have gained distribution with Forte Music:

When the CD is released you can buy direct from them or from main record stores / online outlets- Amazon/ itunes etc.

Our new CD - High Bright Morning,' has now been sent to press, music magazines and radio stations. It has already received air play on Iain Anderson’s BBC Radio Scotland show and Archie Fisher’s ‘Travelling Folk’ programme

We’re looking forward to reviews for the CD in the following music magazines:

R2 (Rock N Reel)

-We will keep you posted as the reviews and more radio play comes in.

We have two launches for the CD - Edinburgh and London:

30th Sept at Voodoo Rooms, Edinburgh

If you would like to come to the Edinburgh launch give us your name and once we have got back to you confirm if there is space for you on the guest list you will then have FREE ENTRY to the launch- let us know, get in there quick!!... or tickets on the door are £5.
We will have support from the marvellous Emily Scott

This will be at the lovely Green Note in Camden:

You can buy tickets direct for £6 from:

This is a great venue and usually sells out so if you can make, best to get tickets in advance.
We will have support from Oliver Talkes who has a beautiful moving voice and is a master of lyrics.

Hot on the heels of our launch events are a number of dates we’re playing around Scotland

Thursday 8th October 8.00pm: Kirkcaldy Acoustic Club, Box office: 01592 653645
Tickets: £9/£7
Saturday 10th October 2.00pm: Elvis Shakespeare Music & Books, 347 Leith Walk, Edinburgh, 0131 561 1363

Saturday 24th October 7.30pm: Midlem Village Hall, Main St, Midlem, Nr Selkirk, The Borders, Scotland 
For further details contact Blueflint
Saturday 7th November 8.00pm: Tolbooth, Jail Wynd, Stirling, FK8 1DE, Box office: 01786 27 4000
Tickets: £12/£10
Friday 13th November 7.30pm: East Gate Theatre, Peebles, Eastgate, Peebles, EH45 8AD, Tel: 01721 725777
Tickets: £11/£9
Saturday 21st November 7.00pm: Birnam Institute, Station Road, Birnam, Dunkeld, Box office: 01854 612103 
Tickets: £8/£6
Wed 25th November 8.00pm: Ceilidh Place, Ullapool. Box Office: 01381 621252
Tickets: £8/£6
Thursday 26th November [time TBC]: Fortrose Community Theatre, Deans Road, Fortrose, IV10 8TJ, Box office: 01381 621252
Tickets: £8
Saturday 28th November 8.00pm: Aros Centre, Viewfield Road, Portree, Isle of Skye, Box office:01478613750 
Tickets: £12/£10/£6 [under 16s]

So folks as you can see its an exciting time for us!- We will keep you posted and thanks so much to everyone for their continued support and encouragement.

Debs and Clare

Wednesday, 19 August 2009

Radio play

We had our first radio play last week for our debut album 'High Bright Morning' on Iain Anderson show-BBC radio Scotland!

Sunday, 7 June 2009

2 new tracks/ Leith Festival

Hi folks


We are delighted to let you know we are very, very nearly finished the CD and it will be getting mastered soon. As a sneak preview you can listen to two tracks from the new CD 'High Bright Morning,' – 'Takes more than a little time' and 'Where does it all disappear to?' - on our MySpace site at:

Our album launch tour dates are also on our website and Myspace site, along with dates for the Edinburgh launch on 30th Sept & London on 1st Oct this year.

Forthcoming gigs

We have a couple of Leith Festival gigs coming up over the next week:

Friday 5th June-Leith Festival @ the Village Inn - 7.30pm, 5 South Fort Street, Leith, Edinburgh, Scotland

Kicking off the evening's proceedings will be the wondrously talented Pat McGarvey and Roddy Neilson of the 'Southern Tenant Folk Union'.

Friday 12th June 8.00pm: Love, Lies and Lullabies @ Leith Dockers Club with Andy Lang and the Well
An evening of stunning original music with a bluegrass/country-rock tinge featuring four of Edinburgh's finest: Blueflint, Andy Lang and The Well, Dream Tobacco and Inge. Not to be missed!
Tickets for both gigs can be bought online at:

Hope to see you there!
Best wishes
Clare and Deborah - Blueflint


Friday, 10 April 2009

New CD

The recording of the new CD is finished...let the mixing begin!!!

Thursday, 19 March 2009

March News

March 09 News

Hi Folks

Blueflint have a lot of news for you..its an exciting year for us with lots going on.

New CD- "High Bright Morning."

The CD is nearing completion and is sounding great! We are back in the recording studio with producer Jim Sutherland to finish off a couple of songs. It has been a real pleasure working with everyone who has been involved and we are very excited about releasing it.

Artist Chis Biddlecome has been working on the artwork for the CD. Chris has worked as an independent artist for the last 20 years and has exhibited his mixed media constructions throughout the UK and internationally. We have worked with him in the past in a collaboration for 'Cabin Exchange.' For the design of the CD he has come up with something really special.

The CD will be released on the 30th September; free downloads of a couple of the new tracks from the CD will be made available from the Blueflint website/ myspace site shortly.

CD Launch Nights

We are planning two CD launch nights:


Our first CD launch is in Scotland. This will be at the Voodoo rooms in Edinburgh on Wed 30th September.

We are so delighted to be releasing our new will be great to have a special night with our family and friends and many others there let us know if you would like to come great to see you there.

This will be a free event to all on our guest list so let us know if you would like to come along and we will add your names. If you aren't on the guest- list tickets will be £5 on the door.


Our other launch night, in London, will be at the lovely Greennote, Camden on Thursday 1st October.

The Green note is a really great music venue at 106 Parkway, Camden and we are delighted to be holding our London launch there - it's a special place for us as we have played there several times in the past, and have always had a really good night.

Tickets will go on sale in the near future. If you’re down in that neck of the woods come along - it will be great to see you!

Autumn Tour

On the back of our CD launch we have been busy booking an autumn tour. We have some great venues booked all over Scotland.
Confirmed dates so far:

Wed 30th Sept ***CD launch*** at The Voodoo Rooms, Edinburgh

Thurs 1st Oct ***CD Launch*** The Greennote, London

Thurs 8th Oct Kirkcaldy Acoustic Club

Sat 10th Oct Elvis Shakespeare
Great 2nd hand book and record shop which sells our CDs. We will be having a special afternoon gig here to celebrate the CD’s release.

24th Oct Midlem Village Hall, Midlem

7th Nov The Tolbooth Theatre, Stirling

13th Nov The Eastgate Theatre, Peebles

21st Nov Birnam Arts Centre, Birnam

26th Nov Fortrose Community Theatre

28th Nov Aros Arts Centre, Skye

Check out our myspace site/ the band’s website for further updates to our schedule.

Gigs coming up

Sunday 5th April-
Soul Survivor, The Voodoo Rooms 7.30pm
Tickets £5 on door.
Blueflint will be playing with the wonderful ‘We See Lights’ and a special treat will be a set from renowned banjo player Pat McGarvey (Southern Tenant Folk Union) and Blueflint fiddle player, Roddy Neilson.

Friday 24th April-
We are also be supporting the superlative Southern Tenant Folk Union at Midlem Village Hall.

Friday 5th June-
We are also returning to play at our local Leith Festival with
Sparrow and the Workshop.
We played at the 13th Note in Glasgow last month with Sparrow and the Workshop and they really are a fantastic band.
This will be at The Village Inn, 5 South Fort St, Leith.

Three gigs not to be missed!!

For further details please check out myspace site/ the band’s website:

Lyceum Theatre

Blueflints track 'What lies Beneath,' has been used for the Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh's latest promo video for their production of ' The Curse of the Starving Classes,' by Sam Shepard.

Check it out on our myspace site:

The show runs from 20th March - 11th April.

The Spiegeltent- Edinburgh's Hogmanay Street Party
We had a wonderf time playing at Edinburgh's Hogmanay Street Party - it was a really lovely atmosphere and footage of Bluefint playing in the Famous Spielgeltent (with exclusive backstage footage!)... can also be seen on our myspace site:

Or on youtube

Web presence:
We are now also facebook-ing it and twittering it!!

and nessMP3:

So I reckon that’s all for now folks...

We've extended our mailing list...if you would ever like to be removed from this mailing-list, just let us know...but how else are you gonna find out all the latest Blueflint news first!!

All the best

Debs and Clare

Wednesday, 11 March 2009

Lyceum Theatre

Blueflint 's music has been used for The Royal Lyceum Theatre promo video for their latest production

Thursday, 5 March 2009

Blueflint have new backstage video footage of their gig at Edinburgh's Hogmanay Street Party on our myspace

Sunday, 1 March 2009


New Blueflint video footage- live at Edinburgh's Hogmanay Street party:

Sunday, 22 February 2009


Blueflint are slowly getting sucked into the world of Uke!

Friday, 20 February 2009

A small gig!

Blueflint are playing to a very, very little person on Sunday!

Friday, 13 February 2009

Blueflint Gig

Blueflint are playing at Glasgow Student Union tomw- 'Rodeo and Juliet' with The Parsonage Choir and Monica Queen
8pm £6

Tuesday, 10 February 2009


"...beautiful ballads of love and revenge with fantastic harmonies......what's not to love?" [Scotland on Sunday Review]

"Blueflint play haunting bluegrass shot through with a yearning sadness and soothing harmonies. Influenced by old- time Americana they have added a full backing band that play with them from time to time giving their music even more depth." [The List]

"A female banjo bluegrass duo you just have to hear.....Deborah Arnott and Clare-Louise Neilson are sublime as they sing ballads of love and loss. Blueflint deserve your attention." [Rick Fulton, Daily Record]

“The sweet-toned banjo duo Blueflint.” North Devon Journal

"Deborah Arnott and Clare-Louise Neilson weren't afraid to play around with the genre, exceptional harmonising. Their version of the old Elvis classic That's All Right breathed new life into a tired old warhorse." The Scotsman

Blueflint Biography

Touted by the Scotland on Sunday Review as one of the top ten acts to watch, Blueflint played various festivals throughout 2008 including Edinburgh's Hogmanay Street Party, The Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Dunstaffnage,Traquair Fair the Cornish Bluegrass Festival and Dunmore East International Festival, Ireland.

Blueflint are based around the banjo duo of Deborah Arnott and Clare-Louise Neilson playing original music heavily influenced by Bluegrass and American Old-time music. They subtly intertwine the three-finger picking and clawhammer styles of banjo playing to accompany smooth vocals and harmonies in original songs and ballads of love, loss and revenge.

The band also boasts an excellent lineup of talented and versatile musicians including Roddy Neilson on fiddle, Ian Stoddart on drums, and Hugh Kelly/ Joey Sanderson on double bass. Blueflint are in the finishing stages of recording their next CD - with the renowned composer and producer Jim Sutherland (Aberfeldy) in the producer’s chair - which will be released in spring 2009.

Their self-titled debut album has received radio play through out the UK and has included Blueflint playing a live set on BBC Radio Scotland’s ‘Travelling Folk’. They have also received radio play on many Internet radio sites worldwide.

Blueflint have toured extensively throughout the UK to venues including What's Cookin' and The Green Note, London; The Greenman Festival, Devon; the Loch Lomond Festival; The Grand Ole Opry and The Goat, Glasgow; Leith Folk Club, Edinburgh; The Lemon Tree, Aberdeen; Hootenanny, Inverness; The Showroom, Sheffield and many more.