20 September 2011

Blueflint in Ireland, 19-23 Oct. 2011 - with new album

L-r: Deborah Arnott, Clare Neilson, Roddy Neilson, Hugh Kelly

Scottish band Blueflint, who have made an impact at the Dunmore East and Omagh festivals since 2008, are launching their new album Maudy tree on 10 October and will be touring throughout these islands in autumn 2011 to promote it. The five dates scheduled for Ireland take in three of the four historic provinces and include a launch in the Cobblestone, Dublin, on 22 October.

Blueflint's debut album High bright morning (2009) won critical acclaim and national radio play, and their atmospheric and evocative live shows are based on the vocal and instrumental interaction of Deborah Arnott (finger-picked banjo) and Clare Neilson (clawhammer banjo), who formed as a duo in 2005. Their songs 'swoop easily from the dark underbelly of folk to buoyant Americana-tinged ballads'.

The new album Maudy tree, was recorded as a five-piece band (with drums) to recreate the energy and emotion of Blueflint's live performances. It is available from Amazon.com, iTunes, all good record stores, and the band's website, and is distributed by Proper Music Distribution on the Johnny Rock Records label (JOROCK014).

The autumn 2011 tour in Ireland is as follows:

Wed. 19th Oct.: Strule Arts Centre, Omagh, Co. Tyrone BT78 1BL. Doors: 7.30 p.m., 8 p.m. start. Tickets: £12. Bookings: 028 8224 7831

Thurs. 20th Oct.: St John’s Theatre Arts Centre, Listowel, Co. Kerry. Doors: 7.30 p.m., 8 p.m. start. Tickets: €15/€12. Bookings: 00353 068 22566

Fri. 21st Oct.: Mullingar Arts, Lower Mount St., Mullingar, Co. Westmeath. Doors: 7.00 p.m., 7.30 p.m. start. Tickets: €10. Bookings: 044 93 477777

Sat. 22nd Oct.: The Cobblestone, King St. North, Dublin 7 (album launch). Doors: 9 p.m., 9.30 p.m. start. Tickets: €12.50. Bookings: 01 8721799

Sun. 23rd Oct.: Balor Arts Centre, Main St, Ballybofey, Co. Donegal. Doors: 8 p.m., 8.30 p.m. start. Tickets: €15. Bookings: 074 91 31840

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