In a class of their own

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A BAND that has been garnering much praise recently is coming to Glasgow’s Old Hairdressers.

Blueflint is a five-piece which has been enjoying a lot of airplay on the radio: BBC 2’s Steve Lamacq is among the band’s high-profile fans.

Bluefint’s big break came then it was chosen to play on The Proclaimers UK launch tour for their new album, Like Comedy.

DJ Lamacq quipped: “If you are going to The Proclaimers, get there early to see Blueflint.”

The tour was good for the band as it gave it maximum exposure: six weeks taking in venues such as Edinburgh’s PLayhouse and London’s Shepherds Bush Empire.

The band was playing infront of audiences ranging between 2,000 and 4,500 — making a total of 80,000 people for the entire tour.

Not bad for a group that’s only been in existence for a few years.

With two albums already under its belt (High Bright Morning and Maudy Tree), Blueflint is working on the third.

The band is composed of Deborah Arnott — vocal, bluegrass banjo and ukelele; Clare Neilson — vocals, clawhammer banjo; Danny Hart — fiddle; Hugh Kelly — double bass and Ali Murray — drums.

They havebeen described as possessing sublime, close harmonies — provided by Deborah and Clare — and sing ballads and songs of eerie melancholy and heartfelt charm.

And members claim they cannot be easily pigeon-holed, saying their fresh and original sound refuses to sit squarely in any one genre and gains them fans from across the musical spectrum.

Early indicators of Blueflinkt’smarch to increased popularity is the fact that the first two albums have received airplay on national radio — BBC Scotland, BBC Wales, BBC Ulster, BBC Radio Nan Gaidheal, BBC Shropshire along with many internet radion sites.

Blueflint play the Old Hairdressers in Renfield Lane on Friday, May 24 — shows starts at 7pm. Tickets are £8 and £10 available from 222 2254.

Doug Crosbie also plays.