Catfish's debut album 'So Many Roads' went straight to no. 1 in the IBBA blues airplay charts on its release in January 2015.The new EP, 'When BB Sings the Blues', a tribute to BB King, was no 5 in the IBBA blues airplay chart for February and March 2016.
Within their first year, they were nominated twice as finalists in the British Blues Awards 2015 - the band in the Emerging Artist category and Paul Long for keyboards. They followed this with three more nominations in the British Blues Awards 2016 - Band of the Year, Young Artist of the Year for Matt Long and Keyboard Player of the Year again for Paul Long. Paul won the keyboards category and Matt was runner up in Young Artist. A very proud day for the band.
They have played several major blues festivals during 2015 and 2016 including the Great British R&B Festival in Colne (one of the largest blues festivals in the country) and Bluesfest at the 02 (one of the biggest in Europe), the latter on guitarist/vocalist Matt's 21st birthday. They will be playing many more festivals and blues clubs during 2017 - see the gig list for something near you.
They have also played at iconic music venues including the 100 Club in Oxford Street and the Eel Pie Club in Twickenham following in the footsteps of The Rolling Stones, The Yardbirds and The Who.
Their much anticipated new album 'Broken Man' was released on Sunday 29th January at the iconic Half Moon Putney. See the Music dropdown on this website for more information on the album.
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During 2017 we will be playing all over the country - if we are near you, why not come and see us? Click on the gig list to see where we are playing.
Catfish had a fantastic gig at Skegness - these are just a few of the lovely comments from the Facebook page the following day.
Yes, ladies and gentlemen, The Mighty Catfish have arrived. I am not sure I have ever been at a transition gig before, when a working band suddenly makes an indelible mark in the hearts and minds of an entire audience, but that’s what they did. Whilst I am no stranger to these guys, there were a lot of newbies in that room, who are now talking about Catfish and let’s hope that the momentum of public opinion will take these boys to another level. (Alan Bates)
Catfish were another stand out band who also completely captivated a full room of adoring fans. (Blues Matters magazine)
Oh boy. Catfish.....what can I say? Those of you who have seen them may be surprised to hear that some people were talking at the start. Those of you who have seen them will not be surprised to hear that by the end all the attention was towards the stage.....screaming for more. They were sublime. Can't wait for next week at the Half Moon, Putney. 'Broken Man' album launch. If you haven't got a ticket and can get there- get there.....seriously. Just awesome. (Haydn Hart)
My top five at Skeggy
5) Catfish ...
Bloody Brilliant. Band of the festival. Enough said. (Susan Chamberlain)
A totally awesome performance which had the whole audience transfixed. (Graham Hutton)
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When BB Sings the Blues EP... 'a captivating release from an immensely talented band and in Matthew Long they clearly have a star of the future in their midst, proving that contemporary Blues is in the safe hands of the next generation.' – Nigel Foster
'Blistering guitar wizardry from Matt Long.' (Alan Glen, Yardbirds).
Click below to see some of the most recent articles about the band in the music press.
The Broken Man album has gone to no. 1 in the IBBA blues album charts (March 2017) - a huge thank you to all the IBBA radio DJs who have been such a support right from the start and without whom Catfish would possibly still be playing in pubs on the south coast. Thanks to the publicity we have had from the internet radio DJs, we now have festivals and blues club gigs all over the country and are planning a European tour for 2018.
But thanks also to all the people who have come to Catfish gigs over the past couple of years and who have come back the next time with a car full of friends. That's how bands get known, so huge thanks to everyone one of you who has spread the word for us.