Photos from Rob Blackham
Broken Man was voted the best album of 2017 by the Independent Blues Broadcasters Association. We would like to take this opportunity to thank them all for their support over the past 3 years, without which most of you wouldnt have heard about us!
The finalists have been announced for the new UK Blues Awards, which will be announced on Saturday 19th May at Worthing Pier's beautiful Southern Pavilion.
Catfish are hugely honoured to feature in four categories:
Blues band of the year
Young blues artist of the year (Matt Long)
Blues album of the year (Broken Man)
Regional blues act of the year (England)
Also very proud that our keyboard player and producer Paul Long is nominated again for UK Blues based broadcaster of the year for his radio show Blues and Roots Connections.
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Click here for John Warner's video of Make it Rain from HRH Sheffield April 2018
Click here for John Warner's video of Broken Man from HRH Sheffield April 2018
Click here for the montage video from the Broken Man album launch at the Half Moon, Putney Jan 2017
Click here to see Hit the Ground Running
from the album launch Jan 2017
Click here to see Broken Man from the album launch Jan 2017
Click here to see How Blue can you Get
Click here to see Matt and Paul jamming with the blues legend Walter Trout
Catfish are honoured to have been chosen as one of only five bands to represent the UK in the UK Blues Challenge - this will take place on Sat 8th September at the beautiful Southern Pavilion o n Worthing Pier
British Blues Award winners Catfish have carved a reputation for themselves as an excellent live band with a phenomenal frontman in 23 year old guitarist/vocalist Matt Long who plays with a real passion for the blues. Over 2 years they received 5 nominations in the British Blues Awards and they have just been nominated for four UK blues awards. Both their albums have reached no 1 in the IBBA Blues Airplay Charts They have just completed a very successful tour of Holland and Spain, have a further three European tours already booked for 2018, along with an impressive set of UK dates all over the country already in the diary. Their album Broken Man esd voted album of the year for 2017 by the Independent Blues Broadcasters Association. Reviews include these
'Catfish's new Broken Man album...is a turning point for the band showing that not only is Catfish one of the best live bands on the blues circuit at the moment, but that the calibre of their songwriting matches that.' Blues in Britain, December 2016.
'If blues is defined as the ability to explore deep emotion, then ‘Broken Man’ is unreservedly recommended to anyone who wants a poignant reminder of what the genre is supposed to be about.' (Pete Feenstra, promoter and radio DJ)
'Catfish are one of the finest live bands in Britain today. The quality of musicianship is outstanding and in Matt Long, they have one of the greatest young guitarists on the scene today...' Blues Matters Magazine August 2017.
Click below to see some of the most recent articles about the band in the music press.
Photos from Rob Blackham
We are very proud to say that the Broken Man album went 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 booked for 3 European tours 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 every one of you who has spread the word for us.
We now have a newsletter - this will be issued every couple of months, or whenever we have something momentous to tell you! It will keep you up to date with any forthcoming gigs, photos and videos from recent shows and any other band news. If you would like to be added to the mailing list please click here In the meantime, click on the links below to see the three we have issued so far.
Photos from Haluk Gurer and Laurence Harvey
Photos: Rob Blackham
Catfish are honoured to have been nominated for a European Blues Award during 2017.
Photo: Paul Dubbelman at HRH Blues Sheffield