About Catfish

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.


October  2017

December 2017

February 2018

​Broken Man album goes to no 1

New bass player announced

Photos from Haluk Gurer and Laurence Harvey

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Photos from Haluk Gurer and Laurence Harvey

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British Blues Award winners Catfish have carved a reputation for themselves as an excellent live band with a phenomenal frontman in 22 year old guitarist/vocalist Matt Long who plays with a real passion for the blues.

The band crashed onto the blues scene in January 2015, with their debut album ‘So Many Roads’ going straight in at no 1 in the IBBA blues airplay charts. Their EP, a tribute to BB King called ‘When BB Sings the Blues’, charted at no 5 in February 2016.      

   
They received two nominations in the British Blues Awards 2015 , taking third in Emerging Artist, and followed this with three in 2016, taking first in keyboards and third in Young Artist.


In January 2017 they released their much-anticipated second album ‘Broken Man’ which is almost entirely original material.  Broken Man also reached no 1 in the IBBA blues airplay charts in March 2017.  This is blues with a very broad brush - from epic prog anthems to stripped back piano ballads.  Reviews include this one from Blues in Britain Magazine:

'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

and this one from Blues Matters Magazine:

'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.

Their busy tour schedule has included a number of major festivals including Bluesfest at the 02, Cambridge Rock Festival, The Great British Rock and Blue Festivals in Colne and Skegness as well as major blues clubs all over the country.  In 2018, they have three European tours already booked, and have been asked to play in the USA in July 2018.

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We have just recently heard that 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!

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​Broken Man album voted Album of the Year 2017

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.



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​​​Catfish are honoured to have been nominated for a European Blues Award during 2017.

Following the departure from the band by our legendary purveyor of low notes and wearer of loud shirts Dusty Bones, we are delighted to announce that our new bass player will be Adam Pyke.  Adam was at the Academy of Contemporary Music in Guildford in the same year as Matt and they played together in another band during their student years.  We are looking forward to his contribution towards writing the new album which is about to get under way  Watch this space!


​​Click here to download Catfish's current album 'Broken Man'  


Click here to download Catfish's EP, a tribute to BB King called 'When BB Sings the Blues'  


Click here to download Catfish's first album 'So Many Roads'

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.

http://ukbluesawards.com/finalists/

Photos: Rob Blackham

European Blues Awards

Click here for the montage video from the Broken Man album launch at the Half Moon, Putney


Click here to see Hit the Ground Running


Click here to see Broken Man


Click here to see How Blue can you Get


Click here to see Matt and Paul jamming with the blues legend Walter Trout