Catfish were nominated for three British Blues Awards in 2016 - Matt for Young Artist of the Year, Paul for Keyboard Player of the Year and the band for Band of the Year.  We are delighted to say that Paul was named as Keyboard Player of the Year and Matt was third in the Young Artist category.

Photo: Rob Blackham


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 Awards2015 - the band in the Emerging Artist category and Paul Long for keyboards. They followed this with three more nominations in 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' is released on Sunday 29th January, with the launch at the Half Moon Putney. See the Music dropdown on this website for more information on the album, the launch party and how to get a ticket.

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Forthcoming Gigs

During 2016 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.

​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).

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Click here to see the band performing How Blue can you Get from the Woodlands Blues Club Gillingham.  Click hereto see The Thrill is Gone at the Brunswick from the EP.  Click hereto see Born Under a Bad Sign live from our EP launch .  

Photos: Rob Blackham


Catfish's first album So Many Roadsand the EP When BB Sings the Bluesare available on CDBaby.  The new album 'Broken Man' will be there shortly.