Photos from Rob Blackham
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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 email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will add you to the list. In the meantime, here is the current versionwhich includes a video of Matt and Paul playing with blues legend Walter Trout.
Click below to see some of the most recent articles about the band in the music press.
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.
Photos: Rob Blackham
Catfish are honoured to have been nominated for a European Blues Award - voting is now closed but if you did vote for the band, thanks so much. Results are out shortly.
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!
Photos: Laurence Harvey
Photos from Haluk Gurer and Laurence Harvey
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.