about the band
International touring blues rock powerhouse Catfish are making waves on the music scene in the UK and Europe.
In the last few years, they have played at almost every major UK blues festival and have established themselves as a real force in the British blues scene. They now tour regularly in Europe.
Their first album 'So Many Roads' reached no. 1 in the IBBA airplay charts, as did their second album, this one almost entirely original material - ‘Broken Man’ - which was also nominated for a UK Blues Award and was named album of the year by the IBBA. Their current album 'Burning Bridges' was released in May 2019 and has received excellent reviews from the UK and European music press. It was the third most played album by the Independent Blues Broadcasters Association in 2019. They released a live album, 'Exile - Live in Lockdown' in December 2020 which was recorded during the summer of 2020 when all the venues were closed due to Covid.
UK and british blues awards
2021 - this year, the guys have been honoured to be nominated in no less than five categories - band of the year, blues artist of the year for Matt Long, instrumentalist of the year for Matt Long, album of the year for 'Exile - Live in Lockdown' and Online event of the year for the live stream of Exile - Live in Lockdown. Matt was named Instrumentalist of the Year for the second consecutive year which was a great honour.
2020 - this year, they were named Blues Band of the Year in the UK Blues Awards for 2020 and Matt Long also won an award as Blues Instrumentalist of the Year for 2020. Burning Bridges nominated as album of the year.
2019 - no awards process
2018 - UK Blues Award for Blues Act of the Year (England). Broken Man nominated as Album of the Year, Matt Long nominated as Young Artist of the Year.
2017 - no awards process
2016 - British Blues Award, Paul Long, Keyboard player of the Year. Band nominated as Emerging Artist of the Year, Matt Long nominated as Young Artist of the Year.
2015 - band nominated as Emerging Artist of the Year, Paul Long nominated as Keyboard Player of the Year.
Check out our online store below where you can buy copies of our CDs and T shirts. Until the virus passes, this is our only source of income as a band, so we really appreciate any purchases or donations, however small.
All our prices include postage and packing to the UK.
If you need anything sending elsewhere, just drop us an email and we will give you a price for postage.
Like most bands, Catfish's touring schedule has been badly affected over the past 18 months by cancellations due to lockdowns and some venues closing permanently. We had no choice but to cancel our 2021 European tours either due to through extensions to the lockdowns in various European countries or due to the terrible flooding through Germany, Luxembourg and Holland in summer 2021 which closed several of the venues we were due to play at. We have rescheduled as many of these events as we possibly can for 2022 but please bear with us while we weather this storm...we have just completed our first short European tour since Brexit and Covid so we hope that things will now start to return to something like normal.
Not to be daunted by the inability to play together due to the lockdown, the Catfish duo of Matt and Paul have been taking part in several online festivals and live streams over the past 18 months, and on one of them even managed to include our drummer Kev via video link on a laptop! Thanks to the organisers of these online events and to those of you who have been kind enough to support the band, either by online tipping to their Paypal account or by joining their Patreon subscription site www.patreon.com/catfishmusic.
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