About the band
International touring blues rock powerhouse Catfish are making waves on the music scene in the UK and Europe. In 2018 they won the UK Blues Award for Blues Act of the Year (England) to add to their 2016 British Blues Award. They have recently been nominated for three UK Blues Awards for 2020 - Band of the Year, Blues Instrumentalist of the Year (Matt Long) and album of the year for Burning Bridges.
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.
'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.
Uk blues awards 2020
Catfish are honoured to have been nominated for three UK Blues Awards for 2020. These are:
Band of the Year
Instrumentalist of the year (Matt Long)
Album of the Year (Burning Bridges)
The results will be announced on Sunday 17 May in a special online ceremony hosted by the UK Blues Federation.
We really cant thank you guys enough for continuing to buy the albums, come to our gigs and support us - it means such a lot.
Like most bands, Catfish's touring schedule has been badly affected by cancellations due to venues closing. We have had no choice but to cancel our March and April European tours and other venues and festivals in the UK and Europe look likely to have to cancel either through extensions to the lockdowns in various European countries. Please rest assured that we will reschedule as many of these events as we possibly can for later in the year or 2021 but please bear with us while we weather this storm...
Just a thought - if you aren't able to get to the gig you were going to attend, maybe think about going to the website and buying the CD or t shirt that you would have bought had you come. It may not seem like a lot but it really does help us get through this difficult time with little or no income for the foreseeable future...
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 few weeks, and even managed to include 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 On the Patreon site, subscribers will find videos before they are released to the public and clips of the guys making a start on their new acoustic album which will be added to regularly over the next few weeks.
If you would like to leave the guys a tip after a live feed, there is the option to do so on the Merchandise section of this website for either £5 or £10, or if you want to leave a different amount you can do it via Paypal by using the payee firstname.lastname@example.org. It really does make a huge difference at the moment.
The Broken Man Album was voted album of the year 2017
by the Independent Blues Broadcasters Association, and was nominated for a UK Blues Award.
Catfish were named Blues Act of the Year (England) in the 2018 UK Blues Awards.
They have been nominated in three categories in the UK Blues Awards 2020 - Band of the Year, Instrumentalist of the Year (Matt Long) and Album of the Year (Burning Bridges)
Reviews so far of 'Burning Bridges'
‘Catfish can only consolidate their place at the very top of the Blues-Rock scene with this impressive album’
Blues in Britain Magazine, May 2019
‘… this is so much more than just a blues album: you have blues, rock, gospel and all sorts of other influences that go into making this album a must have in your collection. Prepare to have your face melted by some of these tracks, pure class.’
Will Carter, Two Finger Media
‘The strong buzz that has been going around about this new album and proclaiming Catfish as one of the hottest bands of the decade aren’t wrong: the writing, playing and sheer balls-out power of this band is remarkable……It is such a joy to hear a relatively new band who are as talented and as convincing as Catfish.’
Andy Snipper, Music-News.com
‘I was astounded by the depth of styles. The production. The building and thunderous crescendos. Not since Zeppelin II. Have I been enraptured immediately by a release. Parts reminded me of Alan Parsons, early Sabbath amongst others. Only reminded, for this is a Tour de Force, the best band around, not Blues, not Rock . A unique blend of their own.’
Gary Taylor, fan
‘With their 3rd studio album, these Catfish assure themselves of a place in the British rock firmament.’
‘This is another brilliant album by the band and I’m sure it wont be long before Burning Bridges will also be mentioned at the awards ceremonies.’
Dave Martin, Jace Media
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and we will give you a price for postage.
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GERMANY AND BELGIUM
Fenton and Audrey Parsons
Red Pepper Promotions
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