Catfish came crashing onto the blues scene at the start of 2015 with their debut album So Many Roads going straight in at no 1 in the IBBA blues airplay charts after being taken to the hearts of the internet’s blues radio stations. After the death of BB King later in the year, Catfish released a tribute EP called ‘When BB Sings the Blues’. This also spent two months at no 5 in the IBBA airplay chart and had excellent reviews like this one:
‘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
Their exciting new album ‘Broken Man’, which is almost entirely original material, was released at the iconic Half Moon Putney on Sunday 29th Jan 2017.
Just 9 months after their first ever gig, they received two nominations in the 2015 British Blues Awards (emerging artist and keyboards), and followed that recently with three nominations in 2016 (band of the year, young artist for Matt Long and keyboards again for Paul). Paul was delighted to win the keyboards category and Matt took third in the Young Artist category.
Catfish have played many of the major blues festivals all over the country in the past 12 months including Bluesfest at the 02 last November, Maryport in Cumbria, Bluesrockfest in Kent, and they opened the blues stage at Cambridge Rock Festival. Their appearance at the Dart Music Festival is just one of a number of gigs they have lined up in an impressive list of live shows for 2017.