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10 great acts inc Emma Wilson Blues Band, Reece Hillis and John P Taylor Band, The Purnells, John Carroll, Robbie Reay, Steve Pablo Trio, The Big Bad Blues Band, Catfish, Chris James & Martin Fletcher.
International touring blues rock powerhouse Catfish are making waves on the music scene in the UK and Europe. In 2021 Matt Long was named instrumentalist of the year for the second consecutive year in the UK Blues Awards. In 2020 they were named Band of the Year and Blues Instrumentalist of the Year (Matt Long). In 2018 they were named Blues Act of the Year (England) to add to their 2016 British Blues Award for Keyboard player of the Year for Paul Long. 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 two albums 'So Many Roads' and ‘Broken Man’ both reached no. 1 in the IBBA airplay charts. The second of these, ‘Broken Man’, 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 and has been nominated for a UK blues award for 2020 as album of the year. During lockdown they released a live album recorded at a live stream in July 2020 when all the venues were closed called 'Exile - Live in Lockdown' which was also nominated for a UK Blues Award. '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.
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