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UK and British Blues Award winners Catfish have carved a reputation for themselves as an excellent live band with a phenomenal frontman in 24 year old guitarist/vocalist Matt Long who plays with a real passion for the blues. Over 2 years they received 5 nominations in the British Blues Awards, and they won one in 2016 and followed up with a UK blues award for Blues Act of the Year (England) in 2018. Both their albums have reached no 1 in the IBBA Blues Airplay Charts and their new album Burning Bridges is already receiving excellent reviews.
Quotes from the press:
‘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…The monumental ‘Exile’ has the massive intensity of Metallica at their best – slow, passionate and with an air of danger, it is worthy of closing the album and I should think it will be a stage killer for years to come…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
International touring blues rock powerhouse Catfish are making waves on the music scene in the UK and Europe. This year they were nominated for three UK Blues awards, winning two of them - Band of the Year and Blues Instrumentalist of the Year (Matt Long). In 2018 they won the UK Blues Award for Blues Act of the Year (England) to add to their 2016 British Blues Award. 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 and, although their tours in March and April plus most of the summer festivals have been cancelled this year due to Covid-19, they still have a November tour of Europe in the diary. 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. '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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