Stowmarket IP14 1ET
UK and British Blues Award winners Catfish have carved a reputation for themselves as an excellent live band with a phenomenal frontman in 23 year old guitarist/vocalist Matt Long who plays with a real passion for the blues.
In 2016 they won a British Blues Award and in 2018 won the UK Blues Award for Blues Act of the Year (England).
The band crashed onto the blues scene in January 2015, with their debut album ‘So Many Roads’ going straight in at no 1 in the IBBA blues airplay charts. Their EP, a tribute to BB King called ‘When BB Sings The Blues’, charted at no 5 in February 2016.
In January 2017 they released their much-anticipated second album ‘Broken Man’ which is almost entirely original material. ‘Broken Man’ also reached no 1 in the IBBA blues airplay charts in March 2017. It was voted album of the year for 2017 by the Independent Blues Broadcasters Association.
This is blues with a very broad brush – from epic prog anthems to stripped back piano ballads.
‘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 August 2017
Their busy tour schedule includes confirmed European tours and an extensive list of UK festivals and blues club gigs all over the country. They are well under way with their new album of original material which they hope to release in early 2019.
Matt Long – guitar and vocals
Paul Long – keyboards and vocals
Kevin Yates – drums
Adam Pyke – bass
Support from Dove and Boweevil
Norwich-based vocalist Lauren Dove and guitarist Mark ‘Boweevil’ Howes perform as a duo (as they will be on this evening), as well as part of the five-piece Dove and Boweevil Band. They have built a fine reputation on the British Blues scene in the UK, widely recognised as an act to watch and constantly carving their own style.
Lauren studied Gospel and Soul and Jazz at Goldsmith’s University and teaches a variety of choirs and workshops. She met Mark in a funk band, formed a 60s folk duo with a Woodstock vibe which dug deeper and deeper into a well of roots, blues, soul and Americana…..
Lauren and Mark released their debut album ‘Getting Somewhere’ in March 2011 following an inspiring trip in pursuit of their passion of Blues and Soul from New Orleans to Chicago. On this trip they performed in Nashville, became a finalist in a songwriters competition at reputable Eddie’s Attic in Atlanta, as well performed at Buddy Guy’s Blues Club in Chicago. There they revelled in witnessing the likes of Etta James, Bonnie Raitt, Joe Cocker, Mavis Staples and Seasick Steve to a name a few of Dove and Boweevil’s influences.
In 2014 they were both nominated for best vocalist and guitarist in the British Blues Awards. Their song Listen Up has also been used in film soundtrack Scar Tissue with a visit to BAFTA for the premiere and they have been featured on the Krossboarder Record label compilation.
As a duo they have had a residency at Ain’t Nothin’ But the Blues Bar in Soho, BluestrainFM at The Shack in Amsterdam, as well as performing at the local Latitude Festival.
Tickets are £10 in advance, available from the Box Office on 01449 774678 (10am-2pm weekdays) or online through our ticket partner, WeGotTickets (10% booking fee applies). Also available on the door for £12.