Catfish (Support: Dan Burnett)

Multi award-winning blues outfit Catfish perform at Arlington Arts Centre on Friday 23 July.

International touring blues rock powerhouse Catfish are making waves on the music scene in the UK and Europe.  Matt Long was named Instrumentalist of the Year for the second consecutive year in this year’s UK Blues Awards.  In 2020’s UK Blues Awards they were named Band of the Year and Matt Long the guitarist was named Blues Instrumentalist of the Year.  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.

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 third 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 was nominated for a UK blues award for 2020 as album of the year.  They released a new live CD and DVD set on 1 December 2020  ‘Exile – Live in Lockdown’ which was recorded during lockdown at a full band live stream broadcast across Europe by Blues Maastricht festival in Holland.  This was nominated for a UK Blues Award in 2021.

‘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.‘Quality, high-octane blues rock, full of emotion’Paul Dubbelman PCN Magazine

Double British Blues Award nominee Dan Burnett is not only a phenomenal keyboard player – he has a voice to die for and writes songs that make the hairs on the back of your neck stand on end.  Truthful, exposing, honest lyrics about his own life experiences that cut straight to the core of your emotions.

Dan was nominated as a finalist in The British Blues Awards 2015 & 2016.  In 2015 he launched his band’s ‘E.P.’ in New York City, and in November 2017 released ‘Small World E.P.’ which is his first entirely solo production. Both releases have received international acclaim, reviews, and airplay, and Small World reached no 5 in the Independent Blues Broadcasters Association charts. 

But it is as a live performer that Dan really shines, and he often holds a room captivated and completely silent during his songs.  He also has a wicked Yorkshire sense of humour and often tells stories about the writing of his songs before each one.

Totally spellbinding – this guy really is world class.

Friday 23 July