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Catfish - Bullfrog Blues Club - Thursday 5th january


HAPPY NEW YEAR to you all! Every gig  of 2017 at The Bullfrog Blues Club is
already booked, and we've got a cracking lineup of blues for you!!!

To start the New Year with a bang, for the first gig of 2017 (Thursday 5th
January)  we're delighted to welcome back CATFISH to The Bullfrog. They
went down a storm last time they played, , and since then have gone from
strength to strength. 

CATFISH feature  Kevin Yates (drums), Dusty Bones (bass),   Paul Long (keys
and vocals), and  the phenomenal 22 year-old guitarist Matt Long, who also
provides vocals.  Matt  has played with Buddy Whittington and supported
British Blues Awards winners Aynsley Lister and Chantel McGregor. He's
recently completed a degree in Guitar Performance . 
 
Just 9 months after their first ever gig, CATFISH  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 be the winner of the keyboards category and Matt was third in
the Young Artist category.   
 
 On 1st January 2015, the band released its first album `So Many Roads'. It
took off in a way that none of them expected.  Within weeks of its release,
it was Number 1 in the Independent Blues Broadcasters Association playlist
chart for January.  It was also chosen as one of the I.B.B.A. Pick Of The
Month albums for February, as well as being played on the Paul Jones Blues
Show on BBC Radio 2. 

This was followed in January  2016 by the release of an E.P. in tribute to
the late B.B. King - five tracks of which four are B.B. King originals. 
The E.P spent two months at no 5 in the I.B.B.A. airplay charts. The key to
the success of both the album and E.P. was undoubtedly the superb job that 
  Paul Long of the band (a recording engineer and live music producer all
his working life) brought to the recording and production.
CATFISH  have already started work on their second album  which is mostly
original material but will also include one cover, the showstopping `Make
it Rain' written by Foy Vance.
 
 CATFISH have played many of the major festivals in the past 12 months
including Bluesfest at the 02 on Matt's 21st birthday last November,
Maryport in Cumbria, Bluesrockfest in Kent, and opened the blues stage at
Cambridge Rock Festival. They have a number of festivals already booked for
2017 and will also be playing at several major blues clubs across the
country -including The Bullfrog Blues Club! on Thursday 5th January! 

The Bullfrog Blues Club is at The Dockyard Club), Onslow Rd, Southsea, PO5
2NH.  Tickets are 8 advance/10 on the door.
Tickets are available via our website - www.barkingspider.abelgratis.com via
Paypal -  or from Street Level Music, 139 Albert Rd, Southsea, Hampshire,
PO5 2SQ. Doors open at 8 p.m