BEN POOLE is an internationally applauded, award winning blues, rock & soul guitarist, singer and songwriter hailing from the United Kingdom. Nominated as one of the “Best Blues Guitarists in the world” just prior to the 2 year pandemic hiatus alongside names such as Eric Clapton, John Mayer, Buddy Guy, Robert Cray, Joe Bonamassa & many more by the USA’s ‘Guitar World Magazine’ Ben Poole is very much at the forefront of the talent rich blues/rock scene on a worldwide scale.
A now internationally recognised touring and recording artist since beginning his career playing on the local UK blues circuit at aged 16, Ben Poole has also received critical acclaim from some of the most renowned blues and rock musicians in the world such as Jeff Beck, Gary Moore, John Mayall, Beth Hart, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Walter Trout, Richie Kotzen and many more.
Besides this he has graced the covers of, as well as receiving awards and accolades from some of the most respected publications and organisations, including being voted in the top 15 best blues guitar players in the world in 2018 by the biggest selling guitar magazine in Europe (Total Guitar Magazine/Music Radar).
International touring blues-rock powerhouse Catfish are making waves on the music scene in the UK and Europe. They have now won a total of five UK Blues Awards. Matt Long the guitarist/vocalist was named Instrumentalist of the Year in the UK Blues Awards in both 2020 and 2021.
In the UK Blues Awards of May 2020, the band was also named Band 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 for Paul Long as Keyboard Player of the Year.
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.
'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.