Band Biography


Introducing Ireland’s definitive Blues Big Band “The Catfish Blues Orchestra”. Comprised of some of the finest blues talents based in Ireland today “The Catfish Blues Orchestra” is a truly unique musical experience. The band consists of two guitars, bass, drums, vocals and harmonica as well as a brass section. Altogether this 8 piece band produces a truly powerful sound that has to be experienced live to be fully appreciated.

Driven by a love for authentic blues music the group draw on influences ranging from the early blues masters of the delta such as Robert Johnson & Sonny Boy Williamson, to the electric Chicago and Texas blues masters such as Muddy Waters and Freddie King, up to British blues invasion guitar gods such as Eric Clapton, Peter Green all the way up to contemporary influences such as Robben Ford and Derek Trucks. The Orchestra draw on all of these influences including many others to create there on rich and soulful blend of Rhythm and Blues.

In 2018 and 2019 The Catfish Blues Orchestra has managed to perform at the following venues:

The Harbor Bar

-Bello Bar

-D.C. Music Club

-Stillorgan Orchard


-Gibneys Malahide

-Hot Spot Music Club

-Sin E

-Annesley House

-Tolka House

-The Bowery

-Raheny Inn

-The Patriots Inn

-The Purty Kitchen

-Marlay Park


-Bagots Hutton

-East Side Tavern

-Napper Tandy’s

-Old Oak

-Boyles Of Slane

In 2018 and 2019 The Catfish Blues Orchestra has also managed to perform at the following festivals:

  • Rory Gallagher Ballyshannon festival
  • Dunfanaghy Blues Festival
  • Armagh 7 hills Blues Festival
  • Whelans Dublin Blues, Root & Brass Festival
  • Malahide Fest
  • Danny Boy Jazz & Blues Fest, Limavady
  • The Great British Rhythm & Blues Festival in Colne, UK.
  • Shannonside Winter Music Festival in Clare
  • Blackstairs Blues Festival
  • Harvest Time Blues Festival
  • Five Lamps Arts Festival