The Jumpin' Hot Club presents:

An Evening With Catfish Keith


  • Date: Sun 13 Oct 2024
  • Venue: Cluny 2
  • Advance tickets: £18
  • Doors: 7:30pm

It’s always such an occasion when Bluesman Catfish Keith comes swimming over the pond to the UK. Last seen as special guest at Gosforth Civic Theatre playing our “J Hot Club Book Launch” evening, Iowa’s based Catfish’s back at Cluny2 for an intimate, right up & person show. Maybe its his last UK tour, he has said so much, but he did say the same thing last time !

Anyway, Catfish Keith is the quintessential acoustic blues pioneer and par excellence. He’s the real deal. No argument. Here he is again , after 30 odd years of touring and recording, & touting 21 album’s. short biog below….

Catfish was born in East Chicago, Indiana in 1962; since age 6, he’s been settled in Davenport, Iowa, so it follows that “the mighty Mississippi, with all of its ghosts and legends, is at the heart of his life and musical heritage, with wellsprings of powerful, timeless music…”. That means a full-blown immersion in that seemingly bottomless pit of blues and roots music, Allied to an acute compositional talent that enables him to pen the most authentic of original songs and tunes, many in direct homage to his musical heroes. And he’s got the instrumental and vocal chops to deliver all of these (and how!) Taking in both time-honoured and undeservedly obscure repertoire classics that run the stylistic gamut of deep Delta blues, gospel, old-time country, early jazz, ragtime and even down-island pieces. All his tunes are expertly arranged for solo acoustic guitar, vocals and feet, with that special Catfish trademark of the magic you get when all the parts are coming from one guitar! And invariably, it’s all given added spice and interest by a constantly varying roster of instruments:

The Guardian ‘Raging slide guitar, intricate fingerpicking and infectious vocals.’

Guitar Player “Legendary Bluesman ‘Catfish bends entire chords as well as the neck and body of his guitar to wrench emotion from his songs. Knock yourself out! ‘

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