The Catch 22 Duo Biography Information

The Catch 22 duo have been playing together for six years and have played a total of more than 300 gigs together, between them the duo have over 50 years of gigging experience and have played some of the UK's more famous venue's.



Nigel

Name: Nigel

Instrument: Guitar / Vocals

Influences: Beatles

  • Stones
  • Badfinger
  • The Who
  • Free
  • James Taylor
  • Elton John
  • Stevie Wonder
  • Marley
  • Numerous Motown, Funk and Soul Artists.

Started singing and playing guitar at the age of 10yrs and had classical guitar lessons for three years. Joined first professional band playing Bass/Vocals for a country rock band at the age of 17 which went on to Wembly arena to collect awards for the best British country act for that year.

Next went onto sing and play bass in a sixties style pop band called 13 regularly playing and creating a large following in places like The Marquee, Dingwalls, Mean Fidler, Camden and Victoria palace etc., later to record a single for RCA using some of the best studios in town e.g.Sony (then C.B.S.) Rack.

After that got involved in some session work for different artists even playing piano and bass on Screaming Lord Sutch’s album. Next signed up to the fast and furious London rock band called SPY’S with Lucas Fox on drums formerly of Motorhead and The Pretenders and also played the London horror circuit for three years eventually signing to a German record company and record an album.

Then went onto front his own band called Fear of Flying playing guitar and singing his original songs for a few years. Next project joined a professional duo with an old school friend called Harding and Turner, writing songs together and earning a living playing in pubs and clubs.

Presently with Catch 22 which through the years has had some line up changes but for the last six years Nigel has been playing with Matt.




Matt

Name: Matt

Instrument: Keyboard / Vocals

Influences: Bad Company

  • Led Zepplin
  • Rolling Stones
  • Elton John
  • Deep Purple
  • Pink Floyd
  • Boogie Woogie
  • My Father

For many years, Matt worked in original rock/funk bands The End and Lunaseed, writing material and touring throughout England and Europe. During this time, he supported The Ramones, Manfred Man, Status Quo and Cockney Rebel and played the larger London venues such as The Marquee, The Astoria, Brixton Academy and The Hippodrome.

The End released singles and an album through Phil Manzenara’s (Roxy Music’s guitarist) record label and produced a video which featured on MTV.

Matt now gigs extensively with Catch 22 and continues to compose music both solo, (boogie woogie and classical) and with fellow musicians (rock/pop/ambient).