Cerys Matthews is a singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, author and broadcaster. She hosts a Sunday morning music show on BBC 6 Music and makes documentaries for television as well as BBC Radio 2 and 4.
Cerys has, since childhood, collected, sung and played traditional songs from Wales, Ireland, Scotland and England, and has gone on to share them with audiences worldwide. She remains an avid collector of songs from all over the globe.
Cerys is a columnist for the number one World music magazine 'Songlines', writes reviews and articles for the likes of The Guardian, The Times and Grazia, and is author of children's stories 'Tales From The Deep'. The follow up, 'Gelert, A Man's Best Friend', is due out in 2013.
2013 will also see the release on Penguin of 'Hook, Line and Singer' Cerys' collection of singalong classics including personal anecdotes and song histories. Song examples are 'Let's Go Fly A Kite', 'Oh Susannah,' and the 'Tra, La, La Song'.
She has written and presented documentaries on subjects as diverse as Cuba, the Mississippi river, Mahalia Jackson, Memphis Minnie, Hildegard Von Bingen, Blue Horizon (the iconic British blues label), Sacred Harp singing, the Greatest Try (rugby), WB Yeats, Dylan Thomas, Ted Hughes , shark and salmon fishing (Cerys even had a gardening column in Time Out during the 90's!).
Cerys played the Isle of Wight and Hay festival in 2012, the latter with a Woody Guthrie tribute show and collaborated with artists such as Arun Ghosh, Tunde Jegede, Attab Haddad, Frank Moon and the London Bulgarian Choir. 2012 also saw her play music from her acclaimed and popular selling collection of Welsh traditional songs 'TIR', with Ballet Cymru, ending in a show in Sadler's Wells, and a nomination for a Theatre Critics Awards 2012.
Her self produced and arranged Christmas album 'Baby, its Cold Outside' came out at the end of 2012 to much acclaim, recognised by the Sunday Times as an 'essential seasonal album'.
She was lead singer and songwriter for multi-million selling band Catatonia, and duets with Sir Tom Jones on perennial winter favourite 'Baby, Its Cold Outside'.
Cerys is Vice-President for Shelter Wales, is the Arts Ambassador for Linden Lodge – a Specialist Sensory and Physical College, and was a judge for the Dylan Thomas literary Prize, 2010 and 2012.