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Cerys Matthews is a singer and songwriter, best known as the lead singer of Welsh rock band Catatonia; although she has also released solo work.

Catatonia was formed in 1992, reputedly after songwriter Mark Roberts heard Cerys busking in Cardiff city centre; Cerys subsequently sang lead vocals on the band’s hits. Outside Catatonia she performed on The Ballad Of Tom Jones and collaborated with Tom Jones on Baby, It’s Cold Outside (originally by Frank Loesser) on Reload. In September 2001 Cerys announced her departure from Catatonia after bouts of exhaustion and anxiety.

In 2002, Matthews moved to Nashville in search of a new beginning. She had collected 76 traditional songs with the idea of making an album of folk covers. In America, Matthews met Bucky Baxter, who had played lap steel guitar for Bob Dylan and Ryan Adams. Her debut album, Cockahoop, was recorded in seven months and appeared on Blanco y Negro in the UK in May 2003. She toured the album around Britain but with minimal promotion as she was heavily pregnant at the time. Its stateside release followed in October 2004.

21 August 2006 saw the release of the album, Never Said Goodbye. The new album was preceded by the single Open Roads (released 7th August 2006).

Until July 2006 Cerys lived in Nashville with her husband Seth Riddle, whom she married in February 2003, and their two children, Glenys Pearl Y-Felin and Johnny Tupelo Jones. The family have now moved back to Pembrokeshire for the foreseeable future, Cerys saying that they chose to move to Wales as her daughter was developing a Southern twang in her accent, and Cerys wanted to show her children the traditions and ways of her home land.


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  • Azzy2121

    Mae hi 'Sosban Fach' yn ffantastig!

    16 Dec 2012 Reply
  • m1a100

    "Since the earth stopped moving, the river lost it's flow / The willow below won't agree with me" (8

    19 Dec 2011 Reply
  • anemonlaut

    Cerys Matthews - Explorer

    19 May 2011 Reply
  • Ash-1990

    Finally, a different main pic! <3

    18 Apr 2011 Reply
  • James_Cole

    Hi there. I just created a Tumblr for Cerys Matthews and Catatonia. I'll upload news (when there are news to tell) or random lyrics, or images or so. I hope you can enjoy an follow it :) This is the address:

    12 Apr 2011 Reply
  • meredith999

    How I wish she could visit Poland one day...

    24 Feb 2011 Reply
  • websheldon

    Cerys!! CONGRATULATIONS on your engagement! I was with the Turkish guy you were singing Constantinople to in Dublin :-D

    16 Dec 2010 Reply
  • dakotaryan

    Phenomenal in Gloucester last week! Underrated!

    17 Apr 2010 Reply
  • diana719

    she's kind and GORGEOUS

    12 Mar 2010 Reply
  • dakotaryan

    12,000 listeners? This doesn't make ANY sense. She's incredible.

    26 Jan 2010 Reply
  • Beat_C

    hooray, finally a new album! the single "arlington way" is already very promising.

    14 Oct 2009 Reply
  • neondiz features not only preorders for both language versions of 'Don't Look Down', but offers three exclusive mini albums/EPs (and two previous releases) - all signed by Cerys. And to top it off, they're fast. Such a lovely find.

    19 Sep 2009 Reply
  • penllan

    I was at Castle Rock, Aberystwyth too. Wonderful - watched Cerys as the sun went down, as Chinese lanterns floated away over the sea. Beautiful.

    8 Sep 2009 Reply
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  • FallBesideHer

    i love cerys matthews :)

    11 Jul 2009 Reply
  • Thinksheknowsit

    Cerys Matthews made Castle Rock this year. Incredible.

    31 May 2009 Reply
  • J-nu

    something's better left untold, and that's how i feel when i listened to "Awyrennau"...u don't really have to try desperately to get the exact meaning of the lyrics, just listen and thats all

    5 Mar 2009 Reply
  • xsnakecharmerx

    Great stuff!

    5 Mar 2009 Reply
  • wmward1965

    welsh and sexy

    1 Dec 2008 Reply
  • BlueLightAlarm

    Can't wait till Tuesday, am seeing her in Cardiff!

    2 Nov 2008 Reply
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