I am so honoured to be sharing the cover of this month's MOJO magazine with the one and only Kate Bush. 'Bury Me' is also featured on the cover mount CD, which includes a collection of music inspired by The Ninth Wave. Out in all good newsagents on November 22nd.
Watch my BBC performance of the David Bowie classic 'Andy Warhol' with Simple Minds which I performed as part of the BBC special last week. Thanks so much to Jim and Charlie for inviting me to be part of their special night. You can watch the whole performance here.
I'm incredibly honoured that my debut album has been nominated for this year's Welsh Music Prize. The album gestated over a number of years in the studio but the ideas and influences behind The Anchoress stem all the way back to my childhood. I grew up with a real sense of the importance of music to the Welsh identity and my family's history. As the 1967 poem by Brian Harris, says, it's a privilege to be born with this "music in your blood / And with poetry in your soul", and a privilege of another kind to have the album recognised among so many other great offerings from the motherland.
Read the full story in the NME here: http://www.nme.com/news/various-artists/96272
It was a great honour to be nominated in the best newcomer category at this year's Prog awards and an even greater surprise to win! It was a memorable evening for so many reasons, including getting to chat with the legendary Andy Summers about how we'd both recorded using the same vintage Neve mic pres in Hugh Padgham's studio, being seated at a table of the veritable great and the good of the Prog world, and comparing preferred pianos with Iamthemorning. I'm so grateful to everyone who voted for me and huge thanks again to the magazine for their support of the album. X
I'm pleased to announce the reissue of Confessions of a Romance Novelist on double heavyweight vinyl and a "second edition" 2 CD gatefold edition, to be released on October 14th 2016 via Kscope.
The vinyl version of the album will be presented as a gatefold sleeve 180g heavyweight double vinyl with lyric bags and 4 brand new acoustic versions, featuring string arrangements from Gillian Wood and guest vocals from Paul Draper. The expanded 2nd edition 2CD gatefold digipack also includes 5 new acoustic versions on CD2 and a 20 page booklet.
You can now pre-order signed bundles with a limited edition signed postcard and art print. These signed editions are ONLY available at The Anchoress official store and are strictly limited in number.
Read the interview in this month's MOJO magazine. Available in all good newsagents now.
The band & I had a great time opening the show for the Manics this past weekend at the Eden Project. It was also an enormous honour to be asked to duet on "Little Baby Nothing". Thank you to Dom Gourlay for capturing this special shot of me and JDB and to all the MSP fans for being so welcoming. Couldn't have asked for a better audience and setting. Hope to see you at a show soon!
You can see the performance of Little Baby Nothing here: https://youtu.be/tC2vOStHBbQ
Listen to Catherine being interviewed on Radio 4's Woman's Hour about the ower of fandom, playing with the Manic Street Preachers and the importance of public libraries. Listen back here:
The brand new video for the next single, Doesn't Kill You (above), was premiered last week on Gigwise. Charlie Gilmour (son of David Gilmour) stars as my androgynous alter ego in this Bowie-inspired short film, which was styled by costume designer Natasha Lawes. Directed by Annick Wolfers (who has previously worked with Vivienne Westwood and Vogue Italia), it narrates what I have described as a “metaphorical battle between the super-ego and the id” but in reality was more about me not pushing Charlie around too hard as he's a mixed martial arts expert..
I hope you enjoy watching it as much as we enjoyed making it.
I'm thrilled to announce that I will be supporting the Manic Street Preachers on July 9th at the Eden Project in Cornwall. It's such a huge honour to be asked by Mr. Nicky Wire who was something of a surrogate teacher for me growing up. The Manics are a band that completely changed and shaped my life, turning me into a book-bothering library fiend who was the first in my family to go to university... All because of a rock and roll band. I feel I can safely retire now knowing that my 12 year old self would feel satisfied with how things turned out! Hope to see some of you there.
I did an interview with The Quietus about misdirection, campness, confessional-pop and everything in between. "It's very rare you can feel comfortable enough with people to feel entirely exposed and intimate with them. Why on earth would I do that on a record?"
Read the interview in full here:
The good reviews for the album just keep on coming! Thank you so much to
everyone who has supported it so far. I’m happy to say that the album
is now back in stock on Amazon and is featured in the HMV Recommended
racks from tomorrow. Watch the video below to see what the critics are
saying… Catherine x