The Anchoress live at the BBC

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.

 

Welsh Music Prize Nomination

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

Best Newcomer at the Prog Awards

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

Confessions on vinyl

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.

BUY HERE:

http://theanchoress.tmstor.es

The Anchoress duets with the Manic Street Preachers at Eden Project

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

New video directed by Annick Wolfers

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.

Watch the video here now.

The Anchoress to support Manic Street Preachers

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.

The Anchoress featured by MOJO for #RSD16

‘Popular’ is one of MOJO’s must-have picks for Record Store Day UK: “A highlight of the Welsh singer-songwriter’s debut album… taps directly and defiantly into the emotional scrutiny that teenagers – particularly girls – subject themselves and each another to. Comes with a string quartet version of What Goes Around on the flip. With her prog flourishes and red velvet voice was ever an artist better served by a plush collectible vinyl 7-inch?” http://www.mojo4music.com/23617/record-store-day-2016-mojos-15-must-have-picks/

‘Popular’ is one of MOJO’s must-have picks for Record Store Day UK:
“A highlight of the Welsh singer-songwriter’s debut album… taps directly and defiantly into the emotional scrutiny that teenagers – particularly girls – subject themselves and each another to. Comes with a string quartet version of What Goes Around on the flip. With her prog flourishes and red velvet voice was ever an artist better served by a plush collectible vinyl 7-inch?”
http://www.mojo4music.com/23617/record-store-day-2016-mojos-15-must-have-picks/

Record Store Day 7inch Confirmed

★★★★  MOJO “…Kate Bush’s Hounds Of Love… updated for the 21st century.” PROG “Fascinating.” THE SUNDAY TIMES “Compelling.” THE OBSERVER THE ANCHORESS to release limited edition 7” for Record Store Day On April 16th 2016, The Anchoress will release a special limited edition 7” to mark the 9th annual Record Store Day. Following the critically-acclaimed release of her debut album, Confessions of a Romance Novelist, The Anchoress (aka Catherine AD) offers up a special limited 7 inch vinyl release for Record Store Day via Kscope, featuring the angular prog-pop ‘Popular’ (which reached no.2 in the Hype Machine) backed with a special previously unreleased string quartet version of the XFM playlisted and Steve Lamacq championed single ‘What Goes Around’. There will be just 1000 copies of this release on black vinyl. On Facebook, Catherine said: “I am very proud to be a small part of supporting the lifeblood of our music stores and independent labels.” The Anchoress was lauded earlier this year by the broadsheet press for her “compelling” (The Observer) and “fascinating” (Sunday Times) debut album, which she co-produced with Mansun’s Paul Draper, gracing the cover of the Guardian reviews section, as well as receiving coverage online from The Quietus, Drowned in Sound, The Line of Best Fit, Q, Gigwise, NPR and more. Garnering comparisons to John Grant, Lana Del Rey and Kate Bush, Catherine’s previous singles have received heavy rotation of BBC 6Music and Radio X, as well as recently recording a special BBC Maida Vale session. Catherine spent much of 2015 touring the arenas of Europe and the UK playing with Simple Minds to over 500,000 people, plus millions of Americans when she performed at the Billboard Awards in Las Vegas. She will shortly announce her first live dates as The Anchoress, which has been a studio project up to now, as well as some special festival appearances. Here’s what the press have been saying about The Anchoress’ debut album, which you can stream online now: http://smarturl.it/COARN_STREAM “…a flawless and sophisticated hyper-literate pop record.” GQ “…hyper-literary but radio-friendly. Could sneak big ideas past the listeners of daytime radio.” Q “…Kate Bush’s Hounds Of Love… updated for the 21st century.” PROG “…lit-infused, atmospheric pop record (with just the right amount of percentage of rock angles)… think Shirley Manson meets Stefani meets Tori.” NOISEY “…literate and emotive. Karen Carpenter singing John Grant.” UNCUT ★★★★  MOJO “…addresses the peaks and troughs of love, commitment and betrayal…Fascinating.” SUNDAY TIMES “…a rich and complex debut…a blackly witty breakup album…Compelling.” THE OBSERVER “…insightful, intelligent songwriting on this hugely entertaining album . 9/10.” THE LINE OF BEST FIT “…delightfully theatrical and sharp as a bloody blade. Wales’ much more explicitly feminist answer to Lana Del Rey.”  NPR “…literate, ambitious and engrossing .” CLASH “…equal parts prog and pop, oddball & accessible.” NME “…a dark, intricate and intelligent debut… an album of distinctive sound and ambitious ideals.” LOUDER THAN WAR “…as comfortable at CBGB’s as in Broadway theatres.” LES INROCKUPTIBLES “It is hard to believe there will be many more interesting, or better, debut albums in 2016.” MUSIC OMH

★★★★  MOJO

“…Kate Bush’s Hounds Of Love… updated for the 21st century.” PROG

“Fascinating.” THE SUNDAY TIMES

“Compelling.” THE OBSERVER

THE ANCHORESS to release limited edition 7” for Record Store Day

On April 16th 2016, The Anchoress will release a special limited edition 7” to mark the 9th annual Record Store Day.

Following the critically-acclaimed release of her debut album, Confessions of a Romance Novelist, The Anchoress (aka Catherine AD) offers up a special limited 7 inch vinyl release for Record Store Day via Kscope, featuring the angular prog-pop ‘Popular’ (which reached no.2 in the Hype Machine) backed with a special previously unreleased string quartet version of the XFM playlisted and Steve Lamacq championed single ‘What Goes Around’. There will be just 1000 copies of this release on black vinyl.

On Facebook, Catherine said: “I am very proud to be a small part of supporting the lifeblood of our music stores and independent labels.

The Anchoress was lauded earlier this year by the broadsheet press for her “compelling” (The Observer) and “fascinating” (Sunday Times) debut album, which she co-produced with Mansun’s Paul Draper, gracing the cover of the Guardian reviews section, as well as receiving coverage online from The Quietus, Drowned in Sound, The Line of Best Fit, Q, Gigwise, NPR and more. Garnering comparisons to John Grant, Lana Del Rey and Kate Bush, Catherine’s previous singles have received heavy rotation of BBC 6Music and Radio X, as well as recently recording a special BBC Maida Vale session.

Catherine spent much of 2015 touring the arenas of Europe and the UK playing with Simple Minds to over 500,000 people, plus millions of Americans when she performed at the Billboard Awards in Las Vegas. She will shortly announce her first live dates as The Anchoress, which has been a studio project up to now, as well as some special festival appearances.

Here’s what the press have been saying about The Anchoress’ debut album, which you can stream online now: http://smarturl.it/COARN_STREAM

“…a flawless and sophisticated hyper-literate pop record.” GQ

“…hyper-literary but radio-friendly. Could sneak big ideas past the listeners of daytime radio.” Q

“…Kate Bush’s Hounds Of Love… updated for the 21st century.” PROG

“…lit-infused, atmospheric pop record (with just the right amount of percentage of rock angles)… think Shirley Manson meets Stefani meets Tori.” NOISEY

“…literate and emotive. Karen Carpenter singing John Grant.” UNCUT

★★★★  MOJO

“…addresses the peaks and troughs of love, commitment and betrayal…Fascinating.” SUNDAY TIMES

“…a rich and complex debut…a blackly witty breakup album…Compelling.” THE OBSERVER

“…insightful, intelligent songwriting on this hugely entertaining album . 9/10.” THE LINE OF BEST FIT

“…delightfully theatrical and sharp as a bloody blade. Wales’ much more explicitly feminist answer to Lana Del Rey.”  NPR

“…literate, ambitious and engrossing .” CLASH

“…equal parts prog and pop, oddball & accessible.” NME

“…a dark, intricate and intelligent debut… an album of distinctive sound and ambitious ideals.”
LOUDER THAN WAR

“…as comfortable at CBGB’s as in Broadway theatres.” LES INROCKUPTIBLES

“It is hard to believe there will be many more interesting, or better, debut albums in 2016.” MUSIC OMH