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Live webchat with Cerys Matthews, Radio 6 presenter, singer, songwriter and former member of Catatonia, Wednesday 12 June, 10.30am

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RachelMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 10-Jun-13 17:35:15

Cerys Matthews is coming along to Mumsnet Towers on Wednesday 12th June for a mid-morning webchat and to tell us about her beautiful new book, Hook Line and Singer that has just been published. Everyone who joins the webchat will be entered into a draw to win a signed copy (total envy here at MNHQ of the lucky winner)

Cerys is best known as a singer and songwriter from the band Catatonia. (Remember RoadRage and Mulder and Scully?) She now produces and presents the popular Sunday morning show on BBC Radio 6, makes documentaries for BBC Radio 4 and BBC Radio 2, curates festivals and regularly appears on television shows like the Culture Show and The Voice where she joins Sir Tom Jones as a singing coach. She lives in West London and has five children.

Hook, Line and Singer is the result of this lifelong love-affair with singing: a beautiful songbook filled with Cerys' favourite songs, ballads and lullabies from around the world. The book is completed with music scores to make this the perfect sing-a-long book. Interspersed with the songs are personal anecdotes and tips of how to sing the songs and even suggested dances.

Put the date in your diary to join Cerys at 10.30am on Wednesday and if you're unable to make that time, post a question to her in advance on this thread.

EmpressOfTheSevenOceans Tue 11-Jun-13 13:58:56

Oh wow. Welcome to Mumsnet, Cerys.

I was playing International Velvet last night, my favourite chillout music. I especially like the lyrics - I Am The Mob especially, much more fun than the monotony of most bands - and I wondered if you actively set out to produce something different or if it just happened that way?

Katn Tue 11-Jun-13 15:38:26

Hello Cerys! I listen to your show all the time on 6 Music. How did you get into DJing and what's your favourite type of music to play when you're on? And you plays such a wide range of stuff, have you ever played something really antisocial for a Sunday morning? grin

Ashoething Tue 11-Jun-13 16:01:39

Hello cerys

Have you had any plastic surgery? and if not then would you consider it? I really want botox but dh thinks am being ridiculousangry

mignonette Tue 11-Jun-13 16:04:27

Cerys, congratulations on the book. I am a happy listener of your 6Music show and want to thank you for providing me with an expanded soundtrack for my life.

Would you consider re-mixing and recording the songs in your new book and if so, who would be on your 'shopping list' to record alongside?

This is an album that I would buy for every child-'owning' friend I know.

NotDead Tue 11-Jun-13 16:22:24

I LOVE your show. Just saying ;)

AnAirOfHope Tue 11-Jun-13 16:30:51

Hi

What was it like working with tom jones?

Who is the most intresting person you have meet and why?

Thanks smile

AnAirOfHope Tue 11-Jun-13 16:32:26

PS im a huge fan, thanks for doing the webchat blush

WireCat Tue 11-Jun-13 16:43:57

I love her!

Does she remember me from Clwb Ifor Bach? wink

ouryve Tue 11-Jun-13 16:51:47

Hi, Cerys. I love your show and turn my radio over for it, if I'm in the kitchen on a Sunday morning.

I know your tastes are way too eclectic and your show far too geeky for Radio 2, but have you ever thought of giving TPTB over that way a prod and pointing out that their daytime line up is entirely dominated by men and that it's just not acceptable?

bisley Tue 11-Jun-13 17:14:06

Oh I love her show, always lovely, interesting music smile

trice Tue 11-Jun-13 17:39:20

Hi Cerys, I love your Sunday show on 6 music, I am frequently to be seen dancing around my kitchen or loudly singing along. From all of recorded history who would you choose to sing you a lullaby?

Shells Tue 11-Jun-13 18:08:36

Love your show Cerys. Do your kids know you are famous? What do they think about that?

SodaStreamy Tue 11-Jun-13 18:10:05

Hi Cerys,

Love your stuff

If you were just starting out would you audition for shows such as the X factor and the Voice?

thanks

maillotjaune Tue 11-Jun-13 19:28:25

Hi Cerys, my husband bought the CD of Sweet Catatonia last week. (we were still buying vinyl when it came out smile so the album doesn't get out much).

Still one of my favourite songs. No question, just wanted to say!

weebarra Tue 11-Jun-13 19:50:03

Hi Cerys, love the 6 music show and was a big fan of Catatonia.
"You've got a lot to answer for" still has me singing very badly in the car.
I sing my boys a lot of traditional Scots lullabies, do you sing ones from around the world or mostly the ones you grew up with?

Bexicles Tue 11-Jun-13 20:16:14

Hi Cerys,

You have such a unique voice, which female artists (if any) have influenced your vocal style?

shivs1974 Tue 11-Jun-13 20:28:07

If you were on Desert Island Discs, what luxury item would you choose?
My youngest is called Cerys...what's the most ridiculous pronunciation of your name you've ever heard? We once had "cerise"...

HesterShaw Tue 11-Jun-13 20:57:57

Hello Cerys, just wanted to say you are the object of a bit of a girlcrush. That's all blush

gallicgirl Tue 11-Jun-13 21:19:48

Given the opportunity, Mulder or Scully?

Catiinthehat Tue 11-Jun-13 21:30:05

Hi Cerys,

If you weren't a singer/song writer, what alternative career do you think you would have taken?

Daughteroughter Tue 11-Jun-13 21:30:35

Clwb Ifor Bach or Chapter (before its poncey revamp)?

deemented Tue 11-Jun-13 21:49:30

Hi Cerys smile

My most played album ever is International Velvet, and especially it's namesake single is sung almost daily in this house, especially by my very patriotic Manshape. My question is - how important is being Welsh to you? Do you miss home, now you live in London?

missbumbumbrazil Tue 11-Jun-13 23:19:03

Hi Cerys,

I've loved you since I was 12. Now 30. Nothing more to add.

HoveringKestrel Tue 11-Jun-13 23:40:31

I would love to ask Cerys if, after their joint appearance on The Voice, a new collaboration with Tom Jones, possibly festive, may be considered, I love 'cold outside'.

Also, are there any songs out there you would love to cover and put your own spin on?

angeselle Wed 12-Jun-13 03:26:23

Hello Cerys,
I am organising. 'The Middle of No-where Children's Literature Festival' in Cornwall (Sat. 20th July). The main emphasis of the Festival is to encourage children and families to actively participate in creative workshops that are related to the literature field, but mainly to do with Stories and using creative media to bring them alive.

Workshops include, songwriting, illustration, story dance improvisation, theatre performance and improvisation, perinting and book-making, story sketchbooks, and quirky narrative activities which will stir their imagination, and encourage children to explore their own narratives on the day. In addition Gill lewis - award winning author- 'Skyhawk', 'White dolphin' and recently published 'Moon bear'. will be presenting, alongside Ian Thomas - diver, expedition leader and documentary film-maker - 'Planet Earth' & 'Life' series with Sir David Attenborough and 'Oceans', - who will be giving talks about their life experiences and inspiration to write for children.

On the recent publication of your new book, I wish to invite you to attend, to speak to children about your book, and experiences of songwriting and stories and how they weave together. My friend mentioned that she heard you on Radio 4 this week and at that point i knew that i had to ask you to attend as you will fit the bill perfectly. I can arrange accommodation, but do not have any other budget to pay a huge publishing fee, Although you would have plenty of opportunity to sell and sign your books. This is our pilot Festival, which his steering a clear course, but already it has wings and wants to fly! It would be great if you could attend!

Please contact me, Angeselle Haslam-Hopwood (organiser) on 07974 829 570. It would be lovely to speak with you. angeselle@talktalk.net.

With kindest and most hopeful regards,
Angeselle.

Sneets Wed 12-Jun-13 07:00:35

Hi Cerys. Oh I loved XFiles so when you did Mulder & Scully I was in my element!
So now I'm a Dr Who fan, you could do a song about that please!

What do you do to relax?

Salbertina Wed 12-Jun-13 07:05:09

Hi Cerys- just listened to Midweek podcast with you, book sounds fascinating!

Am living in S Africa, anything from subsaharan Africa you've come across at all? Have read my kids lots of Xhosa & Zulu stories but not come across lullabies etc, maybe more of an oral tradition.

gazzalw Wed 12-Jun-13 10:09:05

Hi Cerys

Love the Ballad of Tom Jones and your rendition of "What's New Pussycat" sung with the man himself (we had it at wedding!).

I love your musical evolution and eclecticism but I have a nagging feeling that, like Nick Cave, there is a novelist lurking within. Have you ever considered writing fiction and if so what type would appeal?

Thanks!

feetheart Wed 12-Jun-13 10:09:09

Hello Cerys

I have a question on behalf of 10 yr old DD.

She has been playing guitar and ukelele for nearly 2 years and loves it but is very shy and HATES being the centre of attention. She will happily play and sing in a class or group but the idea of 'performing' scares her A LOT, even though she does seem to enjoy it once she is doing it. Have you any hints or tips that might help her as I'm an unmusical, born show-off so not much use!

Thanks

Littlesmoke Wed 12-Jun-13 10:20:03

Shw mae! Any tips on managing being pregnant with touring and working in music? Thank you for being a massive inspiration.

MarmaladeTwatkins Wed 12-Jun-13 10:25:11

Hi Cerys,

The music you play on your show is very obscure/eclectic. What is the least obscure album that you own?! (Am really hoping for something terrible grin)

Being greedy and asking a second question, do you have any tips for compiling a playlist for parties? I've had to do a few recently and always end up with the same old stuff on...

smile

liveotherwise Wed 12-Jun-13 10:27:16

Hi Cerys

Sorry I won't be able to make the chat sad

What's the most satisfying thing you've done professionally? Is it performing live, producing, worrying or something else?

Thanks

Jax

HairyPoppins Wed 12-Jun-13 10:28:58

Hi Cerys,

Trying not to gush, I'm a long time fan (reviewing Sweet Catatonia was my first journalistic assignment!) and I think your 6music programme is fantastic, the poetry/prose is my favourite bit.

My favourite holiday (pre-kids) was a girls road trip with my best friend that took in Nashville, but we aren't sure we did it justice first time around and are plotting to go back. What is your must-see recommendation in the city or nearby?

Thanks.

CerysMatthews Wed 12-Jun-13 10:30:33

HoveringKestrel

I would love to ask Cerys if, after their joint appearance on The Voice, a new collaboration with Tom Jones, possibly festive, may be considered, I love 'cold outside'.

Also, are there any songs out there you would love to cover and put your own spin on?

Good luck with the festival. Please go to my website for an email address re bookings. xc

RachelMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 12-Jun-13 10:31:45

Argh - she's off and running. Take it away Cerys Matthews smile

CerysMatthews Wed 12-Jun-13 10:35:35

HairyPoppins

Hi Cerys,

Trying not to gush, I'm a long time fan (reviewing Sweet Catatonia was my first journalistic assignment!) and I think your 6music programme is fantastic, the poetry/prose is my favourite bit.

My favourite holiday (pre-kids) was a girls road trip with my best friend that took in Nashville, but we aren't sure we did it justice first time around and are plotting to go back. What is your must-see recommendation in the city or nearby?

Thanks.

Nashville-Broadway and Country Museum then hire 4x4 or soft top and drive the 3.5 hrs to Memphis. Beale Street, ducks at peabody Hotel, Stax Academy, Gracelands and Sun Records beckon. Good luck.
XC

Salbertina

Hi Cerys- just listened to Midweek podcast with you, book sounds fascinating!

Am living in S Africa, anything from subsaharan Africa you've come across at all? Have read my kids lots of Xhosa & Zulu stories but not come across lullabies etc, maybe more of an oral tradition.

Penguin asked me to write a novel for them , but I'm far happier talking curiosities, songs and histories rather than the marathon of writing a novel.Songs yes, but a novel ,Im not sure. Thanks for your question.

BoltonCVS Wed 12-Jun-13 10:37:46

Hi Cerys, wow 5 children, did you chose to breastfeed any of your children?

I work for Bolton CVS and we are working towards making Bolton a breastfeeding friendly place to visit. I breastfed both my children and was asked to feed in the toilets on a couple of occasions. the scheme aims to give women choice and a positive experience of public feeding.

If you breastfed... did you have a positive experience?

CerysMatthews Wed 12-Jun-13 10:38:11

MarmaladeTwatkins

Hi Cerys,

The music you play on your show is very obscure/eclectic. What is the least obscure album that you own?! (Am really hoping for something terrible grin)

Being greedy and asking a second question, do you have any tips for compiling a playlist for parties? I've had to do a few recently and always end up with the same old stuff on...

smile

It's most satisfying at the moment, when Im getting to work on different projects. My first love will always be singing and sharing music with people, but Im loving working on literature,poetry, books and history too now. xc

CerysMatthews Wed 12-Jun-13 10:39:05

Littlesmoke

Shw mae! Any tips on managing being pregnant with touring and working in music? Thank you for being a massive inspiration.

Keep busy but rest when you can. xc

CerysMatthews Wed 12-Jun-13 10:41:10

MarmaladeTwatkins

Hi Cerys,

The music you play on your show is very obscure/eclectic. What is the least obscure album that you own?! (Am really hoping for something terrible grin)

Being greedy and asking a second question, do you have any tips for compiling a playlist for parties? I've had to do a few recently and always end up with the same old stuff on...

smile

Ha ha! in answer to both these questions (cunning, I am !) compilations all the way! but good ones...and there are plenty of them. I loved the best of Bowie when I was 12- compilations are a good way in.XC

IsaacCox Wed 12-Jun-13 10:41:24

Hi Cerys

Massive fan here by the way!

If you hadn't gone down the singer route, what else did you want to do?

Thanks

CerysMatthews Wed 12-Jun-13 10:44:12

BoltonCVS

Hi Cerys, wow 5 children, did you chose to breastfeed any of your children?

I work for Bolton CVS and we are working towards making Bolton a breastfeeding friendly place to visit. I breastfed both my children and was asked to feed in the toilets on a couple of occasions. the scheme aims to give women choice and a positive experience of public feeding.

If you breastfed... did you have a positive experience?

I did with my youngest 3 but not my step children, they were a bit old smile
I think the most important aspect it to be sure the baby gets the first milk so defo feed in the first couple of weeks if you can, as the first milk contains tons of disease battling goodness.
xc

CerysMatthews Wed 12-Jun-13 10:45:31

Littlesmoke

Shw mae! Any tips on managing being pregnant with touring and working in music? Thank you for being a massive inspiration.

Good luck with pregnancy. I didn't do anything differently really, apart from the obvious. For me keeping busy meant time went quickly, I coudlnt wait to see the baby so 9 months always seemed a loooooong time.xc

CerysMatthews Wed 12-Jun-13 10:49:03

feetheart

Hello Cerys

I have a question on behalf of 10 yr old DD.

She has been playing guitar and ukelele for nearly 2 years and loves it but is very shy and HATES being the centre of attention. She will happily play and sing in a class or group but the idea of 'performing' scares her A LOT, even though she does seem to enjoy it once she is doing it. Have you any hints or tips that might help her as I'm an unmusical, born show-off so not much use!

Thanks

I wouldnt worry about it at all, just enjoy the fact that she gets so much pleasure out of music...I spent hours playing music in my bedroom, not to 'perform' but just for the sheer love of it.It's like reading- its an amazing comfort and doesn't have to be done in public..If she wants to take it further she may songwrite instead of becomign an artist..it'll come if she wants to perform, she'll just have to take a deep breath, jump in and learn as she goes along.Its what us rock and rollers did!
xc

CerysMatthews Wed 12-Jun-13 10:51:42

Salbertina

Hi Cerys- just listened to Midweek podcast with you, book sounds fascinating!

Am living in S Africa, anything from subsaharan Africa you've come across at all? Have read my kids lots of Xhosa & Zulu stories but not come across lullabies etc, maybe more of an oral tradition.

Interesting question.Many of our UK songs were passed down by oral tradition too. Ill have to look into Sub Saharan songs, I'm afraid my travels haven't brought any to my attention. But ill defo try and find some.
xc

Rumours Wed 12-Jun-13 10:51:56

Hi Cerys is there going to be a cd to go with the book for those of us that can't read sheet music?

CerysMatthews Wed 12-Jun-13 10:54:19

HoveringKestrel

I would love to ask Cerys if, after their joint appearance on The Voice, a new collaboration with Tom Jones, possibly festive, may be considered, I love 'cold outside'.

Also, are there any songs out there you would love to cover and put your own spin on?

I'd love to record again with Tom, Im trying to persuade him to put some tinsel on smile I released a whole album of festive goodies last year which made the Times seasonal essential list- its a riot of fun arrangements including coconuts and chinese temple blocks with the classic carols and called 'Baby its Cold Outside' (it has the single with tom on it).Its for children and children at heart .thanks for question xc

CerysMatthews Wed 12-Jun-13 10:55:04

missbumbumbrazil

Hi Cerys,

I've loved you since I was 12. Now 30. Nothing more to add.

then I appreciate your good taste and support smile x

CerysMatthews Wed 12-Jun-13 10:57:25

deemented

Hi Cerys smile

My most played album ever is International Velvet, and especially it's namesake single is sung almost daily in this house, especially by my very patriotic Manshape. My question is - how important is being Welsh to you? Do you miss home, now you live in London?

Ive always felt a strong root with my Welshness mostly because I love different cultures, and this happens to be my own.I've lived in many places in the world since I was 17 so now speak almost 5 languages. And love to cook food from around the world. Being Welsh is my heritage and I love sharing it with people, just as much as I love them sharing recipes and sayings and music from theirs. I hope this makes sense.

CerysMatthews Wed 12-Jun-13 10:58:29

Daughteroughter

Clwb Ifor Bach or Chapter (before its poncey revamp)?

not sure , its been a while. id probably say the stadium, and the vegetarian food centre on penarth rd for great indian food. smile

nickstmoritz Wed 12-Jun-13 10:58:33

Cerys
I loved your show with Ballet Cymru. Have you had any ballet lessons yet?

CerysMatthews Wed 12-Jun-13 10:59:18

AnAirOfHope

PS im a huge fan, thanks for doing the webchat blush

hey, my pleasure xc

CerysMatthews Wed 12-Jun-13 11:00:24

Catiinthehat

Hi Cerys,

If you weren't a singer/song writer, what alternative career do you think you would have taken?

I couldnt think what Id do, Im a music obsessive, but i also loved biology and gardening...so maybe a kitchen gardener that sang?xc

WoTmania Wed 12-Jun-13 11:02:41

Another one who hasn't got a question (well I have loads but can't think of them right now) but just wanted to say You Are Fab. Love your music and radio show.

CerysMatthews Wed 12-Jun-13 11:04:03

Katn

Hello Cerys! I listen to your show all the time on 6 Music. How did you get into DJing and what's your favourite type of music to play when you're on? And you plays such a wide range of stuff, have you ever played something really antisocial for a Sunday morning? grin

Hello.thanks for listening and joining this happy musical family.I love a mix of music but totally love playing 1920's jazz and country blues as to me they are as exciting and from the gut as any music since.I also love music rfom aroudn the world, Cuba, Mali, Korea..but its the mix that makes me excited and more now since its become so popular it means that many of you agree that a mix is good. not just another feed of formula/same sounding marked mulch. I have played some Crass onSunday am and some Trembling Bells which have super loud drums, but I usually play them nearer midday just in case some folk are still half asleep. But thanks for the question and listening, I absolutely love picking all the songs and the features for the show xc

Sneets Wed 12-Jun-13 11:05:22

I popped a question on at 07:00 if you look back.love your voice.
What do you do to relax?

CerysMatthews Wed 12-Jun-13 11:07:46

Rumours

Hi Cerys is there going to be a cd to go with the book for those of us that can't read sheet music?

No, not for the moment. The point of the book is to not compare with other recorded versions but to make your own-I imagine that most of the songs in there are well known enough for you to try?even if you're not a music reader..also Ive written them out as simply as possible-high notes are the high dots, and if the notes go low, the dots go low. You can 'see' the melody this way? give it a go, and come back to me? id love to hear your opinion on this xc

Littlesmoke Wed 12-Jun-13 11:10:51

Thanks for your advice. x

When it comes to 'story telling' in music, have you got any favorite songs?

CerysMatthews Wed 12-Jun-13 11:10:52

Sneets

Hi Cerys. Oh I loved XFiles so when you did Mulder & Scully I was in my element!
So now I'm a Dr Who fan, you could do a song about that please!

What do you do to relax?

I want to be Doctor Who. Its time for Dr to be a female . aha ha ah ha
no song, but if I were made Doctor, Id sing all the time..something about time travelling probably.or ...'when you wish uopn a star'..
to relax?My fave afternoon recently was sitting outside a local Spanish restaurant watching people trying to dislodge a football from a tree with a bagel. that was very relaxing,

Rumours Wed 12-Jun-13 11:11:26

Thanks Cerys, I'm always making up songs for my ds's so it sounds like it could be a lot of fun grin, just to go for it I suppose.

Littlesmoke Wed 12-Jun-13 11:12:57

(One of mine is 'Ruby' by Kenny Rogers...)

CerysMatthews Wed 12-Jun-13 11:13:48

mignonette

Cerys, congratulations on the book. I am a happy listener of your 6Music show and want to thank you for providing me with an expanded soundtrack for my life.

Would you consider re-mixing and recording the songs in your new book and if so, who would be on your 'shopping list' to record alongside?

This is an album that I would buy for every child-'owning' friend I know.

Thanks for joining me every Sunday-we are a growing family and its a wonderful feeling. As for cd of book,im not planning on recording them-I dont want comparables- the book is to encourage people to make their own sounds and noises no matter how good or bad. I judt love for us to not worry what we lok or sound like as long as we are jumping in and having fun together. its a good change from all of our online lives ;)
AND MASSIVE THANKS for buying books fro your friends. Its been amazing watching people and children smile xxx

CerysMatthews Wed 12-Jun-13 11:14:39

trice

Hi Cerys, I love your Sunday show on 6 music, I am frequently to be seen dancing around my kitchen or loudly singing along. From all of recorded history who would you choose to sing you a lullaby?

Louis Armstrong or Snooks Eaglin or Judy Garland or memphis Minnie...the list will continue all day smile
thanks for joining me each Sunday. Means everything xxx

Jammygal Wed 12-Jun-13 11:15:47

Shw Mae Cerys
Do you miss Pembrokeshire? Do you still spend lots of time here? What would your advice be for a budding welsh writer ? X

CerysMatthews Wed 12-Jun-13 11:15:52

Littlesmoke

Thanks for your advice. x

When it comes to 'story telling' in music, have you got any favorite songs?

Many of the songs in the book are my fav. story led songs- whos gonna shoe your pretty little feet, daft wee article,house of the rising sun, waltzing matilda, even eviva espana as a very funny story line xx

CerysMatthews Wed 12-Jun-13 11:16:39

gallicgirl

Given the opportunity, Mulder or Scully?

scully. defo.

CerysMatthews Wed 12-Jun-13 11:17:44

HesterShaw

Hello Cerys, just wanted to say you are the object of a bit of a girlcrush. That's all blush

im flattered. you have great taste ;)

Sneets Wed 12-Jun-13 11:18:29

Controversial, female Dr, sorry but it would have to be me, but I'd rather take over David Tennant's body!!!
That football in tree incident would have me rolling round the floor!

CerysMatthews Wed 12-Jun-13 11:21:06

Bexicles

Hi Cerys,

You have such a unique voice, which female artists (if any) have influenced your vocal style?

I love characters in music, like louis Armstrong,Bob Dylan, Judy garland, memphis Minnie..but I think if you're starting out, the most important thing is to be confident in your own sound and not try and copy (but yes, totally be inspired by your heroes)

BoltonCVS Wed 12-Jun-13 11:21:54

Thanks Cerys, am such a big fan of yours, this has made my year.

Any support for our scheme would be so helpful, big ask I know but liking our facebook page (facebook.com/CVSBolton) or tweeting about our scheme 'Breastfeeding Friendly Bolton' would really help us get people on board twitter :@boltoncvs

Thanks and good luck with the new venture.

CerysMatthews Wed 12-Jun-13 11:22:21

shivs1974

If you were on Desert Island Discs, what luxury item would you choose?
My youngest is called Cerys...what's the most ridiculous pronunciation of your name you've ever heard? We once had "cerise"...

is a machete a luxury item or do i get that as a basic tool that id need?luxury?hmm, well a record player and some great records, or a guitar. defo a guitar x
cherish...i dont mind though, funny pronunciations make me chuckle. hello to cerys x

CerysMatthews Wed 12-Jun-13 11:23:47

Jammygal

Shw Mae Cerys
Do you miss Pembrokeshire? Do you still spend lots of time here? What would your advice be for a budding welsh writer ? X

I love pembs and we were there in half term. a lot of my family are still there so its still home.As for a budding writer? same advice as i give to musicians. find your own voice and be confident with it. then with that, its work, work work work work at it smile x good luck

futuresandpasts Wed 12-Jun-13 11:25:31

Hi Cerys , Brilliant webchat .. hope Doctor Who people have rung you by now ! No question except to say it's brilliant to see your career unfolding in these amazing ways , and wish we could see you at the Eistedfodd event in Cardiff... loved your coverage on TV last year, so hopefully will see some of your performance on this year's programmes

Great advice on musicians enjoying playing / writing in private but maybe also finding they can perform where they didn't expect to be able to . Thanks and very best wishes

CerysMatthews Wed 12-Jun-13 11:25:51

weebarra

Hi Cerys, love the 6 music show and was a big fan of Catatonia.
"You've got a lot to answer for" still has me singing very badly in the car.
I sing my boys a lot of traditional Scots lullabies, do you sing ones from around the world or mostly the ones you grew up with?

i love songs from all over the world as you might see in the collection in 'Hook, Line and Singer' I have included the Scottish tale 'the twa brothers and 'whos gonna shoe your pretty little feet as well as a Scots Gaelic song 'fhir na bhata'
i sing any song from anywhere if i love it smile x

Hellohippo Wed 12-Jun-13 11:27:04

Hi,
Was being in the jungle as hard as it seems? Sorry it's not a musical question!

CerysMatthews Wed 12-Jun-13 11:27:21

maillotjaune

Hi Cerys, my husband bought the CD of Sweet Catatonia last week. (we were still buying vinyl when it came out smile so the album doesn't get out much).

Still one of my favourite songs. No question, just wanted to say!

Thanks for the continued support , and have fun singing it xx

CerysMatthews Wed 12-Jun-13 11:29:56

Ashoething

Hello cerys

Have you had any plastic surgery? and if not then would you consider it? I really want botox but dh thinks am being ridiculousangry

botox can work if you have a bad frown line or something. but i dont use it now as the creases move to other places in your face, like under your eyes so you end up looking just as bad and strangely different too smile i rather like my crows feet at moment- i feel like ive earned every one of them xx

CerysMatthews Wed 12-Jun-13 11:34:45

Shells

Love your show Cerys. Do your kids know you are famous? What do they think about that?

They know I do an unusual job for a living which means other people comment on it sometimes. But we dont live like 'celebrities' as such -"I'm just another normal cog in the the life of our community, using local nursery and school and loving hanging out in local joints,its the best thing about Britain, being part of this lovely, eccentric, multi cultural, BBC news filled land xx

Karmakoala Wed 12-Jun-13 11:35:47

Hey Cerys! Just wanted to say that even though we're on the other side of the world now I still listen to 'Road Rage' most mornings on my way into work, it's on my faves playlist. It reminds me of my language and where I've come from.

DH and I also love 'Baby it's Cold Outside', no matter where we go Wales is always in our hearts smile

CerysMatthews Wed 12-Jun-13 11:36:40

futuresandpasts

Hi Cerys , Brilliant webchat .. hope Doctor Who people have rung you by now ! No question except to say it's brilliant to see your career unfolding in these amazing ways , and wish we could see you at the Eistedfodd event in Cardiff... loved your coverage on TV last year, so hopefully will see some of your performance on this year's programmes

Great advice on musicians enjoying playing / writing in private but maybe also finding they can perform where they didn't expect to be able to . Thanks and very best wishes

Thanks for reply. At this point Im going to grab the guitar and sing you a little ditty (or for the children ;) to say a massive thank you for the welcome here on Mumsnet and thanks for all your questions and comments. Have fun , keeping singing, and see you on Sunday-BBC6 10am ,sharp xxx

squoosh Wed 12-Jun-13 11:36:42

What in your opinion is the best pub in Pembrokeshire? (a pressing question I'm sure you'll agree)

EskSmith Wed 12-Jun-13 11:38:15

Wow book looks great, I'm adding that to my dd1's birthday list smile She will love it.
Love the show Cerys and I'm joining the campaign for your appointment as Doctor Who ;)

RachelMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 12-Jun-13 11:39:10

Thanks Cerys that was great. We're delighted that she's brought along her guitar and is going to be singing a couple of the songs from her book to us at MNHQ. We're going to be filming and will have it up on the site later this week.

mignonette Wed 12-Jun-13 16:12:49

Apparently Cerys trained as a RNMH (Interview: Red Magazine) So from one RNMH to another, thank you for a lot of good music, documentaries and talk over the years.....I bet you'd have made a fabulous psych nurse too.

RachelMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 12-Jun-13 16:30:52

Congratulations Sneets your name has been picked out to win a signed copy of Cerys' book Hook, Line and Singer. We'll be pm -ing you with more info on how to claim your prize.

Cerys told us that all those who had posted requests for her to participate in events etc. to contact Cerys via her website - www.cerysmatthews.co.uk/

Just read the whole webchat. She seems quite fabulous. smile

Sneets Wed 12-Jun-13 23:30:35

My goodness, undo lucky. Chat with Cerys today then win a signed book too! She CAN be Dr Who if she wants!
Thanks!!!!!

Sneets Wed 12-Jun-13 23:31:38

Silly me, tired, undo should be I'm so!!!

Sneets Thu 27-Jun-13 23:38:15

sad so cerysmatthews and rachelmumsnet where is my book? It's been 2 weeks...

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