Cerys Elizabeth Matthews (born 11 April 1969) is a singer/songwriter, author and broadcaster. She hosts an award winning Sunday morning music show on BBC Radio 6 Music, makes documentaries for television as well as BBC Radio 2 and 4 and is a presenter for The Culture Show and The One Show. Cerys was the founding member of Welsh rock band Catatonia.
Cerys won gold at the 2013 Sony Radio Academy Awards, winning in the 'Music Broadcaster of the year' category.
This year[when?] saw her debut at the Proms in the Royal Albert Hall.
She is Artistic Director for the opening ceremony of Womex 2013 representing Wales - it is not a given that the host nation puts on the opening ceremony- Wales' bid beat Brazil, Germany and seven other countries.
Matthews 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.