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Cerys Matthews thrilled by Eisteddfod honour

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Dan Williams Dan Williams | 13:41 UK time, Tuesday, 5 April 2011

Swansea native Cerys Matthews is the latest star to join the line up for the 2011 Swansea Urdd Eisteddfod Gala Opening Concert.

Cerys Matthews. Image: Cambridge Jones

Singer Cerys Matthews

The opening concert kicks off the Eisteddfod's week long festivities on Sunday 29 May.

The former Catatonia singer said she'll be "plundering that Welsh treasure trove" when she performs on the night, singing some old Welsh folk songs as well as some new compositions of her own.

The Eisteddfod is a part of many Welsh children's upbringing, and Cerys is no exception. She says: "Eisteddfods were part of my growing up in Swansea, even though I was never a very successful competitor! So to return this time as president of this year's Eisteddfod at Felindre is a real thrill and I very much look forward to it."

Joining Cerys will be some well known faces like The One Show presenter Alex Jones and West End star John Owen-Jones, as well as rising stars Elgan Llyr Thomas, winner of the Bryn Terfel Scholarship, classical group Elysium III,  and Britain's Got Talent star Shaheen Jafargholi.

More information on the Urdd, including ticketing and accommodation advice, is available from the official website.


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