Since her days with Catatonia, Cerys Matthews has become world renowned as a country singer and DJ on BBC Radio 6 Music.

What was your first experience of Welsh music?

Hymns at Tabernacle Baptist Chapel, Cardiff  twice on a Sunday.

Who was your favourite Welsh language band or musician whilst growing up?

Harry Secombe and Mary Hopkin singing Dafydd Y Garreg Wen.

What is your favourite Welsh language album or song ever?

Myfanwy or Cymru Lloegr a Llanrwst by Y Cyrff.

What’s the best Welsh language music performance you have ever seen?

Y Cyrff circa 1990

Has Welsh language music influenced your life in any way?

It made me fearless to try other languages plus our pronunciation helps with similarly accented languages like Spanish.

What are you listening to at the moment?

Easy : Ghazalaw - and Indian/ Welsh collaboration. It's so beautiful, different and fresh, that I signed it to my label Marvels of the Universe and it’s out now and getting rave reviews.

Finish this sentence ‘Without Welsh language music...’

......there wouldn't be Calon Lan. And what a hole that would leave.'

Interested in hearing more Welsh language contemporary music? Have a look on our Contemporary Music page for more information.

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