Cerys Matthews’ Christmas treats for Boston

Cerys Matthews
Cerys Matthews

Singer-songwriter and BBC broadcaster Cerys Matthews is gearing up to perform at Blackfriars Theatre on Tuesday.

The event will feature a number of traditional songs she has collected in her Sunday Times Bestseller Hook, Line & Singer, which Cerys said looks at 130 songs from Roman times to present day and makes it so anyone can sing along.

She told The Standard: “It’s been really popular and the feedback has been amazing.

“I have been collecting songs all my life.

“The aim is to encourage people to sing or play. It’s like a recipe book.”

The evening at Blackfriars Theatre, which starts at 7.30pm, will feature traditional Christmas carols such as Little Donkey, Deck the Halls and O Tannenbaum.

It will also feature songs by other artists including Johnny Cash and Cerys’ former band Catatonia.

Cerys said: “It’s an open session and you never know what’s going to be next. My brain can jump from subject to subject.

“That’s the beauty of live music and live concerts, especially ones that are not choreographed or scripted.”

Cerys will be joined by American instrumentalist Mason Neely, who she met while living in Nashville.

“It’s very relaxed but a lot of fun, there’s a lot of back and forth interaction with the audience,” said Cerys.

Tickets to the show cost £21.50.

To book call 01205 363108 or visit www.blackfriarsart