BBC Music On The World Service With Cerys Matthews [world Service]

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Meet Baaba Maal, the man who brought Senegalese music to the mainstream

Meet Baaba Maal, the man who brought Senegalese music to the mainstream

08/10/2016 Gmt2016100820161009 (WS)

Cerys's guest this month is the one and only Herb Alpert: trumpeter, band leader, and A&M label founder.

A Tribute To Allen Toussaint2015121220151213 (WS)

Cerys pays tribute to the musician, songwriter, and production genius Allen Toussaint.

Cerys takes listeners on a global journey of discovery with music of all genres and eras.

Cerys Matthews pays tribute to the musician, songwriter, and production genius Allen Toussaint, a key figure in the development of the sound of New Orleans for over 50 years.

A huge fan, Cerys was looking forward to interviewing Allen when he visited the UK for the London Jazz Festival in November. Sadly, Allen died whilst on tour in Spain and, so, the planned profile becomes a tribute to his incredible career.

With a precocious talent, and curious ear, Allen soaked up the sounds of his native city and childhood home. And from the second line of brass following Jazz funerals; and the percussive beats of the Mardi Gras Indians; to the blues tracks on the radio; and the Grieg Piano Concerto he learnt by ear, Allen was open to all genres of music.

But he didn’t just assimilate these influences, he was a true pioneer, and when inducted into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame in 1998, he was praised for keeping pace with musical developments and not allowing New Orleans’ old-school R&B traditions to die out.

He may not have been the household name he deserved to be but the roll call of artists he worked with - or who covered his compositions - is testament to his status as a musician’s musican. Snooks Eaglin’, Irma Thomas, The Meters, Glen Campbell, Patti LaBelle, Herb Alpert, Otis Redding, The Band, The Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, Elvis Costello - and many, many more – they all contribute to the legacy of the Allen Toussaint sound.

Image: Allen Toussaint performs during the 2012 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. Credit: Rick Diamond/Getty Images

A Tribute To Allen Toussaint20151213

Cerys Matthews pays tribute to the musician, songwriter, and production genius Allen Toussaint, a key figure in the development of the sound of New Orleans for over 50 years.

A huge fan, Cerys was looking forward to interviewing Allen when he visited the UK for the London Jazz Festival in November. Sadly, Allen died whilst on tour in Spain and, so, the planned profile becomes a tribute to his incredible career.

With a precocious talent, and curious ear, Allen soaked up the sounds of his native city and childhood home. And from the second line of brass following Jazz funerals; and the percussive beats of the Mardi Gras Indians; to the blues tracks on the radio; and the Grieg Piano Concerto he learnt by ear, Allen was open to all genres of music.

But he didn’t just assimilate these influences, he was a true pioneer, and when inducted into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame in 1998, he was praised for keeping pace with musical developments and not allowing New Orleans’ old-school R&B traditions to die out.

He may not have been the household name he deserved to be but the roll call of artists he worked with - or who covered his compositions - is testament to his status as a musician’s musican. Snooks Eaglin’, Irma Thomas, The Meters, Glen Campbell, Patti LaBelle, Herb Alpert, Otis Redding, The Band, The Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, Elvis Costello - and many, many more – they all contribute to the legacy of the Allen Toussaint sound.

Image: Allen Toussaint performs during the 2012 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. Credit: Rick Diamond/Getty Images

American Singer-songwriter - Tony Joe White2016121020161211 (WS)

American singer-songwriter Tony Joe White on tales from the swamps and Mark Knopfler

Cerys takes listeners on a global journey of discovery with music of all genres and eras.

Cerys Matthews' guest this month is the American singer-songwriter Tony Joe White. He was born in 1943, and brought up in the cotton fields of the state of Louisiana. Known as the Swamp Fox, he is best known for his 1969 hit Polk Salad Annie and for writing Rainy Night in Georgia, first made popular by Brook Benton in 1970. He also wrote Steamy Windows, a hit for Tina Turner in 1989.

Tony tells Cerys supernatural stories from the swamps, talks about his friendship with Dire Straits’ frontman Mark Knopfler, and takes us behind the scenes of the recording studio process.

(Photo: Tony Joe White. Credit: Anne Goetze)

American singer-songwriter Tony Joe White on tales from the swamps and Mark Knopfler

Cerys takes listeners on a global journey of discovery with music of all genres and eras.

Cerys Matthews' guest this month is the American singer-songwriter Tony Joe White. He was born in 1943, and brought up in the cotton fields of the state of Louisiana. Known as the Swamp Fox, he is best known for his 1969 hit Polk Salad Annie and for writing Rainy Night in Georgia, first made popular by Brook Benton in 1970. He also wrote Steamy Windows, a hit for Tina Turner in 1989.

Tony tells Cerys supernatural stories from the swamps, talks about his friendship with Dire Straits’ frontman Mark Knopfler, and takes us behind the scenes of the recording studio process.

(Photo: Tony Joe White. Credit: Anne Goetze)

Cerys Matthews' guest this month is the American singer-songwriter Tony Joe White. He was born in 1943, and brought up in the cotton fields of the state of Louisiana. Known as the Swamp Fox, he is best known for his 1969 hit Polk Salad Annie and for writing Rainy Night in Georgia, first made popular by Brook Benton in 1970. He also wrote Steamy Windows, a hit for Tina Turner in 1989.

Tony tells Cerys supernatural stories from the swamps, talks about his friendship with Dire Straits’ frontman Mark Knopfler, and takes us behind the scenes of the recording studio process.

(Photo: Tony Joe White. Credit: Anne Goetze)

American singer-songwriter Tony Joe White on tales from the swamps and Mark Knopfler

Baaba Maal20160213

Baaba Maal2016021320160214 (WS)

Meet Baaba Maal, the man who brought Senegalese music to the mainstream

Cerys takes listeners on a global journey of discovery with music of all genres and eras.

The darling of Chris Blackwell’s world music imprint in the 1980s, Baaba Maal became known for his fusion of pop and rock with African styles and has released over 11 albums in his career, spanning everything from traditional acoustic styles to big pop productions.

From modest beginnings as the son of a fisherman in the town of Podor in northern Senegal, Baaba Maal broke the mould from an early age, deciding to follow his passion for music even though he was not born into the traditional musical caste. But despite the odds Baaba has grown to be a household name, wowing audiences with his electrifying voice and live performance, curating his own festival in Senegal and collaborating with Peter Gabriel, Brian Eno, Tony Allen, U2 and producer John Leckie.

Now he uses his global fame to campaign for human rights while continuing to release his own brand of genre-hopping music and he shows no sign of slowing down.

Over the course of an hour Baaba takes us back to a childhood spent listening to his father’s call to prayer and his mother’s folk songs along the banks of the Senegal river. We hear about his early adventures across West Africa learning his trade alongside long-time collaborator Mansour Seck, meeting Chris Blackwell of Island records and his rise to fame in the 90s, and why he considers it his responsibility to use music as a tool for change in Africa.

(Photo: Baaba Maal performs in New York, 2009. Credit: Getty Images)

Baaba Maal20160213

Meet Baaba Maal, the man who brought Senegalese music to the mainstream

Cerys takes listeners on a global journey of discovery with music of all genres and eras.

The darling of Chris Blackwell’s world music imprint in the 1980s, Baaba Maal became known for his fusion of pop and rock with African styles and has released over 11 albums in his career, spanning everything from traditional acoustic styles to big pop productions.

From modest beginnings as the son of a fisherman in the town of Podor in northern Senegal, Baaba Maal broke the mould from an early age, deciding to follow his passion for music even though he was not born into the traditional musical caste. But despite the odds Baaba has grown to be a household name, wowing audiences with his electrifying voice and live performance, curating his own festival in Senegal and collaborating with Peter Gabriel, Brian Eno, Tony Allen, U2 and producer John Leckie.

Now he uses his global fame to campaign for human rights while continuing to release his own brand of genre-hopping music and he shows no sign of slowing down.

Over the course of an hour Baaba takes us back to a childhood spent listening to his father’s call to prayer and his mother’s folk songs along the banks of the Senegal river. We hear about his early adventures across West Africa learning his trade alongside long-time collaborator Mansour Seck, meeting Chris Blackwell of Island records and his rise to fame in the 90s, and why he considers it his responsibility to use music as a tool for change in Africa.

(Photo: Baaba Maal performs in New York, 2009. Credit: Getty Images)

Baaba Maal20160213

The darling of Chris Blackwell’s world music imprint in the 1980s, Baaba Maal became known for his fusion of pop and rock with African styles and has released over 11 albums in his career, spanning everything from traditional acoustic styles to big pop productions.

From modest beginnings as the son of a fisherman in the town of Podor in northern Senegal, Baaba Maal broke the mould from an early age, deciding to follow his passion for music even though he was not born into the traditional musical caste. But despite the odds Baaba has grown to be a household name, wowing audiences with his electrifying voice and live performance, curating his own festival in Senegal and collaborating with Peter Gabriel, Brian Eno, Tony Allen, U2 and producer John Leckie.

Now he uses his global fame to campaign for human rights while continuing to release his own brand of genre-hopping music and he shows no sign of slowing down.

Over the course of an hour Baaba takes us back to a childhood spent listening to his father’s call to prayer and his mother’s folk songs along the banks of the Senegal river. We hear about his early adventures across West Africa learning his trade alongside long-time collaborator Mansour Seck, meeting Chris Blackwell of Island records and his rise to fame in the 90s, and why he considers it his responsibility to use music as a tool for change in Africa.

(Photo: Baaba Maal performs in New York, 2009. Credit: Getty Images)

Baaba Maal20160213

The darling of Chris Blackwell’s world music imprint in the 1980s, Baaba Maal became known for his fusion of pop and rock with African styles and has released over 11 albums in his career, spanning everything from traditional acoustic styles to big pop productions.

From modest beginnings as the son of a fisherman in the town of Podor in northern Senegal, Baaba Maal broke the mould from an early age, deciding to follow his passion for music even though he was not born into the traditional musical caste. But despite the odds Baaba has grown to be a household name, wowing audiences with his electrifying voice and live performance, curating his own festival in Senegal and collaborating with Peter Gabriel, Brian Eno, Tony Allen, U2 and producer John Leckie.

Now he uses his global fame to campaign for human rights while continuing to release his own brand of genre-hopping music and he shows no sign of slowing down.

Over the course of an hour Baaba takes us back to a childhood spent listening to his father’s call to prayer and his mother’s folk songs along the banks of the Senegal river. We hear about his early adventures across West Africa learning his trade alongside long-time collaborator Mansour Seck, meeting Chris Blackwell of Island records and his rise to fame in the 90s, and why he considers it his responsibility to use music as a tool for change in Africa.

(Photo: Baaba Maal performs in New York, 2009. Credit: Getty Images)

Booker T. Jones20170708

Cerys talks to American multi-instrumentalist and Hammond organ maestro Booker T. Jones.

The acclaimed American multi-instrumentalist was born in 1944, and went on to lead one of the world’s most iconic non-vocal bands, Booker T & The MGs. The group were a key signing to the legendary Stax soul record label, and are best known for their trademark sound on hits such as Green Onions, Time Is Tight and the long-running theme to the BBC’s Cricket coverage, Soul Limbo.

Cerys met Booker on a recent trip to the Cheltenham Jazz Festival in England, but she also delves into the BBC Archives to unearth some rare live tracks, and Booker’s many stories about Bob Dylan playing at his house, playing the ukulele, and whether the country music capital is actually Nashville or his hometown of Memphis.

Booker T. Jones20170708

Cerys talks to American multi-instrumentalist and Hammond organ maestro Booker T. Jones.

The acclaimed American multi-instrumentalist was born in 1944, and went on to lead one of the world’s most iconic non-vocal bands, Booker T and The MGs. The group were a key signing to the legendary Stax soul record label, and are best known for their trademark sound on hits such as Green Onions, Time Is Tight and the long-running theme to the BBC’s Cricket coverage, Soul Limbo.

Cerys met Booker on a recent trip to the Cheltenham Jazz Festival in England, but she also delves into the BBC Archives to unearth some rare live tracks, and Booker’s many stories about Bob Dylan playing at his house, playing the ukulele, and whether the country music capital is actually Nashville or his hometown of Memphis.

Booker T. Jones2017070820170709 (WS)

Cerys talks to American multi-instrumentalist and Hammond organ maestro Booker T. Jones

Cerys takes listeners on a global journey of discovery with music of all genres and eras.

The acclaimed American multi-instrumentalist was born in 1944, and went on to lead one of the world’s most iconic non-vocal bands, Booker T & The MGs. The group were a key signing to the legendary Stax soul record label, and are best known for their trademark sound on hits such as Green Onions, Time Is Tight and the long-running theme to the BBC’s Cricket coverage, Soul Limbo.

Cerys met Booker on a recent trip to the Cheltenham Jazz Festival in England, but she also delves into the BBC Archives to unearth some rare live tracks, and Booker’s many stories about Bob Dylan playing at his house, playing the ukulele, and whether the country music capital is actually Nashville or his hometown of Memphis.

Booker T. Jones20170708

Cerys talks to American multi-instrumentalist and Hammond organ maestro Booker T. Jones

Cerys takes listeners on a global journey of discovery with music of all genres and eras.

The acclaimed American multi-instrumentalist was born in 1944, and went on to lead one of the world’s most iconic non-vocal bands, Booker T & The MGs. The group were a key signing to the legendary Stax soul record label, and are best known for their trademark sound on hits such as Green Onions, Time Is Tight and the long-running theme to the BBC’s Cricket coverage, Soul Limbo.

Cerys met Booker on a recent trip to the Cheltenham Jazz Festival in England, but she also delves into the BBC Archives to unearth some rare live tracks, and Booker’s many stories about Bob Dylan playing at his house, playing the ukulele, and whether the country music capital is actually Nashville or his hometown of Memphis.

Calypso Rose2018090820180909 (WS)

Cerys's guest is Caribbean cultural icon and prolific recording artist Calypso Rose.

Cerys takes listeners on a global journey of discovery with music of all genres and eras.

Cerys's guest is Calypso Rose, who wrote her first hit song, "Glass Thief" at the age of 15. By the time she turned professional in 1964, she had been dubbed Calypso Rose.

A feminist pioneer, Caribbean cultural icon and prolific recording artist who’s written over 800 songs in over half a century, it’s more than 40 years since Calypso Rose was first crowned calypso queen. She first won the annual Trinidad Road March, the top honour awarded to the song played most often at the judging points along the parade route during carnival, with 1975’s "Do Dem Back"; but in the male-dominated world of calypso, the title was stripped from her and given to Kitchener instead. Undeterred she was back in 1977 when she won again with "Give Me More Tempo"—and this time she was allowed to keep the prize. At the following year’s carnival her song "Come Leh We Jam" won the ‘Calypso King’ competition, forcing the organisers to change the title to ‘Calypso Monarch’ in her honour. On her new album, So Calypso!, the 78 year-old Tobagonian with 22 albums under her belt decided to pay tribute to the artists who influenced her musical career and her life: Nat King Cole, Aretha Franklin, The Melodians and Angelique Kidjo. From America, Jamaica or Benin, they all inspired the most senior female Calypso artist to combine black music and social activism from the start of her career in the 1960’s.

Calypso Rose20180908

Cerys's guest is Caribbean cultural icon and prolific recording artist Calypso Rose.

Cerys takes listeners on a global journey of discovery with music of all genres and eras.

Cerys's guest is Calypso Rose, who wrote her first hit song, "Glass Thief" at the age of 15. By the time she turned professional in 1964, she had been dubbed Calypso Rose.

A feminist pioneer, Caribbean cultural icon and prolific recording artist who’s written over 800 songs in over half a century, it’s more than 40 years since Calypso Rose was first crowned calypso queen. She first won the annual Trinidad Road March, the top honour awarded to the song played most often at the judging points along the parade route during carnival, with 1975’s "Do Dem Back"; but in the male-dominated world of calypso, the title was stripped from her and given to Kitchener instead. Undeterred she was back in 1977 when she won again with "Give Me More Tempo"—and this time she was allowed to keep the prize. At the following year’s carnival her song "Come Leh We Jam" won the ‘Calypso King’ competition, forcing the organisers to change the title to ‘Calypso Monarch’ in her honour. On her new album, So Calypso!, the 78 year-old Tobagonian with 22 albums under her belt decided to pay tribute to the artists who influenced her musical career and her life: Nat King Cole, Aretha Franklin, The Melodians and Angelique Kidjo. From America, Jamaica or Benin, they all inspired the most senior female Calypso artist to combine black music and social activism from the start of her career in the 1960’s.

Cerys Matthews with Alfred 'Pee Wee' Ellis2016100820161009 (WS)

Saxophonist, arranger, and a man who has worked artists from James Brown to Van Morrison

Cerys takes listeners on a global journey of discovery with music of all genres and eras.

Cerys Matthews' guest is Alfred 'Pee Wee' Ellis - saxophonist, arranger, and a man who has worked with some of the most notorious names in popular music - from James Brown to Van Morrison to Ginger Baker.

It has been said of Pee Wee, that he was born to play music. He began performing publicly at age 11, and is still gigging prolifically today, aged 75. Along the way he helped give birth to the funk genre, as band leader and co-writer with the James Brown Revue, and worked with Van Morrison for more than four decades. Having been taught his instrument by the great Sonny Rollins, Ellis is passionate about his work as an educator - passing funk on to the young people that he works with.

Pee Wee is a man still very much in love with playing music, and he joins Cerys to explore his eventful musical journey.

(Photo: Pee Wee Ellis. Credit: Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images)

Cerys Matthews with Alfred 'Pee Wee' Ellis20161008

Saxophonist, arranger, and a man who has worked artists from James Brown to Van Morrison

Cerys takes listeners on a global journey of discovery with music of all genres and eras.

Cerys Matthews' guest is Alfred 'Pee Wee' Ellis - saxophonist, arranger, and a man who has worked with some of the most notorious names in popular music - from James Brown to Van Morrison to Ginger Baker.

It has been said of Pee Wee, that he was born to play music. He began performing publicly at age 11, and is still gigging prolifically today, aged 75. Along the way he helped give birth to the funk genre, as band leader and co-writer with the James Brown Revue, and worked with Van Morrison for more than four decades. Having been taught his instrument by the great Sonny Rollins, Ellis is passionate about his work as an educator - passing funk on to the young people that he works with.

Pee Wee is a man still very much in love with playing music, and he joins Cerys to explore his eventful musical journey.

(Photo: Pee Wee Ellis. Credit: Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images)

Cerys Matthews with Micky Dolenz20160910

Cerys Matthews With Micky Dolenz20160910

Born in Los Angeles in 1945, George Michael Dolenz, Jr. became famous at the age of 10 with his own TV show. He has since established himself as an actor on television, film, and musical theatre, and directed a number of movies and music videos. He will always be best known, though, as the drummer and lead singer of the pop-rock band The Monkees.

Dolenz described the Monkees as initially being "a TV show about an imaginary band...that wanted to be the Beatles, that was never successful". The four actor-musicians, however, soon became a real band, going on to sell more than 75 million records worldwide. At their peak in 1967 they outsold The Beatles and The Rolling Stones combined.

Dolenz reflects in his outrageously successful career with Cerys, and spins some of the tunes that have defined his life.

Cerys Matthews With Micky Dolenz2016091020160911 (WS)

Micky Dolenz, drummer and singer of The Monkees, reflects on his successful career

Born in Los Angeles in 1945, George Michael Dolenz, Jr. became famous at the age of 10 with his own TV show. He has since established himself as an actor on television, film, and musical theatre, and directed a number of movies and music videos. He will always be best known, though, as the drummer and lead singer of the pop-rock band The Monkees.

Dolenz described the Monkees as initially being "a TV show about an imaginary band...that wanted to be the Beatles, that was never successful". The four actor-musicians, however, soon became a real band, going on to sell more than 75 million records worldwide. At their peak in 1967 they outsold The Beatles and The Rolling Stones combined.

Dolenz reflects in his outrageously successful career with Cerys, and spins some of the tunes that have defined his life.

Cerys Matthews with Micky Dolenz2016091020160911 (WS)

Micky Dolenz, drummer and singer of The Monkees, reflects on his successful career

Cerys takes listeners on a global journey of discovery with music of all genres and eras.

Born in Los Angeles in 1945, George Michael Dolenz, Jr. became famous at the age of 10 with his own TV show. He has since established himself as an actor on television, film, and musical theatre, and directed a number of movies and music videos. He will always be best known, though, as the drummer and lead singer of the pop-rock band The Monkees.

Dolenz described the Monkees as initially being "a TV show about an imaginary band...that wanted to be the Beatles, that was never successful". The four actor-musicians, however, soon became a real band, going on to sell more than 75 million records worldwide. At their peak in 1967 they outsold The Beatles and The Rolling Stones combined.

Dolenz reflects in his outrageously successful career with Cerys, and spins some of the tunes that have defined his life.

Cerys Matthews with Micky Dolenz20160910

Micky Dolenz, drummer and singer of The Monkees, reflects on his successful career

Cerys takes listeners on a global journey of discovery with music of all genres and eras.

Born in Los Angeles in 1945, George Michael Dolenz, Jr. became famous at the age of 10 with his own TV show. He has since established himself as an actor on television, film, and musical theatre, and directed a number of movies and music videos. He will always be best known, though, as the drummer and lead singer of the pop-rock band The Monkees.

Dolenz described the Monkees as initially being "a TV show about an imaginary band...that wanted to be the Beatles, that was never successful". The four actor-musicians, however, soon became a real band, going on to sell more than 75 million records worldwide. At their peak in 1967 they outsold The Beatles and The Rolling Stones combined.

Dolenz reflects in his outrageously successful career with Cerys, and spins some of the tunes that have defined his life.

Cerys Matthews with Micky Dolenz2016091020160911 (WS)

Micky Dolenz, drummer and singer of The Monkees, reflects on his successful career

Cerys Matthews with Shirley Collins20161112

Cerys Matthews with Shirley Collins2016111220161113 (WS)

British folk singer Shirley Collins on her new album and a remarkable career

Cerys takes listeners on a global journey of discovery with music of all genres and eras.

Described by fellow UK musician Billy Bragg as one of the country’s greatest cultural treasures, she visited America’s Southern states in 1959, with American protest singer Alan Lomax, to collect songs by musicians in religious communities, serving prison sentences and on chain gangs.

Some of the recordings from this were later re-enacted in the acclaimed Coen brothers’ film Oh Brother, Where Art Thou.
Her seminal recording is considered by many to be Anthems in Eden, released in 1969. The pioneering album was seen by critics as a forerunner to the electric-folk movement popularised by Fairport Convention and Steeleye Span.

Still as enthusiastic about music as she was during her childhood by the southern English coast, Shirley recently released her first album in over 30 years, and she joins Cerys to talk through her remarkable career.

(Photo: Shirley Collins. Credit: Eva Vermandel)

Cerys Matthews with Shirley Collins20161112

British folk singer Shirley Collins on her new album and a remarkable career

Cerys takes listeners on a global journey of discovery with music of all genres and eras.

Described by fellow UK musician Billy Bragg as one of the country’s greatest cultural treasures, she visited America’s Southern states in 1959, with American protest singer Alan Lomax, to collect songs by musicians in religious communities, serving prison sentences and on chain gangs.

Some of the recordings from this were later re-enacted in the acclaimed Coen brothers’ film Oh Brother, Where Art Thou.
Her seminal recording is considered by many to be Anthems in Eden, released in 1969. The pioneering album was seen by critics as a forerunner to the electric-folk movement popularised by Fairport Convention and Steeleye Span.

Still as enthusiastic about music as she was during her childhood by the southern English coast, Shirley recently released her first album in over 30 years, and she joins Cerys to talk through her remarkable career.

(Photo: Shirley Collins. Credit: Eva Vermandel)

Cerys Matthews with Shirley Collins2016111220161113 (WS)

British folk singer Shirley Collins on her new album and a remarkable career

Cerys Matthews with Shirley Collins20161112

Described by fellow UK musician Billy Bragg as one of the country’s greatest cultural treasures, she visited America’s Southern states in 1959, with American protest singer Alan Lomax, to collect songs by musicians in religious communities, serving prison sentences and on chain gangs.

Some of the recordings from this were later re-enacted in the acclaimed Coen brothers’ film Oh Brother, Where Art Thou.

Her seminal recording is considered by many to be Anthems in Eden, released in 1969. The pioneering album was seen by critics as a forerunner to the electric-folk movement popularised by Fairport Convention and Steeleye Span.

Still as enthusiastic about music as she was during her childhood by the southern English coast, Shirley recently released her first album in over 30 years, and she joins Cerys to talk through her remarkable career.

Cerys Matthews With Shirley Collins2016111220161113 (WS)

Described by fellow UK musician Billy Bragg as one of the country’s greatest cultural treasures, she visited America’s Southern states in 1959, with American protest singer Alan Lomax, to collect songs by musicians in religious communities, serving prison sentences and on chain gangs.

Some of the recordings from this were later re-enacted in the acclaimed Coen brothers’ film Oh Brother, Where Art Thou.

Her seminal recording is considered by many to be Anthems in Eden, released in 1969. The pioneering album was seen by critics as a forerunner to the electric-folk movement popularised by Fairport Convention and Steeleye Span.

Still as enthusiastic about music as she was during her childhood by the southern English coast, Shirley recently released her first album in over 30 years, and she joins Cerys to talk through her remarkable career.

British folk singer Shirley Collins on her new album and a remarkable career

Charlotte Gainsbourg2018051220180513 (WS)

Cery's guest this month is British-French actress and singer Charlotte Gainsbourg.

Cerys takes listeners on a global journey of discovery with music of all genres and eras.

British-French actress and singer Charlotte Gainsbourg is the daughter of actress Jane Birkin and singer Serge Gainsbourg.

She first came to prominence in France as a young teenager, singing songs penned by her father. She recorded "Lemon Incest" with him at the age of 12 and released an album with her father at the age of 15.

As an adult she has recorded albums of her own, and appeared in many films, including several directed by Lars von Trier. She has received both a César Award and the Cannes Film Festival Best Actress Award.

After sudden death her half-sister, the fashion photographer Kate Barry, in 2013 Charlotte was plunged into an extended period of grieving. The event had transpired just as Charlotte was initiating activity on a new album, the successor to 2010’s IRM.

Rather than put a total brake on creative proceedings the anguish would slowly found expression in the pages of Charlotte’s journal and, eventually, in the lyrics of the songs that she would write for Rest, her long-gestating but ultimately cathartic third studio album.

(Photo: Actress Charlotte Gainsbourg at the 70th annual Cannes Film Festival, 2017. Credit: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

Charlotte Gainsbourg20180512

Cery's guest this month is British-French actress and singer Charlotte Gainsbourg.

Cerys takes listeners on a global journey of discovery with music of all genres and eras.

British-French actress and singer Charlotte Gainsbourg is the daughter of actress Jane Birkin and singer Serge Gainsbourg.

She first came to prominence in France as a young teenager, singing songs penned by her father. She recorded "Lemon Incest" with him at the age of 12 and released an album with her father at the age of 15.

As an adult she has recorded albums of her own, and appeared in many films, including several directed by Lars von Trier. She has received both a César Award and the Cannes Film Festival Best Actress Award.

After sudden death her half-sister, the fashion photographer Kate Barry, in 2013 Charlotte was plunged into an extended period of grieving. The event had transpired just as Charlotte was initiating activity on a new album, the successor to 2010’s IRM.

Rather than put a total brake on creative proceedings the anguish would slowly found expression in the pages of Charlotte’s journal and, eventually, in the lyrics of the songs that she would write for Rest, her long-gestating but ultimately cathartic third studio album.

(Photo: Actress Charlotte Gainsbourg at the 70th annual Cannes Film Festival, 2017. Credit: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

Dave Stewart20170909

Cerys’ talks to English musician and producer Dave Stewart, about a career that has been full of highlights.

Cerys Matthews speaks to Dave Stewart, the world renowned musician and producer. He made his name as one half of the '80s megastars The Eurythmics and has gone on to sell over 100 million records in his career as an artist, writer and producer. Just before he celebrated his 65th birthday we spoke about his childhood, his love of Blues music and of course his incredible career.

Dave was born in Sunderland, England, in 1952 and began his musical career in a band called the Tourists. When they split up he formed the Eurythmics in 1980, who went on to be one of the biggest bands of the decade. Since then he has gone on to work with Mick Jagger, Bob Dylan, Katy Perry, No Doubt, Jon Bon Jovi and even Nelson Mandela.

He talks about writing his first songs, how he teaches people to write hit records in 15 minutes, his strange experience filming Bob Dylan in London’s Camden Market and Stevie Wonder recorded a harmonica solo on his hit There Must Be An Angel Playing With My Heart.

(Photo: Musician Dave Stewart performs at The Basement East, Nashville, Tennessee, 2016. Credit: Terry Wyatt/Getty Images)

Dave Stewart - Musician and Producer2017090920170910 (WS)

Musician and producer Dave Stewart, on childhood, his love of Blues and incredible career

Cerys takes listeners on a global journey of discovery with music of all genres and eras.

Cerys Matthews speaks to Dave Stewart, the world renowned musician and producer. He made his name as one half of the '80s megastars The Eurythmics and has gone on to sell over 100 million records in his career as an artist, writer and producer. Just before he celebrated his 65th birthday we spoke about his childhood, his love of Blues music and of course his incredible career.

Dave was born in Sunderland, England, in 1952 and began his musical career in a band called the Tourists. When they split up he formed the Eurythmics in 1980, who went on to be one of the biggest bands of the decade. Since then he has gone on to work with Mick Jagger, Bob Dylan, Katy Perry, No Doubt, Jon Bon Jovi and even Nelson Mandela.

He talks about writing his first songs, how he teaches people to write hit records in 15 minutes, his strange experience filming Bob Dylan in London’s Camden Market and Stevie Wonder recorded a harmonica solo on his hit There Must Be An Angel Playing With My Heart.

(Photo: Musician Dave Stewart performs at The Basement East, Nashville, Tennessee, 2016. Credit: Terry Wyatt/Getty Images)

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Musician and producer Dave Stewart, on childhood, his love of Blues and incredible career

Cerys takes listeners on a global journey of discovery with music of all genres and eras.

Cerys Matthews speaks to Dave Stewart, the world renowned musician and producer. He made his name as one half of the '80s megastars The Eurythmics and has gone on to sell over 100 million records in his career as an artist, writer and producer. Just before he celebrated his 65th birthday we spoke about his childhood, his love of Blues music and of course his incredible career.

Dave was born in Sunderland, England, in 1952 and began his musical career in a band called the Tourists. When they split up he formed the Eurythmics in 1980, who went on to be one of the biggest bands of the decade. Since then he has gone on to work with Mick Jagger, Bob Dylan, Katy Perry, No Doubt, Jon Bon Jovi and even Nelson Mandela.

He talks about writing his first songs, how he teaches people to write hit records in 15 minutes, his strange experience filming Bob Dylan in London’s Camden Market and Stevie Wonder recorded a harmonica solo on his hit There Must Be An Angel Playing With My Heart.

(Photo: Musician Dave Stewart performs at The Basement East, Nashville, Tennessee, 2016. Credit: Terry Wyatt/Getty Images)

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American composer, conductor and author David Amram talks to Cerys Matthews

Cerys takes listeners on a global journey of discovery with music of all genres and eras.

Cerys’ Matthews' guest is the American composer, conductor, multi-instrumentalist, and author David Amram. He has worked with the likes of Dizzy Gillespie, Willie Nelson and Jack Kerouac. In the early 1950s, he was encouraged to pursue his unique path by his mentors and giants of jazz Charlie Parker, Thelonious Monk and Miles Davis. Now in his mid-eighties, he continues to compose music while traveling the world as a conductor, soloist, bandleader, visiting scholar, and narrator in five languages.

(Photo: David Amram)

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American composer, conductor and author David Amram talks to Cerys Matthews

Cerys takes listeners on a global journey of discovery with music of all genres and eras.

Cerys’ Matthews' guest is the American composer, conductor, multi-instrumentalist, and author David Amram. He has worked with the likes of Dizzy Gillespie, Willie Nelson and Jack Kerouac. In the early 1950s, he was encouraged to pursue his unique path by his mentors and giants of jazz Charlie Parker, Thelonious Monk and Miles Davis. Now in his mid-eighties, he continues to compose music while traveling the world as a conductor, soloist, bandleader, visiting scholar, and narrator in five languages.

(Photo: David Amram)

David Amram2017031120170312 (WS)

Cerys’ Matthews' guest is the American composer, conductor, multi-instrumentalist, and author David Amram. He has worked with the likes of Dizzy Gillespie, Willie Nelson and Jack Kerouac. In the early 1950s, he was encouraged to pursue his unique path by his mentors and giants of jazz Charlie Parker, Thelonious Monk and Miles Davis. Now in his mid-eighties, he continues to compose music while traveling the world as a conductor, soloist, bandleader, visiting scholar, and narrator in five languages.

(Photo: David Amram)

American composer, conductor and author David Amram talks to Cerys Matthews

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Cerys's guest is Fatoumata Diawara, who has been hailed as one of the most vital standard-bearers of modern African music.

Cerys takes listeners on a global journey of discovery with music of all genres and eras.

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Fatoumata Diawara is one of the most vital standard-bearers of modern African music

Cerys takes listeners on a global journey of discovery with music of all genres and eras.

Fatoumata Diawara has been hailed as one of the most vital standard-bearers of modern African music. With her new album, Fenfo, she takes her artistry to fresh and thrilling heights. Boldly experimental yet respectful of her roots, it is a record that defines her as the voice of young African womanhood – proud of her heritage but with a vision that looks confidently to the future and a message that is universal.

The songs on Fenfo – sung mostly in Bambara - cover such timeless subjects as respect, humility, love, migration, family and how to build a better world for our children. “I didn’t want to sing in English or French because I wanted to respect my African heritage,” she explains. “But I wanted a modern sound because that’s the world I live in. I’m a traditionalist, but I need to experiment, too. You can keep your roots and influences, but communicate them in a different style.”

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Fatoumata Diawara is one of the most vital standard-bearers of modern African music

Cerys takes listeners on a global journey of discovery with music of all genres and eras.

Fatoumata Diawara has been hailed as one of the most vital standard-bearers of modern African music. With her new album, Fenfo, she takes her artistry to fresh and thrilling heights. Boldly experimental yet respectful of her roots, it is a record that defines her as the voice of young African womanhood – proud of her heritage but with a vision that looks confidently to the future and a message that is universal.

The songs on Fenfo – sung mostly in Bambara - cover such timeless subjects as respect, humility, love, migration, family and how to build a better world for our children. “I didn’t want to sing in English or French because I wanted to respect my African heritage,” she explains. “But I wanted a modern sound because that’s the world I live in. I’m a traditionalist, but I need to experiment, too. You can keep your roots and influences, but communicate them in a different style.”

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The folk icon, multi-instrumentalist, composer, songwriter, storyteller and actor

Cerys takes listeners on a global journey of discovery with music of all genres and eras.

Multi-instrumentalist, composer, songwriter, storyteller and actor, Finbar Furey is celebrated around the world as one of the great folk icons. Finbar’s playing was recognised by John Peel in 1972 when he and his brother Eddie were awarded Single of the Year for the original sound of the pipes and the whistles.

At the forefront of musical change, Finbar’s successful career and extensive touring has introduced a whole new audience to his music and instruments.

He joins Cerys to talk about his influential career and future plans in music.

Image: Finbar Furey, Credit: Ruth Medjber

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British singer Georgie Fame introduced rhythm and blues and soul to the UK in the '60s

Born in 1946 in Lancashire in the UK, Georgie Fame is widely acknowledged as being one of the first recording artists to introduce rhythm and blues and soul to the youth of the UK in the '60s. After his single Yeh Yeh hit number one in the singles charts in 1964, Georgie and his band the Blue Flames went on to have a string of hits throughout the decade, creating a huge legacy which lives on today. Still performing across Europe with orchestras and is own band, Georgie joins Cerys to discuss his long and distinguished career.

(Photo: Georgie Fame circa 1964 backstage at the BBC's Top of The Pops show)

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British singer Georgie Fame introduced rhythm and blues and soul to the UK in the '60s

Cerys takes listeners on a global journey of discovery with music of all genres and eras.

Born in 1946 in Lancashire in the UK, Georgie Fame is widely acknowledged as being one of the first recording artists to introduce rhythm and blues and soul to the youth of the UK in the '60s. After his single Yeh Yeh hit number one in the singles charts in 1964, Georgie and his band the Blue Flames went on to have a string of hits throughout the decade, creating a huge legacy which lives on today. Still performing across Europe with orchestras and is own band, Georgie joins Cerys to discuss his long and distinguished career.

(Photo: Georgie Fame circa 1964 backstage at the BBC's Top of The Pops show)

Georgie Fame20180113

British singer Georgie Fame introduced rhythm and blues and soul to the UK in the '60s

Cerys takes listeners on a global journey of discovery with music of all genres and eras.

Born in 1946 in Lancashire in the UK, Georgie Fame is widely acknowledged as being one of the first recording artists to introduce rhythm and blues and soul to the youth of the UK in the '60s. After his single Yeh Yeh hit number one in the singles charts in 1964, Georgie and his band the Blue Flames went on to have a string of hits throughout the decade, creating a huge legacy which lives on today. Still performing across Europe with orchestras and is own band, Georgie joins Cerys to discuss his long and distinguished career.

(Photo: Georgie Fame circa 1964 backstage at the BBC's Top of The Pops show)

Highlights from BBC Music in 201720171209

Cerys Matthews' highlights includes Ray Davies, Booker T. Jones, PP Arnold, Jane Birkin

Highlights from BBC Music in 201720171209

Cerys Matthews' highlights includes Ray Davies, Booker T. Jones, PP Arnold, Jane Birkin

Cerys takes listeners on a global journey of discovery with music of all genres and eras.

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Cerys Matthews' highlights includes Ray Davies, Booker T. Jones, PP Arnold, Jane Birkin

Cerys takes listeners on a global journey of discovery with music of all genres and eras.

Jane Birkin20170610

This month Cerys meets Jane Birkin, the English actress, singer, and songwriter based in France.

Jane emerged in the Swinging London scene of the 1960s, before auditioning in France for the lead female role in the film Slogan. Although she did not speak French, she won the role, co-starring alongside Serge Gainsbourg, and she performed with him on the film's theme song - La Chanson de Slogan - the first of many collaborations between the two.

In 1969, she and Gainsbourg released the duet Je t'aime...Moi Non Plus. Gainsbourg originally wrote the song for Brigitte Bardot. The hit track caused a scandal for its adult themes, and was banned by a number of radio stations.

Jane tells Cerys about her relationship with Serge, their daughter Charlotte, who has also gone on to be a successful recording artist, and why she has chosen to revisit some of the late Serge Gainsbourg’s tracks on her latest comeback album Le Symphonique. She also speaks candidly about her marriage to the English composer John Barry, best known for writing the music to a number of James Bond films.

(Photo: English actress Jane Birkin (L) and French musician Serge Gainsbourg (R) at home in Paris. Credit: Reg Lancaster/Getty Images)

Jane Birkin20170610

This month Cerys meets Jane Birkin, the English actress, singer, and songwriter based in France.

Jane emerged in the Swinging London scene of the 1960s, before auditioning in France for the lead female role in the film Slogan. Although she did not speak French, she won the role, co-starring alongside Serge Gainsbourg, and she performed with him on the film's theme song - La Chanson de Slogan - the first of many collaborations between the two.

In 1969, she and Gainsbourg released the duet Je t'aime...Moi Non Plus. Gainsbourg originally wrote the song for Brigitte Bardot. The hit track caused a scandal for its adult themes, and was banned by a number of radio stations.

Jane tells Cerys about her relationship with Serge, their daughter Charlotte, who has also gone on to be a successful recording artist, and why she has chosen to revisit some of the late Serge Gainsbourg’s tracks on her latest comeback album Le Symphonique. She also speaks candidly about her marriage to the English composer John Barry, best known for writing the music to a number of James Bond films.

(Photo: English actress Jane Birkin (L) and French musician Serge Gainsbourg (R) at home in Paris. Credit: Reg Lancaster/Getty Images)

This month Cerys meets Jane Birkin, the English actress, singer, and songwriter based in France.

This month Cerys meets Jane Birkin, the English actress, singer, and songwriter based in France.

Jane emerged in the Swinging London scene of the 1960s, before auditioning in France for the lead female role in the film Slogan. Although she did not speak French, she won the role, co-starring alongside Serge Gainsbourg, and she performed with him on the film's theme song - La Chanson de Slogan - the first of many collaborations between the two.

In 1969, she and Gainsbourg released the duet Je t'aime...Moi Non Plus. Gainsbourg originally wrote the song for Brigitte Bardot. The hit track caused a scandal for its adult themes, and was banned by a number of radio stations.

Jane tells Cerys about her relationship with Serge, their daughter Charlotte, who has also gone on to be a successful recording artist, and why she has chosen to revisit some of the late Serge Gainsbourg’s tracks on her latest comeback album Le Symphonique. She also speaks candidly about her marriage to the English composer John Barry, best known for writing the music to a number of James Bond films.

(Photo: English actress Jane Birkin (L) and French musician Serge Gainsbourg (R) at home in Paris. Credit: Reg Lancaster/Getty Images)

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English actress, singer, and songwriter Jane Birkin on her comeback album Le Symphonique

Cerys takes listeners on a global journey of discovery with music of all genres and eras.

Jane emerged in the Swinging London scene of the 1960s, before auditioning in France for the lead female role in the film Slogan . Although she did not speak French, she won the role, co-starring alongside Serge Gainsbourg, and she performed with him on the film's theme song - La Chanson de Slogan - the first of many collaborations between the two.

In 1969, she and Gainsbourg released the duet Je t'aime...Moi Non Plus. Gainsbourg originally wrote the song for Brigitte Bardot. The hit track caused a scandal for its adult themes, and was banned by a number of radio stations.

Jane tells Cerys about her relationship with Serge, their daughter Charlotte, who has also gone on to be a successful recording artist, and why she has chosen to revisit some of the late Serge Gainsbourg’s tracks on her latest comeback album Le Symphonique. She also speaks candidly about her marriage to the English composer John Barry, best known for writing the music to a number of James Bond films.

(Photo: English actress Jane Birkin (L) and French musician Serge Gainsbourg (R) at home in Paris. Credit: Reg Lancaster/Getty Images)

Joe Boyd: Film and Music Producer20160109

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American record and film producer, and writer, Joe Boyd, on his musical influences

Cerys takes listeners on a global journey of discovery with music of all genres and eras.

Cerys’ guest this month is the American record producer, film producer, and writer, Joe Boyd, who shares early musical influences and career highlights.

Joe Boyd fell in love with music when he was just three years old, entranced by his grandmother’s playing, as he sat underneath her grand piano. Growing up, he listened to all genres of music – classical, rhythm and blues, jazz and folk music. And this open-eared enthusiasm led to the organisation of his very first concert when he was still a student. Joe simply found the number of the blues artist Lonnie Johnson, picked up the phone, and asked him to play!

And he has been blazing trails ever since. In 1965 it was Joe who plugged in Bob Dylan, when the American folk singer first embraced rock and roll music at the Newport Jazz Festival - in all its amplified glory! Just a few years later, he produced the very first single by Pink Floyd, helping define the sound of London’s psychedelic scene.

His diverse production credits include British folk luminaries The Incredible String Band, Fairport Convention and Billy Bragg; influential Jamaican band Toots & The Maytals; and the English singer-songwriter Nick Drake, who only achieved cult status after his untimely death.

As a film producer, Joe has also documented incandescent performances from guitar legend Jimi Hendrix, and the 'Queen of Soul' Aretha Franklin.

Joe takes listeners on a fascinating journey with pivotal music to set the scene, from a recording of his grandmother, Mary Boxall Boyd, playing Brahms; to a beloved early jazz recording featuring saxophonist Coleman Hawkins; and Bob Dylan’s historic, electric, performance of Maggie’s Farm.

(Photo: Cery's Matthews (L) and Joe Boyd)

Joe Boyd: Film and Music Producer20160109

American record and film producer, and writer, Joe Boyd, on his musical influences

Cerys takes listeners on a global journey of discovery with music of all genres and eras.

Cerys’ guest this month is the American record producer, film producer, and writer, Joe Boyd, who shares early musical influences and career highlights.

Joe Boyd fell in love with music when he was just three years old, entranced by his grandmother’s playing, as he sat underneath her grand piano. Growing up, he listened to all genres of music – classical, rhythm and blues, jazz and folk music. And this open-eared enthusiasm led to the organisation of his very first concert when he was still a student. Joe simply found the number of the blues artist Lonnie Johnson, picked up the phone, and asked him to play!

And he has been blazing trails ever since. In 1965 it was Joe who plugged in Bob Dylan, when the American folk singer first embraced rock and roll music at the Newport Jazz Festival - in all its amplified glory! Just a few years later, he produced the very first single by Pink Floyd, helping define the sound of London’s psychedelic scene.

His diverse production credits include British folk luminaries The Incredible String Band, Fairport Convention and Billy Bragg; influential Jamaican band Toots & The Maytals; and the English singer-songwriter Nick Drake, who only achieved cult status after his untimely death.

As a film producer, Joe has also documented incandescent performances from guitar legend Jimi Hendrix, and the 'Queen of Soul' Aretha Franklin.

Joe takes listeners on a fascinating journey with pivotal music to set the scene, from a recording of his grandmother, Mary Boxall Boyd, playing Brahms; to a beloved early jazz recording featuring saxophonist Coleman Hawkins; and Bob Dylan’s historic, electric, performance of Maggie’s Farm.

(Photo: Cery's Matthews (L) and Joe Boyd)

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American record and film producer, and writer, Joe Boyd, on his musical influences

Joe Boyd: Film and Music Producer20160109

Cerys’ guest this month is the American record producer, film producer, and writer, Joe Boyd, who shares early musical influences and career highlights.

Joe Boyd fell in love with music when he was just three years old, entranced by his grandmother’s playing, as he sat underneath her grand piano. Growing up, he listened to all genres of music – classical, rhythm and blues, jazz and folk music. And this open-eared enthusiasm led to the organisation of his very first concert when he was still a student. Joe simply found the number of the blues artist Lonnie Johnson, picked up the phone, and asked him to play!

And he has been blazing trails ever since. In 1965 it was Joe who plugged in Bob Dylan, when the American folk singer first embraced rock and roll music at the Newport Jazz Festival - in all its amplified glory! Just a few years later, he produced the very first single by Pink Floyd, helping define the sound of London’s psychedelic scene.

His diverse production credits include British folk luminaries The Incredible String Band, Fairport Convention and Billy Bragg; influential Jamaican band Toots & The Maytals; and the English singer-songwriter Nick Drake, who only achieved cult status after his untimely death.

As a film producer, Joe has also documented incandescent performances from guitar legend Jimi Hendrix, and the 'Queen of Soul' Aretha Franklin.

Joe takes listeners on a fascinating journey with pivotal music to set the scene, from a recording of his grandmother, Mary Boxall Boyd, playing Brahms; to a beloved early jazz recording featuring saxophonist Coleman Hawkins; and Bob Dylan’s historic, electric, performance of Maggie’s Farm.

(Photo: Cery's Matthews (L) and Joe Boyd)

Joe Boyd: Film And Music Producer2016010920160110 (WS)

Cerys’ guest this month is the American record producer, film producer, and writer, Joe Boyd, who shares early musical influences and career highlights.

Joe Boyd fell in love with music when he was just three years old, entranced by his grandmother’s playing, as he sat underneath her grand piano. Growing up, he listened to all genres of music – classical, rhythm and blues, jazz and folk music. And this open-eared enthusiasm led to the organisation of his very first concert when he was still a student. Joe simply found the number of the blues artist Lonnie Johnson, picked up the phone, and asked him to play!

And he has been blazing trails ever since. In 1965 it was Joe who plugged in Bob Dylan, when the American folk singer first embraced rock and roll music at the Newport Jazz Festival - in all its amplified glory! Just a few years later, he produced the very first single by Pink Floyd, helping define the sound of London’s psychedelic scene.

His diverse production credits include British folk luminaries The Incredible String Band, Fairport Convention and Billy Bragg; influential Jamaican band Toots and The Maytals; and the English singer-songwriter Nick Drake, who only achieved cult status after his untimely death.

As a film producer, Joe has also documented incandescent performances from guitar legend Jimi Hendrix, and the 'Queen of Soul' Aretha Franklin.

Joe takes listeners on a fascinating journey with pivotal music to set the scene, from a recording of his grandmother, Mary Boxall Boyd, playing Brahms; to a beloved early jazz recording featuring saxophonist Coleman Hawkins; and Bob Dylan’s historic, electric, performance of Maggie’s Farm.

(Photo: Cery's Matthews (L) and Joe Boyd)

American record and film producer, and writer, Joe Boyd, on his musical influences

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Cerys Matthews' guest John Grant has been on a spectacular journey, from a place where he feared he would never make music again or escape a life of addiction, to winning awards, accolades and Top 20 chart positions, and collaborating with Sinead O'Connor, Goldfrapp, Elton John, Hercules and Love Affair, and the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra. Formerly associated with the Denver-based alternative rock band The Czars in the 1990s and 2000s, John Grant now has three seminal solo albums under his belt.

He speaks to Cerys about the "persecution" of his religious upbringing, living with HIV, and his musical resurrection. We will also take a journey through the music of his life.

(Photo: US singer-songwriter John Grant attends the Q Awards, at The Grosvenor House Hotel, London, 2013. Credit: Ian Gavan/Getty Images)

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Musician John Grant's journey from addiction, to recording three seminal solo albums

Cerys takes listeners on a global journey of discovery with music of all genres and eras.

Cerys Matthews' guest John Grant has been on a spectacular journey, from a place where he feared he would never make music again or escape a life of addiction, to winning awards, accolades and Top 20 chart positions, and collaborating with Sinead O'Connor, Goldfrapp, Elton John, Hercules and Love Affair, and the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra. Formerly associated with the Denver-based alternative rock band The Czars in the 1990s and 2000s, John Grant now has three seminal solo albums under his belt.

He speaks to Cerys about the "persecution" of his religious upbringing, living with HIV, and his musical resurrection. We will also take a journey through the music of his life.

(Photo: US singer-songwriter John Grant attends the Q Awards, at The Grosvenor House Hotel, London, 2013. Credit: Ian Gavan/Getty Images)

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Musician John Grant's journey from addiction, to recording three seminal solo albums

Cerys takes listeners on a global journey of discovery with music of all genres and eras.

Cerys Matthews' guest John Grant has been on a spectacular journey, from a place where he feared he would never make music again or escape a life of addiction, to winning awards, accolades and Top 20 chart positions, and collaborating with Sinead O'Connor, Goldfrapp, Elton John, Hercules and Love Affair, and the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra. Formerly associated with the Denver-based alternative rock band The Czars in the 1990s and 2000s, John Grant now has three seminal solo albums under his belt.

He speaks to Cerys about the "persecution" of his religious upbringing, living with HIV, and his musical resurrection. We will also take a journey through the music of his life.

(Photo: US singer-songwriter John Grant attends the Q Awards, at The Grosvenor House Hotel, London, 2013. Credit: Ian Gavan/Getty Images)

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This month, Cerys looks back at the remarkable life and career of the late English folk musician John Renbourn.

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The remarkable life and career of the late English folk musician John Renbourn

Cerys takes listeners on a global journey of discovery with music of all genres and eras.

The singer and guitarist was a pioneering figure in the English folk music scene of the 1960s, and was perhaps best known for being part of the folk group Pentangle. As a solo artist, his most influential album was 1968’s Sir John Alot, which featured his take on tunes from the Medieval era. Cerys Matthews looks back at his remarkable life and career.

(Photo: John Renbourn from Pentangle 1968-73)

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The remarkable life and career of the late English folk musician John Renbourn

Cerys takes listeners on a global journey of discovery with music of all genres and eras.

The singer and guitarist was a pioneering figure in the English folk music scene of the 1960s, and was perhaps best known for being part of the folk group Pentangle. As a solo artist, his most influential album was 1968’s Sir John Alot, which featured his take on tunes from the Medieval era. Cerys Matthews looks back at his remarkable life and career.

(Photo: John Renbourn from Pentangle 1968-73)

K D Lang20160611

K D Lang20160611

Cerys’ guest is the platinum-selling, four-time Grammy-winning, genre-spanning Canadian singer-songwriter, K D Lang. K D draws on a broad range of musical influences, many of which have been reflected in reinterpretations of songs by Leonard Cohen, Roy Orbison, Neil Young and more.

She has enjoyed chart success with her own compositions and has a song writing credit on the Rolling Stones track Anybody Seen My Baby? Her film soundtrack work includes Gus Van Sant’s Even Cowgirls Get the Blues, and she has collaborated with pop and country luminaries like Bonnie Raitt, Loretta Lynn, Elton John and Tony Bennett, who described her as “the best singer of her generation?.

K D’s latest musical venture is a collaboration with Neko Case and Laura Veirs, which came to fruition after she sent an email to both singers, on a whim, that simply read: "I think we should make a record together." The resulting album is released this month and will be supported by a tour of North America.

(Photo: K D Lang performs on Later with Jools Holland)

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K D Lang on her career and her latest album with Neko Case and Laura Veirs

Cerys takes listeners on a global journey of discovery with music of all genres and eras.

Cerys’ guest is the platinum-selling, four-time Grammy-winning, genre-spanning Canadian singer-songwriter, K D Lang. K D draws on a broad range of musical influences, many of which have been reflected in reinterpretations of songs by Leonard Cohen, Roy Orbison, Neil Young and more.

She has enjoyed chart success with her own compositions and has a song writing credit on the Rolling Stones track Anybody Seen My Baby? Her film soundtrack work includes Gus Van Sant’s Even Cowgirls Get the Blues, and she has collaborated with pop and country luminaries like Bonnie Raitt, Loretta Lynn, Elton John and Tony Bennett, who described her as “the best singer of her generation”.

K D’s latest musical venture is a collaboration with Neko Case and Laura Veirs, which came to fruition after she sent an email to both singers, on a whim, that simply read: "I think we should make a record together." The resulting album is released this month and will be supported by a tour of North America.

(Photo: K D Lang performs on Later with Jools Holland)

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K D Lang on her career and her latest album with Neko Case and Laura Veirs

Cerys takes listeners on a global journey of discovery with music of all genres and eras.

Cerys’ guest is the platinum-selling, four-time Grammy-winning, genre-spanning Canadian singer-songwriter, K D Lang. K D draws on a broad range of musical influences, many of which have been reflected in reinterpretations of songs by Leonard Cohen, Roy Orbison, Neil Young and more.

She has enjoyed chart success with her own compositions and has a song writing credit on the Rolling Stones track Anybody Seen My Baby? Her film soundtrack work includes Gus Van Sant’s Even Cowgirls Get the Blues, and she has collaborated with pop and country luminaries like Bonnie Raitt, Loretta Lynn, Elton John and Tony Bennett, who described her as “the best singer of her generation”.

K D’s latest musical venture is a collaboration with Neko Case and Laura Veirs, which came to fruition after she sent an email to both singers, on a whim, that simply read: "I think we should make a record together." The resulting album is released this month and will be supported by a tour of North America.

(Photo: K D Lang performs on Later with Jools Holland)

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K D Lang on her career and her latest album with Neko Case and Laura Veirs

K D Lang2016061120160612 (WS)

on her career and her latest album with Neko Case and Laura Veirs

Cerys’ guest is the platinum-selling, four-time Grammy-winning, genre-spanning Canadian singer-songwriter, K D Lang. K D draws on a broad range of musical influences, many of which have been reflected in reinterpretations of songs by Leonard Cohen, Roy Orbison, Neil Young and more.

She has enjoyed chart success with her own compositions and has a song writing credit on the Rolling Stones track Anybody Seen My Baby? Her film soundtrack work includes Gus Van Sant’s Even Cowgirls Get the Blues, and she has collaborated with pop and country luminaries like Bonnie Raitt, Loretta Lynn, Elton John and Tony Bennett, who described her as “the best singer of her generation?

K D’s latest musical venture is a collaboration with Neko Case and Laura Veirs, which came to fruition after she sent an email to both singers, on a whim, that simply read: "I think we should make a record together." The resulting album is released this month and will be supported by a tour of North America.

(Photo: K D Lang performs on Later with Jools Holland)

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Cerys Matthews\u2019 guest is Lang Lang, a child prodigy-turned-maestro, artist and ambassador

Cerys takes listeners on a global journey of discovery with music of all genres and eras.

Cerys Matthews’ guest for the month of April is Lang Lang, a child prodigy-turned-maestro who, as an artist, UN Ambassador, teacher and philanthropist, is keen to enthuse the next generation of pianists.

When Lang Lang was just 2 years old, he enjoyed watching Tom and Jerry cartoons at his home, in Shenyang, China. He was particularly captivated by an episode called ‘The Cat Concerto’, featuring a piano recital, in a grand auditorium.

Lang Lang was impressed by Tom’s virtuosity. And, one day, when he went to the piano - and replicated the cartoon’s theme tune, in its entirety - his father knew that this was the instrument for Lang Lang!

Since the age of 13, he has performed in cities ALL around the world...for Presidents, Queen Elizabeth II, not to mention a TV audience of four billion, at the opening of the Beijing Olympics.

He inspires millions with his open-hearted, expressive playing. And, at home in China, he’s credited with inspiring 40 million children to play the piano.

Lang Lang chats to Cerys about his career, choosing his repertoire, and some of his musical heroes, friends and collaborators, including Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Vladamir Horowitz, Garry Graffman, Herbie Hancock and Michael Jackson.

Image: Lang Lang Credit: Rhys Frampton

Lang Lang20160409

Cerys Matthews\u2019 guest is Lang Lang, a child prodigy-turned-maestro, artist and ambassador

Cerys takes listeners on a global journey of discovery with music of all genres and eras.

Cerys Matthews’ guest for the month of April is Lang Lang, a child prodigy-turned-maestro who, as an artist, UN Ambassador, teacher and philanthropist, is keen to enthuse the next generation of pianists.

When Lang Lang was just 2 years old, he enjoyed watching Tom and Jerry cartoons at his home, in Shenyang, China. He was particularly captivated by an episode called ‘The Cat Concerto’, featuring a piano recital, in a grand auditorium.

Lang Lang was impressed by Tom’s virtuosity. And, one day, when he went to the piano - and replicated the cartoon’s theme tune, in its entirety - his father knew that this was the instrument for Lang Lang!

Since the age of 13, he has performed in cities ALL around the world...for Presidents, Queen Elizabeth II, not to mention a TV audience of four billion, at the opening of the Beijing Olympics.

He inspires millions with his open-hearted, expressive playing. And, at home in China, he’s credited with inspiring 40 million children to play the piano.

Lang Lang chats to Cerys about his career, choosing his repertoire, and some of his musical heroes, friends and collaborators, including Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Vladamir Horowitz, Garry Graffman, Herbie Hancock and Michael Jackson.

Image: Lang Lang Credit: Rhys Frampton

Lang Lang20160409

Cerys Matthews’ guest for the month of April is Lang Lang, a child prodigy-turned-maestro who, as an artist, UN Ambassador, teacher and philanthropist, is keen to enthuse the next generation of pianists.

When Lang Lang was just 2 years old, he enjoyed watching Tom and Jerry cartoons at his home, in Shenyang, China. He was particularly captivated by an episode called ‘The Cat Concerto’, featuring a piano recital, in a grand auditorium.

Lang Lang was impressed by Tom’s virtuosity. And, one day, when he went to the piano - and replicated the cartoon’s theme tune, in its entirety - his father knew that this was the instrument for Lang Lang!

Since the age of 13, he has performed in cities ALL around the world...for Presidents, Queen Elizabeth II, not to mention a TV audience of four billion, at the opening of the Beijing Olympics.

He inspires millions with his open-hearted, expressive playing. And, at home in China, he’s credited with inspiring 40 million children to play the piano.

Lang Lang chats to Cerys about his career, choosing his repertoire, and some of his musical heroes, friends and collaborators, including Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Vladamir Horowitz, Garry Graffman, Herbie Hancock and Michael Jackson.

Image: Lang Lang Credit: Rhys Frampton

Lang Lang2016040920160410 (WS)

Cerys Matthews’ guest is Lang Lang, a child prodigy-turned-maestro, artist and ambassador

Cerys Matthews’ guest for the month of April is Lang Lang, a child prodigy-turned-maestro who, as an artist, UN Ambassador, teacher and philanthropist, is keen to enthuse the next generation of pianists.

When Lang Lang was just 2 years old, he enjoyed watching Tom and Jerry cartoons at his home, in Shenyang, China. He was particularly captivated by an episode called ‘The Cat Concerto’, featuring a piano recital, in a grand auditorium.

Lang Lang was impressed by Tom’s virtuosity. And, one day, when he went to the piano - and replicated the cartoon’s theme tune, in its entirety - his father knew that this was the instrument for Lang Lang!

Since the age of 13, he has performed in cities ALL around the world...for Presidents, Queen Elizabeth II, not to mention a TV audience of four billion, at the opening of the Beijing Olympics.

He inspires millions with his open-hearted, expressive playing. And, at home in China, he’s credited with inspiring 40 million children to play the piano.

Lang Lang chats to Cerys about his career, choosing his repertoire, and some of his musical heroes, friends and collaborators, including Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Vladamir Horowitz, Garry Graffman, Herbie Hancock and Michael Jackson.

Image: Lang Lang Credit: Rhys Frampton

Lang Lang2016040920160410 (WS)

Cerys Matthews’ guest is Lang Lang, a child prodigy-turned-maestro, artist and ambassador

Lucky Peterson20180210

Blues legend Lucky Peterson talks about his incredible 50-year career

Discovered at the age of three by Willie Dixon, by the age of six Lucky Peterson had scored a top five US hit and appeared on the Ed Sullivan show.
Following a fascinating life which has included being mentored by Jimmy Smith and playing with the likes of Etta James, Bobby Bland and Little Milton, Lucky released his 20th studio recording last year which took the form of a tribute to the aforementioned Jimmy Smith.

(Photo: Lucky Peterson (L) and his wife Tamara perform at the Newport Jazz Festival in Newport, Rhode Island, 2015. Credit: Eva Hambach/AFP)

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Blues legend Lucky Peterson talks about his incredible 50-year career

Cerys takes listeners on a global journey of discovery with music of all genres and eras.

Discovered at the age of three by Willie Dixon, by the age of six Lucky Peterson had scored a top five US hit and appeared on the Ed Sullivan show.
Following a fascinating life which has included being mentored by Jimmy Smith and playing with the likes of Etta James, Bobby Bland and Little Milton, Lucky released his 20th studio recording last year which took the form of a tribute to the aforementioned Jimmy Smith.

(Photo: Lucky Peterson (L) and his wife Tamara perform at the Newport Jazz Festival in Newport, Rhode Island, 2015. Credit: Eva Hambach/AFP)

Lucky Peterson20180210

Blues legend Lucky Peterson talks about his incredible 50-year career

Cerys takes listeners on a global journey of discovery with music of all genres and eras.

Discovered at the age of three by Willie Dixon, by the age of six Lucky Peterson had scored a top five US hit and appeared on the Ed Sullivan show.
Following a fascinating life which has included being mentored by Jimmy Smith and playing with the likes of Etta James, Bobby Bland and Little Milton, Lucky released his 20th studio recording last year which took the form of a tribute to the aforementioned Jimmy Smith.

(Photo: Lucky Peterson (L) and his wife Tamara perform at the Newport Jazz Festival in Newport, Rhode Island, 2015. Credit: Eva Hambach/AFP)

Mulatu Astatke20160312

Mulatu Astatke2016031220160313 (WS)

Cerys celebrates Ethio-Jazz and the big brains behind it, multi-talented Mulatu Astakte.

Cerys takes listeners on a global journey of discovery with music of all genres and eras.

Cerys' musical legend for March is Mulatu Astatke, a multi-instrumentalist, composer and cultural ambassador who, in his 70s, is still busy touring and sharing his funky vibes with the world.

Born in the western Ethiopian city of Jimma in 1943, Mulatu was all set for a career in engineering when he headed to college in North Wales. But he quickly discovered a natural aptitude for music that would lead to further studies in London, Boston.

Mulatu’s music is firmly rooted in his native Ethiopia. But, fiercely intellectual and creative, he’s travelled the world to further his musical education. Along the way, he’s picked up new instruments, soaked up different rhythms and sounds, and created his own musical genre: Ethio-Jazz.

Mulatu talks to Cerys about switching from science to music; how he learned to combine traditional Ethiopian music with American jazz and Latin rhythms; and performing with his hero Duke Ellington.

With music from Mulatu himself. plus Dave Pike, Nas & Damien Marley, Frank Holder, Duke Ellington and more.

Picture: Mulatu Astatke

Mulatu Astatke20160312

Cerys celebrates Ethio-Jazz and the big brains behind it, multi-talented Mulatu Astakte.

Cerys takes listeners on a global journey of discovery with music of all genres and eras.

Cerys' musical legend for March is Mulatu Astatke, a multi-instrumentalist, composer and cultural ambassador who, in his 70s, is still busy touring and sharing his funky vibes with the world.

Born in the western Ethiopian city of Jimma in 1943, Mulatu was all set for a career in engineering when he headed to college in North Wales. But he quickly discovered a natural aptitude for music that would lead to further studies in London, Boston.

Mulatu’s music is firmly rooted in his native Ethiopia. But, fiercely intellectual and creative, he’s travelled the world to further his musical education. Along the way, he’s picked up new instruments, soaked up different rhythms and sounds, and created his own musical genre: Ethio-Jazz.

Mulatu talks to Cerys about switching from science to music; how he learned to combine traditional Ethiopian music with American jazz and Latin rhythms; and performing with his hero Duke Ellington.

With music from Mulatu himself. plus Dave Pike, Nas & Damien Marley, Frank Holder, Duke Ellington and more.

Picture: Mulatu Astatke

Mulatu Astatke2016031220160313 (WS)

Cerys celebrates Ethio-Jazz and the big brains behind it, multi-talented Mulatu Astakte.

Mulatu Astatke20160312

Cerys' musical legend for March is Mulatu Astatke, a multi-instrumentalist, composer and cultural ambassador who, in his 70s, is still busy touring and sharing his funky vibes with the world.

Born in the western Ethiopian city of Jimma in 1943, Mulatu was all set for a career in engineering when he headed to college in North Wales. But he quickly discovered a natural aptitude for music that would lead to further studies in London, Boston.

Mulatu’s music is firmly rooted in his native Ethiopia. But, fiercely intellectual and creative, he’s travelled the world to further his musical education. Along the way, he’s picked up new instruments, soaked up different rhythms and sounds, and created his own musical genre: Ethio-Jazz.

Mulatu talks to Cerys about switching from science to music; how he learned to combine traditional Ethiopian music with American jazz and Latin rhythms; and performing with his hero Duke Ellington.

With music from Mulatu himself. plus Dave Pike, Nas & Damien Marley, Frank Holder, Duke Ellington and more.

Picture: Mulatu Astatke

Mulatu Astatke2016031220160313 (WS)

Cerys' musical legend for March is Mulatu Astatke, a multi-instrumentalist, composer and cultural ambassador who, in his 70s, is still busy touring and sharing his funky vibes with the world.

Born in the western Ethiopian city of Jimma in 1943, Mulatu was all set for a career in engineering when he headed to college in North Wales. But he quickly discovered a natural aptitude for music that would lead to further studies in London, Boston.

Mulatu’s music is firmly rooted in his native Ethiopia. But, fiercely intellectual and creative, he’s travelled the world to further his musical education. Along the way, he’s picked up new instruments, soaked up different rhythms and sounds, and created his own musical genre: Ethio-Jazz.

Mulatu talks to Cerys about switching from science to music; how he learned to combine traditional Ethiopian music with American jazz and Latin rhythms; and performing with his hero Duke Ellington.

With music from Mulatu himself. plus Dave Pike, Nas and Damien Marley, Frank Holder, Duke Ellington and more.

Picture: Mulatu Astatke

Cerys celebrates Ethio-Jazz and the big brains behind it, multi-talented Mulatu Astakte.

Nishat Khan: Sitar Player20160813

Nishat Khan: Sitar Player20160813

As the son and disciple of Imrat Khan, Nishat is the torchbearer of seven generations and the 400-year-old tradition of India’s most renowned musical family. He has been dazzling audiences since the age of seven and his command of his instrument is unparalleled.

Khan has collaborated with major musical figures from around the world, including Philip Glass, Evelyn Glennie and Django Bates. He is now based in Beverly Hills, California, and works as a visiting professor at the University of California, Los Angeles. In this programme, Khan reveals his musical methods and major influences, spinning some great stories and tunes along the way.

Presented by Cerys Matthews.

Picture: Nishat Khan, Credit: BBC

Nishat Khan: Sitar Player2016081320160814 (WS)

Dazzling audiences since the age of seven, his command of the sitar is unparalleled

As the son and disciple of Imrat Khan, Nishat is the torchbearer of seven generations and the 400-year-old tradition of India’s most renowned musical family. He has been dazzling audiences since the age of seven and his command of his instrument is unparalleled.

Khan has collaborated with major musical figures from around the world, including Philip Glass, Evelyn Glennie and Django Bates. He is now based in Beverly Hills, California, and works as a visiting professor at the University of California, Los Angeles. In this programme, Khan reveals his musical methods and major influences, spinning some great stories and tunes along the way.

Presented by Cerys Matthews.

Picture: Nishat Khan, Credit: BBC

Nishat Khan: Sitar Player2016081320160814 (WS)

Dazzling audiences since the age of seven, his command of the sitar is unparalleled

Cerys takes listeners on a global journey of discovery with music of all genres and eras.

As the son and disciple of Imrat Khan, Nishat is the torchbearer of seven generations and the 400-year-old tradition of India’s most renowned musical family. He has been dazzling audiences since the age of seven and his command of his instrument is unparalleled.

Khan has collaborated with major musical figures from around the world, including Philip Glass, Evelyn Glennie and Django Bates. He is now based in Beverly Hills, California, and works as a visiting professor at the University of California, Los Angeles. In this programme, Khan reveals his musical methods and major influences, spinning some great stories and tunes along the way.

Presented by Cerys Matthews.

Picture: Nishat Khan, Credit: BBC

Nishat Khan: Sitar Player20160813

Dazzling audiences since the age of seven, his command of the sitar is unparalleled

Cerys takes listeners on a global journey of discovery with music of all genres and eras.

As the son and disciple of Imrat Khan, Nishat is the torchbearer of seven generations and the 400-year-old tradition of India’s most renowned musical family. He has been dazzling audiences since the age of seven and his command of his instrument is unparalleled.

Khan has collaborated with major musical figures from around the world, including Philip Glass, Evelyn Glennie and Django Bates. He is now based in Beverly Hills, California, and works as a visiting professor at the University of California, Los Angeles. In this programme, Khan reveals his musical methods and major influences, spinning some great stories and tunes along the way.

Presented by Cerys Matthews.

Picture: Nishat Khan, Credit: BBC

Nishat Khan: Sitar Player2016081320160814 (WS)

Dazzling audiences since the age of seven, his command of the sitar is unparalleled

Peggy Seeger - US Folk Singer20160514

Peggy Seeger - US Folk Singer2016051420160515 (WS)

How US folk singer Peggy Seeger became an instrumental figure in the British folk revival

Cerys takes listeners on a global journey of discovery with music of all genres and eras.

Whilst travelling around the world in her 20s, Peggy Seeger received a phone call from the folk song collector Alan Lomax, who was in London and needed a banjo player. She eventually settled in London, where she met Ewan MacColl, a future musical partner, collaborator, and husband.

They performed together, organised regular club nights, branched into political theatre and activism, and created the Radio Ballads for BBC Radio, an innovative project that used real voices to tell stories about the working class British.

Since then Peggy has made over 20 solo records and contributed to more than one hundred recordings with other performers. In her 80th year, these energetic endeavours continue apace. In 2015 she won a prestigious BBC Radio 2 Folk Award for Swim To The Star, an original song about the sinking of the Titanic. That same year, she helped mark the centenary of Ewan MacColl’s birth, and between gigs and lectures, she has somehow found time to write her memoirs.

Amongst the incredible stories, we hear some of Peggy’s own compositions, as well as recordings from Ewan MacColl and those of her brother Pete.

(Photo: Peggy Seeger performs at the Clearwater Benefit Concert, New York, 2009. Credit: Bryan Bedder/Getty Images)

Peggy Seeger - US Folk Singer20160514

How US folk singer Peggy Seeger became an instrumental figure in the British folk revival

Cerys takes listeners on a global journey of discovery with music of all genres and eras.

Whilst travelling around the world in her 20s, Peggy Seeger received a phone call from the folk song collector Alan Lomax, who was in London and needed a banjo player. She eventually settled in London, where she met Ewan MacColl, a future musical partner, collaborator, and husband.

They performed together, organised regular club nights, branched into political theatre and activism, and created the Radio Ballads for BBC Radio, an innovative project that used real voices to tell stories about the working class British.

Since then Peggy has made over 20 solo records and contributed to more than one hundred recordings with other performers. In her 80th year, these energetic endeavours continue apace. In 2015 she won a prestigious BBC Radio 2 Folk Award for Swim To The Star, an original song about the sinking of the Titanic. That same year, she helped mark the centenary of Ewan MacColl’s birth, and between gigs and lectures, she has somehow found time to write her memoirs.

Amongst the incredible stories, we hear some of Peggy’s own compositions, as well as recordings from Ewan MacColl and those of her brother Pete.

(Photo: Peggy Seeger performs at the Clearwater Benefit Concert, New York, 2009. Credit: Bryan Bedder/Getty Images)

Peggy Seeger - US Folk Singer2016051420160515 (WS)

How US folk singer Peggy Seeger became an instrumental figure in the British folk revival

Peggy Seeger - US Folk Singer20160514

Whilst travelling around the world in her 20s, Peggy Seeger received a phone call from the folk song collector Alan Lomax, who was in London and needed a banjo player. She eventually settled in London, where she met Ewan MacColl, a future musical partner, collaborator, and husband.

They performed together, organised regular club nights, branched into political theatre and activism, and created the Radio Ballads for BBC Radio, an innovative project that used real voices to tell stories about the working class British.

Since then Peggy has made over 20 solo records and contributed to more than one hundred recordings with other performers. In her 80th year, these energetic endeavours continue apace. In 2015 she won a prestigious BBC Radio 2 Folk Award for Swim To The Star, an original song about the sinking of the Titanic. That same year, she helped mark the centenary of Ewan MacColl’s birth, and between gigs and lectures, she has somehow found time to write her memoirs.

Amongst the incredible stories, we hear some of Peggy’s own compositions, as well as recordings from Ewan MacColl and those of her brother Pete.

(Photo: Peggy Seeger performs at the Clearwater Benefit Concert, New York, 2009. Credit: Bryan Bedder/Getty Images)

Peggy Seeger - Us Folk Singer2016051420160515 (WS)

Whilst travelling around the world in her 20s, Peggy Seeger received a phone call from the folk song collector Alan Lomax, who was in London and needed a banjo player. She eventually settled in London, where she met Ewan MacColl, a future musical partner, collaborator, and husband.

They performed together, organised regular club nights, branched into political theatre and activism, and created the Radio Ballads for BBC Radio, an innovative project that used real voices to tell stories about the working class British.

Since then Peggy has made over 20 solo records and contributed to more than one hundred recordings with other performers. In her 80th year, these energetic endeavours continue apace. In 2015 she won a prestigious BBC Radio 2 Folk Award for Swim To The Star, an original song about the sinking of the Titanic. That same year, she helped mark the centenary of Ewan MacColl’s birth, and between gigs and lectures, she has somehow found time to write her memoirs.

Amongst the incredible stories, we hear some of Peggy’s own compositions, as well as recordings from Ewan MacColl and those of her brother Pete.

(Photo: Peggy Seeger performs at the Clearwater Benefit Concert, New York, 2009. Credit: Bryan Bedder/Getty Images)

How US folk singer Peggy Seeger became an instrumental figure in the British folk revival

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The legendary American singer PP Arnold and her incredible career spanning 50 years

The legendary American singer PP Arnold is this month's guest. Born in Los Angeles in 1946, PP Arnold was a member of the Ike and Tina Turner show in the mid 1960s and during a UK performance in the middle part of that decade, was spotted by Mick Jagger. Now fifty years into an incredible career as a performing artist, in which she has sung with the likes of Peter Gabriel, Small Faces and Roger Waters, PP Arnold joins Cerys today to talk about her fascinating career so far.

(Photo: PP Arnold poses at photocall for All Or Nothing in London, 2016. Credit: Eamonn M. McCormack/Getty Images)

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The legendary American singer PP Arnold and her incredible career spanning 50 years

Cerys takes listeners on a global journey of discovery with music of all genres and eras.

The legendary American singer PP Arnold is this month's guest. Born in Los Angeles in 1946, PP Arnold was a member of the Ike and Tina Turner show in the mid 1960s and during a UK performance in the middle part of that decade, was spotted by Mick Jagger. Now fifty years into an incredible career as a performing artist, in which she has sung with the likes of Peter Gabriel, Small Faces and Roger Waters, PP Arnold joins Cerys today to talk about her fascinating career so far.

(Photo: PP Arnold poses at photocall for All Or Nothing in London, 2016. Credit: Eamonn M. McCormack/Getty Images)

PP Arnold20171111

The legendary American singer PP Arnold and her incredible career spanning 50 years

Cerys takes listeners on a global journey of discovery with music of all genres and eras.

The legendary American singer PP Arnold is this month's guest. Born in Los Angeles in 1946, PP Arnold was a member of the Ike and Tina Turner show in the mid 1960s and during a UK performance in the middle part of that decade, was spotted by Mick Jagger. Now fifty years into an incredible career as a performing artist, in which she has sung with the likes of Peter Gabriel, Small Faces and Roger Waters, PP Arnold joins Cerys today to talk about her fascinating career so far.

(Photo: PP Arnold poses at photocall for All Or Nothing in London, 2016. Credit: Eamonn M. McCormack/Getty Images)

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Legendary English singer-songwriter Sir Ray Davies on his career and solo album Americana

Cerys meets legendary English singer and songwriter Sir Ray Davies.

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Legendary English singer-songwriter Sir Ray Davies on his career and solo album Americana

Cerys takes listeners on a global journey of discovery with music of all genres and eras.

Cerys Matthews meets legendary English singer and songwriter Sir Ray Davies. Famed for his work as the frontman of 1960s pop band The Kinks, his way with words and music on classics such as Waterloo Sunset and Lola, have inspired many younger musicians in the decades that followed the band’s heyday. Known for his famously fractious relationship with his brother and bandmate Dave Davies, he was recently knighted by Prince Charles at London’s Buckingham Palace.

Sir Ray, who was shot during a mugging in America in 2004, continues to record and perform, and has just released Americana, his first solo album in 10 years. The album, named after the title of his memoirs, is a part-collaboration with musicians from The Jayhawks, and includes some spoken-word passages.

(Photo: Sir Ray Davies. Credit: Alex Lake/Stem Agency)

Ray Davies20170513

Legendary English singer-songwriter Sir Ray Davies on his career and solo album Americana

Cerys takes listeners on a global journey of discovery with music of all genres and eras.

Cerys Matthews meets legendary English singer and songwriter Sir Ray Davies. Famed for his work as the frontman of 1960s pop band The Kinks, his way with words and music on classics such as Waterloo Sunset and Lola, have inspired many younger musicians in the decades that followed the band’s heyday. Known for his famously fractious relationship with his brother and bandmate Dave Davies, he was recently knighted by Prince Charles at London’s Buckingham Palace.

Sir Ray, who was shot during a mugging in America in 2004, continues to record and perform, and has just released Americana, his first solo album in 10 years. The album, named after the title of his memoirs, is a part-collaboration with musicians from The Jayhawks, and includes some spoken-word passages.

(Photo: Sir Ray Davies. Credit: Alex Lake/Stem Agency)

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English progressive rock legend Rick Wakeman is Cerys\u2019s musical guest this month

Cerys takes listeners on a global journey of discovery with music of all genres and eras.

English progressive rock legend Rick Wakeman is Cerys’s musical guest this month. Rick famously played the piano on one of the late David Bowie’s most famous hit records, Life On Mars. In the late 1960s he was in huge demand as a session musician and also played on Cat Stevens’ worldwide hit Morning Has Broken. He later joined the ‘prog-rock’ band Yes as their keyboard player. Known for his flamboyant style, he continues to pursue a successful solo career.

(Photo: Rick Wakeman behind a grand piano. Credit: Universal Music)

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English progressive rock legend Rick Wakeman is Cerys\u2019s musical guest this month

Cerys takes listeners on a global journey of discovery with music of all genres and eras.

English progressive rock legend Rick Wakeman is Cerys’s musical guest this month. Rick famously played the piano on one of the late David Bowie’s most famous hit records, Life On Mars. In the late 1960s he was in huge demand as a session musician and also played on Cat Stevens’ worldwide hit Morning Has Broken. He later joined the ‘prog-rock’ band Yes as their keyboard player. Known for his flamboyant style, he continues to pursue a successful solo career.

(Photo: Rick Wakeman behind a grand piano. Credit: Universal Music)

English progressive rock legend Rick Wakeman is Cerys’s musical guest this month

English progressive rock legend Rick Wakeman is Cerys’s musical guest this month. Rick famously played the piano on one of the late David Bowie’s most famous hit records, Life On Mars. In the late 1960s he was in huge demand as a session musician and also played on Cat Stevens’ worldwide hit Morning Has Broken. He later joined the ‘prog-rock’ band Yes as their keyboard player. Known for his flamboyant style, he continues to pursue a successful solo career.

(Photo: Rick Wakeman behind a grand piano)

Roberto Fonseca2017040820170409 (WS)

The Cuban pianist who made his name with Ibrahim Ferrer in the Buena Vista Social Club

Born in 1975 in Havana, Cuba, Roberto has established himself over the last decade and a half as one of the most gifted - and most popular - pianists of his generation. After making his name with Ibrahim Ferrer in the legendary Buena Vista Social Club, he was recently nominated for a prestigious Grammy Award for Best Latin Jazz Album. Roberto has mastered the art of combining jazz with the music of Cuba, with both its modern and traditional African and classical roots. His most recent work sees him accompanied by Trombone Shorty and Eliades Ochoa.

Cerys discovers his proudest achievements at the piano, his ability to create something from nothing, Plus, collaborating with a big star of African music, and unveils a surprising love of heavy rock music.

Image: Roberto Fonseca, Credit: Getty Images

Roberto Fonseca2017040820170409 (WS)

The Cuban pianist who made his name with Ibrahim Ferrer in the Buena Vista Social Club

Cerys takes listeners on a global journey of discovery with music of all genres and eras.

Born in 1975 in Havana, Cuba, Roberto has established himself over the last decade and a half as one of the most gifted - and most popular - pianists of his generation. After making his name with Ibrahim Ferrer in the legendary Buena Vista Social Club, he was recently nominated for a prestigious Grammy Award for Best Latin Jazz Album. Roberto has mastered the art of combining jazz with the music of Cuba, with both its modern and traditional African and classical roots. His most recent work sees him accompanied by Trombone Shorty and Eliades Ochoa.

Cerys discovers his proudest achievements at the piano, his ability to create something from nothing, Plus, collaborating with a big star of African music, and unveils a surprising love of heavy rock music.

Image: Roberto Fonseca, Credit: Getty Images

Roberto Fonseca20170408

The Cuban pianist who made his name with Ibrahim Ferrer in the Buena Vista Social Club

Cerys takes listeners on a global journey of discovery with music of all genres and eras.

Born in 1975 in Havana, Cuba, Roberto has established himself over the last decade and a half as one of the most gifted - and most popular - pianists of his generation. After making his name with Ibrahim Ferrer in the legendary Buena Vista Social Club, he was recently nominated for a prestigious Grammy Award for Best Latin Jazz Album. Roberto has mastered the art of combining jazz with the music of Cuba, with both its modern and traditional African and classical roots. His most recent work sees him accompanied by Trombone Shorty and Eliades Ochoa.

Cerys discovers his proudest achievements at the piano, his ability to create something from nothing, Plus, collaborating with a big star of African music, and unveils a surprising love of heavy rock music.

Image: Roberto Fonseca, Credit: Getty Images

Selda Ba\u011fcan2018031020180311 (WS)

Singer Selda Ba\u011fcan's brand of electronic, psychedelic folk won her millions of fans

Cerys takes listeners on a global journey of discovery with music of all genres and eras.

With a music career spanning 45 years, Selda Bağcan became a household name in Turkey in the 1970s for being a creative force in the Turkish music scene. Her brand of electronic, psychedelic folk has brought her millions of fans worldwide, including Dr Dre, Mos Def and actor Elijah Wood. She joins Cerys to talk about her influential career and future plans in music.

(Photo: Selda Bağcan with records)

Selda Ba\u011fcan20180310

Singer Selda Ba\u011fcan's brand of electronic, psychedelic folk won her millions of fans

Cerys takes listeners on a global journey of discovery with music of all genres and eras.

With a music career spanning 45 years, Selda Bağcan became a household name in Turkey in the 1970s for being a creative force in the Turkish music scene. Her brand of electronic, psychedelic folk has brought her millions of fans worldwide, including Dr Dre, Mos Def and actor Elijah Wood. She joins Cerys to talk about her influential career and future plans in music.

(Photo: Selda Bağcan with records)

Selda Bağcan

With a music career spanning 45 years, Selda Bağcan became a household name in Turkey in the 1970s for being a creative force in the Turkish music scene. Her brand of electronic, psychedelic folk has brought her millions of fans worldwide, including Dr Dre, Mos Def and actor Elijah Wood. She joins Cerys to talk about her influential career and future plans in music.

(Photo: Selda Bağcan with records)

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Cerys meets legendary Turkish singer Selda Bağcan. Her electronic, psychedelic folk has brought her millions of fans worldwide.

Selda Bacan20180310

With a music career spanning 45 years, Selda Bağcan became a household name in Turkey in the 1970s for being a creative force in the Turkish music scene. Her brand of electronic, psychedelic folk has brought her millions of fans worldwide, including Dr Dre, Mos Def and actor Elijah Wood. She joins Cerys to talk about her influential career and future plans in music.

(Photo: Selda Bağcan with records)

Cerys meets legendary Turkish singer Selda Bağcan. Her electronic, psychedelic folk has brought her millions of fans worldwide.

Shirley Collins20161112

Shirley Collins20161112

Cerys’ guest is Shirley Collins, a folk singer who was a significant contributor to the English Folk Revival of the 60s and 70s.

Shirley Collins2016111220161113 (WS)

Cerys’ guest is Shirley Collins, a folk singer who was a significant contributor to the English Folk Revival of the 60s and 70s.

Shirley Collins2016111220161113 (WS)

Cerys’ guest is Shirley Collins, a folk singer who was a significant contributor to the English Folk Revival of the 60s and 70s.

Sinkane20171014

Cerys’ guest this month is the Sudanese-American musician Ahmed Gallab, otherwise known as Sinkane.

Sudanese-American musician Ahmed Gallab, is otherwise known as Sinkane. Born in London, Sinkane moved to Sudan as a young child before relocating to the US with his parents when he was five. He released his first record in 2007, and ten years later is renowned for his spectacular live shows and critically acclaimed records. Currently on tour supporting his recent album Live & Livin It, Sinkane joins Cerys this month to talk about his life and career so far.

Sudanese-American musician Ahmed Gallab, is otherwise known as Sinkane. Born in London, Sinkane moved to Sudan as a young child before relocating to the US with his parents when he was five. He released his first record in 2007, and ten years later is renowned for his spectacular live shows and critically acclaimed records. Currently on tour supporting his recent album Live and Livin It, Sinkane joins Cerys this month to talk about his life and career so far.

Sinkane2017101420171015 (WS)

The Sudanese-American musician Ahmed Gallab, otherwise known as Sinkane

Cerys takes listeners on a global journey of discovery with music of all genres and eras.

Sudanese-American musician Ahmed Gallab, is otherwise known as Sinkane. Born in London, Sinkane moved to Sudan as a young child before relocating to the US with his parents when he was five. He released his first record in 2007, and ten years later is renowned for his spectacular live shows and critically acclaimed records. Currently on tour supporting his recent album Live & Livin It, Sinkane joins Cerys this month to talk about his life and career so far.

Sinkane20171014

The Sudanese-American musician Ahmed Gallab, otherwise known as Sinkane

Cerys takes listeners on a global journey of discovery with music of all genres and eras.

Sudanese-American musician Ahmed Gallab, is otherwise known as Sinkane. Born in London, Sinkane moved to Sudan as a young child before relocating to the US with his parents when he was five. He released his first record in 2007, and ten years later is renowned for his spectacular live shows and critically acclaimed records. Currently on tour supporting his recent album Live & Livin It, Sinkane joins Cerys this month to talk about his life and career so far.

Sir Michael Morpurgo2018060920180610 (WS)

Sir Michael Morpurgo, one of Britain\u2019s best loved children's authors on his career

Cerys takes listeners on a global journey of discovery with music of all genres and eras.

Sir Michael Morpurgo is one of Britain’s greatest living authors for children. Flamingo Boy is the last novel by the best-selling author, recently knighted for services to literature in the New Year honours list. It is the story of an extraordinary boy – a boy who sees the world differently, and inspired by Michael’s own grandson

His work spans 40 years and a career that has seen the publication of over 150 books for children, including Private Peaceful, War Horse and the Butterfly Lion, with global sales of over 35 million copies. Morpurgo is a true champion of children and young people’s culture, creativity and their right to read and enjoy stories, and is currently President of Booktrust. He was instrumental in setting up the Children’s Laureateship in 1997 and was children’s laureate from 2003 to 2005. He was awarded a knighthood for services to literature and charity in 2018.

(Photo: Author Michael Morpurgo, pictured with the goose puppet from the stage production of War Horse. Credit: Jeff Spicer/Getty Images)

Cerys's guest this month is Sir Michael Morpurgo, one of Britain\u2019s greatest living children's authors.

Cerys takes listeners on a global journey of discovery with music of all genres and eras.

Cerys's guest this month is Sir Michael Morpurgo, one of Britain\u2019s greatest living children's authors.

Cerys takes listeners on a global journey of discovery with music of all genres and eras.

Cerys's guest this month is Sir Michael Morpurgo, one of Britain\u2019s greatest living children's authors.

Cerys takes listeners on a global journey of discovery with music of all genres and eras.

Sir Michael Morpurgo20180609

Sir Michael Morpurgo, one of Britain\u2019s best loved children's authors on his career

Cerys takes listeners on a global journey of discovery with music of all genres and eras.

Sir Michael Morpurgo is one of Britain’s greatest living authors for children. Flamingo Boy is the last novel by the best-selling author, recently knighted for services to literature in the New Year honours list. It is the story of an extraordinary boy – a boy who sees the world differently, and inspired by Michael’s own grandson

His work spans 40 years and a career that has seen the publication of over 150 books for children, including Private Peaceful, War Horse and the Butterfly Lion, with global sales of over 35 million copies. Morpurgo is a true champion of children and young people’s culture, creativity and their right to read and enjoy stories, and is currently President of Booktrust. He was instrumental in setting up the Children’s Laureateship in 1997 and was children’s laureate from 2003 to 2005. He was awarded a knighthood for services to literature and charity in 2018.

(Photo: Author Michael Morpurgo, pictured with the goose puppet from the stage production of War Horse. Credit: Jeff Spicer/Getty Images)

Sir Peter Blake20170812
Sir Peter Blake20170812

Cerys guest is English ‘pop artist’ Sir Peter Blake, co-creator of the iconic sleeve design for The Beatles 'Sgt. Pepper' album.

The English pop artist Sir Peter Blake, best known for co-creating the iconic sleeve design for The Beatles album Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band in 1967, is Cerys's guest. As this cultural masterpiece celebrates its half century, Sir Peter, knighted at Buckingham Palace in London in 2002 for his services to art, tells Cerys about his career as a cutting edge artist, how he came to be associated with The Beatles, and shares his love of music, including key tracks and reminiscences from the album as well as his youth, and delves into his own much loved collection of jazz music.

Picture: Peter Blake, Credit: Getty Images

Cerys’ guest this month is the English ‘pop artist’ Sir Peter Blake, best known for co-creating the iconic sleeve design for The Beatles album ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ in 1967.
As this cultural masterpiece celebrates its half century, Sir Peter, knighted at Buckingham Palace in London in 2002 for his services to art, tells Cerys about his career as a cutting edge artist, how he came to be associated with ‘The Fab Four’, and he shares his love of music, including key tracks and reminiscences from the album as well as his youth, and delves into his own much loved collection of jazz music.

Sir Peter Blake2017081220170813 (WS)

Pop artist and co-creator of the iconic sleeve design for The Beatles Sgt Pepper album

Cerys takes listeners on a global journey of discovery with music of all genres and eras.

The English pop artist Sir Peter Blake, best known for co-creating the iconic sleeve design for The Beatles album Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band in 1967, is Cerys's guest. As this cultural masterpiece celebrates its half century, Sir Peter, knighted at Buckingham Palace in London in 2002 for his services to art, tells Cerys about his career as a cutting edge artist, how he came to be associated with The Beatles, and shares his love of music, including key tracks and reminiscences from the album as well as his youth, and delves into his own much loved collection of jazz music.

Picture: Peter Blake, Credit: Getty Images

Sir Peter Blake20170812

Pop artist and co-creator of the iconic sleeve design for The Beatles Sgt Pepper album

Cerys takes listeners on a global journey of discovery with music of all genres and eras.

The English pop artist Sir Peter Blake, best known for co-creating the iconic sleeve design for The Beatles album Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band in 1967, is Cerys's guest. As this cultural masterpiece celebrates its half century, Sir Peter, knighted at Buckingham Palace in London in 2002 for his services to art, tells Cerys about his career as a cutting edge artist, how he came to be associated with The Beatles, and shares his love of music, including key tracks and reminiscences from the album as well as his youth, and delves into his own much loved collection of jazz music.

Picture: Peter Blake, Credit: Getty Images

Sir Tom Jones20151114

Sir Tom Jones20151114

Cerys celebrates music of all genres, and eras, with the chart-topping singer Tom Jones

Cerys takes listeners on a global journey of discovery with music of all genres and eras.

Cerys Matthews takes listeners on a musical journey with the help of Sir Tom Jones, a charismatic, natural-born performer for whom "singing is like breathing". One of Wales' greatest ever cultural exports, he got his first record deal in 1964. And, he has been entertaining the world ever since, adapting as the musical landscape changed, and selling 100 million records along the way.

Beginning with his early days in Pontypridd, South Wales - long before he became a professional singer - Sir Tom remembers dancing along to the radio in his mother’s arms and how his Uncle Snowy taught him how to overcome childhood shyness and become the compelling performer he was destined to be.

A huge music fan, Sir Tom also reveals the rich musical mix that has influenced his extensive body of work, from the Yiddish ballad loved by his father, to the exciting new Rock ‘n’ Roll music that turned his teenage world upside down. We also hear about some of the legendary musicians with whom he has “let it rip”, from the peerless star of syncopation Jerry Lee Lewis, to a like-minded Dusty Springfield, and the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll Elvis Presley.

(Photo: Sir Tom Jones)

Sir Tom Jones20151114

Cerys Matthews takes listeners on a musical journey with the help of Sir Tom Jones, a charismatic, natural-born performer for whom "singing is like breathing". One of Wales' greatest ever cultural exports, he got his first record deal in 1964. And, he has been entertaining the world ever since, adapting as the musical landscape changed, and selling 100 million records along the way.

Beginning with his early days in Pontypridd, South Wales - long before he became a professional singer - Sir Tom remembers dancing along to the radio in his mother’s arms and how his Uncle Snowy taught him how to overcome childhood shyness and become the compelling performer he was destined to be.

A huge music fan, Sir Tom also reveals the rich musical mix that has influenced his extensive body of work, from the Yiddish ballad loved by his father, to the exciting new Rock ‘n’ Roll music that turned his teenage world upside down. We also hear about some of the legendary musicians with whom he has “let it rip?, from the peerless star of syncopation Jerry Lee Lewis, to a like-minded Dusty Springfield, and the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll Elvis Presley.

(Photo: Sir Tom Jones)

Sir Tom Jones20151114

Cerys Matthews takes listeners on a musical journey with the help of Sir Tom Jones, a charismatic, natural-born performer for whom "singing is like breathing". One of Wales' greatest ever cultural exports, he got his first record deal in 1964. And, he has been entertaining the world ever since, adapting as the musical landscape changed, and selling 100 million records along the way.

Beginning with his early days in Pontypridd, South Wales - long before he became a professional singer - Sir Tom remembers dancing along to the radio in his mother’s arms and how his Uncle Snowy taught him how to overcome childhood shyness and become the compelling performer he was destined to be.

A huge music fan, Sir Tom also reveals the rich musical mix that has influenced his extensive body of work, from the Yiddish ballad loved by his father, to the exciting new Rock ‘n’ Roll music that turned his teenage world upside down. We also hear about some of the legendary musicians with whom he has “let it rip?, from the peerless star of syncopation Jerry Lee Lewis, to a like-minded Dusty Springfield, and the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll Elvis Presley.

(Photo: Sir Tom Jones)

Tony Joe White2016121020161211 (WS)

Cerys' guest this month is American singer-songwriter and guitarist Tony Joe White.

Wilko Johnson2018081120180812 (WS)

Guitar legend Wilko Johnson talks to Cerys about his musical success after beating a terminal cancer diagnosis.

Cerys takes listeners on a global journey of discovery with music of all genres and eras.

Canvey Island’s Dr Feelgood guitar legend Wilko Johnson was diagnosed in late 2012 with terminal pancreatic cancer. Despite the doctors’ worst predictions, he continued to perform with a new lust for life and even made the most successful album of his career ‘Going Back Home’ with the legendary Roger Daltrey.
Following that album’s success he announced that thanks to a third opinion from a doctor moonlighting as a rock photographer and life-saving surgery, he was now cancer-free. ‘Blow Your Mind’ is Wilko’s first album of new material in 30 years, and is the sound of a man feeling very much alive.

Joining Wilko on the album are his long-standing band; Norman Watt Roy on bass and Dylan Howe on drums along with producer Dave Eringa who worked with them on the gold-selling album ‘Going Back Home’ with Roger Daltrey. Describing the record as ‘The album I never thought I’d get to write’ it deals with the trials and tribulations that he faced in the last five years.

Wilko Johnson20180811

Guitar legend Wilko Johnson talks to Cerys about his musical success after beating a terminal cancer diagnosis.

Cerys takes listeners on a global journey of discovery with music of all genres and eras.

Canvey Island’s Dr Feelgood guitar legend Wilko Johnson was diagnosed in late 2012 with terminal pancreatic cancer. Despite the doctors’ worst predictions, he continued to perform with a new lust for life and even made the most successful album of his career ‘Going Back Home’ with the legendary Roger Daltrey.
Following that album’s success he announced that thanks to a third opinion from a doctor moonlighting as a rock photographer and life-saving surgery, he was now cancer-free. ‘Blow Your Mind’ is Wilko’s first album of new material in 30 years, and is the sound of a man feeling very much alive.

Joining Wilko on the album are his long-standing band; Norman Watt Roy on bass and Dylan Howe on drums along with producer Dave Eringa who worked with them on the gold-selling album ‘Going Back Home’ with Roger Daltrey. Describing the record as ‘The album I never thought I’d get to write’ it deals with the trials and tribulations that he faced in the last five years.