Gimme Shelter; and It's Voices Don't Come Much Bigger Than Those of Cerys Me "Work the So a Matthews and Bryn Terfel. as the Two Get Set to Team Up for Do a Charity Concert in Cardiff Has of Music), Next Week, the Multi-Talented Former Catatonia Frontwoman from the Fishing Spoke to Dave Owens

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Gimme Shelter; and It's Voices Don't Come Much Bigger Than Those of Cerys Me "Work the So a Matthews and Bryn Terfel. as the Two Get Set to Team Up for Do a Charity Concert in Cardiff Has of Music), Next Week, the Multi-Talented Former Catatonia Frontwoman from the Fishing Spoke to Dave Owens


Byline: Dave Owens

Bryn Terfel * WO of the biggest voices in music will join forces next week to bring their considerable presence to the stage in aid of Shelter Cymru. Cerys Matthews and Bryn Terfel possess voices of power, depth and beauty, albeit at different ends of the musical spectrum.

However, these two Welsh icons will be coming together to celebrate the charity's 30th birthday at St David's Hall on Wednesday, when they will be joined by the likes of operatic star Rebecca Evans, The Three Welsh Tenors and prodigious young talent Shaheen Jafargholi.

"It will be interesting," chirps former Catatonia singer Cerys, in her distinctive lilting sing-song tones. "You don't often mix your top opera singers with my kind of music which is a lot more rootsy these days I guess.

"They're calling it the President's line up," she adds. "Bryn Terfel is the president, he's like the king daddy of us all and then Rebecca and I are the vice-presidents."

Cerys and Bryn have recorded together previously, and will be collaborating on the night.

"Bryn recorded a duet with me on my Tir album, which was different to what he normally does," recalls Cerys. "It was just me playing guitar and the two of us singing this little Welsh ditty which was written about a blacksmith - Banging On An Anvil it's called, or Migldi Magldi in Welsh.

"We're going to collaborate. We'll do that song and we might be doing another song as well, although I can't confirm that at the moment.

"I don't think you can get voices as different as Bryn and mine. Mine being really high and untrained and his being this fine baritone instrument."

So has Cerys ever fancied having a go at operatic singing? "Well my gran was a mezzo-soprano," she reveals. "She had a huge voice and loved singing, but back in her day it was kind of frowned on and she was 18 and got married so wasn't allowed to carry on with her career," she remembers. "Unfortunately, I was born with this kind of voice, not the classical voice!

"I'd love to be able to sing like Joan Sutherland, just see how it would feel, I mean can you imagine? They're the marathon runners of the singing world.

"You have to really be able to breathe and hold those notes in tune, you know all the stuff I don't have to do because I come from the more rock 'n' roll school. I admire them greatly."

The Shelter charity is something that is evidently close to the heart of the singer, who lives in London with her three children and husband, record producer Steve Abbot.

"One of the most basic needs for a human being is somewhere to live and a roof over your head, somewhere to keep all your things that make you unique," she explains.

"Shelter the charity not only helps homeless people but also people who are getting into arrears with their mortgages and find themselves in difficulties if they've lost a job. They try and help people stay in their homes."

It's also a little known fact but the charity benefited greatly from Cerys' famous appearance on the reality TV show I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here back in 2007. …

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