Catatonia's frontwoman Cerys Matthews serenades the former US president...
CATATONIA‘s CERYS MATTHEWS sang two traditional folk songs – one Welsh and one American – for visiting US ex-president BILL CLINTON at the weekend.
As reported on NME.COM last week, the Welsh songstrel had been specially invited to sing for Clinton at his gala reception in the Welsh borders town of Hay-On-Wye on Saturday night (May 26).
The former world leader had earlier given a speech to 1,000 people in a marquee tent, as part of the town’s annual Literature Festival.
Backed by a sole violinist and duetting with Welsh actress friend Lisa Jen-Brown, Cerys sang ‘Lisa Len (Lovely Lisa)’, a Welsh-language traditional folk song, and ‘How Can I Keep From Singing’ – an American religious anthem which dates back to the time of the American Civil War.
And looking over to Clinton from a small stage, she said: “We want to change the constitution so you can still be president.”
Cerys’ brief set was to an invitation-only audience, after Clinton’s earlier public speech. Among the guests were fashion designer Alison Tod and actors Joseph Fiennes and Alan Rickman.
Cerys chose to wear a turquoise and rose gown to the swish “black-tie” reception.
Clinton said after the party: “I just wanted to say I loved the music. I will tell everyone to come here and I hope you’ll invite me back to hang around for the next year or two.”
Last week Pulp opened the festival with a warm-up set for their triumphant Homelands gig, and further entertainment in the shape of Suzanne Vega, Van Morrison and a live poetry reading from ex-Beatle Sir Paul McCartney are lined up for this week at Hay.