The former Catatonia singer lifts the lid on 'Cock-A-Hoop'...

Former Catatonia

CERYS MATTHEWS has completed work on her debut solo album ‘COCK-A-HOOP’.

The Welsh star recently spent seven months living and recording in Nashville, Tennessee and is set to release the results of those sessions in May.

‘Cock-A-Hoop’, said to be more folky than the star’s work in Catatonia, features six tracks written by Matthews in addition to five covers, including a Welsh hymn, ‘Arglwyd Dyma Fi’.

Other covers include Roger Cook’s ‘Chardonnay’, a 1920’s Louisiana folk song, ‘La Bague’, ‘Weightless Again’ by The Handsome Family, and ‘All My Trials’, previously recorded by the likes of Joan Baez and Nana Mouskouri amongst others.

A record company spokesperson said: “Cerys> is happy and healthy and very proud of the album. It has been a labour of love for her.”

The tracklisting is:

‘Chardonnay’

‘Caught In The Middle’

‘La Bague’

‘Weightless Again’

‘Only A Fool’

‘Ocean’

‘Arglwyd Dyma Fi’

‘If You”re Looking For Love’

‘The Good In Goodbye’

‘Gypsy Songs’

‘All My Trials’