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The star's first appearance since Catatonia's split is for a St David's Day TV special...

CERYS MATTHEWS has treated a roomful of CARDIFF students to her first solo live

set since the break up of Catatonia.

The Welsh singer agreed to perform three songs for veteran comedian Max Boyce’s St David’s Day TV special, which was taped at the BBC’s Cardiff studios on Sunday (January 6).

Cerys sang Welsh folk songs ‘Calon Lan’ and ‘Bachgan Bach O Dincer’, as well as Ivor Novello’s ‘Keep The Home Fires Burning’, for a small studio audience picked from a local college. She was backed by harpist Elinor Bennett – who has previously played with Cerys on the TV show ‘TFI Friday’ – and banjo player Les Morrison.

She agreed to appear on the programme after meeting producer Chris Stuart, who wrote the music to the soundtrack of Welsh children’s programme ‘Sali Mali’. Cerys recorded the theme at the end of last year.

He said: “She was fantastic – she chose completely unexpected songs and made each of them her own. I think the audience realised they were witnessing something special.”

And comedian Max added: “I could not have hoped for a better guest. I am a huge admirer of Cerys and always have been.”

‘Max Boyce’s St David’s Day’ will be broadcast on BBC Wales on March 1. Catatonia split last September, shortly after Cerys was released from a spell in rehab.