The Anchoress

+Leoni Jane Kennedy

Sat 20 May 2023, 7.30pm
Queen Elizabeth Hall
£16.50 ⁠–⁠ £20
past event
past event
The Anchoress, multi-instrumentalist
Jodie Cartman Chains

'A stellar achievement'

The Quietus

Songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer The Anchoress (aka Catherine Anne Davies) creates a one-woman sonic vision on The Art of Losing, her lauded second album.

The album has been called ‘the inadvertent, beautiful, and truthful soundtrack to this moment’ by Caitlin Moran and ‘one of my favourite records of the year’ by Elton John.

It was hailed as one of the best albums of 2021 by publications including the Sunday Times, Record Collector and Line of Best Fit.

Her debut, Confessions of a Romance Novelist, was listed as one of The Guardian’s albums of the year, won HMV’s Welsh Album of the Year, was awarded Best Newcomer at the PROG awards and was nominated for the Welsh Music Prize.

It also caught the ear of various musicians including The Cure’s Robert Smith, who personally asked her to play at his Meltdown festival.

Her childhood heroes, the Manic Street Preachers, invited her to support them on tour. She also duets with the band on new fan favourite Dylan & Caitlin, which appeared on one of the best-selling albums of 2018, Resistance Is Futile.

For four years, Davies also joined the line-up of legendary Scottish rock band Simple Minds on keyboards, guitar and additional vocals, departing to focus on her own music.

Davies’ writing and engineering skills have made her one of the most interesting up-and-coming songwriters and producers in the UK (she won the PRS Writer/Producer award in 2019).

She has worked with artists including the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Nitin Sawhney, Ed Harcourt, Bernard Butler, Liam Howe (Jessie Ware, Marina) and Paul Statham (Kylie, Dido).

Support comes from Leoni Jane Kennedy.

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*Please note change of date from originally advertised.

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Sat 20 May 2023, 7.30pm


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