The Anchoress is the stage name of Welsh-born multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and author Catherine Anne Davies.
Davies formed The Anchoress in 2013. Paul Draperco-produced The Anchoress’s début album, Confessions of a Romance Novelist, which was released on 15 January 2016 via Kscope. The album was named amongst the Guardian critics’ Albums of the Year, won HMV’s Welsh Album of the Year, Best Newcomer at the PROG awards, and a nomination for Welsh Music Prize
In July 2016, The Anchoress supported and duetted with Manic Street Preachers at the Eden Project and again supported the band in June 2017, before duetting on ‘Little Baby Nothing’ at the Q Awards in October 2017. She supported Simple Minds on the UK leg of their Acoustic Tour in May/June 2017. In 2017, Davies co-wrote and engineered 5 tracks on long-term collaborator Paul Draper’s debut solo album Spooky Action. She performed with Draper on his 6-date UK tour in September 2017 and appears on keyboards and vocals on the live album Spooky Action: Live At The Scala.
I met The Anchoress AKA Catherine Anne Davies, through Paul Draper and recorded her first solo album which was met by critical acclaim.
In 2016 we played Brighton Fringe festival, Womad, Lattitude, Liverpool calling and supported the Manic street Preachers twice at The Eden Project and in Bristol. Work began on her second solo album 2017 and we were asked to play Robert smiths (The Cure) meltdown festival in London June 2018.
It has been a continuous joy to work with The Anchoress.