Cerys Matthews

EMMA LEE It was quite fitting that after a day of soaring temperatures outside, Cerys Matthews should bring a taste of the dusty American deep south to Norwich's Waterfront last night.

EMMA LEE

It was quite fitting that after a day of soaring temperatures outside, Cerys Matthews should bring a taste of the dusty American deep south to Norwich's Waterfront last night.

The evening got off to a bawdy start, thanks to American singer Adam Green.

He specialises in quirky folksongs – many of the lyrics of which are far too risqué for a family newspaper.

Then, blossoming, the radiant mum-to-be arrived on stage – to whoops of Yee-Ha from the enthusiastic crowd.

She continued to please with a set largely taken from her debut album, Cockerhoop, which was recorded in Nashville, the home of country music.

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Backed by a band whose instruments included a banjo and pedal steel guitar, it was quite obvious that the former Catatonia front woman had put the days of jangly indie pop firmly behind her.

Matthews has one of the most distinctive and powerful voices around – and it came into its own on songs like Chardonnay which is a tongue-in-cheek ode to drinking and If You Are Looking For Love.

She must have the nicest hecklers in world.

“That's real talent” one keen fan shouted out.

And he was right.

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