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The Anchoress - MPG Awards 2023 | Podcast

The Anchoress - MPG Awards 2023Photo: Jodie Cartman

Catherine Anne Davies, also known as The Anchoress, is a songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer. In this interview Sam Inglis talks to her about being nominated for Self Producing Artist in the Music Producers Guild Awards 2023.

Now in their 15th year, the MPG Awards celebrate the best British talent working behind the scenes in the music industry. The winners will be announced at the MPG Awards ceremony on 27th April 2023.

Show Notes


00:00 - Introduction
00:29 - The Anchoress
02:02 - Self Producing Artist
02:51 - Keeping A Sense Of Discipline
04:27 - Self-Taught Engineer And Producer
05:14 - Learning Resources
06:39 - Continued Development
07:14 - Influenced By Older Recordings
08:14 - Time Restrictions And Deadlines
09:19 - Using Live Instruments
10:59 - Producing Other Artists
12:11 - Future Projects

Catherine Anne Davies - Biog

Catherine Anne Davies (The Anchoress) is a songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer from Wales. From her early roots as a classically-trained flautist to her current obsession with vintage synthesizers, Davies has spent much of the last five years developing her writing and engineering skills, and winning a PRS Writer/Producer award in 2019. She has previously collaborated with the London Philharmonic, Nitin Sawhney, Liam Howe (Jessie Ware, Marina), Paul Statham (Kylie, Dido) and has supported Manic Street Preachers, as well as duetting on their song ‘Dylan & Caitlin’.

Catherine joined the line-up of Simple Minds in 2014, appearing on the Big Music (2015)and Walk Between Worlds (2018) albums before departing in 2019. She released her debut solo album Confessions of a Romance Novelist in 2016, a collaborative album In Memory of My Feelings (2020) with Bernard Butlerin and her second solo release, The Art Of Losing, in 2021. The latter features guest performances from James Dean Bradfield (Manic Street Preachers) and Sterling Campbell (David Bowie, Duran Duran) and reached the #1 spot on iTunes.

SOS Editor In Chief Sam InglisInterviewer: Sam Inglis - Biog

Editor In Chief Sam Inglis has been with Sound On Sound for more than 20 years. He is a recording engineer, producer, songwriter and folk musician who studies the traditional songs of England and Scotland, and is the author of two books: Neil Young's Harvest (Bloomsbury, 2003) and Teach Yourself Songwriting (Hodder, 2006).

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