The Anchoress is the moniker of Welsh multi-instrumentalist and producer Catherine Anne Davies.
Her debut album, Confessions of a Romance Novelist (written and co-produced by Davies) was released in 2016 on Kscope to widespread critical acclaim and 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.
MOJO described Davies as being in possession of "a devastatingly powerful voice". The Observer called it "a blackly witty break up album...compelling", while PROG magazine described the record as "Kate Bush’s Hounds Of Love updated for the 21st century". On the album, Catherine plays a variety of instruments, including piano, guitar, flute, omnichord, mellotron, wurlitzer, glockenspiel, and celeste, as well as sampling church bells, and an orchestra of typewriters, with the genre-hopping, expansive production draws on influences as far and wide as Prince, Roxy Music, The Carpenters, and David Bowie.
As a co-writer & producer, she has worked alongside a variety of well-established names including a 5 song contribution to the Top 20 album Spooky Action by Paul Draper (Mansun). She also appears as a guest vocalist on the duet 'Dylan & Caitlin' with fellow Welsh rockers Manic Street Preachers .