Beth Jeans Houghton has been on the radar for around five years, with her early releases attracting admiring glances from broad sections of the music press. In 2012, with folk having trimmed its beard and conquered the mainstream, Houghton is helping spearhead the new wave of English folk music, blending experimental pop with elements of glam and electro pop to produce a kind of post-folk.
A quick peek at the acts she has supported confirm the eclectic appeal of her sound, sharing the bill with the likes of Bon Iver and Mumford & Sons, alongside support slots for Cornershop and Mystery Jets. Houghton's music is finding a wide audience thanks to the celebrated release of her debut album, with band The Hooves of Destiny, February's curiously titled Yours Truly, Cellophane Nose.
With 6 Music bowing and scraping before her, Beth Jeans Houghton is earning a reputation as an exciting artist who, at times, defies classification and gets away with it - thanks, to some extent, to the generous side helping of sparkly humour. 'Folk' wasn't always so savvy and self-aware.
The UK tour kicks off at the Brighton Ballroom on 27th September followed by dates in Winchester, London (at The Lexington), Manchester and York, before the final gig announced so far in Newcastle on 5th October 2012. We have some tickets available now (check below), with the remainder going on sale at 9am on Friday 20th April. All are priced around a tenner.
In addition, Beth and co are playing the Apple Cart 2012 (3rd June, £25) and the End of the Road Festival 2012 (3rd September). We have tickets available now priced from just £25 (for Apple Cart).