Beth Jeans Houghton

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Beth Jeans Houghton
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Beth Jeans Houghton & The Hooves Of Destiny performing at the Deaf Institute, Manchester, 2012.
Background information
Born c. 1990 (age 23–24)
Origin Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, England
Genres Pop-folk,[1] Wonky pop, Psychedelic pop[2] Freak Folk[3]
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter
Labels Mute, Static Caravan

Beth Jeans Houghton is a singer-songwriter from Newcastle upon Tyne who plays "sweet and gentle folk music",[4] described also as "an anti-folk songstress" who "mixes angelic vocals and acoustic guitar with samples, keyboards, and glam rock elements for a sound that's more fantastical than down to earth."[5]


Beth Jeans Houghton started writing songs in her teens, first appeared in front of an audience in 2006 and issued her debut EP (a limited-edition 7”) on Bird Records in 2008. She then signed with Static Caravan Records, which released the single "Golden"/"Nightswimmer" and her second EP, Hot Toast, Vol. 1, both of which earned acclaim from the UK press.[5] Having relocated to Los Angeles, Houghton signed in early 2011 with Mute Records, which announced that it will be releasing her debut long-player in early 2012.[6] The album was recorded with Ben Hillier whose previous production credits include Blur, Depeche Mode and Elbow.[7]

The album Yours Truly, Cellophane Nose by Beth Jeans Houghton and the Hooves of Destiny, was released on 6 February 2012 and reached #83 in the UK Albums Chart.[8] Beth described writing the album in a recent interview: "I set out to make a record unaffected by outside opinions and I was happy to watch it grow in different directions. And yes, I am happy with the results; there is not a thing I would change."[9]


Beth Jeans Houghton has been described by The Guardian as looking like "Gwen Stefani with a touch of Brody Dalle", with a sound that "is Vashti Bunyan crossed with Nico and Laura Marling",[10] and according to Clash Music reviewer, when she veers towards straighter folk, "it’s hard to ignore Beth’s comparisons with Laura Marling", but "it’s the effervescence and humour of Houghton and her Hooves that separate the two".[11]

Artists supported[edit]



  • EP – June 2008[19]
  • Hot Toast Vol 1 – September 2009


  • "Golden / Nightswimmer" – Static Caravan, 2009
  • "Dodecahedron" – Mute, 2011
  • "Sweet Tooth Bird" – Mute, 2012
  • "Atlas" – Mute, 2012


  1. ^ Tilden, Imogen (27 March 2009). "First Sight: Beth Jeans Houghton'". London: The Guardian. 
  2. ^
  3. ^ MacKay, Emily (16 March 2012). "Beth Jeans Houghton - Freak folk's weird sister finally hits the charts". The Independent (London). 
  4. ^ "Today's New Band – Beth Jeans Houghton". A New Band A Day. 22 May 2009. Retrieved 12 July 2009. 
  5. ^ a b Phares, Heather. "Beth Jeans Houghton". AllMusic. Retrieved 2011-06-01. 
  6. ^ "Mute – Beth Jeans Houghton". Mute. 27 April 2011. Retrieved 27 April 2011. 
  7. ^ "Wikipedia: Ben Hiilier". 
  8. ^ a b "Yours Truly Cellophane Nose". Retrieved 2011-06-01. 
  9. ^ "Beth Jeans Houghton Interview - 7Digital 2012". 
  10. ^ Imogen Tilden (26 March 2009). "The Guardian: First Sight: Beth Jeans Houghton". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 26 March 2009. 
  11. ^ Harper, Simon. "Yours Truly, Cellophane Nose review". Retrieved 2011-06-01. 
  12. ^ a b c d e f "Beth Jeans Houghton". Woodwork Music. Retrieved 12 July 2009. 
  13. ^ a b c d e Imogen Tilden (26 March 2009). "First sight: Beth Jeans Houghton". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 12 July 2009. 
  14. ^ a b c d e f "Beth Jeans Houghton". The Daily Growl. 23 March 2009. Retrieved 12 July 2009. 
  15. ^ a b c d "Beth Jeans Houghton". The Crack. Retrieved 12 July 2009. 
  16. ^ a b c "Beth Jeans Houghton". Moseley Folk Festival. Retrieved 12 July 2009. 
  17. ^ Phil Alexander (1 June 2009). "Phosphorescent Burn Bright In London!". Mojo. Retrieved 12 July 2009. 
  18. ^
  19. ^ Anita Awbi (26 June 2008). "Beth Jeans Houghton: EP (Bird)". Music Week. Retrieved 12 July 2009. 

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