First sight: Beth Jeans Houghton

Beth Jeans Houghton is set for great things, says Imogen Tilden

Who is she?

An 18-year-old Newcastle singer who looks set for great things. Her folktinged second single Golden has been turning heads and hearts, showcasing both the beautiful delicacy of her voice and her ability to write a killer tune. There's no point looking for her first single though – its limited run of 500 quickly sold out.

Not another pouting teenage singer-songwriter who does that kooky thing ...

Well, yes, and no. She might pout a bit in her photos, but on stage the look is more Gwen Stefani with a touch of Brody Dalle. But when she opens her mouth the sound is Vashti Bunyan crossed with Nico and Laura Marling. File under pop-folk. Or experimental folk. Or should that be anti-folk? Let's not worry about the filing bit.

Who are her mates?

Good question. She's supported Bon Iver, Tunng and Tinariwen, King Creosote and Bowerbirds. Adem produced Golden, and Woodpigeon wrote a song for her. In short,she has had no shortage of endorsements.

Where can I hear her?

Golden/Nightswimmer is out now on Static Caravan, six tracks are on
myspace.com/bethjeanshoughton. She's playing at the Sage, Gateshead, on 17 April and at Brighton's Great Escape festival on 15 May.

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Imogen Tilden

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