To mark the release of her much anticipated debut album, ‘Yours Truly, Cellophane Nose’, the brilliant Beth Jeans Houghton will be taking her band, The Hooves Of Destiny, on a canter around the United Kingdom.

For anyone picturing a girl and a guitar, think again – this is a full band performance with Beth plus Dav Shiel (drums, vocals samples) Rory Gibson (bass, vocals), Ed Blazey (guitar, trumpet, vocals) and Findlay Macaskill (violin, vocals). Collectively, they’re The Hooves Of Destiny – a crack unit recruited from Beth’s native North East.

If you’ve never seen Houghton before, expect the unexpected: Houghton’s performances are always different, always unpredictable and always wildly entertaining, her between-song chat giving an eye into the slanted world explored further in her inspired lyrics. Here is a review from her gig with Stealing sheep at The Deaf Institute, Manchester last month.

‘Yours Truly, Cellophane Nose’ was created with producer Ben Hiller (Blur/ Elbow/ Depeche Mode). It introduces one of the most self-assured new bands of the year, fronted by a pop polymath whose blend of psychedelia, glam rock and chain gang folk is quite unlike anything else you’re likely to hear in 2012.


LONDON December shows:

Mon 5th Dingwalls with Vetiver

Thurs 8th Cargo (End of The Road Christmas Party)

UK February 2012 tour dates:

Fri 17th GLASGOW, The Captains Rest

Sat 18th ST. ANDREWS, St. Andrews University

Sun 19th, MIDDLESBROUGH, Westgarth SC

Tue 21st LIVERPOOL, Eric’s

Wed 22nd LEEDS, Brundenell

Thu 23rd MANCHESTER, Deaf Institute

Sat 25th NEWCASTLE, Gateshead Old Town Hall

Sun 26th LEICESTER, The Musician

Mon 27th CARDIFF, Buffalo

Tue 28th BRISTOL, Louisana

Wed 29th BIRMINGHAM, Hare & Hounds

Thu 1 Mar, LONDON, Hoxton Bar & Kitchen