Birdy is the 15-year-old singer-songwriter whose cover version of Bon Iver's Skinny Love reached number 17 in the charts in March this year. Actually, she was 14 when it charted – ancient compared to Rebecca Black, but still pretty young. We didn't write about her then because Skinny Love was the only song available by her at that point and we weren't sure whether it was enough to draw any conclusions about her as an artist. There was actually one other song – So Be Free, with which she won, in 2008, the UK talent contest Open Mic UK, beating 10,000 entrants in both the under-18s category and the grand prize. There, already some of the Birdy "style" is in place, if you compare the 12-year-old singing her own composition at the piano and the slightly older young woman singing Skinny Love in the moody video directed by Sophie "Ellie Goulding/Sade" Muller: it is, to cite one of the categories often used by musicians on MySpace, an example of "melodramatic popular song". She manages, using just voice and piano, to make Justin Vernon's plaintive paean sound like something Andrew Lloyd Webber might have penned for Elaine Paige.