“One of the most controversial acts in the whole festival. But behind the humour there are serious political messages of equality and general respect for one another.” CLASH
“His modern take on traditional folk music is clever, heart warming and keeps me coming back for more.” RUCKUS
“Spontaneity and tongue in cheeky impertinence produce a joyous feel and a wonderful thing called fun!” AMERICANA UK
Drunk folk singer, barefoot troubadour and cult legend Beans on Toast has been around the block more times than he cares to remember. With 5 studio albums in his back catalogue, he provokes thought on subjects from Prince Harry to Popcorn, from Full Moons to Fracking, from Wetherspoons to Riots, from Love songs to Drug songs and from current affairs to getting off your head. Simple songs, with no holds barred honest lyrics and quick wit.
The Beans on Toast live show is an unpredictable but unforgettable experience. A singer, storyteller and guitar player, his self-deprecating quality is not something you often see but it breaks down the barrier between musician and audience, creating a sense of equality.
Last year was undoubtedly the biggest yet for Beans on Toast as he made it on to the XFM Evening Playlist with digital release ‘Keeping You’, released a special edition vinyl alongside four intimate shows for Record Store Day and performed to over 100,000 people in just one week, opening Frank Turner’s UK stadium tour alongside Flogging Molly. Spring 2014 saw him embark on his first ever American headline tour and summer included two main stage performances at Bestival and Camp Bestival as well as appearances at Glastonbury, Secret Garden Party, Boomtown and Beatherder from a list of 18 UK festivals shows.
He then went on to release sixth album ‘The Grand Scheme of Things’ on his birthday (1 December), play European dates throughout November and smashed a string of sixteen UK headline dates, including his largest ever headline show at London’s Electric Ballroom on 11th December – meaning anything is possible for this year.
Beans On Toast is Jay McAllister (vocals, guitar), with help from Bobby Banjo (banjo)
www.beansontoastmusic.com / www.facebook.com/beansontoastmusic www.youtube.com/beansontoasttube / @beanstoast www.xtramilerecordings.com
Standing On A Chair (1st December 2009) Writing on a Wall (1st December 2010) Trying to Tell the Truth (1st December 2011) Fishing for a Thank You (1st December 2012) Live at Scala (25th September 2013)
Giving Everything (1st December 2013)
Best of Toast Pressed On A Vinyl (19th April 2014) The Grand Scheme of Things (1st December 2014)