Beans on Toast is on a post-Glasto high. Glastonbury loves him : he’s played there every year since 2007. On July 25th he’s appearing in the bombed out church as part of the Liverpool Calling festival; in August he’s supporting Flogging Molly in Manchester, Leeds and Norwich; in September and October he’s supporting Frank Turner on a massive 30 date American tour; then in November / December he’s the headline act on an 18 date UK tour (and at the Kazimier in Liverpool on November 17th). That’s a seriously hardworking programme for someone who seems so relaxed and easygoing, and who’s been married less than a year.
If you deduce from this that Beans on Toast already has legions of fans, you’d be right (19,000 likes on facebook for starters). This article is long overdue. He’s released six albums already, released every year like clockwork on his birthday, December 1st. And the songs show no sign of drying up : ” I’m always making up new songs. I’m not the greatest guitarist in the world, I play simple three chord folk songs, but if I see something that interests me, something that intrigues or angers me, I pick my guitar up and I write a song.”
The name came about because “I wanted something that was basic, simple, easy and English; something that would reflect my music”. He’s a folk poet. The songs, spoken rather than sung, are observations and comments on life. Their appeal lies in his matter of factness, his manner of telling it as he sees it without preaching, his humour, his easygoing character. The songs are full of little delights and he is well on his way to becoming a national treasure.
These songs are all taken from the latest album, The Grand Scheme of Things.
Beans On Toast – The War on War
a war on drugs ain’t a war worth fighting. What about a war on misunderstanding? What about a war on stupid politicians? What about a war on organised religions? What about a war on war, what about a moment of peace.
Beans On Toast – Folk Singer
I came for a one-handed applause and I stayed because on stage I feel at home
Beans On Toast – A Whole Lot of Loving
We need a spiritual revolution, I believe you Russell Brand, We need food and we need shelter, friends and family at hand, And apart from that we don’t need nothing, except a whole lot of loving
Beans On Toast – The Chicken Song
Well the chicken gonna get their revenge one day you just wait and see they’ll be a giant monster hybred chicken that eats humans for tea
Beans On Toast – Flying Clothes Line
Your mum met your dad and went to Nottingham. My mum did the same and went to Essex. They always stayed in touch while they raised their families and they’d meet up every Christmas.