If you haven’t encountered cult folk troubadour and serial truthteller Beans on Toast before, you’re in for a treat. His straightforward music stylings are packed with catchy tunes and honest, real-life themes, and we couldn’t be more excited about having the chance to chat with him. But that’s enough rambling from us, it’s time to allow the man himself to tell you what he’s all about…
You’ve built up a cult following over the past 10 years, but a lot of our young audience may not know you yet: care to introduce yourself?
Hi, I’m Beans on Toast, a drunk folk singer from Essex. I’ve been traveling, singing and telling stories to anyone who’ll listen for years and years and I’m coming to a town near you sometime soon.
What can people expect from your live shows?
I’m currently in the USA, opening for Frank Turner. I’m playing solo here, which is how this all started, however in November when I’m back in the UK I’ll be playing with a 4 piece band, made up from
my long time touring partner Bobby Banjo and Altenative country duo from Kansas Truckstop Honeymoon.
I love how your music is all about telling stories, can you tell us a bit about the adventure behind your new album, Rolling Up The Hill?
It was recorded in Kansas, with Truckstop Honeymoon. I met them last Summer at Larmer Tree festival and we kind of hit it off. After doing some shows together in the states they invited me to their
studio to make a record. It’s great as it brings some double bass and finger picking skills to the songs, keeping the whole thing fresh. Song subjects range from: Charlie Hebdo, South Africans festivals,
Sunday afternoons, art, Love, shitty jobs and dressing up as Robin Hood.
I reckon your honest, up-front approach will go down well in Glasgow. Am I right? What’re your previous experiences here?
I Love Glasgow, always have. My second name is McAllister, so i reckon if i traced it back there might even be a tiny bit of Scottish blood in my veins, although it would have been diluted by the Essex for sure. Stereo is also a new venue for me, so thats exciting. I do like uncharted territory.
Who or what in the music world is making you happy right now?
Skinny Lister, they’re on the bill supporting Frank swell. I’ve been traveling with them for 6 weeks now. I’m part of the family and they are ace. Check em out and keep an eye out for some collaborations.
And what’s getting you riled up?
Nothing, feeling pretty zen today.
Top 5 albums… go!
Todd Snider – Happy to be here
John Prine – Jon Prine Live
Tom Waits – The Heart of Saturday night
The Devil Makes Three – Do right wrong
Bright Eyes – Lifted
Beans on Toast is playing Stereo in Glasgow on the 12th November
Can’t make the gig? You can pre-order his new album, Rolling Up The Hill, from Amazon.