It has been just over a year since the English protest-folk project of Jay McAllister – Beans On Toast – last featured. On the 1st the latest LP A Bird In The Hand was released.
As has proven to be the case with each of the previous nine albums, all of which have had a release date of the 1st of December, the tracks revolve around both personal experiences while cognisant of a wider world.
A Bird In The Hand (available on vinyl directly from the Beans On Toast website) is as much a celebration of the birth of a child as it is a reflection of the supporting structures outside the immediate family – with each of the ten tracks being both upbeat while simultaneously scathing of a society in which the silo has become the norm.
Although I am unable to share my pick of the release – Here At Homerton Hospital – the fourth track, the third track – Magic which I am, serves as fine introduction.
The English protest-folk project Beans On Toast releases the LP Cushty on the 1st of December.
Beans On Toast
A musician it is always a pleasure to return to with the insightful narrative and raw delivery.
With the normal construct of identifying the issues in poetic lyrical form with earthy vocal and quiet instrumentation and yet – having drawn a dark cloud through the room concludes with an unanticipated and abstract ray of sunshine, leaving the audience feeling better about life than prior to listening – the first of the fourteen tracks is Open Door Policy.
The English agit-folk creator Beans On Toast releases the LP A Spanner In The Works on the 1st of December.
Beans On Toast – photo by Shaun Gordon
From the forthcoming album – 2016 – needs little to said in introduction.
As is normally the case Beans On Toast has a heavy touring schedule.
Currently in the USA and heading to mainland UK in November:
27 Sep SAN FRANCISCO, CA – Amnesia
28 Sep BOLINAS, CA – Smileys Saloon
29 Sep SACRAMENTO, CA – Cafe Colonial
30 Sep SAN FRANCISCO, CA – Amnesia
04 Oct HOLLYWOOD, CA – Hotel Cafe
05 Oct SANTA BARBARA, CA – Velvet Jones
08 Oct CHICAGO, IL – Beat Kitchen
12 Oct NEW YORK, NY – Rockwood Music Hall
13 Oct MANCHESTER, NH – Jewel
17 Nov LONDON – Oslo
18 Nov NEWCASTLE – Cluny
19 Nov DUNDEE – Fat Sam’s
20 Nov GLASGOW – Stereo
23 Nov HULL – Fruit
24 Nov SHEFFIELD – The Leadmill (steel stage)
25 Nov LIVERPOOL – Constellations
26 Nov MANCHESTER – Gorilla
29 Nov NOTTINGHAM – Bodega
30 Nov LEICESTER – Soundhouse
02 Dec MARGATE – The Talking Drum
03 Dec HASTINGS – Brass Monkey
04 Dec NORWICH – The Owl Sanctuary
06 Dec BIRMINGHAM – Hare & Hounds
07 Dec PORTSMOUTH – Wedgewood Rooms
08 Dec BRISTOL – Thekla
09 Dec SWANSEA – The Garage
Beans On Toast the English drunk-folk lyricist heads off to the USA for a tour in a few days.
Beans On Toast – The Grand Scheme Of Things – artwork
From the LP The Grand Scheme of Things which is being released in the USA and Canada on the 10th March (already released on the 1st December 2014 in the rest of the world) – track ten of the eleven – New Orleans Honeymoon.
USA tour dates:
4th BOSTON, MA – Middle East Upstairs
5th EAST LYME, CT – Skiffle Tour
6th NEW YORK, NY – Rockwood Music Hall
7th PHILADELPHIA, PA – Skiffle Tour
8th WASHINGTON, DC – Skiffle Tour
9th – TORONTO, CA – Horseshoe Tavern
10th ATLANTA, GA – Skiffle Tour
11th GAINESVILLE, FL – Skiffle Tour
13th – 16th -FLOGGING MOLLY’S SALTY DOG CRUISE
18th MEXICO BEACH, FL – Skiffle Tour
19th NEW ORLEANS, LA – DBA
23rd PHOENIX, AZ – Skiffle Tour
24th SAN DIEGO, CA – Skiffle Tour
25th LOS ANGELES, CA – The Mint
26th – VENTURA, CA – Skiffle Tour
27th SAN FRANCISCO, CA – TBC
1st DENVER, CO – Skiffle Tour
3rd LAWRENCE, KS – The Bottleneck
4th KANSAS CITY, KS – Knuckleheads