Preview: Beans on Toast at The Joiners, Southampton


Beans on Toast, real name Jay McAllister, is a British folk singer from Essex. He rose to prominence in 2005, his songs openly discussing drugs, love and politics. He has released seven studio albums, with a new one released every year on the 1st December, his birthday.

Beans on Toast has opened the folk music area of Glastonbury festival since 2005, leading to him supporting Kate Nash in London’s Hammersmith Apollo in 2008. He then released his debut, a 50-track album called Standing On A Chair, the year after. In 2014 he toured America for the first time, headlining shows and playing with Flogging Molly, an Irish-American punk band.

His 2015 was split between the UK and USA, as well as one-off shows in Germany, South America and Amsterdam. His tour in the UK was an ‘off the road’ tour, playing in small, discreet venues. That led him to the festival season, playing YNOT, Boomtown and Glastonbury. He toured with Frank Turner in America, released Rolling Up A Hill (recorded in Kansas with Truckstop Honeymoon), and welcomed more international artists to tour with him, like Benjamin Folke Thomas, a folk artist from Gothenburg, Sweden.

He annually tours the UK, and 2016 is no exception, from The Joiners in Southampton on the 30th January, to Amsterdam 3 days later, and the USA during March. Fans of Billy Bragg, Emmy the Great, Mumford and Sons and The Holloways are sure to love him!

Tickets for Beans on Toast’s show at The Joiners on the 30th January are £10 in advance and are available via this link.


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