Stand by for more Beans anarchy in Leeds

Jay McAllister, alias Beans on Toast, gig in Leeds.
Jay McAllister, alias Beans on Toast, gig in Leeds.

Modern legend Beans on Toast will be hitting Leeds Brudenell tomorrow night (Thursday) for what’s likely to be another brilliantly anarchic performance.

He will be playing favourites along with revealing tracks from forthcoming seventh LP ‘Rolling up the Hill’.

It has been described as his most creative record to date and it’s an album all about friendship, travel and art. It’s also about drinking, protesting and growing older in these modern times.

The first track lifted from the album is ‘The Great American Novel’, Beans’ love letter to America. Watch the video here:

His seventh studio album in seven years will be released as usual on December 1 via Xtra Mile Recordings. It was recorded this August in Kansas with husband and wife country duo Truckstop Honeymoon.

Beans met the duo at Larmer Tree festival last year and after hanging out and playing some shows with them in New Orleans they hatched a plan to go to The Ninth Ward Picking Parlour in Lawrence, Kansas to make an album together.

The duo brings together double bass, mandolin and finger picking sounds to Beans on Toast’ unique art of songwriting.

They were still joined by long-term partner in crime Bobby Banjo, on harp and banjo. Throw in a couple of Kansas players dropping in some horns and some drums and you’ve got a Beans on Toast album that is fresh, fun and exciting while at the same time not losing any of his original cheap and easy English attitude that has got him to where he is today.

Ten years in the game and Beans has built up something of an underground following around the world,and is now ramming out festival fields and tents on the UK circuit and constantly touring new and foreign land.

This year alone he’s played shows on rooftops in Cape Town, tropical islands in the Barbados, folk festivals in Canada and covered over 10,000 miles in the USA. He also toured the fringes on the UK in the wake of this year’s election, taking in the mood of the country by visiting Harlow, Preston, Chester and the like. He has, of course, got songs all about these travels.