Beans on Toast, the notorious drunk folk singer, barefoot troubadour and cult legend, has been around the block more times than he cares to remember.
With 7 studio albums in his back catalogue, Jay McAllister aka Beans on Toast, provokes thought on subjects from Prince Harry to Popcorn, from Friendship to Fracking, from Romance to Riots and current events to getting off your head. Simple songs, with no holds barred lyrics and quick wit.
The Beans on Toast live show is an odd and unpredictable experience. A singer, storyteller and guitar player his self-deprecating quality is not something you often see, but it breaks down the barrier between musician and audience, creating a sense of equality.
I first encountered the fellow at a an underground gig hosted by the brilliant Sofar Sounds but, I finally caught up with Beans after a hectic hippie driven festival season.
When and why did you start playing?
I decided to be in band before I could play a note, but I named the band and graffitied the name all over school, after that it seemed only right to get hold of a guitar and actually make some music. I was about 15 at the time, I can't remember my reasons why, probably just felt like it would be a good laugh.
What instruments do you play?
I can play 5 chords on the guitar, thats honestly about it.
What was the first tune(s) you learned?
I was playing my own songs before I learnt to play anyone else's songs, playing covers is still not something I'm great at. The first song I wrote was called "This is the fish".
Vinyl, tape, CD, or digital?
They're all welcome in my music collection and all have their place.
How do you handle a fuck up on stage?
I am a fuck up on stage.
I am a fuck up on stage
Who or what is your ultimate influence?
Where and when do you wish you’d been around to play at?
I'm pretty happy with my lot, I'm off tomorrow to play Shambala, a festival I've not played but always wanted to, so I'll just stick with that.
If I gave you an elephant where would you hide it?
In the room.
What is your favourite colour of socks to wear?
I like multi coloured socks.
If you were a biscuit, which would you be?
If you could have anyone locked in a room so that you could torment them for a day, whom would you choose and how would you torment them?
My wife Lizzy, but I'm not gonna tell you want I'd do.
The magnificently madcap minstrel is on a seemingly nonstop adventure with gigs left, right and centre, so, I urge you to jump on his bandwagon as soon as you can.
While you're waiting, here is our latest love in the Beans back catalogue.