Essex born folk songwriter ‘Beans on Toast’ is an extremely unique performer. Twisting an age-old genre with a D.I.Y. approach and contemporary concerns has earned him the title of a cult figure who tells it like it is. A festival favourite (he’s played Glastonbury every year since 2005) and a prolific writer and performer. He’s written and recorded 15 albums and he’s played every bar, club, venue, pub, festival, party and honky-tonk you can think of.
He’s a hippy, a punk, a poet, a drunk, a die-hard romantic and an eternal optimist. Singing simple songs that tackle big issues. Political protest songs for the modern-day, honest and open Love songs. Songs that will make you laugh, but also make you think with no holds barred honesty and quick wit.
He’s constantly writing, recording and releasing music and puts out a new album each year on 1st December, which happens to be his birthday. Each album recorded with a different producer and musicians, over the years he’s worked with the likes of Ben Lovett (Mumford & Sons), Blaine Harrison (Mystery Jets), Frank Turner, Kitty and Lewis Durham (Kitty, Daisy & Lewis).
On top of making music, Beans has released two highly acclaimed books, Drunk Folks Stories (2018) and Foolhardy Folk Tales (2021); both collections of tour stories, festival high jinx and insights into the life of the musician. Most recently, Beans has released 10 children’s books which each accompany a track from his 15th Album “The Fascinating Adventures of Little Bee”. He also often directs his own music videos and along with his wife and muse, Lizzy Bee, they run Beans’ own record label, carving his own path to be a one-man band of the modern age.
He tours constantly and has gigged and played festivals all over the world. The Beans on Toast live show is both an unpredictable and memorable experience. A singer, songwriter and storyteller 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.
“Protest songs peppered with optimism” The Guardian
“At times like this we need more people like Beans on Toast” The Skinny
“brimming with energy and infectious charm” Clash
“Cult legend and all-round hero” Louder than War