This Beans On Toast article was written by Liss Boot-Handford, a GIGsoup contributor. Edited by Josh Hummerston. Header image by Gary Welford
Beans On Toast (aka Jay McAllister) put on a fantastic show at Nottingham’s 450 capacity Rescue Rooms last Saturday, supported by Kansan duo, Truckstop Honeymoon. As a support act, the couple were the perfect fit to the set which was to follow; you can’t help but be uplifted by their hilariously ill-fated songs, inspired by their life on the road with their four children.
They played more than just a supporting role to the gig as a whole, later bringing their guitar, banjo and double bass back on stage to join Beans on Toast for parts of his set. McAllister was down in the crowd, watching the support, in keeping with the casual nature of the tour; it’s a relaxed evening of nothing but fun, humour and friends.
Singing openly about politics, drugs and love, Beans On Toast is a refreshingly honest act. The set features some classics like ‘The Price of Rice’, and ‘Don’t Believe The Bullshit’, as well as some new material from ‘Rolling Up The Hill’, which will be released on 1st December, McAllister’s birthday.
Crowd participation is encouraged, with Beans On Toast coming down into the audience for a sing and a dance, eventually getting everyone to have a sit down pre-school story time-style whilst he chilled out in the middle. The audience sang the part of the accordion in the performance of new collaborative track ‘This Christmas’, written with Skinny Lister (currently on tour with Frank Turner).
Beans spent time explaining the meaning behind his songs, including an updated performance of ‘M.D.M.Amazing’, which now includes an anti-drug song jammed into the middle, apparently due to a kid coming up to McAllister claiming the song had inspired him to start using. “Ohhhh, Shit….no.”
Whilst McAllister is completely open about his colourful experiences, he’s not preaching the principle of drug use. The artist seems to just turn his life into material, and his songs are generally just sweet, funny, satirical renditions of life’s experiences and themes. All in all, a fun and uplifting evening, which will be one to remember.