Beans on toast, is a tasty easy breakfast treat.
However, Beans on Toast can be a be a great live music experience as well, especially in the form of folk singer Jay McAllister.
Kicking of his annual winter tour, Beans on Toast headlined Hackney’s Oslo on Thursday 17th November 2016.
After support from Sky Smeed and Tensheds, Beans on Toast casually walks on stage barefoot and simply starts singing ‘2016’, the song that sums up this whole year pretty much shuts up the whole room as soon as Jay starts telling the tale of all the horrible things that happened this year.
Beans on Toast is warmly welcomed with massive cheers after the crowd joined him on the last line ‘ Try to make a difference in 2017’.
‘I think I have never just walked on stage and started singing without talking first’, Beans on Toast welcomes the sold out Oslo crowd with a massive smile on his face.
Staying with the politic topic, ‘2016’ followed by ‘War On War’ really hits home, but seeing the smiling Beans on Toast on stage mixing difficult topics with a happy folky sound, gives you some sort of reassurance that everything will be ok, somehow.
To lift the mood, Beans on Toast treated the fans with his new single ‘Afternoons In The Sunshine’, of his 8th studio album ‘A Spanner In The Works‘, which is traditionally released on Beans birthday, 1st December.
Telling his fans that his new record was made on a freaking laptop and has some weird and funny sounds on there, Jay gets his mate Matt Millership from support band ‘Tensheds’ on stage to have him do his magic on the keyboard while Beans keeps telling his stories.
Together the both of them present the crowd with a new song which is fittingly named ‘Down The Pub’. Beans on Toast quickly teaches everyone the chorus and off it went.
Another new great song is ‘Nanny Mac’, in which Beans on Toast adoringly tells the story of his beloved, badass grandma. A song that easily puts a smile on your face and makes you wish that you could be at least half as cool as the legend – Nanny Mac.
Being the smiley happy and a bit scatterbrained folk singer with no fixed set list, Jay happily accepts random song requests from the audience.
Resulting in a great performance of ‘The Chicken Song’. Some people were making chicken sounds, others were doing the chicken dance but most of all, the chicken prices were shouted back at Beans on Toast throughout the song.
Throughout the whole set it is apparent that Jay McAllister is an amazing story teller that doesn’t beat around the bush and just sings straight from the heart, not afraid of tackling political topics, drug use or declaring his love for his wife.
And that is simply what Beans on Toast is being loved for by his fans. He is just a down to earth lad with the gift of words and a great raspy voice.
As the set is nearing the end, Beans on Toast tells his famous story a special festival experience in ‘MDMAmazing’. ‘I can’t believe I got through almost the entire set without playing this song yet’, he announces with a laugh.
After a few demanding cheers, Beans gives in and starts playing and the crowd instantly joins him, knowing the lyrics oh so well.
After letting the crowd decide on how to finish his set, the loudest cheer got a brand new song that had just escaped Beans pen. An Ode to the love / hate relationship.
It couldn’t have been a better choice for finishing the first London gig of the tour.