SWIMMING IN IT
Beans on Toast writes simple songs about complicated subjects and never fails to celebrate the beauty of human existence. Drawing from his huge and much loved back catalogue, his live shows are both inspiring and entertaining, a relaxed and fun affair that leaves you feeling like you’ve met up with an old friend, and you’re all the better for it.
Beans’ latest tour arrives hot on the heels of his recent full-band shows in support of his acclaimed 2021 album ‘Survival of the Friendliest’ earlier this year. Produced by Blaine Harrison of Mystery Jets and recorded at Big Jelly Studios in Ramsgate, ‘Survival of the Friendliest’ is a record all about hope, positivity and camaraderie, that finds an artist celebrating the very best of human nature. It featured recent singles: “Humans”, “Not Everybody Thinks We’re Doomed” and “A Beautiful Place”.
Proving a big hit with fans at Beans’ recent December shows and with the critics, Louder Than War praised Beans’ latest effort as “the perfect antidote to re-energise us all”, whereas RNR Magazine championed the record as “rather special…The lyrics shimmer with Beans’ trademark of truth and humour”. ‘Survival of the Friendliest’ is out now via
his own BOT Music imprint.
Beans is now back with his latest offering which is a collective project taking-on the wastewater giant Southern Water.
Beans has assembled a collective of over 30 musicians to join the fight against Southern Water’s acts of criminal environmental pollution in to the oceans across Kent.
Written for the community group SOS Whitstable and recorded over a weekend session at The Albion Rooms in Margate (The Libertines HQ), a huge group of musicians from the Kent Coast, dubbed ‘The Kentish Folk’, joined forces to produce the striking new single: “Swimming In It”.
Speaking about the new song and the experience of making it, Beans says:
“After moving to the Kent coast in 2020 I became aware of the horrific acts committed by Southern Water and also by the amazing fightback from the local community in the form of SOS Whitstable. I wanted to help and did that in the only way I know how – I wrote a song. Striking while the iron was hot, I scored some studio time in The Albion Rooms in Margate and put word out around the community inviting anyone and everyone to come and play on the track. The result was The Kentish Folk, a small army of amazing local musicians, everyone who came down is on the track, most of them were strangers to me before the session started.”
Packed with tuba, slide guitars, washboards, spoons, honky tonk piano and a choir of voices, the track features artists including Will Varley, Alex Gillings (The Great Malarkey), Jaime St Marthe (Grabba), China Soul, Pearl Fish, Ty Watling, Wyatt Riot among many others (listed below).
The result is “a fun party tune, about why it’s a bad idea to put s**t into the sea” sums-up Beans.
Beans further raised awareness for the cause at a demonstration in Worthing, where the HQ of Southern Water is based. Beans performed a set, alongside talks from local campaigners and Surfers Against Sewage in aid of their END SEWAGE POLLUTION campaign. Further details can be found here.
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The Kentish Folk collective
The surprise new single arrives as Beans on Toast prepares for a headline tour nationwide this Spring. Coming to a town near you, these shows will see the cult folk legend and festival veteran will be doing what he does best: singing songs, making friends, telling stories and putting the world to rights; with dates spanning every corner of England from Grimsby (5 May) to Dartmoor (28 May).
Capping off the run with a clutch of shows close to his heart, Beans will be playing consecutive dates in his hometown (Whitstable), his home city (London) and his childhood home (Braintree); all over the June Bank Holiday weekend.
Full dates and details can be found as follows:
Beans on Toast – 2022 Dates:
05 MAY GRIMSBY docks academy
06 MAY DONCASTER ey up mi duck
07 MAY BLACKPOOL bootleg social
11 MAY BILSTON the robin
12 MAY SALISBURY the chapel live
13 MAY WESTON-S-MARE loves cafe
19 MAY NORTHAMPTON the black prince
20 MAY RAMSGATE ramsgate music hall
21 MAY CHELMSFORD the stables
25 MAY FROME the tree house
26 MAY PERRANPORTH the watering hole
27 MAY FALMOUTH the cornish bank
28 MAY DARTMOOR the white thorn inn
01 JUNE WHITSTABLE the duke
02 JUNE LONDON the clapham grand
(“An Evening With…” Show w/ WIlliam Crighton & Ann Liu Cannon)
04 JUNE BRAINTREE the public gardens
Tickets available now at: www.beansontoastmusic.com
BEANS ON TOAST & THE KENTISH FOLK
“SWIMMING IN IT” – OUT NOW
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THE KENTISH FOLK ARE:
Alex Gillings (The Great Malarkey)
Jaime St Marthe (Grabba)
Sal Burtt Jones
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Words by Sally Newman for The Songbird HQ