Five Minutes with …Beans on Toast
Beans on Toast (real name Jay McAllister) is back in Belfast this week to play at Voodoo. His folk style music explores everything in life from politics to the environment via parenthood and Taylor Swift. His latest album, Bird in The Hand was released in Decmber 2018 and was produced by Ben Lovett of Mumford & Sons. Beans on Toast is now also officially part of the furniture at Glastonbury Festival. Prior to his return to Belfast we caught up with him for five minutes over Saint Patrick’s weekend to hear what’s going on in his world.
So what is happening in the world of Beans on Toast at this particular point?
I’m in the passenger seat of a van, heading home from Bristol. My wife is driving and my daughter is sleeping in the back seat. We’ve had a weekend in the South West, playing shows in Frome and Bristol.
What was your inspiration to get into music. Which artists have inspired you?
It’s a long list that includes Jim Morrison, Kurt Cobain, John Prine and Old Dirty B*stard. However I’d say the main inspiration for my songs is life itself.
What is the best venue you have played to date and where would be your dream venue to perform?
Again, a long list. It’s easy to judge shows on how many people are in the building and I’ve been lucky enough to play some epic ones. Wembley, O2, MEN ARENA and the like… my favourite though, probably Glastonbury. As it’s had such a special role in my life.
If you had the ability to change one thing in the world today, what would it be?
Lose the greed.
The music industry is renowned for being pretty brutal at times but who has helped you most throughout your career?
Probably Frank Turner, he’s an old mate and has sorted me out big time over the years.
What artists would you like to collaborate with, given the chance?
Rap star Jam Baxter, American singer Todd Snider and Elton John
What is the best thing about being on tour…… and what is the worst?
Best, the people. Worst, the hangover
You have to choose…… The Beatles or The Rolling Stones?
Beatles. Hands down
Beans on Toast play Voodoo in Belfast on Wednesday 20th March. A very limited number of tickets will be available on the door tonight.