This winter Beans on Toast and Skinny Lister will head out on a co-headline tour of the UK, bringing a unique and modern take on English folk music.
Playing at Glasgow’s Oran Mor on 23rd November, The Fountain spoke with Beans on Toast’s Jay McAllister about the inspiration behind the name, his favourite gig and what it’s like to work with Xtra Mile Recordings.
TF: Are you excited about playing Glasgow?
Yeah of course, I f**king Love Glasgow. Been lucky enough to play all over the city over the years. Last time I played Oran Mor was something like ten years ago. I was supporting Kate Nash. It’s a great venue, with a resident ghost. I think the ghost is called Oscar, but I’m not 100% on that. Hopefully he’ll be coming to the show.
TF: What’s been your favourite gig to date?
My favourite gig is always the next one. I’m typing this from the back of a van (that’s making some odd noises) en route to Amsterdam to play at the Sugar Factory. Saturday night, Amsterdam, sounds like a favourite already.
TF: What music did you grow up listening to, formulating your taste and interest in music?
I was raised on Country music by my old man and The Beatles from my mum. As a teenager I got bang into Gangsta rap, then slid into Nirvana and Placebo and had a soft spot for The Doors the whole time. I found myself slowly drawn back to John Prine, Guy Clark and the songwriters my Dad had originally played me. Full circle if you will.
TF: What inspired your name Beans On Toast?
It’s cheap, easy and effective. It’s also very English, I think it sums up the music thought that would suit the music that I make quite well.
TF: It must be fab to be releasing your new album through Xtra Mile Recordings?
Sure is. I’ve been working with Xtra Mile since my first album, and this is my ninth. It’s a wonderful relationship and family of hardworking music lovers.
For more on Jay McAllister, Beans on Toast and their forthcoming tour with Skinny Lister click here.