Sticking firmly to his own tradition of releasing a new album on the same date each year, 2018 was always going to be a big deal for Beans on Toast with this year seeing his 10th release. Suitably rising to the occasion, Beans went to Ben Lovett of Mumford & Sons (who produced his first album ten years ago) and they hatched a plan.
At the time, Mumford were camped out in Paul Epworth's legendary The Church Studios making their upcoming album 'Delta'. The studio has a rich recording history including Bob Dylan, Radiohead and Adele, and houses some of the finest microphones and recording equipment in the world. During days off, or between Mumford’s own sessions, Beans and Ben snuck into the studio and laid down 'A Bird in the Hand', Beans’ most accomplished album to date.
Starting the UK run at the end of January in Cardiff and soaring all the way through February playing no less than 23 shows at some of his favourite venues, Beans on Toast embarks on one of his biggest tours to date with a full live band joining him on stage each night to play the brand new album and some choice songs from his huge back catalogue of now 10 albums. Ending the tour in his home town of London is always a must, but what makes the finale at Islington’s The Garage even more special is the fact that Beans cut his teeth in the ‘music industry’ over 15 years ago flyering outside the exact same venue.
Over the course of his huge career Beans has become something of a cult national treasure. What seemed like a throwaway festival act has evolved into something much more important, a voice of truth and honesty, cutting through the bullshit. A consistent and reliable modern-day troubadour, not afraid to speak his mind; always touring, always writing, recording and releasing music. Playing every festival under the sun and always, always, telling it like it is.
'A Bird in the Hand' is a celebration of love, life, family and the world in which we live. Expect these very special live shows to personify the exact same ethos.