Music star Beans on Toast to headline Doncaster beer and cider festival

Folk music favourite Beans on Toast is to headline a beer, cider, and live entertainment festival in Doncaster next month.

By Darren Burke
Friday, 22nd April 2022, 5:05 pm
Updated Monday, 25th April 2022, 1:35 pm

The singer, whose real name is Jay McAllister, will take to the stage at the Ey Up Mi Duck Festival which will be held in Epworth from May 6-8.

Hailing from Braintree in Essex, he rose to prominence out of the UK folk scene in 2005 and he has performed at Glastonbury every year since 2007.

His songs often centre around the topics of politics, drugs and love and he has released ten studio albums, traditionally releasing a new record each year on 1 December, his birthday.

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Beans on Toast will headline a beer and cider festival in Doncaster.

The appearance at the Epworth Showground comes with the release of a new protest song, Swimming In It.

Taking-on the wastewater giant Southern Water, Beans has assembled a collective of over 30 musicians to join the fight against their alleged acts of criminal environmental pollution.Written for the community group SOS Whitstable and recorded over a weekend session at The Albion Rooms in Margate, a huge group of musicians from the Kent Coast, dubbed ‘The Kentish Folk’, joined forces to produce the striking new single.

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.”

The result is “a fun party tune, about why it's a bad idea to put s**t into the sea" sums-up Beans.

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