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 hometown 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.

Beans on Toast Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

Watch the official music video for ‘Another Year’ below:

Jess Morgan is a songwriter’s songwriter. She writes gutsy modern folk songs which are full of sadness and bite; singing with a unique measure of British swagger and sensitivity. Her melodies will ring in your ears for days and her stories will play on your heart long after.

2018 saw Jess release steady stream of new songs – which have all been well supported by BBC Radio including The Folk Show on BBC Radio 2 and a number of independent stations in the UK, Ireland, Europe and the US. Jess was also nominated for an Independent Music Award for songwriting with ‘In Brooklyn.’ At the start of the year Jess supported A-ha! On their MTV Unplugged tour opening their arena shows including the closing show at London’s O2 Arena.

Jess makes no secret of her long-standing fascination for the analogue and old fashioned. Having honed her method, Jess will bring out another single on homemade 7” vinyl and will stage her first exhibition on October 26th 2018. More announcements to come…

“The sort of thing you put on your headphones when walking alone and wanting to feel like you’re in your own gritty British love story.”TRASH magazine

Jess Morgan Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

Watch and listen to ‘A Hundred Years Old’ below:

Benjamin Folke Thomas was born in the coldest winter recorded in modern day history in Gothenburg; perhaps his obsession for sad, lamenting country songs was inevitable; and grew up on a secluded island off the coast of Sweden, populated by mainly evangelical Christians. However, Ben never found God. He discovered grunge music instead, and at the age of 11 he was playing drums in a punk band before turning to Folk and Americana music after seeing Kurt Cobain’s performance of ‘In The Pines’ on Unplugged. Steeping himself in Leadbelly, Dylan, and Leonard Cohen, by the age of 20 he was an accomplished finger-picker, confident performer, and mature songwriter.

“The missing link between Ingmar Bergman and Johnny Cash”Uncut

“Some of the best guitar playing you’re ever likely to hear” Q Magazine

“Stands out like Oliver Reed at an AA-meeting”The Observer

Benjamin Folke Thomas Links: Facebook | Twitter | Spotify

Watch the official music video for ‘Stuff of Dreams’ below: