Beans on Toast has just released a track called The Gold­en Lion from his upcom­ing stu­dio album The Tooth­paste and The Tube, due for release on Decem­ber 1st. I’m sure you don’t want to start think­ing about Christ­mas dur­ing this late sum­mer heat­wave but this could be the per­fect present for some lucky soul on your list. 

The first thing that strikes you about The Gold­en Lion is just how wordy it is. Admit­ted­ly that is an iden­ti­fi­ably Beans’ char­ac­ter­is­tic, as he is prone to stuff­ing his protest num­bers with facts galore. This song is a ten­der paean to the pub of the same name, locat­ed in the York­shire / Lan­cashire bor­der town of Tod­mor­den. That Beans has devel­oped quite a pas­sion for the Calder Val­ley inn and for its res­i­dents past and present is evi­dent in the rush of words tum­bling over them­selves – almost as if his excite­ment for the place can’t be con­tained. By all accounts, Beans vis­it­ed the town and played at the famed Gold­en Lion pub, presided over by the indomitable man­ag­er Gig “the Lion’s beat­ing heart”, who has encour­aged the pub to become a vibrant live music venue. 

As he says, “The char­ac­ters in the “The Gold­en Lion” are real peo­ple, as is the bizarre his­to­ry of the town that the song alludes to. I played a show at the pub last year and was so inspired by the town, the pub and its peo­ple that I could­n’t help but write a folk song about it. As with the town, the song is quin­tes­sen­tial­ly Eng­lish, mys­te­ri­ous and boozy.” But it’s not just about The Gold­en Lion, it could be talk­ing about pubs through­out the land, a plea to trea­sure them and what they rep­re­sent, bring­ing local com­mu­ni­ty together. 

Upcom­ing album The Tooth­paste and The Tube hits home. Cult folk artist Beans takes cen­tre stage, deliv­er­ing unfil­tered takes on the envi­ron­men­t’s dire straits, the UK polit­i­cal land­scape, the omi­nous rhythm of war drums, and the impend­ing AI rev­o­lu­tion. But don’t let the weighty top­ics fool you – this album also delves into the lighter side of life, with reflec­tions on par­ent­hood, whim­si­cal crea­tures, and the sheer bliss of a sea dip. 

Any­one who pre-orders the album will get ear­ly access to tick­ets for Beans’ exten­sive UK tour, all of which will be on gen­er­al sale from Fri­day 8th Sep­tem­ber. The full list of tour dates are below.

Beans on Toast tour dates

23 GUILDFORD – The Boile­room
24 BEDFORD – Esquires
25 STOWMARKET – The John Peel Cen­tre
26 DERBY  – Annie’s Burg­er Shack
28 SCUNTHORPE – Cafe Indie
29 POCKLINGTON – Arts Cen­tre
30 BLACKPOOL  – Boot­leg Social

01 ** Album Launch Show **  TODMORDEN – The Gold­en Lion
02 MOSSLEY – The Vale
03 SHREWSBURY  – Albert’s Shed
05 WORCESTER  – St Swith­uns Church
06 OXFORD – The Jeri­cho Tav­ern
07 CARDIFF – The Globe
08 WESTON-S-MARE  – Elec­tric Banana
09 BIDEFORD  – The Pal­la­di­um
12 TRURO – The Old Bak­ery
13 TOTNES – The Bar­rel House Ball­room
14 BRIDPORT – The Elec­tric Palace
15 ISLE OF WIGHT – Strings Bar & Venue

21 NEWCASTLE  – Cluny
22 GLASGOW – Stereo
23 EDINBURGH – La Belle Angele
24 MANCHESTER – Band on the Wall
25 NOTTINGHAM – Res­cue Rooms
27 SHEFFIELD – The Lead­mill
28  LINCOLN – The Drill
29 BIRMINGHAM – Hare & Hounds

01 LEEDS – Bru­denell Social Club
02 BRISTOL – Thekla
03 EXETER – Phoenix
05 READING – Face­bar
06 BRIGHTON – Chalk
07 PORTSMOUTH – The Wedge­wood Rooms
08 MARGATE – Olbys
09 LONDON – The Garage

Beans on Toast The Gold­en Lion out now, album release Decem­ber 1
Web­site Beans on Toast

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