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Folk singer, Beans On Toast heads to Newcastle’s Tyne Bank Brewery on 12th February as part of his tour to promote his eleventh album, The Inevitable Train Wreck. This latest record sees him give his unique spin on Brexit, the environment, technology and more. It was made in collaboration with Lewis & Kitty Durham (of Kitty, Daisy & Lewis fame) who give it an upbeat vintage 50’s rock’n’roll flavour and will be performing in Beans’ band for his upcoming tour.

Here, Beans On Toast tells us six things that inspire him as a person and as a songwriter, in no particular order.

Obviously promoting the use of recreational drugs is frowned upon, and rightly so. Drugs are dangerous, in the wrong hands at the wrong time and with the wrong advice they can be pure evil. However, I have a thing for telling the truth and the truth is whenever I sit down to write a song, I do it with a spliff. These days I smoke very little while out in public (and for the record my days of coke, pills and chemical drugs are now a speck in the rearview mirror) but in the comfort of my own home with my guitar and my thoughts I’ll have a smoke and the weed will make a song from the thoughts. It will generally deliver it to me with a little melody too. For me, it’s always been that way, so it’s safe to say it’s been an inspiration.

There’s a reason there are so many Love songs in the world and that’s because Love is a thing worth singing about. It’s a feeling that is impossible to put into words, making it a perfect subject matter for the songwriter. I like to dose my songs in Love, I’ve got shit tons of songs about my wife and more recently about my daughter too. But I also sing Love songs about places or things. Love makes the world go round and music is the food of it, or so someone once said.

I believe that you can write a song about anything, so in that sense, inspiration comes from everywhere. Life itself is the inspiration. I like to write about the everyday things that are easy to miss, or not paid attention to. It’s great to celebrate the small things from time to time.

People often refer to me as a political songwriter or a protest singer. This may well be because I tend to comment on the world around me, as well as the small things I often share my thoughts on the big picture, which at the moment is such a mess it’s hard to write about anything else. So the world is an inspiration for sure, however, I’m not one of the people that thrive off bad political circumstances, I’d happily write songs about the moon and the stars and the sea if the people running the world weren’t such a bunch of greedy arseholes.

I come up with a lot of song ideas or lyrics in the shower. I’m not sure why. Maybe it’s the connection to water or maybe it’s the fact that I tend to switch my mind off. I won’t overthink it, but I love a long shower.

If I’m not really in the mood to write a song, but I wanna play guitar I’ll play a John Prine song. He’s one of my favourite songwriters. I’ve never been one of those people who can play lots of songs on the guitar, I have a hard enough time remembering my songs! My abilities on the instrument mean that I don’t find it easy to learn songs by others but John Prine songs seem to flow really easily and I enjoy playing them, in turn, his wonderful songs have inspired my own.

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