It seems that if you’ve got a power cut at a gig, then Jay McAllister, who trades under the name Beans on Toast, is your man.
Last year the self-styled ‘drunk-folk’ singer kept things going by playing on acoustically when a thunderstorm cut power to the whole of the Glastonbury Festival on its opening night.
And now, while supporting Frank Turner on a lengthy trek across America, he inadvertently pulled the same trick at the legendary Fillmore theatre in San Francisco.
WOW247 caught up with Jay the night after a show in Los Angeles.
‘It’s been amazing, absolutely dreamy. It’s a huge tour covering a lot of ground. I’ve done loads of stuff with Frank over the years, but it’s the best crowds, they turn up early, they listen.
‘I’m travelling with the other band on the tour, Skinny Lister, who are amazing. Now we’re in the final sprint, there’s a handful more shows – the end is in sight. On long tours like this, it’s a weird mix of emotions, you want to get there but it’s sad at the same time. It’s been an epic adventure.’
And the Fillmore incident?
‘Halfway through the first song, It was one of them things where rather than being a disaster it made it more memorable.
‘I mean the Fillmore is a legendary place, and we were all super-psyched up to be playing there.
‘Before I went out I said this is going to be a really special one. I started playing and it went: “Dooph!”
‘It wasn’t like this was a small mistake, this was broken.
‘What do you do? It’s so similar to what happened to Glastonbury. It’s lucky that ultimately I can do it that way.’
Jay, who releases a new album every year on his December 1 birthday, is about to release album number seven, Rolling Up The Hill, which he recorded in Kansas with local act Truckstop Honeymoon after they struck up a friendship sparked by mutual admiration when both acts appeared at the Larmer Tree Festival.
The band have now joined Beans as both this tour’s opening act, and will then join him on stage as part of his backing band.
The video for the lead single, The Great American Novel, was recorded by Jay at various stops on the tour with Frank.
Beans on Toast
The Wedgewood Rooms.
Wednesday, December 2.