18 Jan - 4 Feb 2024

Beans on Toast with Will Varley and Rosie H Sullivan


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5th Feb 2023
Drygate Brewery
£17.92 includes booking fee
Seating Type
Celtic Connections 2023

Essex born folk songwriter Beans on Toast is an extremely unique performer. Twisting an age-old genre with a D.I.Y. approach and contemporary concerns has earned him the title of a cult figure who tells it like it is. A festival favourite (he’s played Glastonbury every year since 2005) and a prolific writer and performer. He’s written and recorded 15 albums and he’s played every bar, club, venue, pub, festival, party and honky-tonk you can think of.

He’s constantly writing, recording and releasing music and puts out a new album each year on 1st December, which happens to be his birthday. Each album recorded with a different producer and musicians, over the years he’s worked with the likes of Ben Lovett (Mumford & Sons), Blaine Harrison (Mystery Jets), Frank Turner, Kitty and Lewis Durham (Kitty, Daisy & Lewis).

Singer-songwriter Will Varley has come a long way since his early days haunting the open mics of South London and busking around on The Underground. Staying true to the roots of folk by combining personal storytelling with political statements, Will has has supported acts like Billy Bragg, Frank Turner, Valerie June and The Proclaimers. His latest album The Hole Around My Head was described by Folk Radio as "A magnificent album that mines diamonds of hope from the rock of despair". Will is one of the founding members of the arts collective Smugglers Records and has co-written songs with numerous artists including Skin of Skunk Anansie and Shae Dupuy. 

Rosie H Sullivan grew up on the remote Isle of Lewis in Scotland’s Outer Hebrides, where music and nature were the two binding forces in childhood. With a musical diet ranging from Joni Mitchell to Genesis and stunning landscapes from which to draw inspiration, the now 20 year old was already writing music before her teens. Rosie's debut EP 123 Degrees East tracks the year after she and her family moved off the island in the summer of 2020, and the time of intense change that followed.

Based around hearty acoustic guitars and gorgeous, layered vocals, the EP sees Rosie tell stories of herself and others with a reflective tone that’s deeply personal but also proves universal. Through the swelling beauty of ‘What A Life’, sprightly skip of ‘Expectations’ and atmospheric closer ‘To Live’, she evokes her latest inspiration, Laura Marling, while emerging as a unique voice all of her own.

Venue details

Drygate Brewery
85 Drygate
G4 0UT
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