CULT English folk singer Beans On Toast will embark on a spring tour with a difference when he will be Sitting On A Chair as the tour title indicates.

The 16 dates, including The Crescent in York on May 8, will coincide with the release of his first book, Drunk Folk Stories, a collection of ten short, true-life stories about songwriting, travelling and drinking.

Playing seated theatre and venues, rather than pubs and clubs – although The Crescent was a working men's club until not that long ago – Beans promises an evening of stories of his travels and songs from his back catalogue of nine albums of love songs, protest songs and drinking songs, intertwined with the stories behind the songs and the random adventures where they have led him.

Released via Play On Words Publishing on May 1, Drunk Folk Stories tells tales of Billy Bragg, Banksy and The Cookie Monster, stories from Glastonbury to Wembley via The Bahamas, and first-hand accounts of drunken escapades, car crashes, recreational drugs and burning pubs, all recalled with humour, grace and honesty.

On the same day, Beans On Toast's 50-track debut album from 2009, Standing On A Chair, will be released on vinyl for the first time in a double vinyl format. Produced by Mumford & Sons' Ben Lovett, it features crowd favourites such as MDMAmazing, The Price Of Rice and Don't Believe The Bullsh*t and cameos from Emmy The Great and Frank Turner.

Nine years might seem a strange anniversary to celebrate, but when Beans started putting his plans together he thought it had been ten years, duly deciding he would go ahead with it anyway. Such is his way.

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