BACKGROUND: Having a childhood split between Gloucestershire and Ayrshire doesn’t seem to have confused Beans too much.  He joined Belle & Sebastian having perhaps the best musical pedigree of them all, his previous band having supported riot grrls The Voodoo Queens.  Or possibly Mambo Taxi.  Returning to study in Glasgow, following a brief exile in Colchester, the young communist was eventually approached to join B&S.  During signing talks with Jeepster, he memorably laid down his terms: a pair of 24” flares, and a guarantee that the glory days would return to Celtic Park.  He signed anyway.  Ironically, it wasn’t until B&S left Jeepster that Celtic reached a European final. Makes you think.

NICKNAME(s): Beans, El Bino, Beanie Man, El Beanerinho if you’re not into that whole brevity thing.

EDUCATION: Physics degree.  More useful than you might think on those long bus journeys.  Trying to explain quantum physics to the rest of us should last most journeys.

ATTRIBUTES: Smart; social conscience; good taste in t-shirts.

PUNCTUALITY: Reasonably consistent, but with a couple of memorable howlers in the past.

SAMPLE QUOTE: “Only my bare hands”.  Beans’ response to the question “Have you any dangerous weapons?” by an airport security guard.

FINEST MOMENT: Manchester Town Hall 1997.  One after-show party, one bottle of Jack Daniels, one show the next afternoon, one very sick keyboard player, one bucket underneath one Hammond organ.  The show must have gone on.  He just doesn’t remember it.

MOST LIKELY TO: Spend large amounts of money on vinyl.  Float in a tempting cross from the right flank.  Go a bit bug-eyed.  Don the green and white hoops of the Glasgow Celtic.  Understand the concept of chaos.  Smash a piece of equipment for having the temerity not to work for him.  Make a curry.  Fancy Sporty Spice.  Not get his Vegetarian meal on a Trans-Atlantic flight.  Be the one to make it uneven sides at football.  Try to put some scratching on the records.  Throw a fit on the Go-Kart track at Benicassim because Stevie cut him up.  Introduce an electronic element.  Sleep with his eyes somewhat disturbingly open, giving the impression of being dead.

March 31, 2017
USA, Omaha, NE. Maha Music Festival, August 19th
March 30, 2017
Just announced! ‘Festival Jardins de Pedralbes’, Barcelona, Spain June 18th
March 24, 2017
Travelers’ Rest Festival, Missoula MT
March 24, 2017
USA, Missoula, Travelers’ Rest Festival 12-13th Aug
March 7, 2017
Midwest shows announced: St Paul, Chicago and Louisville
February 28, 2017
Osheaga Festival, Aug 4th-6th date tbc
February 22, 2017
*just announced* August 8th, Seattle, Paramount Theater
February 21, 2017
BBC 6 Music Festival, 02 Academy, Glasgow
February 15, 2017
Merriweather Post Pavilion Fan Pre-sale
February 14, 2017
*new tour dates * North America shows, July and August, 2017
We're on the road again in July / August bringing our Scottish selves across the pond.