Beans On Toast aka Jay McAllister is a folk musician who has released a new album every year on December 1st since 2009. This year’s album is entitled ‘The Inevitable Trainwreck’.
He appears at the Castle & Falcon in Birmingham on February 8 2020.
Album release date: 2nd November 2019 (digital and CD formats)
Featuring the duo’s signature blend of intricate harmonies, soaring melodies and Olah, their beautiful jumbo twelve-string guitar, Maybe Dreamers is the brand new album from Dandelion Charm. The overarching theme across the album’s ten tracks is an exploration of collective and individual relationships with new media, and the pursuit of fulfilment through consumption. Musically it is more prog and yet more accessible, with just a hint of jazz influence.
John Fowler: “I’m so pleased with this record! Maybe Dreamers reflects our growing confidence and just has more of everything! It’s punchier, darker, proggier in places, yet lighter and more accessible in others. It’s a varied record that hangs together beautifully. It’s definitely Dandelion Charm and I’m really proud of it!”
Very much a personal as well as a creative partnership Dandelion Charm is the inspiration of John and Clare Fowler, based in Newhaven (near Brighton) on England’s south-coast. With a background working in a commercial studio, John brings over twenty years of song-writing and production experience. Clare, meanwhile, is a long-time visual artist and performer and her love of storytelling manifests itself in her heartfelt lyrics and emotive delivery.
Clare Fowler: “Its hard to define Dandelion Charm by one genre alone. We tend to describe ourselves as a bit rocky, a bit folky and a bit proggy. John and I love the process of writing and refining songs so that regardless of whether they are heard as a live duo, trio, band or recording they still communicate a powerful story.”
John Fowler: “Dandelion Charm is just all the things that I love rolled into one! I’m just making the music that I want to hear, and it’s wonderful that so many other people seem to want to hear it too!”
Dandelion Charm’s debut album Tiny Drop was released in 2015. This was followed by a five-track EP Riding The Flood in 2018. As word of Dandelion Charm has spread, following a string of positive reviews, their performances have enthralled audiences at Purbeck Valley Folk Festival, the Cropredy festival fringe, the Cambridge Rock Festival and Brighton Pride – to name just a few.
The release of Maybe Dreamers will be marked with a special launch gig on 2nd November when Dandelion Charm will be performing songs from the album at the Brunswick, Hove’s premier music and arts venue.
Track By Track
Here, Dandelion Charm guide us through each of the ten tracks on Maybe Dreamers:
Cult of More – This short track is an intro to the album that sets the scene. It’s about our obsession with screen use and its influence on our society.
Stephanie – Stephanie is a song about disappointment, failed expectation, loss of innocence and shame. The character of Stephanie is an every-woman, embodying the journey into womanhood. The train is a metaphor for time which moves relentlessly forward regardless of a desire to step off or go back to a simpler more unworldly place.
Maybe Dreamers – The title track is a comment on society’s dwindling creative population. It describes an increasingly dumbed-down society that is mercilessly sold cheap thrills, where truly creative people can feel ostracised and deflated.
Not Just A Kiss – The lyrics to this song were written by Martin King, it’s a beautiful and whimsical love song. It was recorded initially for his album White Sands Desire and Me, which was produced by John Fowler. With its classic vocal harmonies and twelve-string guitar, the track is undeniably Dandelion Charm and won its place on the album.
Arrogance and Blackmail/PityBomb – These two tracks are essentially one song (Saviour for the Lesser Man). It deals with manipulation and the pulling of heartstrings for personal gain. The lyrics were initially written as one huge rant, and as the songs developed they went through many versions as separate songs. Recurring themes both lyrically and musically bonded the songs together and eventually, John and Clare conceded that they needed to sit together on the album.
Afraid of the Silence – This song is about the incredibly powerful influence that consumerism and the media have over us. Life is finite – there is only so much time. Are we spending it wisely, or just pawns?
Trying Hard – Trying hard offers an alternative message of resistance to relentless marketing and consumerism. Its a call to others who are striving to spread understanding, to bring people together, to be creative in a society that seems hell-bent on promoting greed, destruction, and hatred.
Isolate Resolve – This is a love song. It describes two people singularly resolved to appreciate and care for each other despite all outside influence.
Flicker – Flicker takes its place as the album’s outro. Its message is simple; all that matters is our relationships. Treasure those around you. There will come at a time when they, and we, are just memories.
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|Charlotte’s Song – the difference music makes|
has been in hospital since December last year, recovering from
meningitis encephalitis, an inflammation of
the brain. Initially the condition affected the use of both of her arms
and legs, her head control and her speech. Yet, when music was
re-introduced to Charlotte’s life she found herself able to sing more
fluidly than she could speak – helping her to see light
at the end of the darkness!|
Together Charlotte and music therapist, Alan wrote this song:
Delighted to have RON KEEL supporting Fifty Gigs In A Day 2020 and he is appearing on the Monsters Of Rock Cruise that sets sail on the 8th February next year. He will be appearing solo and with KEEL.
High Ridge MO – Aug 24 – THE HOT SPOT (RK Solo)
Lake Madison SD – August 31 – HILLSIDE RESORT (RKB Acoustic)
Pine Island MN – Sept 13 – OLDE PINE THEATRE – (RK Solo)
Worthington MN – Sept 14 – KING TURKEY DAY (RK Solo)
Denver CO – Sept 20 – THE VENUE (RKB)
Ogallala, NE – Sept 21 – INDIAN SUMMER RENDEZVOUS (RKB)
MONSTERS OF ROCK CRUISE – Feb 8-13 2020 – (KEEL & RK SOLO)
Melbourne Australia: March 8 2020: MELODIC ROCKFEST – Australia (RK SOLO Full Band)
Karlstad MN – KICK’N UP KOUNTRY FESTIVAL – (RKB)
Delighted to have BISCUITHEAD & THE BISCUIT BADGERS, who appear at the Whitby Steampunk weekend and THE MONOCHROME SET, who play Waterfront Studio, Norwich, take part in next year’s Fifty Gigs In A Day.
Fifty Gigs In A Day 2020 will take place on February 8th. It will feature bands & artists that are performing on or around that date, with a couple actually hosting gigs specifically for the Nordoff Robbins charity.
If any band or artist would like to join in please contact me via this website.
(All on February 8th unless stated)
BISCUITHEAD & THE BISCUIT BADGERS appear at the Whitby Steampunk weekend
ED BYRNE appears at the Anvil, Basingstoke
PAUL CARRACK will be playing at the Eastbourne Congress Theatre
DANDELION CHARM are planning something special in support of Nordoff Robbins (this year their gig raised over £170!)
THE DARKER MY HORIZON will be streaming a Facebook gig on the day
JIMEOIN is appearing at the Cambridge Corn Exchange
LETZ ZEP play Rem, Mercia in Spain
THE MONOCHROME SET play Waterfront Studio, Norwich
Just Giving page is here if you’d kindly like to donate and support the work of Nordoff Robbins