He’s a hippy, a punk, a poet, a drunk, a die-hard romantic, an eternal optimist and a folk festival circuit favourite, and this year Beans on Toast brings his unique blend of songs and stories to Cheltenham. His popular first book Drunk Folk Stories told tales of youth, adventure and debauchery. Now 40 and still living a life less ordinary, his follow-up Foolhardy Folk Tales combines life lessons from a misspent youth up to a misspent middle-age. Join him for a unique and unpredictable evening of wild songs and the even wilder stories behind them, told with humour, honesty, warmth and wit.

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Foolhardy Folk Tales


Cheltenham Town Hall, Pillar Room

The Town Hall, situated on Imperial Gardens in the centre of Cheltenham comprises of a Grand Main Hall, distinguished by its Corinthian styles columns and coved ceiling. The Main Hall is accompanied by dining and drawing rooms, as well as the Pillar Room bar.

The venue’s early 20th century Edwardian elegance makes it the classic ‘shoebox’ concert hall. With a seating capacity of 900, the Town Hall is perfectly suited to grand symphony orchestra performances with a thrilling impact.


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