Bug Prentice


‘EP’ out now

Our new EP is out now. You can listen for free on bandcamp, or pay for a download if you’re feeling fancy. All money goes towards future Bug Prentice / Ally Craig recordings.

The songs are as follows:

  1. Couldn’t Tell You
    Full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.
  2. Lee Miller
    Inspired by model-turned-artist Lee Miller*, her turbulent relationship with Man Ray, her traumatic career as a war photographer, and her subsequent retirement in the English countryside.
    (*not to be confused with Trainspotter-turned-Sherlock, Jonny Lee Miller.)
  3. Naamloos
    Instrumental. Naamloos is Dutch for “nameless”, i.e. untitled. I know this despite not speaking Dutch.
  4. Don’t Be That Dude
    A message to dudes everywhere: If you are a dude, please don’t be THAT dude.
  5. Sally Six
    Instrumental. A tribute to “The Sixth Sally, or How Trurl and Klapaucius Created a Demon of the Second Kind to Defeat the Pirate Pugg” – a short story from The Cyberiad, by the Polish science fiction author Stanislaw Lem.

The EP features the usual Bug Prentice suspects (Ally Craig, Ruth Goller, Stephen Gilchrist), plus guest cello from Jon Clayton on Naamloos. It was recorded by the aforementioned Jon Clayton at One Cat Studio in Brixton, and was mastered by Mark Cawthra. All songs written by Ally Craig.



Nicholas Ray / Spoons – OUT NOW
March 16, 2015, 8:02 am
Filed under: Downloads

Our new single, Nicholas Ray / Spoons, is now available to download on bandcamp. Stick it on your computer, then in your ears. Then tell your friends to stick it on their computers and in their ears too. Or if you hate it, tell your enemies. It all helps.

Also, Tom Robinson very kindly played Nicholas Ray on his BBC Introducing Mixtape on 6Music. That’s twice we’ve been on BBC 6Music now, both times thanks to DJs called Tom. It’s fast becoming our favourite name. Tom.



Cover Me Do

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We appeared on BBC Oxford in October 2012 to perform our version of “Only a Northern Song” for Beatles Day, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the first Beatles single. Now our song is available on iTunes as part of Cover Me Do, an EP featuring five Oxfordshire artists’ interpretations of Beatles songs. The full track list is:

  1. Bug Prentice – “Only a Northern Song” (Harrison)
  2. To Liesel – “Dear Prudence” (Lennon, McCartney)
  3. The Dreaming Spires – “It’s All Too Much” (Harrison)
  4. Greg Stuart – “Across the Universe” (Lennon, McCartney)
  5. Fixers – “Free as a Bird” (Lennon, McCartney, Harrison, Starkey)

Money can’t buy you love, but it can buy you some fine music. All proceeds go to Children In Need, so please please us and buy it.

Cover Me Do EP on iTunes: UK (£3.95) / US ($4.95)



Days and Nights at the Takeaway

Sebastian Rochford’s latest Takeaway collaboration includes a brilliant remix by our very own Ruth Goller:

Sebastian Rochford has joined forces with British Bengali sarod player Soumik Datta for June’s edition of his singles club Days And Nights At The Takeaway. This epic, slowly unravelling piece, entitled ‘In Slow City‘, is partnered with a rework by fellow Acoustic Ladyland member, bassist Ruth Goller.

Ruth Goller’s rework has transformed the original into a charmingly peculiar Syd Barrett-like song.

A stream of the tracks was premiered on Songlines’ blog last week. All of the tracks from this series are available to stream and buy on the project’s Bandcamp.

via Leaf

In other Bug Prentice news, yesterday we finished the early stages of recording our album. The basic takes are done for all the songs, now it’s just a case of adding vocals and mixing the thing. Won’t be long, kids…



I’m So Tired

We recorded this Beatles cover as a birthday gift for Ally’s best friend Rachel, who has kindly consented to let the rest of you lot hear it too. It was recorded and mixed by Jon Clayton at One Cat Studio during our ongoing album sessions. (Did we mention we’re recording an album? We’re recording an album.)



New demo: Spoons
September 24, 2011, 4:48 pm
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I recorded this demo yesterday, using my new bass guitar. One day it will become a Bug Prentice track, where Ruth will play it much better than I did. Until then, enjoy.



New demo: Moustache
September 14, 2011, 8:39 pm
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A lo-fi little demo not to be taken at all seriously. Inspired by this clip from People’s Court, I wrote this song a while ago and promptly forgot all about it until today, when I found the guitar parts saved somewhere on my computer. I quickly recorded the vocal, mixed it and uploaded it for your pleasure / derision.