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.



The Way It Crumbles – new album out now

Our debut album, The Way It Crumbles, is out now! Stream and download on bandcamp. If you like it, tell your friends. If you hate it, tell your enemies. If you’re indifferent about it, tell the nearest inanimate object.

And if that’s not enough Bug Prentice for you, you can also listen to Ally’s appearance on Oxide Radio’s Beautiful Freaks show, where he shared some of his favourite music and played a song live in the studio.



Single Launch – 12th March 2015 @ The Bullingdon

We are celebrating the release of Nicholas Ray / Spoons with a headlining spot at the Bullingdon in Oxford. Unfortunately Stephen is unavailable for this gig, so Ally and Ruth will be joined on drums by James Maddren. Support acts include David Tudor, with more to be announced. Further info on facebook.



Nicholas Ray music video

Ahead of next month’s download single release, here’s the new music video for Nicholas Ray. It was directed in suitably noir-ish fashion by Liam Martin, starring Shan Sriharan and a cast of Awkward Actors.

We are also reviewed and ‘introduced’ in the March 2015 edition of Oxford’s music paper, Nightshift.



Nicholas Ray / Spoons preview
February 9, 2015, 5:58 pm
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Nicholas Ray / Spoons is our new double A-side single. It will be available to download via Bandcamp in March, and is taken from our forthcoming debut album, The Way It Crumbles.



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)



Helen & Douglas House
February 7, 2013, 2:13 pm
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Did you miss the Childish Things concerts in Oxford this Tuesday and Wednesday? Do you want to contribute to Helen & Douglas House? Watch the video below to find out about the great work done by H&DH, then you can make a donation via text message.

Text message donations only work for phones on UK networks, but there are other ways to donate.



Childish Things 9 – full line up

Childish Things 9 will be held at the Oxford New Theatre on Tuesday 5th and Wednesday 6th February. These annual variety concerts raise money for Helen & Douglas House:

You can buy tickets directly from the New Theatre, or from Helen & Douglas House shops in Abingdon, Chipping Norton,Thame, Wallingford, and Witney. Click here to find out where our shops are.

Last year’s event saw Michael McIntyre, Jimmy Carr, Jamie Cullum, KT Tunstall, and many others, help to raise over £100,000 for the hospice.

We will be playing on Tuesday, and Ally will play solo on Wednesday. The full line-up for both evenings is below. Follow the Childish Things facebook page to keep up to date with further additions – and bear in mind that there may be last-minute, secret guest appearances.

Tuesday 5th:
Rob Brydon
Newton Faulker
Hal Cruttenden
Stornoway (acoustic)
Out of the Blue
Holly Walsh
Bug Prentice
Charlotte Myerson
Josh Widdicombe
Tony Law
Tom Bell

Wednesday 6th:
KT Tunstall
Al Murray
Marcus Brigstocke
Out of the Blue
Hal Cruttenden
David Armand
Paul Foot
Sara Pascoe
Charlie Baker
Ally Craig (solo)
Steve Shanyaski



Only A Northern Song

It’s Beatles Day on BBC Oxford, celebrating 50 years since the release of Love Me Do. We were one of five bands invited to record Beatles covers especially for the occasion. If you missed it live on air, here you can listen to Malcolm Boyden interviewing me about the Beatles, followed by our version of George Harrison’s “Only A Northern Song.”

Many thanks to Malcolm, Harry Beer and everyone at BBC Oxford for your warm, enthusiastic welcome.



Beatles Day

This Friday (October 5th) will be Beatles Day on local BBC radio stations across the UK. BBC Oxford have asked five local bands to record Beatles covers especially for the occasion – Fixers, The Dreaming Spires, Toliesel, We Aeronauts and our very own Bug Prentice.

The five songs will be aired on Malcolm Boyden’s show between 10am and 1pm, and the band members (including Ally) will be interviewed about the Beatles and their influence.

See more on MusicInOxford