Bug Prentice


Welcome Songs

I will be playing a solo set on the Welcome Songs music stage at the Paralympic Flame Festival in Aylesbury. The show starts at 17:55 on Tuesday 28th August and showcases Welcome Songs, performed by Eliza Carthy, I Fagiolini and a number of disabled musicians using assistive technology.

UK’s top folk artist Eliza Carthy, and Robert Hollingworth, with internationally renowned solo-voice ensemble I Fagiolini, will lead communities across the country in performing celebratory Welcome Songs.

Bedded in English traditional music, the Welcome Songs form a suite that has been arranged for choral voices by Eliza and Roderick Williams. Choirs will come together in the four locations to perform the songs, joining Eliza Carthy and her Band, Robert Hollingworth and I Fagiolini on stage. The songs are intended to be played together as an extended suite, which forms a narrative which links to the values and themes of the Olympic and Paralympic games, encapsulating war, love, loss, rising up against adversity, parting and reunion.

The Welcome Songs Music Stage also includes:

U’zambesi
I Fagiolini
Ally Craig (that’s me)
Eliza Carthy and the Fiddle Girls – Bella Hardy, Lucy Farrell and Kate Young

For more information, visit the Welcome Songs site or Welcome Songs on facebook.



Vortex videos

Many thanks to everyone who came to the Vortex to see us and Big Cat on Saturday. We had a great time, and the audience was lovely and fluffy and wonderful.

I was able to capture some video footage of the set. Here it is, you lucky people.

Not Yet:

A Train then a Train then a Train:



Big Cat + Bug Prentice at the Vortex

We will be playing at London’s Vortex jazz club on Saturday 18th August. Steve has a prior commitment, so we will be joined by James Maddren on drums.

Headlining is Big Cat, a group lead by our very own Ruth Goller:

Big Cat coalesce heavy riffs with melodic soundscapes – with anything being possible from members Ruth Goller (bass), Chris Montague (guitar), James Allsopp (saxophone) and Tim Giles (drums).

Bizarre blues run into dripping laments, the composed runs into the improvised. With influences ranging from Captain Beefheart to Bill Frisell to William Parker, Big Cat are constantly surprising and entertaining.

Venue: The Vortex, 11 Gillett Square, N16 8AZ London
Time: door at 8pm, music starts at 8:30
Price: £8 (concessions £6)
See more: Vortex site | book tickets with WeGotTickets | facebook event



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.)



Childish Things 8
February 9, 2012, 12:17 pm
Filed under: Musical

Childish Things is an annual variety show at the New Theatre in Oxford. The shows raise money for Helen & Douglas House, hospices-cum-respite care centres for children and young adults with life-limiting conditions. Previous years have seen comedy stars such as Steve Coogan, Hugh Laurie, Jimmy Carr, Rob Brydon, Bill Bailey, Jo Brand and Sean Lock entertaining the crowds.

This year, Childish Things will host its first dedicated music night on Monday 27th February. Jamie Cullum, KT Tunstall, Eliza Doolittle, Beardyman, flamenco guitarist Rafael, Pete Lawrie, Oxford-based jazz artist Theo Jackson and our very own Bug Prentice are all lined up to entertain (or, in the case of Bug Prentice, baffle) the audience. Tickets are still available here. Come along if you can, it promises to be a great night of music for a wonderful cause.

For more information about Childish Things and how to book tickets for the regular comedy shows (be quick, they’re selling fast), visit the Helen & Douglas House site.



Nicholas Ray (live)
February 6, 2012, 2:46 pm
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The Tim Smith benefit at Windmill Brixton was a rousing success, raising over £1300 for the Cardiacs leader’s care and recovery. It was also one of the best sets we’ve ever played, and one of the most appreciative crowds, so all in all it was a great night. This is a recorded approximation of what we sounded like:



Tim Smith benefit at Brixton Windmill, Feb 3rd
January 24, 2012, 3:58 pm
Filed under: Musical

I am delighted to announce that there will be a night worthy of laudation to benefit Cardiacs mastermind Tim Smith, taking place at the Brixton Windmill on Friday 3rd February 2012. For those of you who don’t know, Tim suffered a heart attack following one of the My Bloody Valentine gigs he attended back in 2008. This was followed by not 1 but 2 debilitating strokes. Fans and friends alike have been organising benefits to help contribute towards the costly care that Tim needs. So please, attend our evening so we can do a little towards helping raise funds for this plucky lad.

The lineup includes the following illustrious acts: William D. Drake and band, Barringtone (ex-Clor), The Trudy, Ham Legion and Bug Prentice. (Claire Lemmon was previously on the bill but sadly had to pull out due to illness.) The DJ for the evening will be Knifeworld frontman and former Cardiacs guitarist Kavus Torabi.

£8 in advance (click me)
£10 on the night

Friday 3rd February 2011
The Windmill
22 Blenheim Gardens, Brixton, London, SW2 5BZ
http://windmillbrixton.co.uk/listings/
windmill@yahoo.co.uk
+44 (0) 20 8671 0700

Buy tickets direct from the Windmill, and invite your friends with our facebook event page.

All proceeds go directly towards providing for Tim’s care and recovery.



Oxjam Oxford Takeover
October 22, 2011, 12:20 pm
Filed under: Musical

Ally and Ruth will be playing at Modern Art Oxford tonight as part of Oxjam Oxford Takeover. For the full line-up, visit the official website.



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.