Bug Prentice


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

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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



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…