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Childish Things 10

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Next month, Ally will once again be appearing at Childish Things. The charity concerts will be held at Oxford’s New Theatre on Monday 24th and Tuesday 25th March 2014. Raising money for Helen and Douglas House respite care centres, Childish Things is in its tenth and final year. Tickets Acts confirmed so far include:

Monday 24th March
Jimmy Carr
John Lloyd
Matt Richardson
Hal Cruttenden
Morgan and West
Out of the Blue
Ally Craig
Grace Savage
House band

Tuesday 25th March
Jimmy Carr
Jo Brand
John Lloyd
Rob Brydon
Alastair Barrie
Morgan and West
Out of the Blue
Ally Craig
Kevin Eldon
House band

For more information, check the Helen and Douglas House website, or follow them on facebook or twitter. Buy tickets via ATG Tickets — book soon to avoid disappointment!



Liberty Festival – 7th September @ Olympic Park

Ally Craig is playing a set at Mayor of London’s Liberty Festival, part of National Paralympic Day at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on Saturday 7th September 2013. He will be joined by Ben Bastin on double bass, and fellow Bug Prentice member Stephen Gilchrist on drums.

For the first time at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, the Liberty Festival presents an exciting programme of Deaf and disability arts including street theatre, dance, live music, film, installations and children’s activities. Don’t miss the new dance performance commissioned exclusively for Liberty Festival entitled Cube of Curiosity, prepare to be amazed by Graeae’s inspiring performance ‘The Limbless Knight’, plus there’ll be a special appearance from singer Andrea Begley, winner of the BBC’s ‘The Voice’.

Liberty Festival runs from 1-6pm, with Ally’s set starting at 2:25. Entry is free, no ticket required.

If you want to see some amazing disability sporting events, you need to register for free tickets from Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.



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



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