Bug Prentice


Spreading the word about Digitally… digitally!
September 14, 2021, 4:42 pm
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My new solo EP ‘Digitally’ has received some lovely support in recent weeks. Firstly, I appeared on this week’s edition of the ever-supportive BBC Introducing in Oxfordshire, where I chatted with Dave Gilyeat about the EP and some of the classic actors who have inspired my songs. If you missed the broadcast, the episode is available as a podcast on the BBC Sounds app: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p09vqyyk

I also submitted a track to Fresh on the Net, where it was chosen by readers as a Fresh Fave. Louise Toal from the FotN team gave ‘Carole Lombard’ a lovely review on the blog. I highly recommend checking out all the Fresh Faves here: https://freshonthenet.co.uk/2021/09/faves416/

The EP also got a lovely review in the September issue of Nightshift: http://nightshiftmag.co.uk/2021/sep.pdf

Thanks to everyone who has spread the word and/or bought the EP so far. It’s performing well by my humble standards, but every recommendation makes a difference, so if you’ve enjoyed the music, please do consider sharing it with friends – or if you didn’t like it, consider sharing it with enemies! Either way, the Bandcamp link is here: https://bugprentice.bandcamp.com/album/digitally

~ Ally



Digitally – Ally’s new solo EP

Ally’s new solo EP Digitally is available to pre-order from Bandcamp. You can preview the track Carole Lombard now, ahead of the full release on 3rd September 2021.

According to the September issue of Nightshift, the songs range from “sombre Kraftwerkian minimalism,” to “twitchy lo-fi robot pop that might be Robert Wyatt having a go at being Devo for the day.”

The tracks are as follows:

  1. The Bucket
  2. Carole Lombard
  3. Theda Bara
  4. It’s All Happening

The entire EP was performed, programmed, and mixed at home by Ally, and mastered at One Cat Studio by Jon Clayton.



‘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.



BBC Introducing in Oxford
October 2, 2015, 6:52 pm
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p033ytxvAlly wll be interviewed by Dave Gilyeat on Saturday’s edition of BBC Introducing in Oxford. Tune into BBC Oxford from 8pm or listen online. More news coming soon.



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.



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.