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



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.



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)



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



Backwards on the Radio
January 24, 2011, 10:27 am
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Recently we have received some strange comments about our music. While we do have a soft spot for unusual time signatures and dissonant chords, I don’t consider Bug Prentice especially “difficult.” So I was surprised when Stephen McCleod wrote that we “walk the line between genius and disaster” in his recent ArtRocker review of Nicholas Ray.

On Saturday evening, that very track was featured on BBC Oxford Introducing, as one of their Highlights of the Uploader. Once again we were accused of rampant experimentalism, with Sam King suggesting, “with a bit more structure and perhaps a little less experimentation, it could be a bit more easy to listen to.”

And then I heard the music they were discussing.

It was backwards.

Yes, I had accidentally uploaded a reversed version of the song, having made one in a moment of idle curiosity. After tweeting of my embarrassment, BBC Oxford Introducing presenter Dave Gilyeat was kind enough to reassure me that “a Bug Prentice track played backwards is better than over half the stuff we get sent.” He also agreed to play Nicholas Ray forwards on next week’s show.

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Not Yet:
A new rough demo, which will eventually become a Bug Prentice track.