‘EP’ by Bug Prentice
Second recommendation of the month: another local favourite, Bug Prentice. Every time I see a Bug Prentice poster around town or on social media (they're actually on the cover of next month's local Nightshift magazine), I get a twinge of embarrassment, on account of having booked songwriter-in-chief Ally Craig to play a gig last year that proved to be a catalogue of disasters. Ally was graceful as ever of course, in the face of a rainy miserable evening playing to a virtually empty room. But as a sometime event promoter, I always worry more about not giving an act a decent-sized audience than I do about the money. My ears might be deceiving me, but I do get the sense that Ally's songs are actually getting a little more cheerful as the years roll by. Parts of this EP even sound jaunty. (Apologies, Ally, if this is a heinous slur.) Current Favourite Track: A joint-winner this time. 'Lee Miller', because she's always been a hero of mine. And 'Don't Be That Dude', because, seriously, don't be.