At just seventeen years of age, Nottingham singer-songwriter Jake Bugg is already making waves on the city’s music scene. Having played his first gig at 16, he has been steadily building a reputation as one of the city’s most exciting new artists over the last couple of years – as mentioned here back in December ’10 by one of our past guest bloggers, Parisa Eliyon.
Bugg picked up his first guitar at 12, and wrote his first song at just 14. He cites his influences as Jimi Hendrix, Donovan, and Don Mclean, but having heard his music, there’s something of the Johnny Cash and Buddy Holly in there too. A fascinating mix, in short, and one that’s got him rather a lot of notice.
Earlier this year, Bugg was offered a place on a musicians’ masterclass at the famous Abbey Road Studios in London, after being nominated by BBC Radio Nottingham presenter Dean Jackson. And just last weekend, Bugg was invited to play the BBC Introducing Stage at Glastonbury, no less.
Bugg has recently completed work on his debut EP, and will be playing at various festivals this summer, including Nottingham’s very own Splendour Festival, on 24th July. He will also play the Glee Club on 15th of October.
You can see videos of Jake Bugg at Glastonbury on the BBC Glastonbury 2011 page.
Or have a look at his Myspace page for news and information.