Nottingham singer Jake Bugg signs to Mercury Records

Nottingham singer-songwriter Jake Bugg has signed to Mercury Records.

The 17-year-old folk artist from Clifton said the deal came about after "playing a lot of gigs".

Recent highlights have included performing on the BBC Introducing stage at Glastonbury and receiving Radio One airplay.

Bugg described the 'signing' experience as surreal.

"They had all these fabulous records on the walls," he said.

"We had champagne and all that. It was cool."

Bugg travelled to London to seal the deal after the record label sat in on one of his rehearsals.

"They seemed really enthusiastic and so interested that I thought it was the right choice," he said.

'Not purely folk'

The musician said he had had a great year.

"Glastonbury was a memorable thing to do," he said.

"Radio One airplay was amazing.

"I couldn't understand why they played my track. There's just so much good music out there."

The BBC's Dean Jackson said he was not surprised Bugg had been snapped up.

"He has ability way beyond his years," said the presenter of BBC Introducing in Nottinghamshire.

"His performances are distinctive and captivating and he is already prolific songwriter. His potential is mind-boggling."

Jake began playing the guitar at 12 and wrote his first song at 14.

He said his music was "not just purely folk. It's country and blues and all sorts".

The musician named his influences as Donovan, Jimi Hendrix, the Beatles and Don McLean.

"When I first started I didn't think I could sing at all," he said.

"I just practised over and over and listened to different influences and built my voice on them."

Jake Bugg will be performing live at Nottingham's Rock City on 11 September.

He starts a monthly residency at The Glee Club in Nottingham on 23 September.

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