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Nottingham musician receives invite to 'Masterclass'

In session: Jake Bugg describes his music as folk, country, blues and allsorts

Sixteen-year-old singer/songwriter Jake Bugg is to rub shoulders with the likes of The Kaiser Chiefs and Tinchy Stryder at a special BBC Introducing event.

He has been invited to a musicians masterclass, to nurture the UK's best new musical talent, at London's famous Abbey Road studios on 3 February 2011.

Jake, who is from Clifton, said: "It feels great to be nominated. I'm really excited.

"I'd love to turn music into a career. This is all I do."

Masterclass participants will be given an insight into the business side of the music industry, as well as the opportunity to focus on the more practical and technical aspects of being a musician.

BBC Radio 1 DJs Annie Mac, Jo Whiley and Zane Lowe will be at the event to offer their services, alongside a number of other top session musicians and music industry figures.

"There's going to be some good people down there that would be good to for me to know," said the Clifton teenager. "I would just love to make as many contacts as I possibly can."

Jake was asked to attend the event after being nominated for a place by BBC Radio Nottingham's Dean Jackson, presenter of The Beat.

Dean said of Jake: "He has ability way beyond his years. His performances are distinctive and captivating. He is already prolific songwriter and his potential is mind-boggling."

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

He describes his music as "not just purely folk. It's country and blues and allsorts", naming his influences as Donavan, Jimi Hendrix, the Beatles and Don McLean.

"When I first started I didn't think I could sing at all," he admitted. "I just practised over and over and listened to different influences and built my voice on them."

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Dean Jackson also nominated Sam Bennett, frontman of Nottingham synth-pop band Navajo Youth.

"Aside from his great writing skills, Sam can turn his hand to a diverse range of performance styles," said Dean.

"As well as being a talented writer he knows how to really draw in an audience. Definitely one to watch."

BBC Radio Nottingham's The Beat with Dean Jackson goes out every Saturday from 6.00pm - 10.00pm (103.8, 95.5FM, 1584AM and DAB).

The musicians masterclass on 3 February 2011 will be streamed live at BBC Introducing.

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