Jake Bugg, Southampton Guildhall

Jake Bugg, Southampton Guildhall

Jake Bugg - picture by Mark Holloway of Holloway Photography

Jake Bugg, Southampton Guildhall

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Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Entertainments Editor

STILL just a teenager, Jake Bugg counts Noel Gallagher and The Stone Roses among his fans, having supported both.

He went down a storm on Later...with Jools Holland and is clearly happy to work a room the size of the Guildhall.

Little seems to unnerve this prodigious talent, and last night he had the sold out audience eating out of the palm of his guitar-laden hand.

Heavily influenced by the likes of Bob Dylan, his voice is at times more Johnny Cash, his sound more Nashville than Nottingham, and his swagger more Arctic Monkeys.

Catchy Kentucky had us doing a jig and latest single Seen It All, with its punchy lyrics and gravelly tones, was well-received.

Country Song was the highlight of a beautiful acoustic section and Lightning Bolt, the song which introduced the 100-metre finalists at London 2012, was the perfect lively end to the set.

It was all very simple. Just Jake, his guitar and a backing band lurking behind him.

His back catalogue may be limited, but every number struck a chord.

Taste It and Two Fingers particularly proved crowd-pleasers.

A sublime version of Broken followed by a tribute to birthday boy Cash proved the perfect encore for a short but perfectly formed hour-long set in which he spoke little and let the music do the talking.

This wonder teen is clearly immensely talented.

Next stop – the world.

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