The Lake Poets
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The Lake Poets, the solo vehicle for left-field folk artist Marty Longstaff, will release a new EP on 29th December consisting of live recordings made at the Sage in Gateshead during a show at that venue shortly before Xmas 2016. Featuring the string section of the Young Musicians Programme (a Sage backed initiative), it includes a version of the single ‘Your Face’, which has racked up over 7 million plays on Spotify, plus five more songs from his self-titled 2015 debut album.
Currently completing the recording of a new album, Longstaff has announced a tour of intimate venues for April and May 2018. Album two is coming very, very soon. I can’t wait to get back out and about playing shows around the UK debuting new material, as well as seeing old friends and meeting new faces along the way." Marty Longstaff
The Lake Poets
The Lake Poets is Martin Longstaff, a multi-instrumentalist and songwriter from Sunderland.
Inspired by artists such as Elvis Perkins, Carole King, Villagers, Feist, Van Morrison, Fionn Regan, John Martyn, Wilco, Damien Rice, Bright Eyes, and Neil Young, Martin’s output as The Lake Poets is as haunting as it is beautiful.
Described as 'Quietly Devastating', 'Accomplished and Intelligent and 'Spellbinding and Heart-breaking, Martin's music regularly silences audiences and turns heads. Lead single 'Your Face' has received over 3 million Spotify plays as well steady daytime airplay on BBC Radio 2, Radio X, and BBC 6 Music. The Lake Poets’ self-titled debut album was recorded at Blackbird Studio, Nashville and is out now on CD, as well as special edition double gatefold 12" vinyl including a bonus Live recording of the album recorded over two sold out launch nights in Martin's hometown.
"Somewhere between Bright Eyes and John Martyn. Something Special" - Mojo ****
"Stunning Debut from Sunderland Troubadour. Quietly Brilliant" - Uncut 8/10
"For decades the sound of the acoustic guitar has pulled at the heartstrings of so many. Now Longstaff is carrying on that tradition with his beautiful, thought provoking, honest acoustic music. When I first heard The Lake Poets I was blown away" - The Guardian
"Stunningly heart-breaking music" - BBC 6 Music (Lauren Laverne)