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“Heart-in-the-mouth music. Beautiful and quietly devastating”
The Lake Poets is the nom de plume of Martin Longstaff, a multi-instrumentalist, singer and songwriter from Sunderland, England.
An award winning and prolific writer inspired by artists such as Feist, Jackson Browne, Warren Zevon, Tom Waits, Villagers and Neil Young, Martin’s output as The Lake Poets is as haunting as it is beautiful. The quality and depth of Martin’s writing and his sophisticated ‘Song Noir’ sound has endeared his songs to all those who come across them; audiences are regularly moved to tears by the poignant and affecting themes of the songs and their heartbreakingly tender performances.
Raised in the North East of England during the 1990’s, Martin spent most of his childhood listening to his Mother’s record collection and developing an interest for writing lyrics and composing music. After graduating from University, Martin channelled all of his energy into writing the most quietly devastating songs he could in an effort to deal with the complexities of adulthood, life, death and relationships.
Stunning audiences up and down the UK in support of the likes of Willy Mason, Ben Howard & Daughter, Martin has also played sold-out shows at prestigious venues such as Islington’s Union Chapel, Camden’s Roundhouse and The Sage Gateshead, as well as major festivals such as Glastonbury and T in the Park.
The Lake Poets’ live show has gained a justified reputation for being a truly special experience, whether featuring just Martin and his delicate, soaring voice or whether he is joined by his band of family and friends.
The Lake Poets’ début EP ‘Honest Hearts’ was released on 16th June via Generator, with the tracks receiving airplay on BBC Radio 1, BBC Radio 2, 6 Music and XFM. Martin describes the mature and assured sound of the ‘Honest Hearts’ EP as a cathartic and tentatively hopeful piece of work documenting a dark period of time in which it looked like all hope was lost.
Order the ‘Honest Hearts’ EP on limited edition 10” vinyl (plus CD + download code) now from Bandcamp http://thelakepoets.bandcamp.com/ Alternatively download the EP from iTunes http://smarturl.it/HonestHearts.
Live dates can be found at http://thelakepoets.com/Live