Martin Longstaff, a multi-instrumentalist and songwriter from Sunderland, records as ‘The Lake Poets’. Mojo magazine described Martin as “Somewhere between Bright Eyes and John Martyn. Something Special” and BBC 6 Music called his work “Beautiful and quietly devastating – Stunningly heart-breaking music”.
Martin’s music regularly silences audiences and turns heads. Lead single ‘Your Face’ has received over 4 million Spotify plays as well steady daytime airplay on BBC Radio 2, Radio X, and BBC 6 Music.
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.
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 medieval Minster and mixed at Peter Gabriel’s Real World Studio.
“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
“Beautiful songs, an act to watch” – BBC Radio 1
“Accomplished and intelligent, spellbinding and heart-breaking songs” – The 405