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 4 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 medieval Minster and mixed at Peter Gabriel’s Real World Studio.
“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
“Beautiful songs, an act to watch” – BBC Radio 1
“Beautiful and quietly devastating – Stunningly heart-breaking music” – BBC 6 Music
“Accomplished and intelligent, spellbinding and heart-breaking songs” – The 405