The Lake Poets – live EP and tour dates

The Lake Poets

The Lake Poets, the solo vehicle for left-field folk artist Marty Longstaff,  released a new EP on 29th December consisting of live recordings made at the Sage in Gateshead during a show at that venue shortly before Christmas 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 four more songs from his self-titled 2015 debut album.

The full EP running order is :

1  Your Face
2  To The Lighthouse
3  Black And Blue
4  See You Tonight
5  Vane Tempest

“The Sage is one of my favourite venues in the UK and the place that every young musician based in the North East dreams of playing, let alone selling out. It was such a special night and I’m so happy to have had the evening recorded. The opportunity to perform with the YMP Strings was too good an offer to miss, and with their help me and my band were able to get these songs to sound  how they appeared in my head when I first composed them.”

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 aroundthe UK debuting new material, as well as seeing old friends and meeting new faces along the way.”

Recorded in Nashville’s famed Blackbird Studio and produced by Dave Stewart (Eurythmics, etc), The Lake Poets’ 2015 debut album saw Longstaff’s shimmering, pure voice sit atop intimate, sparsely beautiful arrangements of his songs. Autobiographical lyrical content that was rich in painting the big picture about love and mortality by way of a keen eye for life’s small details also incorporated a heavy dose of social realism, such as in ‘Vane Tempest’ and its story of how the Miners’ Strike affected his father.

Artist’s website: www.thelakepoets.com

‘Your Face’ – official video:

Tour Dates

17 April 18  NEWTON ABBOT Kingkerswell Parish Church bit.ly/2DeV9DX

18 April 18  SOUTHAMPTON Talking Heads bit.ly/2CKl0CQ

19 April 18  BRIGHTON Hope and Ruin bit.ly/2Bn1ct0

21 April 18  MANCHESTER Three Minute Theatre (3MT) bit.ly/2kuKDk7

23 April 18  CAMBRIDGE Junction 2 bit.ly/2CMzmCG

24 April 18  BIRMINGHAM Kitchen Garden Cafe bit.ly/2CNHFy0

26 April 18  EDINBURGH Sneaky Pete’s bit.ly/2z4Ea47

27 April 18  GLASGOW Hug & Pint bit.ly/2oXWL1Y

28 April 18  ST BOSWELL’S St Boswell’s Live! bit.ly/2B8bhpx

30 April 18  NEWCASTLE Wylam Brewery bit.ly/2kTh6QO

01 May 18  SHEFFIELD Greystones bit.ly/2ks2kRB

02 May 18  MILTON KEYNES Stables bit.ly/2BE3SPN

03 May 18  LONDON St Pancras Old Church bit.ly/2BoOM3T

05 May 18  BRISTOL Folk House bit.ly/2z4GxE3

 

The Lake Poets (Marty Longstaff) plays North-East dates

The Lake Poets

The Lake Poets is Sunderland based singer-songwriter Marty Longstaff.

Following an appearance at Cambridge Folk Festival this weekend he plays a number of dates in the North-East during August and September. A show in Times Square, Newcastle on 6th August at which he will be supporting Brian Wilson is followed by intimate sets at Fausto in Sunderland on 18th and 20th. He then performs at the NE Volume Festival on  th September at Stockton Arts Centre and plays a Launderette Sessions event at the  Gala Theatre in Durham on 23rd.

Anticipating his Cambridge Festival bow, Longstaff says that “I have wanted to play there ever since I first picked up a guitar and wanted to be Martin Carthy, Bob Dylan, Richard Thompson, John Martyn and Joni Mitchell all rolled into one. I can’t wait to let my songs loose at such an important and special gathering of like-minded people and I know that I will enjoy every moment of being on stage and being at the festival itself.”

As for the Newcastle show, he adds: “Sharing the stage with Brian Wilson is a dream come true. I can only hope that my songs will mean as much to others as Brian’s mean to me and millions of others around the world. Me and the band can’t wait to play!”

The late summer will also see Longstaff begin recording his second album for release in early 2018. His autumn 2015 debut, The Lake Poets, achieved excellent reviews and spawned the singles ‘Your Face’ and ‘Edinburgh’. Since first being aired on BBC 6 Music, the former has quietly gone about racking up over 7 million plays on Spotify, while the latter was playlisted by Radio X.

Recorded in Nashville’s famed Blackbird Studio and produced by Dave Stewart  (Eurythmics, etc), the eleven songs that comprised the album saw Longstaff’s shimmering, pure voice sit atop intimate, sparsely beautiful arrangements. Autobiographical lyrical content that was rich in painting the big picture about love and mortality by way of a keen eye for the small details of life also incorporated a heavy dose of social realism, such as in ‘Vane Tempest’ and its story of how the Miners Strike affected his father. The decimation of the North East and family struggle was also writ large in ‘Shipyards’.

Artist’s website: http://thelakepoets.com/

“Somewhere between Bright Eyes and John Martyn. Something Special”  MOJO

“Stunning Debut from Sunderland Troubadour. Quietly Brilliant”  UNCUT

‘Your Face’ – official video:

Deluxe re-issue of The Lake Poets debut album

The Lake Poets

The Lake Poets is Sunderland based singer-songwriter/guitarist Marty Longstaff. His self-titled debut album was released last autumn to excellent reviews and has spawned the singles ‘Your Face’ and ‘Edinburgh’. Since first being aired on 6 Music, the former has quietly gone about racking up over 3 million plays on  Spotify, while the latter has recently been playlisted by Radio X.

Recorded in Nashville’s famed Blackbird Studio and produced by Dave Stewart (Eurythmics, etc), the eleven songs that comprise the album see Longstaff’s shimmering, pure voice sit atop intimate, sparsely beautiful arrangements. Autobiographical lyrical content that is rich in painting the big picture about love and mortality by way of a keen eye for the small details of life also incorporates a heavy dose of social realism, such as in  ‘Vane Tempest’ and its story of how the Miners Strike affected his father. The decimation of the North East and further family struggle is also writ large in ‘Shipyards’

 

Artist’s website: http://thelakepoets.com/

‘Your Face’ – official video: