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This month sees the long overdue debut album from one of the region’s best loved sons, Martin Longstaff, better known as The Lake Poets, having being whisked off to record in Nashville earlier this year courtesy of fellow Mackem musical maestro Dave Stewart.

The past few months will have no doubt felt like a whirlwind ascension for Martin, recording in Nashville’s Blackbird studios in the same room as the likes of Neil Young, Jack White and Bruce Springsteen, touring Europe, and playing festivals across the country, yet long time fans of the region’s music scene will know that this release is the culmination of years of graft from one of the hardest working musicians you’ll ever have the fortune to come across. The collection of songs on the self-titled record are surprisingly stripped back in their simplicity, allowing the Martin’s songwriting and voice to take centre stage. What remains is the most honest, raw and accomplished songwriting yet from Longstaff.

The stories weaved are intensely personal, almost unbearably so at times, with a feeling that you’re right there inside his head as Martin works through heartache, love, anger and bewilderment. His melodies may be beautiful (See You Tonight is surely the next single and a future sing along classic), but there’s an underlying sublimity throughout, in part from the ferocity of his delivery in songs such as Edinburgh. His is a voice that leaves you floored before you could ever see it coming. Like the folk legends of old, his songs have a universality to them all, yet are still irrevocably tied to his hometown of Sunderland; Vane Tempest’s determined declaration of regional pride weaved from the words of his coal mining father provides a fitting declaration of hope that “there will come a time for people like you and me”. Martin’s time is now. Buy this record.

The Lake Poets’ self-titled debut album is released on 25th September via Dave Stewart Entertainment. The Lake Poets play Lindisfarne Festival, Northumberland on Saturday 5th, The Georgian Theatre, Stockton on Saturday 12th and Jacksons Landing, Hartlepool on Saturday 19th September.

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