I’m so excited to release my first proper EP today! Entitled ‘Honest Hearts’ and out in full now you can listen to the entire EP below. Order the EP now on mp3 at iTunes - http://smarturl.it/HonestHearts - or on 10” vinyl (including CD) here: http://thelakepoets.bandcamp.com/

It’s all systems go on the TLP production line packaging up all the pre-orders! Thanks so much if you ordered the 10”vinyl of the EP in advance. If you’ve yet to order yours, get a move on & give me more work to do tonight. www.thelakepoets.bandcamp.com

It’s all systems go on the TLP production line packaging up all the pre-orders! Thanks so much if you ordered the 10”vinyl of the EP in advance. If you’ve yet to order yours, get a move on & give me more work to do tonight. www.thelakepoets.bandcamp.com

THEY HAVE ARRIVED. Soooo happy !!! Thanks so much if you pre-ordered your copy. If you got one of the special/deluxe editions keep an eye out for all the unique handmade extras in your parcel. Not many copies left, though! www.thelakepoets.bandcamp.com

THEY HAVE ARRIVED. Soooo happy !!! Thanks so much if you pre-ordered your copy. If you got one of the special/deluxe editions keep an eye out for all the unique handmade extras in your parcel. Not many copies left, though! www.thelakepoets.bandcamp.com

I am very pleased to unveil ‘Windowsill’, the opening track of upcoming debut EP, ‘Honest Hearts’. Premiered today at Gigwise, the track was co-produced with Mick Ross.

"The Lake Poets brings bite, edge, soul, spirit and passion back to the increasingly beige world of folk - doing folk right, and doing it with feeling." Gigwise

The EP is released on Monday and you can pre-order digitally here (and get ‘Honest Hearts’ to your inbox now). Or get your Limited Edition 10” Vinyl while stocks last!

Friday 27th June at the Mining Institute is now SOLD OUT after only being on sale for 4 hours !!! Cheers very much to everyone who bought a ticket.

Friday 27th June at the Mining Institute is now SOLD OUT after only being on sale for 4 hours !!! Cheers very much to everyone who bought a ticket.

Delighted to announce that on Friday June 27th me & my band will be playing a one-off intimate show to launch the upcoming ‘Honest Hearts’ EP at Newcastle’s beautiful Mining Institute lecture theatre. 

VERY limited tickets available here: http://www.wegottickets.com/event/278331

Delighted to announce that on Friday June 27th me & my band will be playing a one-off intimate show to launch the upcoming ‘Honest Hearts’ EP at Newcastle’s beautiful Mining Institute lecture theatre.

VERY limited tickets available here: http://www.wegottickets.com/event/278331

Thanks so very much to Dermot O’Leary for playing ‘Windowsill’ on BBC Radio 2 today alongside Springsteen, Sinatra, Phoenix, Jenny Lewis & Elbow. I can now die happy. 

Pre-order the upcoming EP here! www.thelakepoets.bandcamp.com

Thanks so very much to Dermot O’Leary for playing ‘Windowsill’ on BBC Radio 2 today alongside Springsteen, Sinatra, Phoenix, Jenny Lewis & Elbow. I can now die happy.

Pre-order the upcoming EP here! www.thelakepoets.bandcamp.com

Eight cities, 1,902 miles driven, and countless memories. Thanks to each & every person who listened, applauded and spoke to me & the lads on our two-week journey across the UK with the brilliant Smoke Fairies. 

Pre-order the upcoming début EP on 10” vinyl (+ CD) here! www.thelakepoets.bandcamp.com

Eight cities, 1,902 miles driven, and countless memories. Thanks to each & every person who listened, applauded and spoke to me & the lads on our two-week journey across the UK with the brilliant Smoke Fairies.

Pre-order the upcoming début EP on 10” vinyl (+ CD) here! www.thelakepoets.bandcamp.com

Live Review: Evolution Emerging 2014

Many thanks to the 405 for this great review of the full-band set at Evolution Emerging 2014!

Bringing an end to proceedings were The Lake Poets, the moniker of multi-instrumentalist Martin Longstaff who sometimes performs as a solo artist and sometimes with a band – tonight we got both. And anyone who has seen this guy perform will know that he takes you on an emotional roller-coaster and tugs on each and every one of your heartstrings. With his very evident pride in hailing from Sunderland, his spirited and gracefully concocted tracks had us gripped from the get-go. Haunting and intimate it served as the perfect way to end a day in celebration of the great North East’s emerging musical prowess.

Read the full review of the evening here.

It goes without saying that me & my band are absolutely delighted to be playing Split Festival 2014 !!!

I thought Split Festival was terribly missed last year. The 2014 line up is fantastic so get your tickets now! http://tinyurl.com/split14

It goes without saying that me & my band are absolutely delighted to be playing Split Festival 2014 !!!

I thought Split Festival was terribly missed last year. The 2014 line up is fantastic so get your tickets now! http://tinyurl.com/split14

We had a class time in Manchester last night. Thanks to everyone who listened & met us afterwards. Here’s our obligatory ‘Band-knobheads in Manchester’ photo. 

Pre-order the upcoming EP here! www.thelakepoets.bandcamp.com

We had a class time in Manchester last night. Thanks to everyone who listened & met us afterwards. Here’s our obligatory ‘Band-knobheads in Manchester’ photo.

Pre-order the upcoming EP here! www.thelakepoets.bandcamp.com

Chuffed to say that on Saturday August 30th me & my band play The beautiful Customs House as part of Bernicia Festival 2014 !!! 

Get your tickets here: http://www.berniciafestival.co.uk/tickets

Chuffed to say that on Saturday August 30th me & my band play The beautiful Customs House as part of Bernicia Festival 2014 !!!

Get your tickets here: http://www.berniciafestival.co.uk/tickets

I’m delighted to share the video for ‘Honest Hearts’, directed by good friend and long-term collaborator Ian West.

"The British music scene is saturated with dreary, folk-infused songcraft. In the post-Mumfords world, it seems that any idea of ‘tradition’ has been replaced by a waistcoat, an acoustic guitar and the odd yelping chorus or two.

Yet The Lake Poets is something different. An alter ego for Martin Longstaff, debut EP ‘Honest Hearts’ is set to be released on June 16th.

Raised in Sunderland, Longstaff has a uniquely English viewpoint. Steeped in folk knowledge, he simply reflects what he sees around him: the crashing seas of the Northumbrian coast, the tumbling wastes of the North East and - above all - his family.

Stripped from his new EP, ‘Honest Hearts’ is co-produced with long-time collaborator Mick Ross. A warm, open, honest piece of songwriting, it comes equipped with a beautifully shot video courtesy of Ian West.”

Watch the video now, premiering on Clash and pre-order the full EP on 10” vinyl here!

Live Review: Evolution Emerging 2014

Thanks to NE Volume for this great review of the set at Evolution Emerging 2014!

"The Lake Poets, often a solo project created by Martin Longstaff, is very often joined by a full band, and tonight we managed to witness both essences of The Lake Poets.

Martin delicately played through a number of heart-wrenching and thought-provoking tracks such as ‘Windowsill’ – his opening song of the night. The sombre track instantly created an extremely powerful atmosphere in the jam-packed venue, and the song had an honesty rarely found today in the charts - it showcased Martin’s really knack of sticking his audience to the spot, whilst plucking vigorously at your heartstrings.

Martin was later joined to the stage by his full band, which added an extra dimension and intensity to the set, and they went on to play through a number of beautifully sentimental, honest and captivating songs including new track: ‘Honest Hearts’ from their brand new EP which takes the same name.

Martin, who obvious to say is extremely proud of his local roots, also penned track ‘Vane Tempest’ a touching track, and the perfect tribute to the North East’s industrial past with gripping and provocative lines such as: “They don’t care for you and me, we don’t live in London, do we.”

Martin, along with his band, delivered a simply captivating set, and it was the perfect way to end a fascinating evening which truly showcased what the North East music scene has to offer.”

Thanks very much to Steven Noble for these photos of me & the band at Evolution Emerging 2014. It was a great night.