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Museums at Night

Museums at Night

Posted: 15 May 2016

National Glass Centre, Sunderland

13 May


Museums at night is an annual event that opens up venues not usually used for music for evenings of songs.  On what was a gorgeous night the National Glass Centre on the banks of the Wear proved to be an inspired setting for an evening that featured Dean James and duo YUMA supporting The Lake Poets.
With the 23,000 ton Panama registered Bulk Carrier Blu-Tide moored outside, having recently arrived from Gibraltar, the setting was tailor made for singer-songwriter Martin Longstaff, a.k.a. The Lake Poets.
Ne4me.co.uk has been lauding The Lake Poets for a few years now and while Longstaff awaits his big break the first single  - ‘Your Face’ - from the album he recorded last year in Nashville; with fellow Wearsider Dave Stewart from Eurythmics, has now had three and a half million plays on Spotify - so word is getting out. 

Much of The Lake Poets material is serious stuff and as the sun went down the songs got darker, ‘Black and Blue’ about child abuse being one particularly powerful part of a set list that ran deeper than the Wear  sliding by just a few feet from where we sat transfixed. 

Many of Martin’s songs are about the river he was singing next to which lent added depth to a glistening repertoire. On this particular evening ‘North View’ was particularly clear before The Lake Poets dusted off arguably their best but rarely performed song, ‘City by the Sea’. It’s a song I’ve yet to listen to without being in tears. Real tears - and I don’t cry often. 

A standing ovation is a regular accolade for this fantastic lad and finishing his encore as he did here with the achingly tender, ‘Shipyards’  was a reminder  of exactly why indeed the North East is for me.


Rob Mason  

 


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