Marty Longstaff - Live at the Peacock

Sunderland-based singer & songwriter Marty Longstaff (a.k.a. The Lake Poets) joined us live in the Peacock in Sunderland city centre.


You may know Marty's song "Shipyards" as the title track on the Netflix documentary series "Sunderland 'Til I Die", detailing a difficult season for the SAFC (Sunderland Association Football Club), produced by Fulwell 73...

But tonight, in front of a live audience, Marty Longstaff shared the origins of this beautiful, heart-wrenching song, and led a conversation about Sunderland's shipbuilding history, the value of arts in education, and the importance of supporting local music.

Huge thanks to everyone who joined us live at the Peacock, but especially to everyone who joined the discussion with Marty:

Victoria Armstrong, a Dancer & Choreographer based in Sunderland

Andrea Bell, a property agent who's planning to open a soup kitchen in Sunderland

Ken Devine, artist & owner of the Frederick Street Gallery in Sunniside

Lesley Etherington, who was actually Stevie's form tutor for 5 years back when he was at Thornhill School

Jacob Kirkbride, an MA Radio student at the University of Sunderland

Lee Milburn, who's devoted 27 years to working at Nissan

Adam O'Wellen, foundation student at the University of Sunderland, whose incredible poetry we featured on the previous episode of Speak Up Sunderland

Stephanie Smith, a Sunderland-based visual artist recently featured in "Drawing in the Dark" on BBC Radio 4

Barrie West, a visual artist who runs the Sunderland INDIE artist collective