The Lake Poets/By Toutatis

The Lake PoetsTheLakePoets/By Toutatis – The Olde Young Teahouse,Middlesbrough – Sun 4th March 2012

The Lake Poets at the Olde Young Tea House seems like a marriage made in heaven.

A bit like the mouth-watering cup cakes and bottles of old fashioned pop that line the counter of Teesside’s most intimate venue. Add a duo drawn from Teesside’s quality alt folksters By Toutatis and you have a very special Sunday night indeed.

You could have heard a pin drop as Dan from By Toutatis regaled us with tales of Felons, Hanging Trees and the Deadmen’s Cues of the Knights of St Columba Social Club. His trusty fiddler Robbie weaved away as Dan crooned for Queen and country.

TheLakePoetssold out the Sage for their debut EP launch. We get up close and personal at the Middlesbrough Tea House in a gig without any amplification whatsoever. As Martin sings songs about family and his homeland, the City by the Sea we are all ears. Stories of his grandfather and grandmother are so obviously delivered from the heart. Steve’s harmonica adds atmosphere and depth. There is no room behind the counter for any further LakePoets but the duo cast their spell over everyone present.

Utterly charming and so very memorable.

words Robert Nichols – photos by Tracy Hyman