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Stevie Martin: Funeral arrangements for 'Rainy Boy Sleep' released

Published 17/08/2016

Stevie Martin with DJ and TV presenter Colin Murray
Stevie Martin with DJ and TV presenter Colin Murray
Stephen (Stevie) Martin

Funeral arrangements for musician Stevie Martin, who was known as Rainy Boy Sleep, have been released.

Stevie (29) who was originally from the border town of Lifford in Co Donegal and was last seen in Derry where he lived.

On Monday tributes were paid to the well-known musician whose body was found on Strandhill beach in Co Sligo on Saturday after he went missing several weeks ago.

He had toured with Cyndi Lauper and James Morrison and regularly played at venues across Derry and Donegal and had performed at Glastonbury.

As his family thanked people for their prayers and said his "soul's at peace", friends in the music industry paid tribute to the music star.

On Wednesday Belfast-based music publicist Jeff Robinson, who was previously Mr Martin's publicist, announced arrangements for the funeral.

Mr Robinson said: "His remains will repose at his mother Marina Martin’s residence, 24 Hazelwood Drive, Lifford from 6pm on Wednesday evening.

"Funeral from there on Friday morning August 19th at 10am, for 11 o clock funeral service at the Derry/Donegal Christian Fellowship, 9 Northland Road, Derry BT48 7HY with cremation afterwards in Lakeland Crematorium, Co Cavan.

"Family only please at the cremation. No flowers please, donations if desired to Hope Outreach Charity and the RNLI Donegal c/o Shaun Kelly and Son Funeral Directors, Oakfield, Raphoe."

On Monday Mr Robinson told the Belfast Telegraph: "He was just a lovely guy. I recall he turned up to an interview at the BBC with Gerry Kelly and he had a four pack of buns - cup-cakes - with him. I asked him why he bought them and he said, 'Because you are always remembered for being nice'.

"He was just that kind of guy - really nice. Everyone had really good things to say about him."

Mr Robinson said the news of his passing was "horrendous" and "very hard to come to terms with".

"He was a really good songwriter. The social media reaction mirrors what I am saying, he was very well liked across the board," he said. "Stevie was signed to Universal Records. He could have gone extremely far.

"He had the songs and his song-writing ability was incredible. He had a very good team behind him. He was an absolute talent. Everybody knew him in the music industry and this has brought everyone together.

"Sometimes you don't realise how someone affects everyone until something tragic like this happens and then you just realise how many lives he touched throughout his young life."

Chart-topping Northern Ireland band Snow Patrol tweeted: "Sad to hear the news of Steven Martin. Love & thoughts are with the his family."

Derry singer-songwriter Soak wrote on Facebook: "Just heard news of my friend, Stevie Martin, aka Rainy Boy Sleep's passing.

"I remember seeing him play at a festival locally when I was 13 and wishing I could write the songs he was singing, soon after that we became friends and he came to some of my first ever shows." Mr Martin's Audi car was found abandoned close to the lighthouse at Fanad Head, Co Donegal, last Tuesday sparking an air and sea search. His family said they wished to thank the public for their prayers and concern shown in recent weeks.

Family friend Conor Macan Amenos said on Facebook: "Thank you everyone for the prayers & concern you've shown, it was appreciated by his family & friends."

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