Tributes Paid to Rainy Boy Sleep

Derry musician Stevie Martin remembered by fellow artists, fans and friends after confirmation of his passing

Messages of love and condolence are being expressed all across social media following the news of missing Derry musician Stevie Martin's passing this weekend.

Known to many as Rainy Boy Sleep, the Lifford-born singer-songwriter had been the subject of a widespread search, having not been seen or heard from since mid July. Concerns grew when his car was reported to have been found last week near Fanad Lighthouse in County Donegal.

Fears were confirmed on Saturday with news that his body had been discovered in Sligo. Since then tributes have flooded from those shocked and saddened by the tragic loss.

Long a fixture of the music scene in Northern Ireland, particularly in the North West, 29-year old Martin was a talent often tipped for success. He shared stages with Cyndi Lauper, James Morrison and Ray Davies as well as performing at Glastonbury on three separate occasions. 

Culture NI closely followed his promising career, last speaking with him in 2015 about his imminent return to the festival and major label signing to Universal Music. We'd like to take this opportunity to also offer our sympathies to Stevie's family and friends at this difficult time. As a uniquely gifted artist and a much-loved individual all round, he will be greatly missed.