Words by Greg Nye
Martyn Bennett’s last record, Grit, is to be re-issued by Real World Gold on May 19 to coincide with the opening of GRIT: The Martyn Bennett Story, a theatre production which will commemorate the Scottish musician’s life and career.
A talented fiddler and bagpipe player, Martyn Bennett was renowned for his daring and innovative contributions to the Celtic fusion genre. The Scottish musician’s final album, Grit, combined traditional Scottish folk music with expansive electronica and featured an array of talented vocalists including Jeannie Robertson, her daughter Lizzie and Gaelic folk singer Flora McNeil. The Real World Gold series re-issue of Grit is due for release on May 19 and will include two previously unreleased tracks: a remix of Peter Gabriel’s ‘Sky Blue’ and ‘Mackay’s Memoirs’; Bennett’s last recording which was sadly completed the day after he lost his battle with cancer, aged 33.
This re-issue will therefore provide a moving testament to the life and career of one of Scotland’s most talented and innovative musicians.
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