Martyn Bennett - Grit (2014)

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Martyn Bennett - Grit (2014)
Artist: Martyn Bennett
Title Of Album: Grit
Year Of Release: 2014
Label: Real World
Genre: Folk, Songwriter, Celtic Fusion
Quality: Mp3
Bitrate: V0 VBR
Total Time: 71:06 Min
Total Size: 132 Mb


01. Move
02. Blackbird
03. Chanter
04. Nae Regrets
05. liberation
06. Why
07. Ale House
08. Wedding
09. Rant
10. Storyteller
11. Sky Blue (Martyn Bennett Remix) (bonus track)
12. Mackay's Memoirs (bonus track)

Grit was originally released on 13th October 2003. Tragically Martyn Bennett died on 30th January 2005. During his short but extraordinary career, Martyn was simply one of the most exciting, daring and innovative musicians working in Scotland. A world-class fiddler and bagpiper, Martyn started to experiment with electronic music and pioneered the rare marriage of the folk and modern dance cultures. Following four exceptional albums, Grit was Martyn's most extraordinary and challenging album, flattening the usual barriers of time, culture and genre that imprison music in boxes. There have certainly been fewer images more compelling than Martyn Bennett on stage, hair flailing in all directions, playing a traditional tune on bagpipes or fiddle while a thunderous sound system pounded out beats and samples behind him. His Bothy Culture album is rightly regarded as a landmark meeting of traditional Scottish and electronic music and subsequent albums, the explosive Hardland and the innovative Glen Lyon - featuring the Gaelic singing of his mother Margaret Bennett - pushed the envelope further, albeit in different directions. Bennett's most extraordinary work, however, was yet to come. He had been through hell and high water putting together his final project Grit, an astonishing, deeply emotional collection of traditional singers - largely travellers - showcased via an inventive avalanche of sounds and beats. It's simultaneously rooted in the passionate purity of the past while glorying in modern dance culture. It's a risky and dangerous balance, but far from being swamped by the swathes of electronica, it's the amazing voices of the traditional singers like Jeannie Robertson, her daughter Lizzie Higgins and the Gaelic singer Flora McNeil that ultimately dominate the attention. These were the singers Martyn Bennett was raised on and for him Grit was a deeply personal and painful album. He battled with cancer of the lymphomes throughout the making of it, undergoing extensive chemotherapy and radiotherapy and even a bone marrow transplant. Unable to play himself, Grit was his sole artistic outlet, albeit an incredibly difficult one. The re-release of the album co-incides with the opening of "Grit -The Martyn Bennett Story" at Glasgow's Tramway One (30 May - 7th June). This is an ambitious new cross-form, Scots-Canadian theatrical production directed by multi-award winning director Cora Bissett (Olivier award winning RoadKill, Creative Scotland award winning Whatever Gets You Through The Night and bold new political musical Glasgow Girls) and written by Kieran Hurley (Beats/Chalk Farm/Rantin) one of Scotland's most exciting, politically urgent voices. Reflecting Martyn's own Scots-Canadian heritage, "Grit - The Martyn Bennett Story" will be an exciting international collaboration with Canada's renowned choreographer Dana Gringas and some of Canada's finest circus artists who will both work alongside an ensemble of Scotland's dance and aerial artists, actors, live folk singers, and classical musicians, whilst of course featuring Martyn's groundbreaking dance music in its original form.

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