Although it was an evening of great sadness the Tribute to Martyn on Friday 15 April at Queens Hall in Edinburgh was an extraordinary, moving and celebratory event. Opening with the Edinburgh Music School's performance of MacKay's Memoirs which Martyn wrote for pipes, clarsach and orchestra the evening unfolded with an array of very different musical moments.The packed venue was delighted with performances from traditional singers Sheila Stewart and Flora MacNeil and firey piper Fred Morrison, an emotional song from Martyn's mother, the revered Margaret Bennett and an unsheduled solo of Here Comes The Flood From Peter Gabriel. The evening ended with Martyn's widow Kirsten joining Mouth Music on keyboards and a rousing Scottish rave set from Croft No 5 of whom Martyn was a great supporter.
Thousands of pounds were raised for the Marie Curie Hospice where Martyn has been treated at the end of his life. The evening was also the launch of the Martyn Bennett Trust which will provide money to fund innovative young music makers.