Martyn Bennett – 17 February 1971 – 30 January 2005

It is with enormous sadness that we announce the death of Martyn Bennett after a long struggle against cancer. Martyn died in Edinburgh on Sunday 30 January. He has left behind an extraordinary and seminal body of work – influential recordings and the memory outstanding live performances. His last album ‘Grit’ is an image of a struggle and endurance – both of the singers featured and of Martyn himself.

“On various levels this is an extraordinary album. The charismatic fiddler/bagpiper/dance innovator has endured an horrendous couple of years battling with cancer, and Grit – born of pain, passion, emotion and a very real sense of roots – is the immense response. Paradoxically it’s tender yet explosive; ancient and futuristic; beautiful yet violent; scarred yet triumphant; quietly reflective yet full-on dance…. Remarkable stuff.” ( fRoots Magazine)

Anyone wishing to pass on their condolences to Martyn’s loved ones can do so by mailing and we will pass them on.