Three years after Celtic Connections commissioned a full orchestral version of Martyn Bennett’s GRIT album for their 2015 opening gala, Greg Lawson and the Grit Orchestra have returned to Celtic Connections to celebrate Martyn’s second album Bothy Culture.
The venue for this spectacular performance entitled Bothy Culture and Beyond was the 10,000 capacity Hydro Arena (Peter had been one of the first artists to play the venue, one month after it opened in 2013), the biggest indoor venue in Glasgow. A vast room equally matched by the show’s musical and theatrical ambition.
Greg Lawson’s full scale orchestral arrangements of Martyn’s music captures the propulsive energy of dance music, whilst bristling with cinematic drama, visceral intensity and emotion. The show also features a special appearance by Scottish stunt rider Danny MacAskill, inspired by his 2014 film The Ridge, his death-defying traverse of the Black Cuillin Ridge on his native Skye (soundtracked by Bennett’s inspirational track Blackbird) and beautiful aerial dances from Scotland’s leading aerial dance company All or Nothing.