During his short but extraordinary career, Martyn Bennett was simply one of the most exciting, daring and innovative musicians working in Scotland, or anywhere, and he leaves a musical legacy of stunning brilliance. Grit was to be the final album he released before losing a valiant battle to cancer at age 33 in 2005. Originally issued in 2003, it's a deeply emotional collection of traditional singers, showcased via an avalanche of sounds and beats.
This Real World double vinyl reissue features two bonus tracks: Martyn's remix of Peter Gabriel's "Sky Blue," and "Mackay's Memoirs," his final recorded work, a stunning piece featuring pipes, clarsach, voice and orchestra, first performed in 1999 at the opening of the new Scottish Parliament by the students of The City of Edinburgh Music School, for whom the piece was written.
"This is my story about triumph in the face of struggle. It is a story of the people and songs I grew up with, and most importantly, it is their voices, traditions and the inspiration they have given to be passed on to the next generation." - Martyn Bennett
"Martyn Bennett managed to straddle the roots of Scottish music with contemporary grooves, without losing any soul or passion. He was a wonderful person to work with, whose quiet determination led him on a totally original path." - Peter Gabriel