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Martyn Bennett (February 17, 1971 – January 30, 2005) was a Scottish musician who was born in St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada. He was extremely influential in the evolution of modern Celtic Fusion, a blending of traditional Celtic and modern music.

He and his family moved to Kingussie, Speyside, Scotland when he was 10. One of his teachers introduced him to the Great Highland Bagpipe. Within two years Martyn was winning prizes in many of the junior piping competitions around Scotland. He then took up violin, piano and composing at the age of 15 at the City of Edinburgh Music School, continuing his studies at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in 1990.

In 1993, just before graduating, he was diagnosed with testicular cancer, which he related to the suffocating and stressful environment of the Classical world where “enjoyment of the music […] was out-weighed by the pressure to succeed” [1]. In 1994 he began to spend more time with his first musical love, folk and traditional, and it was not much later that he started to experiment with electronica. He performed at the world premiere party for the film Braveheart.

In 1996, he released his first self-titled album on Eclectic Records. In 1998 he released Bothy Culture, his most successful album. In 2000, just a few months after a highly acclaimed headlining set at the Cambridge Folk Festival, he was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

He died on January 30, 2005, following a long struggle with cancer.


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  • Bierut89

    awesome !

    29 Jan 10:12pm Reply
  • ragsnotriches

    Taken way too soon.

    13 Jul 2014 Reply
  • dalxar

    Una lástima lo de este artista. Habría llegado lejos.

    20 Jun 2012 Reply
  • Berrieworld

    'Aye' is the most wonderful collection of songs from the late Martyn Bennett - he really had the knack of creating something utterly new out of traditional folk & field recordings. Anyone attempting to release a more inspiring album this year will have his/her work cut out!

    7 Mar 2012 Reply
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    2 Sep 2011 Reply
  • MyLittleEye66

    A true pioneer putting the cool into celtic music... Just think where he'd be taking the genre now if he'd not been cut down just as he found his stride! Have any artists stepped up to carry forward the baton? Can't think of anyone who even comes close to his talent these days... shame!

    7 Feb 2011 Reply
  • emmdragon ... :) :) :)

    19 Nov 2010 Reply
  • last_mister

    thats so sad ive heard lots of his music on climbing videos and the like and loved it, never realised he'd died so young :( wonder if the money for his albums supports cancer research?

    7 Apr 2010 Reply
  • NonchalantX

    Tongues of Kali is my favourite. Luckily I was fortunate enough to see him at Sidmouth yearssss back. Still one of the best live shows I've ever seen. Sad loss, RIP.

    10 Jan 2010 Reply
  • titmaster908

    love this guy!

    30 Nov 2009 Reply
  • emmdragon

    Absolutely! Most sincere and deep respect for a superb musician, Martyn you are sorely missed.

    12 Nov 2009 Reply
  • kaiserzeitgeist

    Very cool, very serious shit. Yet another, deeper exploration of these vast possibilities. Respect.

    20 Sep 2009 Reply
  • simon8298

    I just heard the track Liberation for the first time, and it is amazing! I can not explain how gutted i was to find out after a bit of googling that he had died of cancer! i am totally gutted!! RIP Martyn

    3 Sep 2009 Reply
  • Matinalsystem

    un verdadero genio! Q.P.D

    1 Sep 2009 Reply
  • tymczas88

    BAjaaaaa nutka

    23 Aug 2009 Reply
  • Njim

    That was pretty disrespectful..

    8 Jun 2009 Reply
  • Lushiiamazed

    cant find any torrents to download :-( boooo..... your awsome!!!

    13 Feb 2009 Reply
  • haiku66

    Very important artist. He spearheaded this European traditional digital movement. W miss him so much.

    2 Nov 2008 Reply
  • djprofusion

    I agree Morpheus42, and to think that he produced Grit while he was too sick to play the pipes anymore. He was amazing.

    18 May 2008 Reply
  • Morpheus42

    Such a tradgedy he died so young. I think if he'd made an album after Grit it would've been his true masterpiece, although Grit was pretty darn close.

    24 Apr 2008 Reply
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