Martyn Bennett

Decades: 1990s 2000s


17 February 1971, Newfoundland, Canada, d. 30 January 2005, Edinburgh, Scotland. Multi-instrumentalist Bennett could trace his family back to the Isle of Skye and Wales, and he was raised among Scottish-speaking immigrants on the island of Newfoundland. He returned to Scotland when he was six, where he was brought up surrounded by the sound of traditional Celtic folk songs. He was enrolled in a specialist music school as a teenager, leading to a classical education in violin and piano at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow where he played in a symphony orchestra. At the same time Bennett continued to absorb traditional music structures, teaching himself the ancient Ceol Mor technique of bagpipe playing.

In the early 90s, Bennett was drawn to Glasgow’s burgeoning rave scene, and began hatching the idea of mixing house and hip-hop beats with traditional folk tunes. He developed these ideas busking in Edinburgh, playing...

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