I took a short but memorable trip to Edinburgh in April 2005 to attend the Memorial Concert for Martyn Bennett (1971 - 2005). Bennett, a wonderful Scottish musician/composer, was a true inspiration to me over the past few years. Martyn taught me the true meaning of fusion. His concert at Toronto's Harbourfront one stormy night in 1998 still remains the most exhilarating and memorable musical experience I've ever had! As Martyn said himself, the experience was "never to be repeated, but always remembered." Martyn passed away in January 2005 after a long battle with cancer. Friends and fellow musicians gathered at Queen's Hall, Edinburgh, on April 15th 2005 to celebrate Martyn's life and music. It was truly a magical night! Many of his friends and colleagues played his music as a tribute, and even Mr. Peter Gabriel (who signed Martyn to Real World Records for his final album "GRIT") showed up and played the beautiful and moving "Here Comes the Flood"!
For Martyn's story, please visit: www.martynbennett.com
"His is a music of paradox: ordered and disordered, serious and playful, anarchic but full of integrity, loss and celebration. While rejoicing in or raging at the present, it simultaneously opens a channel to the historical and mythic past ....."
- Sue Wilson, 'Martyn Bennett's Wee Book'