Martyn Bennett - Aye (4 stars)

A collection of the best tracks from the late celtic fusion artist

Martyn Bennett - Aye

(Long Tale Records)

Seven years after his tragic early death, wunderkind Martyn Bennett’s legacy lives on. Anyone who never experienced the live or recorded version of his multi-instrumental music (whistles, fiddles, piano, bagpipes) will surely gasp at the cutting-edge ways he created visionary music through reforging old traditions with the new.

This compilation, coupled with Sue Wilson’s spot-on sleevenotes, conjure up Bennett, contextualising him musically, historically, politically and spiritually and making his presence felt again in 2012.

While everything here is the beautiful work of a young genius, fusing uninhibited musicality and quirky ideas way ahead of their time with moving emotion, Bennett’s use of the Gaelic version of Psalm 118 involving Michael Marra is transcendent.

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