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Nae Regrets – Martyn Bennett’s GRIT
Tuesday 23 August 2016
Edinburgh Playhouse

An epic reimagining of the visionary GRIT, the final album by pioneering Scottish piper, fiddler and studio mixer Martyn Bennett, bringing together an 80-piece orchestra, plus folk and jazz instrumentalists and singers, many deeply associated with Bennett himself.

Martyn Bennett caused a sensation with his controversial blending of Scottish traditional tunes and hard techno beats across five acclaimed studio albums. With GRIT, he spliced together archive recordings of emotive traditional Roma and Gaelic songs with throbbing samples and electronics. The album became a subversive landmark in new traditional Scottish music.

Bennett died from cancer in 2005, aged just 33. His close friend and musical collaborator, cross-genre classical violinist Greg Lawson, recast Bennett’s GRIT for full orchestra for the opening night of Celtic Connections in 2015, winning the Scots Trad Award for Event of the Year with his spectacular transformation. Lawson brings his stunning live vision of Martyn Bennett’s uncompromising GRIT to the 2016 Edinburgh International Festival.

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Edinburgh Playhouse

18-22 Greenside Place

Supported through the
Scottish Government's
Edinburgh Festivals Expo Fund

Supported through the Scottish Government's Edinburgh Festivals Expo Fund



Martyn Bennett 
Greg Lawson 

Performed by an ensemble of some of Scotland's finest musicians

In association with Celtic Connections

More information about some of the artists

Martyn Bennett

Greg Lawson

Grit | The Scotsman

August 25th 2016

an epic sound that jumped off the stage and invited the audience to dance

Review by: 

Fiona Shepherd

The Scotsman

Grit | The Herald

August 25th 2016

the live show certainly captured the exhilarating verve of Bennett's conception

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Review by: 

Keith Bruce

The Herald

Image:  BJ Stewart

This event was part of a previous International Festival and is therefore unavailable to book.

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Circle: £30 £25
Stalls: £30 £25 £20
Balcony: £25 £20