Martyn Bennett - Grit (2003) @256Kbps
Grit is the last studio album by Scottish celtic fusion artist Martyn Bennett. It was released Oct 13, 2003 on the Real World label.
The song was a marked departure from his previous albums in that Martyn's was reliant on using samples as he was too weak to play his instruments. Also by the time of the album it was now clear that there was every danger that it may prove his last, that he was in effect writing his own musical epitaph.
The name "Grit" was chosen to represent the double edged nature of his life at that time, for as well as representing the courage required to carry on his life as normal instead of merely giving up in despair, grit can also be something irritating and debilitating (eg. grit in the eye)
The track "Liberation" drew some unlikely praise from some circles within the Free Church of Scotland and Free Presbyterian Church of Scotland - the track is based around a reading by Michael Marra of Psalm 118. The track "Rant" sampled Jimmy MacBeath.
The album Mackay's Memoirs featuring Martyn's compositions was recorded by Broughton High School the morning after his death in 2005, those involved only discovering about Martyn's death after they'd finished.
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