Mr McFall's Chamber - Aye: An Affirmation of Martyn Bennett
Fitting tribute to a Scots music pioneer
This article is from 2008.
The eclectic and innovative Mr McFall’s Chamber will be gracing the Spiegel Tent with their own particular interpretation of the music of the late Martyn Bennett who died tragically in 2005 leaving an inspirational musical legacy. Consisting of a core string quartet from the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, McFall’s maverick ensemble combines many of the finest exponents of Scottish jazz, classical and folk music to create a genre-straddling crossover of contemporary and classical sounds.
The group will be performing their own interpretation of Bennett’s Gaelic-inspired dance music alongside original compositions by celebrated piper Fraser Fifield. By mixing the traditional bagpipes and fiddles with electronic beats, Bennett created his own unique sound, the feeling is that Bennett had only begun on his sonic explorations when he was snatched away prematurely by cancer. With collaborators including leading jazz drummer Tom Bancroft and Shooglenifty percussionist James Mackintosh, this promises to be an intriguing evening of excitement and enlightenment.
The Spiegel Garden, 667 8940, 26 & 27 Aug, 8.30pm, £12 (£10).