Mr McFall’s Chamber
Tribute to Scottish techno-folk composer
This article is from 2010.
In a concert featuring the music from their latest album, Mr McFall’s Chamber present a programme of the same name, ‘Birds and Beasts’, celebrating the musical legacy of ‘folk meets techno’ composer Martyn Bennett, and including a couple of pieces by Scottish jazz/folk composer Fraser Fifield.
Birds and Beasts is the result of a collaborative venture between the innovative chamber music group, Mr McFall’s Chamber and Martyn Bennett, which started before the composer tragically lost his fight to cancer in 2005. Robert McFall, the founding member of the ensemble, has worked with Bennett extensively in the past. ‘We knew Martyn well, and were originally going to be doing a project with him, and so this is a continuation of that project which we have to finish,’ he explains.
With several of Bennett’s tunes, McFall has ‘taken a lot of liberties, which he would have appreciated, I know,’ when orchestrating some of Bennett’s music. Presenting his work in a new light such as this shows that even though the composer is, sadly, unable to hear the new hues that his music is taking on, his work is still very much alive.
Birds and Beasts: Music of Martyn Bennett and Fraser Fifield, Mr McFall’s Chamber with Fraser Fifield, The Queen’s Hall, 668 2019, Wed 25 Aug, 7.30pm, £14 (£8).