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Album Review

Thanks to Scottish acts like Peatbog Faeries, Shooglenifty and Tartan Amoebas along with the Afro Celt Sound System a new sub-category of music was brought to the forefront; electro-ethnic-worldbeat (or something like that) in which South American, Australian, Asian, Jamaican, African and other influences combine with European folk and contemporary music. Classically trained violinist Martyn Bennett has taken this concept one step further. Bothy Culture developed as a result of his time spent in the rave and house scenes of Glasgow in the early '90s and his toying with several forms of world music. Here Bennett draws from the Punjabi, Turkish, Scandinavian and Irish cultures as well as the rave/techno/hip-hop subcultures to create this assiduous hybrid. He plays all of the instruments from violin to the Turkish oud and dudek to the various electronic and programming devices. It's loud, it's unrelenting and it's insurgent.

Customer Reviews

Genius. A true classic!!!

Came across this album by accident and can't stop playing. 4 notes alone is a true classic. Martyn RIP and thank you for the music.

Love it

Played and recorded his Mackay's Memoirs, and this is my favourite album of his. Remember the day he died, we just came out of the recording studio and were told he had passed away the previous night. See 'Aye', that's good stuff. Total contrupuntal. Nothing like it.

A great talent lost

A friend from Oban introduced me to Martyn Bennett's music. A tremendous insight and wonderful talent. Unique and inspired. I love this.


Born: 1971 in Newfoundland, Canada

Genre: Singer/Songwriter

Years Active: '90s, '00s

The musical traditions of Scotland are fused with the technology and rhythms of modern dance music by multi-instrumentalist and composer Martyn Bennett. Roots World described Bennett's musical approach when they wrote, "he weaves solo instruments in-and-out of the imaginary orchestra just as a classically trained musician." While the L.A. Times reviewed Bennett's self-titled 1996 debut album as "an invigorating and captivating form of multi-culturalism," the Toronto Sun observed that "the record...
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