In late 2007, Margaret Bennett appeared in the 'Love & Loss' section of Phil Cunningham's acclaimed television series 'Scotland's Music'. In the course of the programme she spoke of her late son Martyn, the talented musician and composer who died of cancer in 2005, aged 33, and sang Padraig Mor MacCrimmon's 'Cumha na Cloinne' (Lament for the Children (1650).
Margaret's version “Fhir an Fhuilt Dhuinn” (Brown-haired Boy), was composed by Martyn's grandmother Peigi Stiubhairt, after she watched the programme. She's 88 and has, in many ways, been quite silent over her loss, but her song, composed to the piobearachd she has known for over seventy years is her expression: 'This is just how I feel,' she said, in every sense resonating with Phil's discussion on the Gaelic lament.
This CD was made in response to the messages Margaret received following the broadcast of the programme.
In track 1, Cameron Drummond plays Highland bagpipes belonging to Martyn’s grandfather George Bennett, who has gifted them to the Piping Centre and the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (RSAMD) in Martyn’s memory. Special thanks to Bob Whitney, studio sound engineer at the RSAMD. Tracks 2 & 3 were recorded and produced by Martyn Bennett.
"Martyn Bennett was one of the most talented and respected musicians Scotland has ever produced."
Phil Cunningham, Scotland's Music, BBC Scotland 2007.