Martyn Bennett at Celtic Connections

Three years after Celtic Connections commissioned a full orchestral version of Martyn Bennett’s GRIT album for their 2015 opening gala, Greg Lawson and the Grit Orchestra were back at Celtic Connections on 27 January, this time to celebrate Martyn’s second album Bothy Culture. The performance was broadcast on the BBC on 17 February.

The venue for this spectacular show entitled Bothy Culture and Beyond was the 10,000 capacity Hydro Arena, a vast room equally matched by the show’s musical and theatrical ambition.

Watch Bothy Culture and Beyond on the BBC iPlayer until 17 March 2018

Greg Lawson’s full scale orchestral arrangements of Martyn’s music captured the propulsive energy of dance music, whilst bristling with cinematic drama, visceral intensity and emotion. Add into the mix a representation of the Cuillin mountains, the aerial display skills of Aisling ní Cheallaigh and the All or Nothing Aerial Dance Theatre as well as Danny MacAskill and Alistair Clarkson re-imagining the epic stunt cycling from their video The Ridge (that Bennett’s Blackbird soundtracked) and the effect was complete.