Scottish artist Martyn Bennett died yesterday (Jan. 30) in Edinburgh following a long battle with cancer. He was 33.

Scottish artist Martyn Bennett died yesterday (Jan. 30) in Edinburgh following a long battle with cancer. He was 33.

A traditional bagpiper and fiddler, Bennett also experimented with electronic music, creating techno Celtic dance.

His eponymous debut was released in 1996 on independent label Eclectic Records. In 1997, he secured a deal with U.S. label Rykodisc, which released his sophomore album, "Bothy Culture," in 1998. That was followed in 2000 by "Hardland," on his own Cuillin label; he described the release as "Scottish hardcore dance music." Another album, "Glen Lyon," was released in 2002 on Foot Stompin' Records.

Bennett subsequently landed a contract with Peter Gabriel's Real World label, for which he recorded "Grit," which was released in 2003 -- three years after he was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma.

Gabriel comments: "We are all very upset to learn of Martyn's death. He was mixing traditional Scottish music with contemporary grooves and arrangements in a very unique and soulful way. He will be badly missed as a creator, player and inspiring man."

Bennett is survived by his wife, Kirsten.

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