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Northern Roots Festival captured live in Paul Taggart paintings

Northern Roots Festival captured live in Paul Taggart paintings
A highly successful and exhilarating inaugural Northern Roots Festival

The inaugural Northern Roots Festival, which took place at Bogbain Farm, Inverness, in the Scottish Highlands was one of those special events in life. It fired my imagination and captured the hearts of everyone attending. Without the belief in their heritage, the commitment to sustaining its value in the wider world and the absolute determination to succeed when faced with challenges, leading musicians such as Bruce Macgregor and Brian O’hEadra (co-founders of Northern Roots) would not even contemplate such an undertaking.

I had absolutely no hesitation in accepting Bruce Macgregor’s invitation to participate in this festival in whatever capacity I wished.

When Bruce first approached me about the festival I was in the process of completing the first few paintings in my new ‘Heritage Collection’. As I see it, Bruce and Brian are creating tomorrow’s heritage today, so it seemed the most natural thing to bring the launch of this collection forward, with the unveiling of ‘Their Musical Heritage Shared’ at Northern Roots.

Apart from that however, I felt that to capture the very essence of the live performances of the various artistes and the characteristic of the festival itself would prove exhilarating – not fully comprehending that this would keep me on my feet and working at my easel from doors opening to doors closing on each of the three days.

A commitment that I did not however regret for one moment; as the hours sped past and my adrenalin kicked in to sustain me for something like 12 hours on one of the days.

Bruce is an Ambassador for Highland Hospice and with my own commitment to the Hospice, we felt it appropriate to put my work to good fund-raising use on their behalf.

And so it was that all visitors to each of the three days had the opportunity to win the original painting produced on each day of the festival weekend, through a raffle with all proceeds going to Highland Hospice.”

Photographic Montage opposite (reading from top to bottom)

Paul Taggart painting live at opening evening concert with artistes on stage High Lonesome [Willy MacAskill, Ali Dooner, Marc Clement], Martin Stephenson and friends [Karen, Henry, Wadada], Sandy Brechin, Bruce Macgregor, Brian O’hEadra

June Clark (third from left), winner of Northern Roots Festival 2009 Montage #01 signed by all performers, flanked by Paul Taggart (second from left),Brian O’hEadra (extreme left) and Bruce Macgregor (extreme right).

Paul Taggart painting live at second evening concert with artistes on stage Andy Gunn and the Groanbox Boys.

Cliff Hewitt (centre), winner of Northern Roots Festival 2009 Montage #02 flanked by Paul Taggart and Bruce Macgregor – painting signed by all featured performers from open mic session, afternoon and evening concert – Andy Gunn and fellow band members, Cameron Kellow, Sandra MacBeth, Janet McCandlas, Cross Eyed Gals, Mary Ann Frew, Ranald Smith & Iain MacGillivray, Fiona Mackenzie and band, Groanbox Boys, Sheila Henderson and band, plus Jeannie the canine star of Bogbain.

Paul Taggart painting live at third evening concert with artistes on stage Dean Owens and Goldrush.

Karen Fraser (centre), winner of Northern Roots Festival 2009 Montage #03 flanked by Paul Taggart and Bruce Macgregor – painting signed by all featured performers from open mic session, afternoon family concert and evening concert – Goldrush, John Mitchell, Sofie Jonsson, Rose, Roddy & Aila with Lillian Ross, Brian O’hEadra, Sandy Brechin, Bruce Macgregor, Bob Massie, Dean Owens, Kim Edgar

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For more pictures from Northern Roots Festival click here to go to My Space (Bogbain)