NORTHERN Roots Events, the company behind Brew at The Bog, Inverness Whisky Festival and the Northern Roots folk festival currently under way in the Highland Capital, have been named the sixteenth recipients of Hands Up for Trad’s Business Limelight Award.
The Limelights were launched in October 2012 as a monthly initiative to recognise the contributions made by businesses and organisations involved with the arts and cultural sector in Scotland.
In addition to running the above festivals, partners Bruce MacGregor and Yvonne Murray also arrange weddings at their base at Bogbain Farm on the outskirts of Inverness, run the Blazin’ in Beauly music school every October, and earlier this year launched Scottish Showtime, a new interactive experience for visitors featuring the food, drink, music and song of the Highlands.
Future plans include extending the annual Northern Roots Festival to a 10 day event throughout Inverness, increasing the capacity of Brew at The Bog to 5000 and turning it from a one day to two day festival, and rolling out Scottish Showtime nationally.
Hands Up For Trad was formed in 2002 to raise the profile of traditional music in Scotland and previous Limelight Award winners include the Celtic Connections Festival, the Greentrax, Macmeanmna and Temple record labels and The College of Piping.