The Perthshire Amber Festival

2017...a time to reflect and project.

After 12 very successful years of Perthshire Amber - The Dougie MacLean Festival we are having a break in Year 13. During those years (2005 - 2016) the festival has grown from being a small two day event in Pitlochry to being an event with its homebase in Dunkeld and concerts and music activities throughout Perthshire, which has had annually around 10,000 people from up to 26 countries attending ...contributing well over £1million to the local economy.

This unique festival has shared MacLean's inspiring music, celebrated the history and culture of his Perthshire home and showcased its beautiful scenery. The concerts, which have also featured high calibre musical guests from Scotland and abroad, have been staged in a variety of wonderful venues, from village halls, town halls and a grand concert hall to historic castles and the atmospheric Dunkeld Cathedral.

The Perthshire Amber Festival distilled to "The Big 4 Days" in it’s 12th year exceeded all expectations once again with sold out concerts and so many happy festival-goers! Festival director Jenny MacLean commented "It's been a wonderful journey so far for Dougie and myself and many of our family and friends through the 12 years of Perthshire Amber. A journey full of wonderful music and musical friendships re-kindled, of discovering truly stunning venues all over Perthshire and welcoming so many enthusiasts for Dougie's music to his beautiful home county. We've had disappointments and frustrations here and there, but we've never had any insurmountable problems. Call me superstitious but I just don't want to organise a 13th year! I have a feeling something would go terribly wrong.... and you can't argue with gut instinct. We totally value the support and goodwill that has grown over the years from the ever increasing number of businesses that have become festival sponsors and PALS. We hope that many festival fans will still come to Perthshire in 2017 and support this special list! So .... after a break in 2017, with time to reflect and project, the festival may blaze back with renewed vigour in the autumn of 2018 or beyond". 

Scotland on Sunday’s Tom Maxwell commented “Dougie MacLean has created a wee gem of a festival in his home county... a drop of Amber nectar!”

“A jewel of a festival”
(edinburghguide.com)

“A festival with vision and imagination”
(Press & Journal)

“The most original acoustic 
music festival in Scotland today”
(Sing Out Magazine, USA)

Autumn Glory