2018 Programme News at Last!
As announced back in December 2017 our plan is to distill Perthshire Amber right back to a weekend this year (2nd - 4th November 2018) with music sessions happening in Dunkeld pubs all weekend, a double Cabaret Amber on the Friday night (and another on Saturday early evening), Open Mic on the Saturday afternoon and Sunday very early afternoon), a big Dougie concert on Saturday night in Perth Concert Hall, and a Farewell Concert/Event with the team on the Sunday afternoon in one of our favourite places on the banks of the River Tay! The Big Knit in aid of the Cyrenians is still happening in the Big Knit Lounge… no blanket auction or stress…just hats and kid’s knitted toys and anything else that folks fancy knitting! The Amber Market with all the wonderful creations from the Dunkeld Craft Collective will be happening again on the Saturday and no doubt there will be other surprise events and artists added right up until the end of the summer!
For the festival to carry on for many years to come (as we would all like it to!) it must be something that we all look forward to! A scaled back, simplified festival will give more time for our organising team to enjoy each others company and the music …including Dougie who for several festivals rarely got to a session or anything at the Royal because he was always getting ready for concerts!
- book the dates into your diary. Tickets will be on sale this coming Tuesday afternoon from 4pm from the festival website.
- book your flights and accommodation if needed
- start knitting!… The Cyrenians is a wonderful charity that deserves all our support
Dougie and I hope you’re all having a good year so far and are really thankful for all the emails, letters and messages of support for the festival we have received …. without that enthusiasm it may not be happening this year. Let’s hope this is once again the first year of many more to come!"
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”
“A festival with vision and imagination”
(Press & Journal)
“The most original acoustic
music festival in Scotland today”
(Sing Out Magazine, USA)