This year the afternoon Open Mic sessions will again be held in the "Wee Festival Hall" upstairs at The Royal Dunkeld Hotel on what we now call The Ewen Sutherland Stage.
The 2018 Open Mic will be hosted by Katee Kross and Ross Barron … who have been involved with our festival for many years now since they first performed at the Open Mic as youngsters as part of the Bishopbriggs Ceilidh Band!..then as KT and the Amberjacks…then Katee Kross and Ross! We welcome them both to this important role.
Since it began in 2005 our Open Mic was hosted by Ewen Sutherland, who very sadly and quite suddenly died in 2017. Ewen was a fine performer in his own right as well as a wonderful and encouraging compere. Dougie and Ewen formed a folk duo while at school called Cruachan and then went on to form a band called Puddock's Well, which had an influence on the development of what is now called "the celtic music scene"- with members Andy M Stewart and Martin Hadden joining well known folk band Silly Wizard And Dougie himself joining The Tannahill Weavers. Ewen will be sadly missed by all our festival team and we are naming the performance area (for both the Open Mic and Cabaret Amber) The Ewen Sutherland Stage as a tribute to him.
The Open Mic concept has been in existence for many years at music festivals, but of late became more widely known through the very successful Open Mic sessions started by Danny Kyle at Glasgow's Celtic Connections Festival, our Perthshire Amber Festival and the Open Mics that are spring up at festivals and in pubs all over the country. The Open Mic gives the chance to musicians, who aren't performing at other concerts, to get involved in the weekend's music.
The most important thing about an Open Mic is the audience. Over the past years the welcoming, attentive and responsive audiences at the open mic sessions helped to make the events enjoyable for all the performers involved.
The dates for this year's Perthshire Amber Festival Open Mic are Saturday 3rd November (12 midday - 3.00pm) and Sunday 4th November 2018 (11am - 2.00pm).
As with past years, the time for each performance will be limited to 10 minutes (2 songs max) per artist or group. Please note that this is an acoustic open mic. event, with a good quality but small PA system, so we will not cater for heavily electric music.
Performers at one of our past Open Mic in the Wee Festival Hall
THE OPEN MIC at PERTHSHIRE AMBER 2018.
The artists below are not in order of performance...that will be decided on the day.
Saturday 3rd November (12 midday - 3.00pm)
1. Shelagh McKay Jones
2. Roger Graham
3. Joe McMahon
4. Kinnaber Junction
5. The Wild Parochial Boy
6. Michael McMillan
7. Linda Howitt
8. Journey North
9. Lisa Kowalski
10. Just Singin'
11. John Drakes
12. Still For Angels
Reserve 1. Wild im Wald
Reserve 2. Craig Allan
Sunday 4th November (11am - 2.00pm)
1. Tommy Weir
4. TG McEwan
5. Folky MacFolk Face
6. Kenn Clark
7. Peter Schmieder
8. Rona Thomson & Stan Quirk
9. Dangerous Age
10. The Shire Tones
11. Mike Edwards
12. Michael "CAL" Callaghan
Reserve 1. Terry Barber
THE OPEN MIC for 2018 IS NOW TOTALLY FULL!
IF YOU ARE A PERFORMER ON THE LIST WHO IS UNABLE TO COME FOR ANY REASON PLEASE GET IN TOUCH AND LET US KNOW BEFORE THE DATE ... WE HAVE RESERVES FOR EACH DATE WHO WOULD LOVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO PERFORM IF FOR ANY REASON THERE IS A SPACE AVAILABLE.
The dates for this year's Perthshire Amber Festival Open Mic are Saturday 3rd November and Sunday 4th November 2018.