Perthshire Amber Ablaze Once Again!
The award-winning festival returned for the 12th year with a stellar musical line-up and fun days out for all the family to enjoy. All of the four-day festival’s wonderful ticketed concerts were sold out in advance, but we urged fans to still visit for the free music and lots of festival fun to be enjoyed in beautiful autumnal Perthshire.
The festival’s opening concert featured the hugely talented Siobhan Wilson from Glasgow described by The Scotsman (Jan 2016) as “Mesmerising… a hugely exciting talent”. Siobhan performed in the Garden Marquee at Dunkeld House a very picturesque and charming venue on the banks of the River Tay with Dougie sharing the bill for this special concert.
One of the highlights of the Festival was a repeat of Dougie MacLean’s ‘Caledonia Cantata’ in Perth Concert Hall. The acclaimed singer-song writer took to the stage with strings and Celtic musicians to create very special renditions of his wonderful melodies and compelling songs.
The ‘Dougie MacLean & Friends’ concert again in Perth Concert Hall presented lively collaborations and a very entertaining evening of music. The friends included: Julie Fowlis, Siobhan Wilson, Tim Edey, Cilla & Artie from The Singing Kettle, Ross Ainslie plus many more.
At the heart of the Festival was once again the beautiful and friendly village of Dunkeld, which was the location for the ever-popular Decorated Wheelbarrow Parade and Amber Autumn Picnic & Concert. The open air concert featured Canadian songwriter Buddy MacDonald, wonderful duo The Coaltown Daisies, lovely young singer Katie Kross, legendary instrumentalist Tim Edey, fabulously talented musicians from Wales The Goat Roper Rodeo Band and Perthshire's own Dougie MacLean. The action began on the Sunday morning through the streets of Dunkeld and continued through the afternoon in Stanley Hill, everyone was recommended to bring wellies and a brolly (just in case) and there were many local businesses open to buy a picnic from. The whole event was free and great fun for old and young, with over 1500 people lining the streets of Dunkeld.
There were also acoustic music sessions happening afternoon and evening in welcoming pubs in Dunkeld and other towns in Perthshire throughout the festival.
Dougie MacLean said:
“Ticket sales were really great this year and lots of people came for all four days. The line-up was fantastic and I really loved playing with this eminent crowd of musician friends. Perthshire is a joy at this time of year, so we are really enjoyed welcoming visitors from all over the world to enjoy some great music and beautiful scenery.”