Perthshire will come alive with the sound of music as Perthshire Amber Festival returns 30 October – 8 November.
Thousands expected at Dougie MacLean’s Autumnal Celebration of Music
It’s the final countdown to Scotland’s “most original acoustic music festival” Perthshire Amber, which returns with a stellar line-up, on 30 October. Headliners include ‘home grown’ talent Dallahan, Emily Smith, Rura, Ross Ainslie, Blazin’ Fiddles, Karine Polwart, Benny Gallagher and The Wrigley Sisters all playing alongside Dougie MacLean, festival founder and the singer songwriter who gave us Scotland’s anthem ‘Caledonia’. The festival’s ‘home base’ is the picturesque village of Dunkeld in stunning autumnal Perthshire and runs for ten days until the 8 November.
The well-loved festival features 25 venues throughout the region including historic castles, the stunning Dunkeld Cathedral, cosy village halls, the ancient Iron Age Crannog on Loch Tay and the prestigious Perth Concert Hall. The Byre at Inchyra, which is a wonderfully atmospheric venue dating from 1877 and formerly home to the cattle from the Inchyra Estate, is a new festival venue for 2015. It fell into ruin only to be beautifully restored over the past couple of years and festival organisers are delighted to add The Byre at Inchyra to the host of quirky and fascinating venues used during the festival.
The festival has always had a strong representation of ‘rest of UK’ and international talent and this year is no different Bella Hardy, Elliott Morris and Jess Morgan hailing from different parts of England The Mae Trio from Australia; Jessie Will from New Zealand, Stanley Samuelsen from the Faroe Islands will all travel to Scotland for the festival as well as the welcome return of Buddy MacDonald from Nova Scotia, Canada.
Dougie MacLean, Co-founder and Musical Director of the Festival comments:
“We are so excited about this year’s festival; tickets are going very well, with several concerts sold out and the trees are just starting to turn golden, it is the best time of year to visit the wonderful region I call home. I am especially excited about performing my Caledonia Cantata on Friday 6 November – it’s going to be a great night with so many fantastically talented musicians joining me on stage, I think it’s going to be a really special one.”
Last year the festival broke records by bringing over 10,000 visitors to Perthshire and an economic impact of well over £1 million which festival organisers are keen to extend that this year. With the help of Dougie MacLean’s international profile, visitors from 26 different countries were drawn to the festival in 2014 along with music fans from all over the UK, which all adds to the exciting festival atmosphere.
Ian Smith, Head of Music at Creative Scotland, said:
“The continuing success of the Perthshire Amber festival is testament to Dougie MacLean's global reputation as a singer, songwriter and composer. The festival makes a significant contribution to the Perthshire area and supports Scotland’s music scene by creating a fantastic platform for a range of outstanding performers. The festival deservedly has an international reputation celebrating Scotland’s great cultural and creative heritage, especially in music.”
In addition to the fantastic feature concerts, the fringe programme ‘Amber Discoveries’ will continue to support and promote new music and up-and-coming talent through the Open Mic afternoons and early evening Cabaret Amber, which are both free admission. The ever-popular Decorated Wheelbarrow Procession will return to the streets of Dunkeld to mark the first Sunday of the festival processing to the historic Stanley Hill for an afternoon of music at the Amber Autumn Picnic, celebrating Scotland’s Year of Food and Drink. As usual throughout the 10 days there will be guided walks, talks and demonstrations. Festival sponsors Tennant’s Caledonia will make a welcome return offering samples of Caledonia Best to attendees of the evening concerts.
Perthshire Amber Festival - 30 October – 8 November 2015
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Notes to Editors
Dougie MacLean OBE is one of Scotland's finest songwriter-composers, internationally renowned for his song 'Caledonia', music for 'Last of the Mohicans' and inspired performances worldwide - from New York's Carnegie Hall to London's Festival Theatre and The Sydney Opera House.
MacLean's songs have been covered by Paolo Nutini, Amy MacDonald, Ronan Keating, Mary Black, Frankie Miller, Cara Dillon, Kathy Mattea and many other top performers. He's recently received two prestigious Tartan Clef Awards, a place in the Scottish Music Hall of Fame and an OBE in the 2011 New Year Honours list. ‘Caledonia’ was recently voted one of Scotland’s best loved songs on the ITV Show ‘Scotland’s Greatest Album’. Dougie was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award for his contribution to song writing in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2013.
The Perthshire Amber Festival is grateful to the following funders and supporters: Creative Scotland; EventScotland; Perth & Kinross Council; Caledonia Best; Edradour Distillery; Bell &Co Chartered Accountants; Butterstone Management & Events; Butterstone Studios; Stagecoach; Wicked Chocolate; VisitScotland; Scotmid Co-op; Palmerstons, Dunkeld; Celtic Music Radio; Perth & Kinross Heritage Trust; National Trust for Scotland; The Royal Hotel Dunkeld and all the local businesses who offer support through the PALS scheme.
Creative Scotland is the public body that supports the arts, screen and creative industries across all parts of Scotland on behalf of everyone who lives, works or visits here. We enable people and organisations to work in and experience the arts, screen and creative industries in Scotland by helping others to develop great ideas and bring them to life. We distribute funding provided by the Scottish Government and the National Lottery. For further information about Creative Scotland please visit www.creativescotland.com. Follow us @creativescots and www.facebook.com/CreativeScotland
Year of Food and Drink
The Year of Food and Drink Scotland will start on 1 January 2015 and end on 31 December 2015. 2015 will build on the momentum generated by Homecoming Scotland 2014 by celebrating the role that food and drink plays in shaping our economic success. Through a series of exciting events and activities, the year will showcase Scotland’s outstanding natural larder and our reputation as a Land of Food and Drink.
The Year of Food and Drink Scotland 2015 is a Scottish Government initiative being delivered by VisitScotland and EventScotland in partnership with Scotland Food & Drink, Scottish Enterprise, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, Scottish Tourism Alliance, Scottish Agricultural College and Young Scot.
For more information visit www.VisitScotland.com/TasteScotland
EventScotland is working to make Scotland the perfect stage for events. By developing an exciting portfolio of sporting and cultural events EventScotland is helping to raise Scotland’s international profile and boost the economy by attracting more visitors. For further information about EventScotland, its funding programmes and latest event news visit www.EventScotland.org. Follow EventScotland on Twitter @EventScotNews. EventScotland a team in the VisitScotland Events Directorate - the national tourism organisation which markets Scotland as a tourism destination across the world, gives support to the tourism industry and brings sustainable tourism growth to Scotland.