Amazing Amber - April 2013

Dougie MacLean reveals the stellar line up for the 9th Perthshire Amber Festival

Headline acts including award winning songwriter Karine Polwart, Capercaillie’s Karen Matheson and AMWWF (Anderson, McGinty, Webster, Ward and Fisher) and an exciting new collaboration known as The MacLean Project are all among the impressive line-up announced today (8 May).  They’ll perform, amongst over 300 musicians,  at the ten-day music festival, which takes place at venues across Perthshire from 25 October to 3 November.


Thousands of music fans travel to the festival, which has established itself as an important part of the Scottish festival calendar, with visitors coming from 22 countries in 2012 to enjoy the best in Scottish, folk and world music and a very warm Perthshire welcome.
Legendary singer songwriter Dougie MacLean who proudly collected a lifetime achievement from the BBC Folk Awards earlier this year, is the festival host and performs his crowd pleasing songs at various concerts during the festival.  The festival is the brainchild of Dougie and his wife, Festival Director Jennifer MacLean. 

Dougie MacLean explains:

“I have played at a lot of festivals in 39 years as a musician and I always thought ‘wouldn’t it be nice to bring the musician friends that I’ve made over the years to play in my home region?’.  Perthshire is especially remarkable to visit in the autumn time and I’m always very proud to bring new people to the area as well as welcome back many old friends to the stage and the audience.”

He continues:

“I really hope this year’s line-up will enthuse people as much as it has the festival team – we feel there will be a very fresh and exciting vibe in Perthshire this autumn.  It’s going to be a great one and I can’t wait.”

Other festival highlights will include:

- Musical legend Buddy Macdonald from Cape Breton in Canada and rising talent from Seattle, USA SeaStar, among others,  performing at the Dougie MacLean with Friends Concert in Perth Concert Hall.
- Ross Ainslie and Jarlath Henderson playing at Pitlochry Town Hall.
- Stunning instrumentalists Tim Edey and Charlie McKerron performing with Dougie MacLean in Dunkeld Cathedral.
- The Hazey Janes performing in Aberfeldy Town Hall.

The festival hub returns to the picturesque village of Dunkeld once more with Open Mic Sessions, pub sessions and Cabaret Amber all taking place there, adding to the fantastic festival atmosphere.  As ever, the festival team work hard to find unusual and quirky venues and in addition to the old favourites like the Iron Age Crannog and Castle Menzies, Murthly Castle Chapel and Butterstone Village Hall will also host special concerts this year.

Amber Central The Festival Base

central-weeFollowing the success of last year's festival the base of operations will once again be in the historic and picturesque town of Dunkeld in Perthshire.

Amber Discoveries

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The Big Knit

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Amber Harvest

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