As our Perthshire Amber Festival 2020 and 2021 has been cancelled our Open Mic is unable to take place.
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 is still sadly missed by all our festival team and we have named 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 time for each performance is 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