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Perthshire Amber 2014

Please note!! The Festival Box Office and Information telephone number for the duration of the festival is 01350 727140 between 10am and 5pm. Please use this number!! There will be an answerphone on the usual Dougie MacLean Office telephone at Buttersone but dealing with messages may be delayed because of frantic festival activity!

Due to recent exceptional personal circumstances, Duncan Chisholm is unable to perform at this year's Perthshire Amber Festival.
However, audiences at Dunkeld Cathedral (Thursday 30 October, 8pm) will continue to enjoy a great night of music when Duncan's fellow comrade and fiddle player Bruce MacGregor will join Dougie MacLean.  Bruce will also perform at the Amber Afternoon Concert in Murthly Castle Chapel (Friday 31st Oct, 2pm).

This is the 10th year of our festival and promises once again to be full of wonderful concerts featuring the finest of Scotland's musical talent as well as some international guests. Our venues are as special as ever … ranging from the prestigious Perth Concert Hall to town halls and tiny village halls, from atmospheric castles to our historic Dunkeld Cathedral and even including an iron age Crannog on Loch Tay…25 venues in all in 2014!

The festival is always always evolving (remember it began as just a weekend of concerts!) and this year we're thrilled to have been chosen as one of the funded events for Homecoming Scotland 2014. We'll be bringing you some very special concerts and events to celebrate Homecoming Scotland 2014, the 10th anniversary of Perthshire Amber and Dougie's 40th year as a touring musician!!
Homecoming Scotland 2014
Another new element for 2014 is that our festival is gradually joining with other 'like-minded' international music festivals in different parts of the world in Perthshire Amber's "International Festival Family" initiative which has received assistance from EventScotland's Beacon Fund 2014. Ths year we are reaching out to and getting involved with the Celtic Colours International Festival in Cape Breton in Canada. More news of that soon...

Enjoy the website! All the Perthshire Amber team look forward to welcoming you to Perthshire in the autumn.

The Story So Far

"I've long dreamt of a 'festival-type' situation where I could really enjoy performing a wide body of my own work. After many years of accumulating quite a lot of songs and tunes it can be frustrating sometimes that concerts can only last a couple of hours!" (Dougie MacLean). Internationally acclaimed Singer-songwriter and Composer Dougie MacLean fulfilled his dream with the creation of The Perthshire Amber Festival, a festival that lights up the Autumn across some of Scotland's more beautiful countryside.

A Brilliant Festival! News 7/11/2013

Dougie MacLean at Dougie with Friends Concert 2013Well what can we say? We are all agreed that the 2013 Perthshire Amber Festival was the best yet!

We loved all the venues and artists ...

News - Festival Dates til 2016!!

Fri 24th October - Sun 2nd November 2014
Fri 30th October - Sun 8th November 2015

Fri 28th October - Sun 6th November 2016
Perthshire Amber Photo by Rob McDougall

Tickets! Tickets! Tickets! - 24/9/2014

We can't believe it's only a month til this year's festival starts!! We are thrilled with advance ticket sales with quite a number of our wonderful concerts sold out in advance ...Eddi Reader in Blair Castle, Duncan Chisolm's concerts in Dunkeld Cathedral and Murthly Castle Chapel, Dougie MacLean's Fiddle Concert in Caputh Church, The Paperboys in Butterstone Village Hall and Emily Smith in Castle Menzies...and of course The Sea Atlas in The Crannog! There are however still tickets availalable for some wonderful weekend and midweek concerts...

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

discoveries-weeExplore the wonderful history, landscapes, heritage, culture and communities of the our beautiful region ...through walks, talks, workshops, music sessions and lots more!

The Big Knit

Get your knitting needles out and help raise money for Guide Dogs Scotland.

Amber Harvest

Raid your cupboards or pantry and help The Cyrenians feed Scotland's homeless.

Festival Sponsors & Supporters