October 2018 - Big Knit excitement! Just a week to go!

Every year since the Big Knit started there has been a surprise of some kind...a beautiful blanket to bid for...or blanket and cushions...or hats, hats, hats!!...or hedgehogs even.

Well... this year our 'Queen of the Big Knit'  Dolly has been very busy! She has knitted a whole wonderful family of Scarecrows and assorted other great wee  cuddly toys that will be sold to raise funds for our festival charity 'Cyrenians'. 

We've been trying to work out the best way of making them all available. For those who can't come to the festival this year...if you want to send an email ( to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) with a suggested offer for a particular favourite (or family couple or group!) we'll keep track and let you know if you're in the running! Remember that all money raised from the Big Knit 2018 (as well as the food collected by our Amber Harvest) goes to the wonderful charity Cyrenians.
So...first we introduce the Scarecrow Family! Granny & Grandad, Mum & Dad, wee boy and girl and the baby in the pram! Aren't they wonderful?...

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May 2018 - Exciting News!....the "jewel of a festival" returns in 2018!

As announced back in December 2017 our plan has been to distill our Perthshire Amber Festival right back to a weekend this year  (2nd - 4th November 2018) with music sessions happening in Dunkeld pubs all weekend, a triple Cabaret Amber (with two on the Friday night and another on Saturday early evening), our Open Mic on the Saturday afternoon and very early on Sunday afternoon, a big Dougie concert on Saturday night in Perth Concert Hall, and a Farewell Concert/Event with the team on the Sunday afternoon in one of our favourite places on the banks of the River Tay! The Big Knit in aid of the Cyrenians is still happening in the Big Knit Lounge… no blanket auction or stress…just hats and kid’s knitted toys and anything else that folks fancy knitting! The Amber Market with all the wonderful creations from the Dunkeld Craft Collective will be happening again on the Saturday and no doubt there will be other surprise events and artists added right up until the end of the summer!

For the festival to carry on for many years to come (as we would all like it to!) it must be something that we all look forward to! A scaled back, simplified festival will give more time for our organising team to enjoy each others company and the music …including Dougie who for several festivals rarely got to a session or anything at the Royal because he was always getting ready for concerts!

December 2017 - News at last of the 2018 Festival!

"Though we have seen many festival-goers at some point during 2017, news about the future of this year’s festival is long overdue! We’ve had so many messages and email enquiries from all over the world over the last 15 months and I’m still working out the detail of our 2018 Perthshire Amber Festival...but it is happening!
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It has definitely been good for us to have a break from organising the festival in 2017… and as a result Dougie and I had a truly creative year with more time for our wonderful grandchildren and the rest of our family... and watercolours, mountain biking, gardening, cooking up storms, songwriting and recording… and all that stuff. At the same time you must all realise that Dougie and I genuinely love getting together with our team and bringing together folk from all over the world to enjoy Perthshire in the autumn …as well as sharing the music of course!

So our plan is to distill Perthshire Amber right back to a weekend in 2018 (2nd - 4th November)

October 2016 -Venue change for Duncan Chisholm's Amber Afternoon Concert.

3143 300x200With only a week before the festival starts,  we were notified only a couple of days ago that we needed to change the special venue for Duncan Chisholm's concert on Saturday 5th November 2016. The concert has been sold out for many months so it was a real shock to receive the news. We have been contacting the full list of ticket-holders (by email and/or phone) for Duncan's concert with the following message: 

"We have received an email from the caretaker of Castle Menzies informing us that the venue has been double-booked (by that same caretaker!!) for a wedding and therefore they can no longer honour our booking.

Thankfully, we have been able to relocate the concert to the historic Caputh Church which has a lovely acoustic, plenty of room for both our audience and our afternoon tea! We are also able to release some more tickets as a result of the venue haveing more available seating. These are available online CLICK HERE to book or by phone from our office.

The venue details are here https://www.scotlandschurchestrust.org.uk/church/caputh-parish-church and also on this website here. Doors open at 1:30pm and the concert starts at 2pm. There is ample parking but if anyone would like to book the shuttle bus then please do so as soon as possible.

We won't be re-issung tickets so just bring your ticket for Castle Menzies with you. Any shuttle bus requests will automatically be transferred.

If you have bought tickets and we haven't reached you yet, we'd really appreciate on receipt of this email that you drop us a quick This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to let us know you have received this update...that would be very helpful".

Despite the last minute change of Amber Afternoon Concert venue we are all so looking forward to welcoming Duncan to both Dunkeld Cathedral (completely sold out!) and to Caputh Church (40 tickets left). He is one of our very favourite musicians...in every way!!

Perthshire Amber Festival tickets snapped up in record time! - June 2016

Perthshire Amber – The Dougie MacLean Festival returns for a 12th year of fantastic music, first-class talent and a packed programme for festival fans.  Scotland’s award-winning autumnal music festival, which attracts global audiences, has already sold-out four of the concerts and festival organisers are predicting another successful year.Caledonia Cantata

Renowned Scottish singer songwriter Dougie MacLean, who is the musical director and founder of the festival, will be joined by a stellar mix of musical talent, including Julie Fowlis, who’ll perform in the atmospheric Murthly Castle Chapel and Perth Concert Hall, Duncan Chisholm, who takes to the stage in the majestic Dunkeld Cathedral and Castle Menzies, as well as festival favourite Tim Edey who’ll charm audiences at the Crannog on Loch Tay and other venues.  Cilla Fisher and Archie Trezise, of Singing Kettle fame will also be joining the all-star cast at the ‘Dougie MacLean and Friends’ concert, as well as Artie performing ‘Artie’s Tartan Tales’ in the Wee Festival Hall.

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