PRESS RELEASE - October 2013 - Get Involved

Perthshire Amber Festival challenges Festival Goers to Get Involved

The Perthshire Amber Festival has announced its Amber Discoveries Programme, which complements the main concerts with a fantastic array of expert led activities.  Festival organisers are welcoming visitors to the festival and locals to try out new activities, visit somewhere new or explore a different part of the region.

Dougie MacLean OBE explains:

"Perthshire is such a wonderful region, the landscape is stunning and the history is fascinating, the heritage, culture and the strong sense of community are all things that combine to make it a very special place.  I grew up in Perthshire and although I travel the world performing, home is very special to me.   I discover new things about the region all the time, so even if you live in the area, I recommend using the festival as a great excuse to discover more about your home county.  So many of my songs are inspired by the natural beauty of the area and I want to share that with our festival friends. We don’t just want people to come to a concert and then leave, we want them to really experience the festival atmosphere and get involved!"

Highlights of the Discoveries Programme include:

The SongBus
The SongBus is a musical journey which travels through beautiful parts of Perthshire that are of special musical importance... The passengers are looked after and entertained along the way by some fine musicians brought together by festival favourite, host Ewen Sutherland. There will be lots of singing on the bus, a little walking and a picnic lunch.  There are two Song Bus dates 28 Oct and 1 Nov they are always prove a popular part of the line-up.  

Guided Walks
Autumn is one of the best times to get out and explore Perthshire and appreciate the seasons colours.  Visitors can come and get information from Amber Central of some self-led walks in the Dunkeld area and there are also some wonderful guided walks in the programme.   Visitors interested in archaeology can join the Perth and Kinross Heritage Trust walks at Queens View and The Black Spout.  There are also walks for those photography enthusiasts where an autumn ramble can be combined with some photography hints and tips from our experts.

General Workshops
This year is the Year of Natural Scotland, so come along and join one of our workshops led by Plant Ideas at the Yurt on Stanley Hill, Dunkeld.  Classes include ‘Make your own..‘: lip balm, bath melt, moisturiser and medicinal teas – plus you get to take home what you make.
Back by popular demand the Beekeeping Workshop returns with John Taylor from Beeware hosting this fascinating insight into the world of bees.

Music Workshops
Feeling inspired by all the musicians?  The ‘Come and try…’ workshops are for complete beginners so sign up and release your hidden talents and join one of the festival’s music workshops: Come and try… Group Singing; Penny Whistle; Handbell Ringing; Fiddle; Mandolin; Bodhran

If you’re already mastered your instrument, then bring it along to one of the pub sessions and join in, there will be a full timetable over the 10 days of the festival with pub sessions going on in the pubs in Dunkeld and Birnam.  These sessions are free, pop into Amber Central (The Royal Hotel, Dunkeld) for a list of what’s on each day and for timings.

Decorated Wheelbarrow Procession
The Decorated Wheelbarrow Procession makes a welcome return to the streets of Dunkeld on the morning of Saturday 26th October, where local rivals compete for the coveted ‘Golden Wheelbarrow Trophy’.  As the crowds line the streets, around 25 decorated barrows  will be led through the streets of Dunkeld by the Pitlochry & Blair Atholl Pipe Band and meet at The Cross for judging and some entertainment from community choir ‘Just Singin’’ well as a wee song from Dougie MacLean himself! 

For more information on Amber Discoveries , the full Perthshire Amber programme of concerts and to book tickets go to or call the box office on 01350 724 261


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’.  Earlier this year Dougie was awarded a Lifetime Achievement 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; Caledonia Best; Perth & Kinross Council; Edradour Distillery; Bell &Co Chartered Accountants; Dicksons of Perth; VisitScotland; Scotmid; Co-op; Palmerstons, Dunkeld; The Royal Hotel Dunkeld; Drinkmonger and all the local businesses who offer support through the PALS scheme.
  • Dates for Perthshire Amber 2013 Friday 25th October - Sunday 3rd November go to for more information or to book tickets
  • For press information, please contact Jude Henderson PR, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / 07739 791 792