As autumn begins and the leaves start to turn, the team at the Perthshire Amber Festival are delighted to announce the Discoveries Programme for the 2014 festival. The Discoveries Programme sits alongside the afternoon and evening concerts as part of the ten day festival, which starts on 24 October and runs for ten days. The aim is to welcome visitors to the festival to explore the wonderful history, landscapes, heritage, culture and communities of our beautiful region. This year marks the tenth anniversary of the festival and organisers are celebrating with a special Heritage inspired programme as part of the Homecoming Celebrations.
Highlights from the programme include:
- The Decorated Wheelbarrow Procession, TheCross, Dunkeld, Saturday 25 October 11am
A brilliant family friendly event, the decorated barrows are led by The Edradour and Blair Atholl Pipe Band in a procession through the streets of Dunkeld, followed by judging and music and song from the festival team.
- The Perthshire Amber Heritage Afternoon, Stanley Hill, Dunkeld, Saturday 25 October 1230pm
This is a brand new event in partnership with National Trust for Scotland, to celebrate the Year of Homecoming. This is a family friendly, free afternoon of fun. Join us to enjoy some live music with fantastic festival favourites, The Dirty Beggars, Just Singin’ community choir and The Edradour and Blair Atholl Pipe Band. There will also be historical demonstrations from the National Trust for Scotland, ancient weaponry, craft and cooking in the Clanranald Medieval Village...and lots more!
- Discoveries Workshops, throughout the festival, various location in and around Dunkeld
The festival’s workshop programme includes the chance to try something new musically including Bohran, Mandolin, Group Singing, Gaelic Song and the Penny Whistle. There will also be workshop style concerts to come and experience Handbell Ringing and a performance by Tom Spiers and his family of “Far Ayont Bennachie" - Songs from the Greig-Duncan Folk Song Collection.
There is also a new non-musical workshop which is tipped to be very popular, called ‘Come and Discover Chocolate’ with local company Wicked Chocolate.
- Guided Walks, throughout the festival, various starting points
Perthshire is incredibly beautiful with stunning autumnal colours during the festival and each year the guided walks are a very popular part of the festival programme. This year the walks focus on various aspects including; archaeology, nature, photographic walks and a special music walk in the footsteps of Niel Gow. Locations include around Dunkeld, The Hermitage, Queen’s View at Loch Tummel , the hamlet of Dowally and Moncrieffe Hill.
More information, dates, times and booking procedures are available on www.perthshireamber.com.
Notes to Editors:
Perthshire Amber Festival
- 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’. Dougie was awarded a 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: Homecoming Scotland 2014; Creative Scotland; Event Scotland and Perth & Kinross Council; Caledonia Best; Edradour Distillery; Bell &Co Chartered Accountants; Butterstone Management & Events; Butterstone Studios; Cove Productions; Stagecoach; Wicked Chocolate; VisitScotland; Scotmid Co-op; Palmerstons, Dunkeld; Celtic Music Radio; The Royal Hotel Dunkeld and all the local businesses who offer support through the PALS scheme.
- Scotland will welcome the world in the Year of Homecoming 2014- providing a year-long programme of events alongside the Ryder Cup and Commonwealth Games .
- The Year of Homecoming Scotland will run from 31 December 2013 to 31 December 2014 throughout the length and breadth of the country.
- Visitors from around the world are invited to join in a celebration of the nation’s food and drink, active pursuits, cultural heritage, nature and ancestral heritage.
- Homecoming Scotland 2014 is a Scottish Government initiative being led by EventScotland and VisitScotland, supported by numerous partners.
- To find out more visit www.homecomingscotland.com