Scotland’s top autumnal music festival gets underway on Friday (24 October) with tickets sales at an all-time high and a fantastic fringe programme of new music and heritage themed activities to celebrate the year of Homecoming.
The festival celebrates its tenth anniversary this year and festival Director Jennifer MacLean is delighted that the programme has been so well received.
“I can hardly believe that this year we’re celebrating the 10th anniversary of the festival! When we first put on a weekend of concerts back in 2005, I had a feeling that we had a special concept ... combining the beauty of autumnal Perthshire in the heart of Scotland with the music of Dougie MacLean and his talented musical friends. I couldn’t have imagined this mushrooming effect and I’m really pleased with the growing numbers and enthusiasm for the festival year on year. I’m really thrilled also with the audience’s reaction to this year’s programme – we have brought some of the festival favourites from over the years back to the festival, including Eddi Reader, The Paperboys, Rachel Sermanni and Emily Smith as well as inviting great new talent to join the Perthshire Amber Festival family.”
The festival attracts over 9000 visitors from across Scotland, the UK and 22 countries world-wide and runs over ten days in venues across Perthshire. In addition to the concerts (afternoon and evening), the festival runs a programme of Amber Discoveries - walks, talks, workshops, open mic sessions, Cabaret Amber and pub sessions in Dunkeld and Birnam around the festival hub.
The particular success of the 2014 festival may be down to the profile of the Music Director and Founder Dougie MacLean who celebrates 40 years as a touring musician this year and featured (alongside Kylie Minogue, Lulu and Deacon Blue) at the Closing Ceremony of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow last month. He has also successfully collaborated on a stunning new album with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, whose performance with Dougie will be one of the star attractions at this year’s festival. He explains more:
“It’s been a fantastic year with many highlights and I am really looking forward to this year’s Perthshire Amber. I’m thrilled that the RSNO will be joining me for a very special concert at Perth Concert Hall on the 31 October and I am pleased that we are having two evening concerts in Blairgowrie as that’s where I played some of my first gigs over 40 years ago...a real Homecoming! I love the special beauty of Perthshire in the autumn and I hope that Perthshire Amber’s many friends old and new will really enjoy the fantastic music and atmosphere... and a very warm welcome.”
The Perthshire Amber Festival takes place 24 October – 2 November 2014 go to www.perthshireamber.com for the full line-up and to buy tickets, or call the box office on 01350 724261
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.
- EventScotland is working to make Scotland the perfect stage for events. By developing an exciting portfolio of sporting and cultural events EventScotland is helping to raise Scotland’s international profile and boost the economy by attracting more visitors. For further information about EventScotland, its funding programmes and latest event news visit www.EventScotland.org. Follow EventScotland on Twitter @EventScotNews. EventScotland is part of VisitScotland, the national tourism organisation which markets Scotland as a tourism destination across the world, gives support to the tourism industry and brings sustainable tourism growth to Scotland.
- 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