Open Mic 2016

This year the afternoon Open Mic sessions will again be held in the "Wee Festival Hall" upstairs at The Royal Dunkeld Hotel and hosted by Ewen Sutherland, who is a fine performer in his own right as well as a wonderful and encouraging compere. Dougie and Ewen formed a folk duo while at school and then went on to form a band called Puddock's Well, which had an influence on the development of what is now called "the celtic music scene"- with members Andy M Stewart and Martin Hadden joining well known folk band Silly Wizard And Dougie himself joining The Tannahill Weavers.

The Open Mic concept has been in existence for years at music festivals, but of late has become more widely known through the very successful Open Mic sessions started by Danny Kyle at Glasgow's Celtic Connections Festival. The Open Mic gives the chance to musicians, who aren't performing at the evening concerts, to get involved in the weekend's music.

The most important thing about an Open Mic is the audience. Over the past years the welcoming, attentive and responsive audiences at the open mic sessions helped to make the events enjoyable for all the performers involved.

The dates for this year's Perthshire Amber Festival Open Mic are Saturday 5th November (12 midday-3pm) and Sunday 6th November 2016 (1pm -4pm).

As with past years, the time for each performance will be limited to 10 minutes (2 songs max) per artist or group. Please note that this is an acoustic open mic. event, with a good quality but small PA system, so we will not cater for heavily electric music.

If you are interested in performing on one of the dates please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the name and a short desciption of you/your band (with what instruments you play) and two mp3 music files so that we can have a listen and (hopefully) add you to our list. Please also send a mobile and home contact telephone number. There has always been a wonderful response from musicians of all ages and from all over the world!... they should be 2 really enjoyable afternoons of music.

Open Mic in the Wee Festival HallOpen Mic in the Wee Festival Hall

 …as of 13th May 2016. The OPEN MIC is now full! 


OPEN MIC PERTHSHIRE AMBER 2016.. THIS YEAR'S PERFORMERS! They are not in order of appearance...that will be decided on the day.

Saturday 5th November

1. Amy Lerie 

2. Shelagh McKay Jones
3.David Byrne 
4. The Domestics  
5. Wilder Adkins

6. Katee Kross
7.Dawn Danis 

8. Gary Anderson

9. Eddie Cairney

10. Jenny Sturgeon

11. Journey North

12. Chris Barrett 

13.Les Santangeli

14. Coaltown Daisies

Reserve 1. Strung, Drawn and Quartered

Reserve 2.


Sunday 6th November

1. Harry Macfadyen 

2. Faramach 

3. Becky Campbell

4. Caraidean 

5. Liam Ross
6. Roger Graham

7. The Wild Parochial Boy

8. Gill Halliday & Chris Sesar

9. Conundrum

10. The Moonbeams

11. Stuart Blance

12. For One Night Only

13. Ray Turley

14. Lisa and Sue Chapin-Wickwar

Reserve 1. Jerry Akehurst

Reserve 2. 

IF YOU ARE A PERFORMER ON THE LIST WHO IS UNABLE TO COME FOR ANY REASON PLEASE GET IN TOUCH AND LET US KNOW AS SOON AS POSSIBLE ... as there are always other musicians keen to enjoy the opportunity to perform.