A Brilliant Festival!…a message from Jenny
Wonderful venues, brilliant countryside, warm and friendly team and fantastic music…thanks a million to all involved. It was so worth the trip! (Joseph Biji, Jakarta, Indonesia)
“This was the kind of sentiment expressed by so many of the 9,000 festival goers and over 300 musicians who ‘experienced’ this year’s Perthshire Amber Festival in the heart of Scotland ... and all the festival team agree that it was the best yet!
In its 9th year there was again a significant increase in the number of visitors from outwith the region (and indeed from outwith Scotland) and this year’s festival had a truly international feel to it. In fact within one small Dunkeld B&B there were festival guests staying from England, Germany, New Zealand, Israel and America! This increase had a knock on effect on the estimated economic impact of the festival on the local economy, which exceeded £1,000,000 for the first time!"
"The range of Scottish and international musicians was great with the line-up including Karine Polwart, The Hazey Janes, Karen Matheson, AMWWF, The MacLean Project, Charlie McKerron, Buddy Macdonald, SeaStar and Ross and Jarlath's Band as well as all the Cabaret Amber performers and those who joined in on the three afternoons of Open Mic.
As ever, in addition to the great music, I think what makes the festival unique is the array of wonderful venues: from the quaint and quirky to the atmospheric and historic, to the impressively modern. Murthly Castle Chapel provided an enchanting new venue this year, which we were delighted to have as part of our programme.
Our Amber Acoustic Sessions really came into their own in 2013, with afternoon and evening sessions in various carefully selected pubs around Dunkeld and Birnam ... the feedback from those has been excellent. In addition to thanking our festival team, I’d like to extend a big thank you to all our sponsors and PALS (Perthshire Amber Local Supporters) we really appreciate the support which helps us to carry on providing the wide range of concerts, walks, workshops, talks and sessions that make up the Perthshire Amber tapestry.”
(Jennifer MacLean - Festival Director)