May 12th, 2021 - Our Perthshire Amber Festival is not happening this year

After lots of deep and sometimes painful thought and consideration we have to announce that tickets will not be going on sale for our Perthshire Amber Festival 2021. There are just too many uncertainties surrounding the global pandemic, international travel, social distancing, availability of event insurance etc etc for us to proceed with planning the event.

Since our very first Perthshire Amber Weekend in 2005 we have loved welcoming to Perthshire ‘festival-goers’ from all over Scotland, from all parts of the UK and from all corners of the world! The music has always been wonderful, the venues and scenery always amazing and the general feeling of friendship and family has always been memorable.

We would really like our charity effort for The Cyrenians, “Perthshire Amber - The Big Knit”, to happen online again as it did in 2020. We raised over £2,200 from everyone’s efforts for those who really need it. If you would like to contribute some special hand knitted items (kiddies toys, gloves, hats, scarves, and rugs were really popular last year!) for a truly good cause…email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and let me know. If the enthusiasm and support is out there…. It will happen!

Similarly if the enthusiasm for our Live Streamed Concerts from the Old Schoolhouse is maintained until the autumn then we may schedule something very special for the weekend that would have been our festival weekend (November 5 -7)…a celebration that can be enjoyed by our growing global family! Anyone who has known Dougie and I for any length of time (since the days of Event in a Tent, Stanley Hill Sundays, through MacLean Real Music Bar at The Taybank, Rural Image, Clunie Concerts…) will know that we keep coming up with new ways to share the music!! … we will share any news of this if plans develop.

This year we just feel it’s important for us all to stay as safe and well as we can, gradually enjoy the live music concert experience as the global pandemic recedes … and meanwhile keep enjoying and supporting our efforts to share the music from our home base in Butterstone via the wonders of our world wide web!!

Warm regards to you all from Jenny and Dougie MacLean

November 2018 - The Countdown is almost done!!....Festival starts tomorrow!!

Wonky logo with lights

It will be much more 'music’ focused with loads of acoustic music sessions, Open Mic, Cabaret Amber...with great friend Tim Edey joining Dougie for a concert in the historic and atmospheric Murthly Castle Chapel, one big 'Dougie' concert in Perth Concert Hall... and a Farewell Bash in the beautiful setting of Dunkeld House on the banks of the River Tay.

Almost all our festival team is back together to help me organise with a lot of wonderful musicians amongst them even our Farewell Concert on the Sunday in Dunkeld House will be a very special one. In future years I will probably gradually add back in the concerts with more musical guests from Scotland and abroad. This year we are really focusing on the team and on festival goers getting involved themselves in the music.

October 2018 - Big Knit excitement! Just a week to go!

Every year since the Big Knit started there has been a surprise of some kind...a beautiful blanket to bid for...or blanket and cushions...or hats, hats, hats!!...or hedgehogs even.

Well... this year our 'Queen of the Big Knit'  Dolly has been very busy! She has knitted a whole wonderful family of Scarecrows and assorted other great wee  cuddly toys that will be sold to raise funds for our festival charity 'Cyrenians'. 

Scarecrow family 2w