December 2017 - News at last of the 2018 Festival!

"Though we have seen many festival-goers at some point during 2017, news about the future of this year’s festival is long overdue! We’ve had so many messages and email enquiries from all over the world over the last 15 months and I’m still working out the detail of our 2018 Perthshire Amber Festival...but it is happening!
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It has definitely been good for us to have a break from organising the festival in 2017… and as a result Dougie and I had a truly creative year with more time for our wonderful grandchildren and the rest of our family... and watercolours, mountain biking, gardening, cooking up storms, songwriting and recording… and all that stuff. At the same time you must all realise that Dougie and I genuinely love getting together with our team and bringing together folk from all over the world to enjoy Perthshire in the autumn …as well as sharing the music of course!

So our plan is to distill Perthshire Amber right back to a weekend in 2018 (2nd - 4th November)

October 2016 -Venue change for Duncan Chisholm's Amber Afternoon Concert.

3143 300x200With only a week before the festival starts,  we were notified only a couple of days ago that we needed to change the special venue for Duncan Chisholm's concert on Saturday 5th November 2016. The concert has been sold out for many months so it was a real shock to receive the news. We have been contacting the full list of ticket-holders (by email and/or phone) for Duncan's concert with the following message: 

"We have received an email from the caretaker of Castle Menzies informing us that the venue has been double-booked (by that same caretaker!!) for a wedding and therefore they can no longer honour our booking.

Thankfully, we have been able to relocate the concert to the historic Caputh Church which has a lovely acoustic, plenty of room for both our audience and our afternoon tea! We are also able to release some more tickets as a result of the venue haveing more available seating. These are available online CLICK HERE to book or by phone from our office.

The venue details are here and also on this website here. Doors open at 1:30pm and the concert starts at 2pm. There is ample parking but if anyone would like to book the shuttle bus then please do so as soon as possible.

We won't be re-issung tickets so just bring your ticket for Castle Menzies with you. Any shuttle bus requests will automatically be transferred.

If you have bought tickets and we haven't reached you yet, we'd really appreciate on receipt of this email that you drop us a quick This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to let us know you have received this update...that would be very helpful".

Despite the last minute change of Amber Afternoon Concert venue we are all so looking forward to welcoming Duncan to both Dunkeld Cathedral (completely sold out!) and to Caputh Church (40 tickets left). He is one of our very favourite every way!!

Perthshire Amber Festival tickets snapped up in record time! - June 2016

Perthshire Amber – The Dougie MacLean Festival returns for a 12th year of fantastic music, first-class talent and a packed programme for festival fans.  Scotland’s award-winning autumnal music festival, which attracts global audiences, has already sold-out four of the concerts and festival organisers are predicting another successful year.Caledonia Cantata

Renowned Scottish singer songwriter Dougie MacLean, who is the musical director and founder of the festival, will be joined by a stellar mix of musical talent, including Julie Fowlis, who’ll perform in the atmospheric Murthly Castle Chapel and Perth Concert Hall, Duncan Chisholm, who takes to the stage in the majestic Dunkeld Cathedral and Castle Menzies, as well as festival favourite Tim Edey who’ll charm audiences at the Crannog on Loch Tay and other venues.  Cilla Fisher and Archie Trezise, of Singing Kettle fame will also be joining the all-star cast at the ‘Dougie MacLean and Friends’ concert, as well as Artie performing ‘Artie’s Tartan Tales’ in the Wee Festival Hall.

Double Celebrations for Perthshire Amber Festival 2015!

Bumper year for Amber and Scottish Thistle Awards Success

18th November 2015. As the leaves fall from the trees in Perthshire and autumn turns to winter the 11th Perthshire Amber Festival has come to a close after ten days of fantastic music.  The festival finished last week (Sunday 8 November) and with over half of the 18 concerts sold out well in advance and an overall 80% of capacity filled, we are confident that they will have gained on last year’s audience numbers of over 10,000.  Visitors from 27 different countries travelled to Scotland to enjoy our ever-popular music festival.

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Join the Perfect Picnic as the festival celebrates Scotland’s Year of Food and Drink

Book your place for guided walks, workshops and talks now!

Festival-goers are in for a tasty treat at this year’s Perthshire Amber which takes place 30 October – 8 November.  In addition to the fantastic musical line up featuring 17 concerts, the festival has an extended fringe programme ‘Amber Discoveries’, which is packed with foodie delights to celebrate the Year of Food and Drink.