Final countdown to Scotland’s “most original acoustic music festival” – Perthshire Amber Festival
October 19, 2015 by Perthshire Creates
Perthshire will come alive with the sound of music as Perthshire Amber Festival returns 30 October – 8 November.
Perthshire Amber Festival is in its 11th year and promises once again to be full of wonderful concerts featuring the finest of Scotland’s musical talent as well as some international guests. With a wide range of special venues ranging from the Perth Concert Hall to town halls and tiny village halls, from atmospheric castles to the historic Dunkeld Cathedral and even including an iron age Crannog on Loch Tay, there are 25 venues in all in 2015! A very special new venue is The Byre at Inchyra, a stunning rustic barn venue in the grounds of a castle in yet another part of Perthshire!
Headliners include ‘home grown’ talent Dallahan, Emily Smith, Rura, Ross Ainslie, Blazin’ Fiddles, Karine Polwart, Benny Gallagher and The Wrigley Sisters all playing alongside Dougie MacLean, festival founder and the singer songwriter who gave us Scotland’s anthem ‘Caledonia’. The festival’s ‘home base’ is the picturesque village of Dunkeld in stunning autumnal Perthshire and runs for ten days until the 8 November.
The festival has always had a strong representation of ‘rest of UK’ and international talent and this year is no different Bella Hardy, Elliott Morris and Jess Morgan hailing from different parts of England The Mae Trio from Australia; Jessie Will from New Zealand, Stanley Samuelsen from the Faroe Islands will all travel to Scotland for the festival as well as the welcome return of Buddy MacDonald from Nova Scotia, Canada.
In addition to the fantastic feature concerts, the fringe programme ‘Amber Discoveries’ will continue to support and promote new music and up-and-coming talent through the Open Mic afternoons and early evening Cabaret Amber, which are both free admission. The ever-popular Decorated Wheelbarrow Procession will return to the streets of Dunkeld to mark the first Sunday of the festival processing to the historic Stanley Hill for an afternoon of music at the Amber Autumn Picnic, celebrating Scotland’s Year of Food and Drink. As usual throughout the 10 days there will be guided walks, talks and demonstrations. Festival sponsors Tennant’s Caledonia will make a welcome return offering samples of Caledonia Best to attendees of the evening concerts.
Tickets are selling fast, check the Perthshire Amber website to find out more and book tickets, or call the box office on 00 44 (0)1350 724 281
Photo credit: Rob McDougall