Dougie MacLean’s Autumnal Celebration of Music – Perthshire Amber – 30 October – 8 November 2015
Dunkeld welcomes the world to Dougie MacLean’s Autumnal Celebration of Music – It’s the final countdown to Scotland’s “most original acoustic music festival” Perthshire Amber, which returns with a stellar line-up, on 30 October.
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 well-loved festival features 25 venues throughout the region including historic castles, the stunning Dunkeld Cathedral, cosy village halls, the ancient Iron Age Crannog on Loch Tay and the prestigious Perth Concert Hall.
The Byre at Inchyra, which is a wonderfully atmospheric venue dating from 1877 and formerly home to the cattle from the Inchyra Estate, is a new festival venue for 2015. It fell into ruin only to be beautifully restored over the past couple of years and festival organisers are delighted to add The Byre at Inchyra to the host of quirky and fascinating venues used during the festival.
The festival has always had a strong representation of ‘rest of UK’ and international talent, 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.
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