An inspiring and involving long weekend of music awaits fans of Scottish, folk or contemporary original music in the welcoming little town of Dunkeld in Perthshire when one of Scotland’s most popular festivals, Perthshire Amber – the Dougie MacLean Festival, returns in November 2018.
Festival organisers took a well-deserved break in 2017 after a 12 year run, where Perthshire Amber grew from a weekend of concerts to a ten day festival attracting a worldwide audience to an array of venues around autumnal Perthshire.
News that the festival was to return this year has been met with great delight and almost all of the programme was quickly sold-out when it went on sale in the late spring… including Murthly Castle Chapel, multiple Cabaret Amber concerts and the Farewell Concert at Dunkeld House on the banks of the River Tay.
There are limited tickets still available for Dougie MacLean in Concert, which sold-out the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall during this year’s Celtic Connections, the Brunton Theatre during the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and numerous theatres and arts venues in the UK and USA during 2018. Performing at Perth Concert Hall on Saturday 3 November, the concert will share stunning songs from his recent album "New Tomorrow" as well as some of the best-loved songs from his decades as an internationally acclaimed performer. In the year that celebrates the 40th anniversary of MacLean’s anthem ‘Caledonia’ it’s a poignant time to look back, reflect on and celebrate the impressive career that has led to two prestigious Tartan Clef Awards, a place in the Scottish Music Hall of Fame, a Lifetime Achievement Award from BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and an OBE. Tickets for Dougie MacLean in Concert at Perth Concert Hall are selling fast, so anyone hoping to see him is advised to snap up the final tickets now.
Meanwhile in Dunkeld throughout Festival weekend the crowds are expected to descend on the four main pubs in the town, which will be hosting simultaneous acoustic music sessions. The sessions will be free and everyone is most welcome to come along to either sit back and enjoy or join in. The festival was described as ‘The most original acoustic music festival in Scotland today’ by Sing Out Magazine (USA) and Festival Director Jennifer MacLean explains more:
‘This year we were keen to bring the festival back to its core and think about what it is that makes Perthshire Amber so special. Dougie and I originally wanted to show his audiences his beautiful home region, which continues to inspire his song-writing, and to bring together our musical friends and his audiences in a situation where music is at the heart of everything. What better way to do that than intimate concerts in charming locations and pub sessions where so many great friendships have started over the years. We are excited to be back and looking forward to Perthshire Amber 2018. Please make your way to Dunkeld for a weekend of music and a very warm welcome!’
To buy tickets for Dougie MacLean in Concert at Perth Concert Hall, call the box office on 01738 621031
For more information about the festival, go to www.perthshireamber.com
Photo credit: Rob McDougall
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