AMBER FESTIVAL INFO, PERTHSHIRE...

Perthshire is the home of Dougie MacLean. Many of his songs and melodies were inspired by this land and the people who surrounded him there in his youth and to this day. The Perthshire Amber Festival includes concert performances in an inspiring range of venues...from custom designed theatre to castles and even an Iron Age crannog! It gives locals and visitors the opportunity to explore Perthshire with a focus, and for enthusiasts for Dougie MacLean's music to experience the place where he lives and gain a deeper understanding of the meaning of and inspiration for some of his songs and instrumental compositions.

'Amber' as a word is evocative of golden, rich, autumnal colour... something that Perthshire is renowned for. The annual Perthshire Amber Festival begins on the last weekend in October, a perfect time to experience these colours.

The Perthshire Amber Festival brings together many musicians and entertainers from different parts of the world who have been involved with Dougie MacLean over the years. It also provides an opportunity for him to perform little heard songs, as well as well known favourites! From the first festival in 2005 Dougie has delivered, (as far as earthly possible!) his promise of "no song repeated".

"I've long dreamt of a 'festival-type' situation where I could really enjoy performing a wide body of my own work. After many years of accumulating quite a lot of songs and tunes it can be frustrating sometimes that concerts can only last a couple of hours!" (Dougie MacLean

Dougie MacLean (Photo credits to Calum MacIntosh)