The Perthshire Amber Festival
"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). Internationally acclaimed Singer-songwriter and Composer Dougie MacLean fulfilled his dream with the creation of The Perthshire Amber Festival, a festival that lights up the Autumn across some of Scotland’s more beautiful countryside.
In 1998 Dougie was commissioned to write a piece of music for the Perth Festival of the Arts. He combined beautiful slow airs, majestic marches and toe-tapping reels and jigs with exquisite string arrangement by Kevin McCrae. What was born was described as "an irresistible tapestry of tunes, rhythms, instrumental and orchestral colours, harmonies and textures." (Michael Tumelty - The Herald). This composition was called ‘Perthshire Amber’.