Perthshire Amber

Item Posted: Tuesday 27th October, 2009

Perthshire Amber

By the time you buy this copy of PWN, Perthshire Amber will be underway and many of the shows will be sold out, so check out availability on www.perthshireamber.com before travelling, but there will still be talks, sessions and the odd concert to enjoy with some of the biggest names in the game, along with some up and coming performers you may not know. The fun stretches from 30th October to 8th November.

For the "Indigenous" Album Concert on Friday 6th November at Pitlochry Festival Theatre the 1990's Dougie MacLean’s band will be joined by Ross Ainslie and Ali Hutton (both close friends and protegees of Gordie) to play his distinctive whistle parts on the songs "Rank & Roses" and the live version of "Rite of Passage".

The album "Indigenous" remains one of Dougie's most popular albums and there are a few songs on the album that Dougie rarely (or never) sings. This will be a very special opportunity to hear favourites like "Eternity" and "Rite of Passage" along with the original versions of "Turning Away", "Slave's Lament", "This Line Has Broken" and "War" as well as the rarely performed "Thundering In", "Rank & Roses" and "Let her Go"...with Dougie's version of the beautiful Burn's song "Ae Fond Kiss" for good measure! Dougie has his work cut out remembering the lyrics for all these songs...but it will certainly make for a memorable concert.

From the early 1980s Dougie has performed with various different line-ups. Probably the most widely known Dougie MacLean Band in the past came together in the early 90's and included Davie Duncan, Jimmy Anderson and Chris Smith. They were joined by a great friend of Dougie's, the late Gordon Duncan for some tours and recording and subsequently by Ali Napier.

In the 1990's the band performed extensively in the USA and Scotland as well as at a number of festivals in Europe and really helped to raise the profile of Dougie's music. The band appeared as special guests at a number of large Runrig concerts and featured at a succession of Celtic Connections Festivals and Edinburgh Fringe Festivals. Probably their greatest hour was the main stage spot at the huge Telluride Bluegrass Festival in Colorado USA.

The first half of the concert will be shared between the fine instrumental talents of Ross Ainslie, Jarlath Henderson & Ali Hutton and the rich, bluesy voice and guitar of American songwriter Eliza Lynn.

The final concert on Sunday 8th November, "The Caledonia Concert", will bring together wonderful musicians from five countries around the globe in the prestigious and dramatic Perth Concert Hall- Sunas (Australia), Frances Black (Ireland), Calaisa (Sweden), Dougie MacLean (Scotland), Eliza Lynn (USA) and other special guests.

For more info and to check availability of tickets go to www.perthshireamber.com


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