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BBC Alba's new Peat and Diesel documentary follows the band's 'challenging but triumphant' year

By Iona M.J. MacDonald

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BBC Alba Peat and Diesel documentary.
BBC Alba Peat and Diesel documentary.

Peat and Diesel reveal the toll it takes to make dreams come true in a new two-part BBC ALBA documentary airing over the festive season.

Following the three-piece Hebridean folk-rock band throughout a challenging but triumphant year, the documentaries invites viewers to experience the highs and the lows of life on the road.

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The first part of the documentary follows the band on a tour of the UK and Ireland, in Peat and Diesel – Trying to Find a Way to Make a Living, airing on December 28 at 9pm on BBC Alba.

In their tour in Ireland, they need to move to bigger venues to accommodate the enthusiastic audiences of Belfast, Dublin, Galway and Cork; and whilst in England, it becomes evident that fans are travelling far and wide to hear the band. Despite not understanding many of the Gaelic lyrics in their songs, a sell-out crowd in Birmingham sing their hearts out. The documentary also sees the band in awe as they find themselves on the bill at Glastonbury, a bucket-list opportunity to perform at one of the world’s biggest festivals.

In the second part of the double bill, Peat and Diesel – Hitch Your Wagon to a Star, airing on January 1 at 9pm, sees the band’s return to the road going from strength to strength.

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Taking a break from their ‘ordinary’ lives, part-time fisherman Calum 'Boydie' MacLeod, electrician Innes Scott and delivery driver Uilleam 'Uilly' MacLeod take their seats alongside Rod Stewart to pick up a gong at the Scottish Music Awards; before summertime sees the band perform in Europe for the first time at a music festival in Germany.

Their sharp rise up the festival ranks sees them play to 20,000 people at the Highlands' Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival and culminates in their first festival headline slot at the Hebridean Celtic Festival – becoming the first local band to ever headline the festival.

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Join the Stornoway trio on the crest of a wave in the roller coaster music documentaries, Peat and Diesel, premiering on BBC ALBA and iPlayer December 28 and January 1 at 9pm. Watch live or on demand: www.bbc.co.uk/tv/bbcalba

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