Peat and Diesel doc­u­men­tary wins Big Ap­ple film award

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A BBC Alba doc­u­men­tary about He­bridean folk-rock band Peat and Diesel has won a ma­jor award at a New York film fes­ti­val.

Peat and Diesel: That’s The Way We Do It! re­ceived the prize for In­ter­na­tional Doc­u­men­tary Fea­ture at the long-run­ning Wil­liams­burg In­ter­na­tional Film and Mu­sic Fes­ti­val in Brook­lyn, New York.

Pro­duced by MacTV, the pro­gramme fol­lows the Stornoway band as they gain mo­men­tum and fame ahead of the launch of their sec­ond al­bum and a land­mark gig at the leg­endary Glas­gow venue, the Bar­row­land Ball­room.

Peat and Diesel, com­pris­ing of fish­er­man Calum ‘Boy­die’ Macleod, elec­tri­cian Innes Scott and de­liv­ery van driver Uil­leam ‘Uilly’ Macleod, have taken the Scot­tish mu­sic scene by storm, cap­tur­ing the coun­try’s imag­i­na­tion through their in­fec­tious mu­sic and unique tales of is­land life.

The doc­u­men­tary was a huge suc­cess on BBC ALBA when it aired in early April, as part of an evening of Peat and Diesel mu­sic and an­tics which drew one of the big­gest au­di­ences of the year.

BBC ALBA head of ser­vice Mar­garet Mary Mur­ray, who was also ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer of the pro­gramme, said: ‘We had a feel­ing that this pro­gramme would be a hit with au­di­ences and it cer­tainly was. We re­ceived a huge amount of ap­pre­cia­tive feed­back from the au­di­ence when we screened the dou­ble bill of this fab­u­lously en­ter­tain­ing roller coaster road movie chart­ing the rise of Peat and Diesel plus cov­er­age of their sell-out gig in Glas­gow. It was a mem­o­rable night on BBC ALBA.

‘We are de­lighted that the tal­ent of the is­land-based mu­si­cians and film­mak­ers has been recog­nised on the in­ter­na­tional stage demon­strat­ing that the lo­cal does have global ap­peal.’

The pro­gramme’s pro­ducer/ direc­tor, the RTS Scot­land award-win­ner Daib­hidh Martin, added: ‘Peat and Diesel are to­tally unique and it was great craic be­ing on the road with them. They are cap­ti­vat­ing and it’s been bril­liant to be there with them as they be­come more and more suc­cess­ful, watch­ing the au­di­ences re­act so pos­i­tively to them. They cel­e­brate Gaelic and is­land cul­ture, mix­ing sin­cere and re­lat­able sub­jects with comedic im­agery and stylings.

‘It was never dif­fi­cult to film the band and cap­ture some­thing that au­di­ences would re­spond to.’

Alan Cruick­shank Photograph­ic

Stor­n­away-based Peat and Diesel.

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