Peat & Diesel's astonishing climb to local stardom saw more packed and overflowing venues at the Hebridean Celtic Festival yesterday (Friday July 19th).

In the evening, the band totally redefined the meaning of 'acoustic' as huge queues snaked across the field from their scheduled performance in the 'Acoustic Tent'.  Large numbers had to listen from outside what is the smallest of the three covered venues.

Earlier an event announced only at the start of the morning, saw the group performing on the main stage in the biggest tent to a large audience - the set scheduled to run for 30 minutes from 2.15pm overran by 15 minutes to meet the continued demand for more numbers.  

Band member Innes Scott described the situation as incredible and thanked the fans profusely for their support. He also announced a date at Celtic Connections next January - and that their second album would be issued then.

The previous day, the unexpected island phenomenon that is Peat & Diesel struck again with youngsters shut outside the Town Hall which was too full for all the would-be attendees as the musical trio of Calum ‘Boydie’ Macleod, Innes Scott and Uilleam Macleod thrilled the audience with a mini family-friendly concert.

On Facebook last night the group said: "Sorry to all those who didn’t make it into the tent tonight, we hope the sound was crystal-clear outside.

"A big thank you to every single person who came to both our shows today and also to our “Meet & Greet” on Wednesday afternoon.

"We’ve had an absolute blast at HebCelt Festival this year, thanks to all who made this happen.

"We finish off our Heb Celt shenanigans tomorrow evening (Saturday July 20th) in the Sea Angling Club, see you all there."