Hebridean Celtic Festival is paying tribute to the distinctive island phenomenon of ‘Peatlemania’, with Stornoway band Peat & Diesel to be offered an extra event in the Festival programme.

HebCelt organisers have set a ‘meet the band’ event for the island heroes, scheduled between 2 and 3pm on Wednesday 17th July at Stornoway Town Hall.

Festival director Caroline Maclennan said: “Peat & Diesel have been generating a huge amount of buzz and we are very aware of the huge appeal they have, particularly locally and among young fans.

“We’ve taken the opportunity to programme this additional event and the boys are enthusiastically behind it. They’ll be playing a few tunes and there’ll be the opportunity to secure a copy of their latest album – if you don’t have it already – and to get autographs and pictures taken with your idols.”

The Stornoway band, featuring Calum ‘Boydie’ Macleod on guitar and vocals, Innes Scott on accordion and Uilleam Macleod on drums, caused a sensation at The Gathering in Inverness last month, when their set was first delayed and later stopped because of safety concerns about the numbers of fans in the tent.

They’ve scored a hit especially with young music-lovers, for whom the lyrics of songs like ‘salt and pepper’ are proving to be popular school bus singalongs.

Peat & Diesel will be playing on Friday 19th July at HebCelt and also Saturday July 20th at 10.30pm at the Sea Anglers Club in Stornoway, and are on the bill for the last ever Loopallu festival in Ullapool on September 27th.