Isles superstars Peat and Diesel are giving up the booze for an entire month by taking part in Macmillan Cancer Support’s Go Sober for October campaign. 

Members, Calum “Boydie” MacLeod, Innes Scott and Uilly Macleod formed in 2018 after regular Saturday music sessions at the band members’ homes in Stornoway became popular on social media. 

With a take on traditional Scottish music, most of their songs are in English but also include some Gaelic. The boys, a fisherman, an electrician, and a delivery driver, shot to fame last year when they won “Live Act of the Year” at the Scot Trad Music Awards. 

In solidarity with 31-year-old Fisherman, Boydie, the boys in the band and the crew of his fishing boat, Comrade have decided to go on the wagon. 

With no gigs in the pipeline and no parties to attend, Boydie said: “Apart from the rain out at sea it’s going to be a dry month. No one is saying it’s going to be easy but with the band and my crew joining in, it will certainly help. Uilly has a big birthday this month, so we’re going to have to celebrate with a cup of coffee and leave the partying to a later date.”

On the band’s Facebook page there are lots of good luck and cheeky messages from fans and supporters as the boys’ head into a month of sobriety. Uilly said: “I think I’ll cope fine with going sober but I’m not sure about Boydie. He likes his beer! I’m more of a gin and tonic man myself and Innes is 'tea total' so this will be a breeze to him. 

“I turn 30 on the 25th of October, so I guess celebrations will need to take place in November. Macmillan Cancer Support, are a much-loved charity across the Western Isles and support a lot of people in the community so it’s great to be doing something for them.”

Unable to get together because of the pandemic, Uilly said: “We had a gig on the back of a trailer at the start of lockdown just to try and lift people’s spirits a wee bit but since then it’s been hard. We managed to meet once when the restrictions were eased and had a few practices. Now of course we can’t meet at all because we are from three different households. 

“I usually like a drink to wind down at the end of a hard week, so I’ll need to take up something else to relax a bit. It’s all for a good cause so we will be reminding ourselves of that throughout. Anything people can donate to our page, is very much appreciated, thank you.”

Shirlie Geddes, Senior Fundraising Manager in the North of Scotland, Macmillan Cancer Support, said: “We can’t thank the members of Peat and Diesel enough for taking part in our Go Sober fundraiser. Thank you also to the fishing boat, Comrade. The band are very popular and well-known so I am sure there will be lots of support from their fan base. 

“It’s such a difficult time for charities just now so their support is very much appreciated and I’m sure they’ll be able to catch up on their favourite tipples once October is out the way. Happy 30th birthday to Uilly when it comes and a massive thank you from everyone at Macmillan. Good luck!”

Macmillan Cancer Support are doing everything they can to help address the immediate and unique challenges that having cancer during this pandemic brings but they need your support. Your donations are vital to enable them to continue to be there for people living with cancer. 

If you would like to donate to Peat & Diesel’s Go Sober page, please visit: https://www.gosober.org.uk/teams/peat-diesel

Macmillan funds hundreds of nurses, support workers, benefits advisors and other vital roles across the NHS and social care system in Scotland.  Each year Macmillan gives out around £2m in grants to people with cancer in Scotland to help them with everything from transport costs to and from treatment to short breaks away with their family.