The intrepid rover DeClunk Jude is out and about again. This time to see Peat & Diesel.

Under normal circumstances, turning up to a gig half covered in lamb’s piss would make me rather self conscious, but as this was Peat & Diesel, those conventions do not apply.

You may not have heard of Peat & Diesel, but the group from Stornoway in the Western Isles have been causing quite a stir with their ragged and forceful mix of rock and traditional music. They sold out Glasgow’s iconic Barrowlands in just a day, and have two successful albums under their belts.

This gig was in the Malt Rooms at Kendal’s Brewery, a room full of low ceilings and pillars making it difficult to see the bands at the best of times, but with the three members of Peat & Diesel sat down throughout, this task was near impossible. That said, the crowd was thoroughly enthusiastic, singing along and dancing to the mix of originals and covers that the band were belting out.

Singer and guitarist ‘Boydie’ was our side of the stage, and his lyrics about life in the Hebrides (Peat & Diesel are named after the two fuel sources that sustain life on the islands) clearly struck a chord with the Cumbrian audience – “we feed the sheep and cut the peat” being one such couplet sung with gusto by all around. Innes and Uilly on the drums and accordian kept the music thundering along.

All in all, a great evening out. They’re never going to be a polished band with pre-rehearsed lines and patter on stage, but the realism of the group and the music is one of the main connections with the audience, and the odd “my bad” after playing the wrong chord isn’t going to spoil a night of dancing and singing along to some excellent music. Long live Peatlemania!

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