Peatlemania reached the heights of government yesterday (Wednesday September 11th) with a mention by a Scottish cabinet minister during an intense session at Holyrood.
The name-check for Stornoway band Peat & Diesel came in the unlikely context of a parliamentary question on the judicial process examining the legality of the Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s prorogation of the UK parliament.
Na h-Eileanan an Iar MSP Alasdair Allan had spoken during portfolio questions, asking Cabinet Secretary for Constitutional Relations Mike Russell whether he believed the UK government should: “spend more time preparing for the recall of parliament and less time making outrageous remarks about Scotland’s judges and judicial system.”
The Cabinet Secretary agreed that the remarks were outrageous and commented: “If I may use a song title from the estimable band Peat & Diesel from the member’s own constituency; this may be the way the Tories do it, but it’s not the way we do it in Scotland, let alone the Western Isles.”
The unexpected name-check for Peat & Diesel was televised on Scottish Parliament TV and has been viewed almost 2,000 times since being shared by Dr Allan on social media.
The mention in parliament was greeted with amazement by the band members, with Keith Morrison of Wee Studio in Stornoway, where the band are currently recording their second album, describing it as “a proud moment and a laugh”.
Peat & Diesel’s second album, Light My Byre, is due for release on January 24th. A nine-date tour starting the next day has sold out venues including in London, Glasgow, Inverness and Edinburgh, with tickets now only available for three of the remaining gigs.