Stornoway band Peat & Diesel are finishing a fairy-tale year with a Christmas single that’s headed for the top of the charts.
The ‘Fairytale of Stornoway’, which was released less than 24 hours ago, is tonight (Sunday December 16th) currently standing at No 2 in the Amazon music downloads chart and No 6 in the iTunes chart, and there’s even a dedicated fan page lobbying to get them to number one.
Keith Morrison of Wee Studio, who released the accompanying video yesterday said he and the band were ‘over the moon’ at the instant success of the quirky cover, featuring the boys of P&D together with Mairead Fay Nicolson for both glamour and a tuneful counterpoint to Boydie’s trademark style. The video had been viewed almost 150,000 times by 8.20pm today (Sunday).
The original Fairytale of New York, made famous (and charting every year) by The Pogues, has been given a Boydie make-over. It now includes distinctively Lewis lines like “the boys of the SY village byre were singing Eilean Fraoich.” There are also less controversial insults than those used by Shane MacGowan and Kirsty MacColl in the original. “Ye cailleach, ye bleggard” seems quite tame – though those fluent enough in Gaelic might disagree.
A professionally-shot video by Wee Studio was pulled together at the last minute after behind-the-scenes drama with earlier filming. Mingling Lews Castle ballroom scenes with live footage of Stornoway’s Christmas lights switch-on, the video itself has clocked up over 4,000 views.
You can download the single on all digital platforms and watch the video at https://www.facebook.com/PEATANDDIESEL/videos/437317707205458/?v=437317707205458
Stills from the video filming session are from Peat & Diesel