Get Skye high with the Peatbog Faeries

The Peatbog Fairies
The Peatbog Fairies
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There aren’t too many acts who can claim to have absorbed influences from the Highlands, the forests of Borneo with a side order of techno.

But there aren’t many bands like the Peatbog Faeries.

Hailing from the Isle of Skye, the six-piece manage to take in everything from traditional jigs and reels through jazz, hip hop, reggae and more.

Innes Hutton, who plays bass and percussion, says: ‘When we started 20 years ago, we used to do traditional ceilidhs in village halls, but our musical tastes are much wider than that.

‘Eventually we started writing our own tunes and coming up with backings to get people dancing.

‘Live, that’s what it’s all about for us – getting people up and dancing, and having a really good time.’

But it’s their globe-trotting that has helped broaden the band’s horizons.

‘We were in Canada a week ago,’ says Innes, ‘and over Christmas and new year we were in Australia. We get around a lot.

‘We did a festival in the forests of Borneo where we met a lot of diverse musical acts. You pick up bits and pieces you’ve never heard before and you think, let’s nick that,’ he jokes.

But he says the band aren’t eclectic for the sake of it: ‘We try to do it on the basis that if it suits the tune and the melody, we do it, but we don’t come up with a generic type of backing and put it on top.’

The Peatbogs have twice been voted Best Live Act at the Scottish Traditional Folk Awards, in 2005 and 2008 and were nominated for Best Live Act at the BBC Folk Awards in 2012.

They play at the Wedgewood Rooms on Wednesday. Doors at 8pm. Tickets cost £13.50 from wedgewood-rooms.co.uk or on (023) 9286 3911.