The Blackstaff Céilí Band & Folk Group have written and recorded a fantastic Christmas song to raise money to help people affected by homelessness in Belfast.
A Belfast Christmas has had over 50,000 views on Facebook since it's release earlier this month. The song was composed by thr group's uilleann piper Patrick Davey:
"My mother Eileen was chatting about her childhood memories of Christmas and although I had probably heard these a 'few times' over the years this year I was listening with a different ear and I decided that these memories, like all memories, were priceless, and needed to be recorded.
"So to cut a long story short, I took her words and made them into a song, weaving them into a fictional story about a Belfast native returning to the city for one final Christmas visit. The song takes the listener on a nostalgic journey through Belfast, from the Falls Road into the city centre, visiting various places along the way, many of which are long gone. There are also some touching 'then & now' views of the Falls Road and the city, sure to stir the memories of those of us who remember them...."
The video is free to view on Youtube and the group are encouraging people to donate £2 to Welcome. To donate £2 simply text ‘BELFAST’ to 70085 If you would like to donate more, include the amount after ‘BELFAST’, for example text ‘BELFAST 10’ to 70085 to donate £10.00
"We hope you enjoy our first video and we wish you all a very peaceful and very happy Christmas 2019, from all in The Blackstaff Céilí Band & Folk Group," said Patrick.