Belfast rock band The Deadlifts release Christmas track in support of NI Children’s Hospice


A rock band from Belfast released a heartwarming Christmas single to help raise funds for the Northern Ireland Children’s Hospice.

The Deadlifts are best known for playing in loud alternative rock bands for 20 years, and so a party song was certainly not the obvious next step for the quartet.

As kids of the ’80s and’ 90s, the band was keen to pay tribute to the Christmas greats they grew up with like Slade, Wizard and The Pogues etc. while keeping an element of their alternative and punk influence in the mix.

Band member Mike Barr told Belfast Live the heartwarming story behind their track, Christmas Trees.

He said: “Every week I took my kids to swimming clubs like, and we used to play who could spot the most Christmas trees in the windows as Christmas approached.

“I was just a nerdy dad, I guess, messing around and just started singing this song out of the blue one night. The kids would then sing it every time we played the game and I came home. me one night and I was picking up a guitar and putting chords in it, just for fun.

“Friends of mine got together to help refine it to make it a bit more folk rather than our usual noisy tracks. We decided to record it for a real laugh.

“It was written quite ironic, but a lot of people liked it.”

Mike, who usually stays behind the drums, stepped out of his comfort zone to take on the vocals of the festive song for “a little fun”.

In the past he has done a lot of fundraising for the Northern Ireland Children’s Hospice so he said it was obvious that the trail proceeds should come back to them.

“I think when you are a parent you realize that there is nothing more precious in the world than your children,” Mike said.

“The people who work in the hospice have a difficult job helping children with terminal illnesses. I know because of covid there has been a lack of fundraising so I have just thought there was no better cause. Children are so precious – there is nothing in life that I hate to see more than a sick child.

“This lead is positive, and we are spreading it for a good cause and I hope we will collect some books for the children’s hospice.”

You can donate to NI Children’s Hospice by clicking here.

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