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Watch: Northern Irish group hit number one in iTunes chart with Christmas charity song

By Gareth Hanna

Turning a hastily-arranged music video in an unheated, old factory into a number one hit is no mean feat. But that's exactly what a group of Northern Irish musicians have managed this week with their recording of 'O Holy Night'.

The talented Lurgan-based group, headed up by David Dawson, were quickly organised to record a Christmas tune for local charity Reach, not that the panicked arrangements are reflected in the polished iTunes hit that they produced.

The song quickly went to number one in the iTunes Religious & Gospel charts, above giant names such as Chris Tomlin and Hillsong Worship. It stayed at the top for five days until it was eventually knocked off by King and Country's Little Drummer Boy.

Along with lead signer David were friends Claire Emerson, Paul Woods and Joel Lyness, who performed the chilly recording at Blanes' Factory in between Bleary and Gilford.

"It's very rustic in there and it looks great," said David. "I loved every minute of it even though it was freezing and we had to take several breaks to tune our instruments and to warm our hands.

"I didn't expect the song to get the views and attention it has so I want to say thank you to everyone who has shared the video and bought the track and i know Reach are very thankful as well."

But more important than the musical outcome for the group is the purpose behind it.

"Reach is my friend's Christian-based charity who draw alongside young people to help them unleash their full potential," continued David.

"They partner with local schools to mentor young people in a one to one and group setting for a variety of reasons. Reach can only continue to grow and mentor young people across Northern Ireland with the help of volunteers giving up their time to speak into a young person's life and through financial support from local businesses and donations from the local community.

"If you buy this track from iTunes, Google or Amazon, you will be supporting Reach and the great work they do. You can also download on Apple Music or Spotify. Special thanks go to David Cavan who made this all possible, my good friend Fraser Stewart who helped film, Matt Duke who did the audio, the musicians Claire, Joel and Paul who made it sound beautiful and Natalie Duke of Keady Row who let us use the space to record."

Have a listen to the chilly chart-topper right here:

O Holy Night Live at Keady Row Video - David Cavan and Fraser Stewart Edits - David Cavan Photography Recording - Matt...

Posted by David Dawson Music on Tuesday, December 19, 2017

You can donate to Reach directly here or find out more on their website here.

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