Video - Young people of Portadown in song on YouTube

A song on friendship has been produced by a group of young people with the help of Portadown band Microlip.

‘Different Roads’ is set to go live on YouTube tomorrow (Friday) and will be launched as a charity single on March 31.

It is written and performed by ‘United Stars’, all members of Portadown’s Oasis Youth Group, and set in different locations in the town.

The 15 young people hail from Portugal, Brazil, Poland, Lithuania and Northern Ireland and the song outlines how they have forged friendships despite their cultural differences.

Andrew McCreery, Oasis youth co-ordinator, said, “Members of Microlip came in to help the young people. They were split into groups, with some writing the lyrics, other doing the melody and the rest the video and music.

“The song describes how, through the youth club, they find some sense of unity and belonging in the town.”

He added, “It was great for them to have the support of Microlip. It has been a real boost to their confidence and self-esteem.”

Neil Guy of Microlip said, “We’ve been involved with CURBS since its launch a year ago and think it provides brilliant opportunities for young people to try new things. We’ve loved working with the United Stars, It’s been good craic getting to know the kids and we’re really proud of what they’ve done!”

All proceeds from the single will go to Cash for Kids which helps disabled and disadvantaged children.

The young people were assisted by BNL Productions, which trained them in interview skills and camera techniques, enabling them to also make a behind-the-scenes documentary.