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UB40, The INEC
Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Doors Open: 8.00pm | Show starts: 9.00pm
UB40 @ The INEC, On 2nd September, 2013, UB40 released their new album ‘Getting Over The Storm’, the reggae stars’ 20th studio album, and their first since 2010’s ‘Labour of Love IV’.
Like many of UB40’s previous albums, the group’s original material is complimented by a smattering of cover versions and interpretations. Interestingly, amongst the five original UB40 songs, the covers recorded for ‘Getting Over The Storm’ were originally written and/or recorded by country music artists. Knowing that country music is loved by Caribbean audiences, UB40’s sax player Brian Travers said, “We’ve all spent a lot of time in Jamaica, and country music is very much part of the fabric. It’s an honest music, just like reggae. The two genres really sit together well.”, “In the Caribbean, there are very few households that do not own a Jim Reeves album. I certainly had them in my house, as did all my West Indian friends when I was growing-up. When you’d go their houses you’d always see Jim Reeves staring back at you from the Blue Spot Gramophone! Country music and Jamaica are so finely entwined.”
The genesis for the country covers dates back to 1990, when UB40 were recording the UK #6 single ‘I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight’ with their friend, the late Robert Palmer. Robin Campbell said, “Robert really wanted to record the Randy Travis song called ‘On The Other Hand’, so we recorded it together. However, we were unable to reach an agreement with Robert’s estate for use of his vocal on the track, so the version you hear on the album now features Duncan (Campbell) singing instead. Then the idea of covering some other country songs really intrigued us, so we started trawling through our favourite country albums and settled on songs such as George Jones’ ‘Getting Over The Storm’, Jim Reeves’ ‘He’ll Have To Go’, Willie Nelson’ ‘Blues Eyes Crying In The Rain’ and Vince Gill’s ‘If You Ever Have Forever In Mind’.” Expect to hear all the old favourites as well as some new hits! Tickets €33.50 standing and €36.50 seated available from www.inec.ie or from www.ticketmaster.ie
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