Reef return with cover of 1951 gospel song ‘How I Got Over’

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The West Country’s finest, Reef, have released a new song.

It’s a cover of the gospel hymn “How I Got Over”, made famous in popular music by the likes of Mahalia Jackson and Aretha Franklin.

The song having been originally composed and published in 1951 by Clara Ward, Reef’s cover is the follow up to the band’s 2014 release, Barking At Trees, and precedes a new live album, Reef: Live At St Ives, which will be released on the 11th of March.

Reef’s version of “How I Got Over” was produced by long-term collaborator George Drakoulias, with the new live album having been recorded last October at St Ives Guildhall.

Meanwhile Reef have also added six dates to their forthcoming tour which now begins in February. The full list of confirmed shows is:

Feb 25th: The Hub, Plymouth
Feb 26th: Mr Kyps, Poole
Mar 03rd: Electric Ballroom, London
Mar 04th: Factory, Barnstaple
Mar 05th: Academy 1, Oxford
Mar 10th: O2 Academy, Bristol
Mar 11th: O2 Institute, Birmingham
Mar 12th: UEA, Norwich
Mar 16th: Rescue Rooms, Nottingham
Mar 17th: O2 Academy 2, Manchester
Mar 18th: Fibbers, York
Mar 19th: Plug, Sheffield
Mar 24th: Lemon Grove, Exeter
Mar 25th: Tramshed, Cardiff
Mar 26th: Engine Rooms, Southampton
Mar 27th: The Hole In The Roof, Deal
Apr 13th: Cyprus Avenue, Cork
Apr 14th: Dublin Academy
Apr 15th: Belfast Limelight
Apr 16th: Glasgow ABC

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Thunder to tour the UK with Reef in 2015

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UK rockers Thunder have announced three arena shows for March 2015.

Special guests for the concerts come in the form of Reef, with support from Tax The Heat. The gigs will be Thunder’s first arena headline appearances in the UK, but frontman Danny Bowes has said that they are keeping the number of shows down whilst guitarist Ben Matthews concentrates on his treatment for cancer.

“We would have preferred to do more, but we weren’t sure if Ben would be physically up to it,” says Bowes. “Rather than put undue pressure on him, we decided on a ‘less is more’ approach to give him the best chance.”

“Our audience has continued to grow over the past few years, so these shows will be a coming together of our old fans and the new ones in a fantastic celebration. We’re extremely proud of the new album and we can’t wait to play the new songs alongside the classics.”

Reef frontman Gary Stringer said of the shows: “It’s our great pleasure to be heading out on the road with a standalone band like Thunder. They’ve carved out their own path without conforming to anybody else’s ideals. We can’t wait to get on stage with them next year and have a huge party. Let the good times roll!”

Thunder will play:

Mar 12th: First Direct Arena, Leeds
Mar 13th: National Indoor Arena, Birmingham
Mar 14th: Eventim Apollo, London

Tickets are on sale now via the Thunder Facebook Store, and will go on general release via Livenation on Friday.

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