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An Evening of Genesis with Mama @ The Village Hall, North FerribyTwo shows coming up after our Summer break!

The first is a new venue near Hull, namely North Ferriby Village Hall where we have been asked to play by a local promoter who saw us at Tribfest last year. Tickets are going well and we are looking forward to seeing some of the folk who supported us at Tribfest over the last three years there. We decided to have a break from Tribfest this year but we will be returning in 2016. See our EventBrite page for tickets.

The second is a welcome return to a great venue on the Flyde coast namely Thornton Little Theatre. We sold the venue out last time and advance ticket sales are up on last year already so please book now to avoid missing out. This is a great venue with a superb atmosphere. Tickets are available on our Thornton EventBrite booking page.

The Brindley Rocks!

Just have to write a few words about the show at The Brindley in Runcorn, which was one of the best venues we have ever appeared at. Great 400 seater which we 3/4 filled. We (and the promoter) were very happy with that for a first time visit. We have already been booked back for two nights in 2016 and one of these will be our new Genesis Hits show. We did preview that show with a version of Sledgehammer which went down a storm. Considering we had only played it once in rehearsal that was quite a result!

 

 

People have asked us about the Genesis Hits show so let us clarify what it is and why we doing it. We realised that as we play longer pieces such as the Duke Suite and Home By The Sea, we missed playing some of the shorter songs we used to play. The idea was born to produce a show were we could play a set of more progressive, longer Genesis songs one night and a set of Hits by Genesis, Phil Collins, Peter Gabriel and Mike & The Mechanics the next night. We are going to do this in selected venues in 2016 as well as Kinross this year. Some folk will come both nights and some will pick a night that suits them, which is of course fine.

Also we now have not only a CD on our merchandise stall but some jazzy new T-shirts with an exclusive Genesis design by our very own Mark on guitars.

Dave’s Tour Log Episode 5: TRIBUTE WARS

Episode 5: The Empire Strikes First

A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away….

Late into the night the hedgehog looked up from the middle of the road to see the pattern of stars in the sky. A roaring sound came from behind it, followed by a woosh as a huge white object flashed across the sky above. It was the last thing the hedgehog saw as it was squashed by the white van. View full article »

Today we decided to create a new product for you. It’s round and flat and it would appear to emit noises when placed carefully in a CD player. We have therefore concluded that this product, is an audio CD.

Five Tracks Live by Mama

On the front, it features our band logo with the name MAMA in big, capital letters. Underneath the logo are some colourful little pictograms that remind us of the British supergroup, Genesis.

Sandwiched between the band logo and those funny little Genesis-esque icons, there are words. The words appear to be a track listing. There are ten items in the list. Strangely though, the story doesn’t end there. You see, the first item in the list is Duke Suite, which isn’t a song. Following Duke Suite, we have Behind The Lines, Duchess, Guide Vocal and Turn It On Again. These are most definitely tracks that the CD contains for your listening pleasure. So it’s fair to say that the first half of the CD contains a list of what looks like five tracks, made up of four tracks, but are actually one big track.

On the second half of the CD, again sandwiched between the Mama logo and the pretty graphics below, lies another list of five tracks. All of these are indeed genuine tracks. But again, we’ve sown the seeds of confusion because two of those songs, namely Many Too Many and Musical Box are performed by Mama as a continuous track. A single track if you like. So the list of five becomes four. The remaining tracks are No Son of Mine, Spectral Mornings and Afterglow.

I hate maths!

This is where it gets extremely confusing. We even had to bring in our resident maths teacher Dave, to help us with our sums. It turns out that our new product can thus be scientifically described in the following way:

((5-1)/4)+(3+(2-1)) = Five Tracks Live

That my friends, is how you make a bunch of CDs you already printed containing nine tracks, into an album called Five Tracks Live! Make no mistake; ALL of these tracks are recorded live, even if we’re not really sure just how many there are!

An Evening of Genesis Music with Mama at The Brindley, RuncornThe next show?

You can of course secure your copy exclusively at a Mama show near you, which brings me to this weekend. Saturday to be precise! We will be performing our show at The Brindley Arts Complex in Runcorn on Saturday 25th July 2015. Tickets are selling very well for this show, but there are some left so be quick and buy them. They’re for sale on the Brindley website or you can call the box office on 0151 907 8360.

Now I really need a lie down. Maths was never my strong subject!

DAVE’S TOUR LOG: The Furnace, Stoke-on-Trent

An Evening of Genesis at The Brindley, RuncornDave’s Tour Log – Issue 4 – A Very Normal Day, June 5th 2015

It seems that I (the webmaster) am falling behind in my solemn duty to update the website with new posts and keep everyone entertained with the madness that is…. Dave’s mind. I’m sorry. It’s summer and I’ve been busy shooting video, which is my day job. I’m going to post today and then in a few days, try and catch up by posting the next tour log from Dave (which is already written).

Before we get into the new post, I thought we should quickly mention our next show at The Brindley in Runcorn. The date? Saturday 25th July 2015. Tickets have been selling very fast for this show, largely due to the efforts of the heroic promoter Neil. Thanks Neil!  :-)

Want tickets? Then grab them fast. Real fast! You can buy tickets priced at £14.00 by calling the box office on 0151 907 8360.

He’s not always so barmy!

Okay, the last two tour logs were done in particular styles; Leicester in the style of Enid Blyton’s Famous Five and Bridgnorth in the style of a superhero comic. So for this one I have returned to normal!

Today starts early. Very early. As in 5.30am early! I get up and ready for work but I have to take my gear with me to school as I am going straight from work to the venue (yes, Dave is a maths teacher in the real world!). The day flies by and at 4.00pm I change into my Mama T-shirt, jeans and head off to the car park known as the M6! View full article »

An Evening of Genesis Music, with MamaDave’s Tour Log – Issue 3 – Mama Mighty Heroes, May 9th 2015

It’s time for another rather unique rambling from our bass player Dave (or should we call him Red Lantern?). But before we get to that, we’d like to quickly mention our next show.

Saturday 20th June sees us perform at Trading Boundaries, which is somewhere down south (Sheffield Green). It’s the only show that’s anywhere near the south in fact, for the next few months. So if you’re in the area, you need to grab some tickets now. To book, hit the Trading Boundaries website. Tickets are priced at £15.00 & £45.00. Why the steep price you ask? Well we believe that there are two ticket prices – one for a sit down meal and the other just for the show. We know that lots of meal tickets have gone already. In fact, we’re not rightly sure if there are any left. But there are definitely some standing tickets up for sale, so don’t delay.

This is our first venture to this fine venue and we’re really hoping to make a big impact and have a great night with as many fellow Genesis fans as possible. Hope to see you there!

As always, you can find all our latest shows on our gig page. Don’t forget to join our email newsletter on the right hand side so we can let you know when we’re in your area.

Prologue

And so it was that as the sun rose in the eastern sky, to the west a huge symbol emblazoned the letter M onto a white cloud. The Mama signal was a call to arms to five musical super heroes and their side-kicks. Their leader, John W, awoke to the sound of the Mama alarm (clock) ringing in his ears. He picked up his com device (mobile phone) and sent the emergency code text to the members of the team. He had received a request for the team to make haste to Bridgnorth to help the locals in their fight against the forces of Muzak. It was decided that a scouting party would be sent in advance to make a reconnaissance of the area. View full article »

an-evening-of-genesis-at-the-furnace-stoke-on-trent-with-mamaDave’s Tour Log – Issue 2 – Five Go On Tour, May 2nd 2015

Before we get into the bizarre world of Dave’s humour, we thought it wise to tell you something about the real word. Saturday 9th May 2015 will see Mama performing An Evening of Genesis Music, live at Theatre on the Steps in Bridgnorth. You can get tickets from the theatre by calling 01746 766 477 or buy them online on the Theatre on the Steps website. Be warned; as of four hours ago there were only 19 tickets left, so you should probably also consider our show at The Furnace in Stoke, on Friday 5th June 2015. Tickets for The Furnace can be bought from our EventBrite page.

The band would like to pass on a HUGE thanks to the people of Leicester for turning out to see our show on Saturday just gone. Without you, the show simply wouldn’t work. We hope you all enjoyed it, despite our technical gremlins. We’d also like to thank Danny and his team for booking us, making us feel very welcome and generating such a buzz for the show. They certainly proved to us that The Musician is among the very best live music venues in the UK (and we’ve seen a fair few!).

Finally, we’d like to thank Chen and Kal of Scancom for looking after us for the weekend, filling us with a whole months worth of food and then doing it all again the next day, keeping us entertained with family stories, musical banter and hilarious anecdotes about mutual friends. You know Shelley owns Solsbury Hill don’t you?  :-)

And now…. The tour log!

It was lovely day! A Saturday and the sun was shining down. After eight weeks the five were finally getting together again and they all could not wait. Unfortunately there was no room for Poppy the Dog to accompany them. Neither was there room for Big Cat and Little Cat. John W, James and David met first.

“Hello Dave. Hello James,” said John W.

“Hello John. Hello James,” said Dave.

“Hello Dave. Hello John,” said James.

John W and Dave had driven round to pick up James in their van “Betty.” Today they were heading off on an adventure to Leicester. James being the youngest of the bunch was prone to getting excited and today was no exception!

“I am so looking forward to playing again!” said James, jumping up and down. “I can’t wait!” View full article »