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Mama at Holmfirth PicturedromeHi all!

It’s time for another website update to promote our next show at Holmfirth Picturedrome. This is a big show for us, because it’s our first one back after the Summer and it’s a rather spectacular venue!

So, want tickets for Mama on the 29th Sept 2017, at Holmfirth? Then head over to the box office and grab them while they’re still hot.

We’re pulling out all the stops to make this our greatest Genesis party yet! We’ll be performing our “all era” set list and if there was any doubt about it being an authentic all era set, be sure to read on and discover how true that really is.

Charity fund raising

As many of you knew our friend and Mama follower Dale Bellis, we thought you might like to know that Julie (our resident lighting programmer, brewer-upper, toast-maker and financial fairy) has signed up to do Chester Twighlight Walk in aid of The Brain Tumour Charity. We asked Julie what exactly was involved and she told us thus: “Well, I think we just walk around Chester a bit and do some shopping?” We’re not sure if she was asking us or telling us, so we did a bit more digging and it turns out that the walk is actually from the racecourse to Chester city centre and all around the walls of the city. Apparently, it’s a 10k walk, which as Mo Farrah would agree, is no small feat.

So, if you’d like to support Julie, head over to her JustGiving page here: www.justgiving.com

We’re sure that she would welcome any donations for this worthy charity, however large or small.

Dave geeks it up

Our final story today is one of much mathematically related geekery (yes, that’s a real word because I just made it up! – AP). Put simply, you can take the man out of maths but you can’t take the maths out of the man. So despite the fact that he’s supposed to be refraining from thought related experiments, Dave has decided to statistically analyse our favourite band, Genesis (Oh no, this is not going to end well! – JW).

First up is a delightfully splendid pie chart that breaks down the Mama set list and counts the composers of each track. At least, I think that’s how he did it. Put simply, it gives you a good indication of how our “all era” tag is spread across our set list currently.

Delightful. Isn’t it? Want more? Seriously? Man, that’s insane!

Another one then. This bar graph type thingy describes exactly how our current set list spans the history of Genesis albums. In other words, it’s showing you which albums we have taken tracks from to add to our set list. Definitely an “all era” thing going on here, if you neglect Calling All Stations! Naturally, the Duke album ranks highly because we have been performing The Duke Suite for a while now (am I really doing the pundit thing on a pie chart?!?! – AP).

Okay okay, that’s enough for now. We’re going to save the final analysis charts for next time. No seriously, we don’t want to overwhelm you! Anyway, like we said, get your tickets for Holmfirth from the box office. We’re really looking forward to getting back on the stage and performing some Genesis classics for you. Don’t miss it!

Mama at Holmfirth Picturedrome

Mama at Holmfirth PicturedromeRemember us?

Hi everyone! First of all many, many thanks for all the support you have given us during the past few difficult months. For the first time we had to postpone a series of shows due to John our keyboard wizard having to be at his son Dan’s bedside after Dan was critically injured in a motor cycle accident in Australia last June. It was touch and go for a long while but we are pleased to say that Dan is slowly recovering from this ordeal and John is back home.

Updated date sheet

The shows we postponed have been re-arranged as per the updated date sheet and we are still working hard to get the ones we have not been able to do this year sometime in 2018.

A new guitarist

We also have some news about our guitarist Darren. Sadly, Darren has chosen to leave the band sometime this year due to family and work commitments. We of course wish him the very best and it has been a pleasure to have him in Mama. Thanks for all your hard work matey and good luck from all of us.

His replacement was closer to hand than we thought. Step forward Eddie Devlin! Eddie is the guitarist in the original band The Swan Chorus that Dave and John W are members of. He jumped at the chance to join Mama and is working hard to make the transition seamless. We expecting his first show to be at The Old Courts in Wigan in October and he is chomping at the bit to show you what he can do. For those who want a taste of his ability, have a look at this video on YouTube:

We will be back in the rehearsal rooms soon and are looking at some new songs to freshen up our set list. Thanks again for sticking with us. We really so appreciate it.

Regards, JW.

Mama at Holmfirth Picturedrome

IMPORTANT INFO RE: HOLLAND SHOWS

It’s with great sadness that we have had to postpone or cancel our two planned shows in Holland next weekend. This action is very much out of our control. Without wishing to go into too much detail at the moment, we’d just like to say that John (keyboards) has had an unexpected, serious family emergency and has had to fly out to Australia tonight. The only thing we can add is that the thoughts and prayers of the whole band and crew are with John and his family at this time. We will update everyone further when we have more information and guidance from John.

We would ask all ticket holders to give us a few days to put something solid in place, ideally some rescheduled dates. But please be assured that we will work through this with our Dutch promoter as best we can. Thank you for your understanding at this difficult time.

Safe journey JC. x

Let us tell you about our friend Dale Bellis

Dale was a passionate Genesis and Liverpool Football Club supporter who sadly passed away on the 2nd May 2017 after months bravely battling a brain tumor. He leaves behind a family which includes his wife Gill. Our thoughts are with her at this sad time.

From Face Value…

John W first met Dale at a Face Value gig not long after the 2001 Genesis fan convention. His first words to John W were, “you were sh1t at Guildford, so you better be worth it now!” and then he gave John that grin. That infectious Dale grin that made you instantly know he was taking the pi$$. He became a regular at FV shows, always singing his heart out and always encouraging the band to new heights with his enthusiastic shouts of “Stagnation” or “In The Bloody Cage” – two songs he knew we didn’t play. But that was Dale for you. Always joking, always trying to bring out the best in folk.

He soon became a friend and was a supporter of not only Mama, but also ReGenesis, G2 and Stillmarillion. He had a zero tolerance of the petty stuff that went on sometimes but always concentrated on the music first and foremost. As he used to say, “None of you own this music so don’t get all defensive about it!” When Face Value played their last show at The Box in Crewe, John W and John C played an impromptu version of Fading Lights for him as he had just lost his mother at that time. We remember him bursting into the dressing room after that final show and hugging us all.

…To Mama

When Mama started he was delighted that John W wasn’t ready to hang up his microphone and John C his keyboards and of course became a regular at Mama shows. We knew when we had done well when he told us (frequently I may add), “That was the best performance of any tribute band I have ever seen… At this venue… Tonight!”

He was present at the Mama Christmas party in 2015 and had us all in stitches with his “2015 Mama Band Awards.” Yes he printed out actual awards in envelopes just like the Oscars. Categories ranged from,”best vocal by a tribute band singer in St Helens on Friday 2nd October 2015,” to, “smelliest fart in the band van,” and “best late night take away after the show.” As I wrote, we laughed a LOT that night. He even coined that phrase, “Cooperman,” for our drummer James and that stuck.

He was more than just a guy that came to shows and said we were amazing. He became a great friend to the whole band and we will miss him more than we can say.

When he was diagnosed with his tumor we were all shocked. Dale naturally attacked it with humor, even giving it a name – Brian Chewmore. The first show he came to after this was at Shaw and of course was his usual positive, taking the pi$$ self, except when I had to sing Afterglow and we both broke down. We also learned Your Own Special Way just for him and he loved it.

We were honored to be asked to play at his wedding to Gill and we even got him up to sing Follow You Follow Me. I think he was terrified but he got through it, with a bit of prompting. He will be missed by everyone who knew him and we are certain that from now on at every show Mama play, he will be watching over us from the best seat in the house, telling us, “that was the best performance of any tribute band I have ever seen, at this venue, tonight!”

Sleep well matey.

Did you know Dale? Feel free to post your tribute below.

Interview with a Genesis tribute band

Hi folks!

On the back of our most recent show at Huntingdon Hall, Worcester, we were asked to do a radio interview back stage for a local radio station. The station kindly shared the audio with us, so we can present it here on our website. Hope you enjoy listening to it!

 

 

In other news, this weekend (Saturday 8th April 2017) we were asked by Bilton Working Mens Club to come and perform our show at their venue, so we decided that’s exactly what we are going to do. You can get tickets for the show, from the venue.

And finally, we have a survey for you. As you are probably aware, Mama is a group of like minded Genesis fans that want to celebrate the music of Genesis and we do this by putting shows together. We are having such a great time meeting people throughout the UK who are equally as into Genesis as we are, so it’s logical that we should “ask the audience” for their input into what is essentially, a Genesis party.

So this is your chance to have your say. The survey should only take you a couple of minutes, if that. Thanks for your support.

The survey is available here: www.surveymonkey.co.uk