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Buy tickets for Mama at Bolton RoundhouseMama will be performing their 2015 tour show (An Evening of Genesis Music) at The Roundhouse, Bolton. Saturday 28th Feb 2015.

Fresh from our trip to Romford (and what a great time we had performing at The Brookside Theatre!), we’re pleased to announce that our show at The Roundhouse in Bolton this Saturday coming is almost sold out. So, if you want tickets, we would suggest you book them pronto. Call Ron at the venue to book. His number is 01204 528 323. Alternatively, you can pop down to the venue to buy tickets. They’re priced £8.00 advance and £10.00 on the door we believe.

Romford Rocks!

Thanks to everyone who came to see our show over the weekend at The Brookside Theatre in Romford. Also, many thanks to Jai and the theatre staff (volunteers no less!) for the warm welcome and stunning light show. We are putting you on our official list of “venues we love to work with!”

If you’re local to this venue, please support them by attending shows. They have some great acts coming up and good venues like this one are hard to come by!

Interview with Dave (Bass)

We did have a full interview with Dave, our bass player, a couple of weeks ago. However, we only published a small part of it. Here it is in full for all the bass heads out there, featuring a free download of In The Cage Medley performed at The Brookside Theatre, Romford. The audio is taken straight from our desk.

Mama Website: Hello Dave! It’s been almost six months since you joined Mama. How has it been for you?

Dave Jones: I have had a great time. When I first heard that I had got the bass slot I was ecstatic and then it dawned on me that I had to actually learn 30 songs! I joined up with the band in Newcastle for Dave Perry’s final gig. I played a couple of songs at the sound check and then spent the next month learning the set. I practised along with the band’s DVD almost every day. It wasn’t the same as actually rehearsing with them but it was as close as I could get. My first gig at Blackburn is now immortalised on video and my main thought when I look at the clips from that night is how static I am. I was concentrating so much to make sure I did not make a mistake that I hardly moved. Over the next few concerts I slowly got used to the set so that now I feel relaxed on stage and am thoroughly enjoying playing with the band – they are all brilliant musicians and more importantly, great people to be with. So to summarise, it has been a wonderful time and I am really looking forward to the concerts this year.

MW: What was it like trying to learn 30 songs in such a short period of time?

DJ: The main advantage I had was that I have been a huge fan of Genesis since 1973. At that time I was in a cabaret band whose drummer was Peter Clarke, or Budgie, who went on to find fame with Siouxsie and the Banshees. He had a copy of “Selling England by the Pound” and I remember listening to it and being blown away. I bought a copy and then bought the back catalogue, so I have been listening to this music for over 40 years. In all that time I had never played in a band that attempted any Genesis songs but when it came to work out the music for Mama I knew how it went. All I had to do was actually work out the notes – a minor problem!

MW: What have you enjoyed the most about playing with the band?

DJ: First of all, their dedication to reproducing this music as accurately as possible and at the same time introducing fresh energy into each song. This combined with the work of the Road Crew who are dedicated to helping us produce a great sound and vision show, results in each Mama gig being an event, something that the audience will always remember.

MW: The members of Mama are known for meeting up with their audience after each show. What kind of questions have you been asked?

DJ: I am often asked which is my favourite piece to play live – the honest answer is that it changes with every gig. From the Morse code-like bass line of Land of Confusion to the hypnotic riff of Carpet Crawlers, from the complex intricate patterns of In The Cage to the laid back groove of Misunderstanding – it’s all good stuff!

MW: What other questions have you been asked?

DJ: Why do you play the bass with your thumb? Over the years I have used a plectrum, I have used my fingers and more recently my thumb, like Sting who favoured that technique. I tend to vary the way I play depending on which Genesis song it is and how bad the blister on my thumb is!

MW: OK let’s get technical, which strings do you use?

DJ: Roundwound Rotosound longscale steel bass strings – worth every penny.

MW: Four string or Five string bass, which do you prefer?

DJ: I have a five string bass but tend not to use it – I can get all the sounds I need with the four string combined with the bass pedals. But I am on the lookout for a double neck!

MW: And who is your favourite bass player?

DJ: There are far too many to mention but any list would include Mike Rutherford (obviously!), Chris Squire, Paul McCartney, Geddy Lee, John Entwistle, Jaco Pastorius, Scott LaFaro, Stanley Clarke, Carol Kaye, Geezer Butler and James Jamerson.

MW: Back to Genesis, do you have a favourite Genesis album?

DJ: This is a very tricky question. From the Gabriel period it is “Selling England by the Pound.” For the four piece band it is “A Trick of the Tail” and for the three piece band it is “Duke.” But I like all the albums. They each have something about them that I can relate to.

MW: What is your favourite Genesis gig?

DJ: I have seen the band several times. The gig that stands out for me is the re-union concert at Milton Keynes. This was an all-day event and it rained the whole time! It was a monumental day for Genesis, getting back together and playing live to a huge audience. Despite the terrible weather it was a special day. It was also the day my beloved trench coat died. It was so wet that when I got back it actually stood up without me in it!

MW: Sounds like the day was a wash out!

DJ: Surprisingly the day was unforgettable and the fact that the band has not officially released any recordings of that concert has resulted in it being a special memory.

Mama at The Roundhouse, Bolton

MW: Talking of memories, which of your Mama gigs has been special for you?

DJ: My very first gig at Blackburn was exciting but since then each gig has been memorable in its own way. More recently the first two shows of 2015 have been really special. Both sell outs and both with brilliant audiences. In Chester we played in a theatre and the crowd gave us some wonderful feedback, then a week later we played the legendary Cavern Club – where they had to turn people away! From the get-go the audience were singing along and were into every song we did. I have never played a concert that had such a great reception and to date that gig is THE special one!

MW: What’s next then for Mama?

DJ: The band was ecstatic after our Cavern Club gig and now we are looking forward to a trip to Bolton at the Roundhouse where we are hoping to introduce even more ‘new’ pieces into our set. If you have been to our Facebook page you will have seen mobile phone footage of our recent rehearsals so you’ll know which songs I am referring to!

MW: Which songs are they then?

DJ: So far we have brought in the Second’s Out medley of The Lamb and The Musical Box. Next we have been playing Home by the Sea and Second Home by the Sea. Finally we have brought back Misunderstanding, which the band have played in the past but is new to me. For Bolton we are hoping to premiere the remaining sections of the Duke’s Suite, namely Duke’s Travels and Duke’s End!

MW: Sounds challenging!

DJ: It is! These pieces are technically challenging and memory challenging!

MW: Future plans for the band?

DJ: It would be nice to sell out as many of the 2015 gigs as possible. Plus we want to finally release the live DVD and a live CD. In addition, we have had many requests to play in Europe, so one long term aim is to take our show across the Channel.

Selection Of Shows Genesis Alan HewittMW: Sounds like you will be busy?

DJ: We will but that is why we do this. We love this music and we want to keep it alive for other fans of Genesis.

MW: Going to leave it there so thanks for your time Dave.

DJ: My pleasure.

The New Alan Hewitt Book

Our last item of interest today is a new book written by our good friend Alan Hewitt and published by Wymer UK. It goes on sale on the 1st March 2015 and is priced at £19.99. The book features forewords by Phil Collins & Steve Hackett, so I guess that makes it fairly official?

To buy your own copy of A Selection of Shows Genesis (& Solo), simply follow this link or click on the book cover on the right hand side. No doubt if you bring your copy of the book to one of our shows that Alan is attending, he’ll sign it for you.  :-)

Dave Mama Website BioAn evening of Genesis music with Mama, comes to The Brookside Theatre, Romford!

Hello all! It’s Sunday night which means we’ve just about recovered from our show at The Cavern this weekend. What a show it was! We broke records with a sellout crowd which along with our first show of 2015 in Chester the week before, gives us a great start to 2015. Thanks to everyone who came to see us at these shows. Spending your hard earned money on our show is really appreciated and we hope you all enjoyed it as much as we did!

So what’s next for Mama? Well, we will be visiting Essex. Specifically, on Saturday 21st February, we’ll be at The Brookside Theatre in Romford. This is a first visit to the venue for us, so we are hoping to capitalise on our recent numbers and pull a good crowd, so that we can visit again in 2016. If you’re in the area, tell us you already got your tickets?

Quiet Man Dave Speaks Out!

We thought he would quietly sit back and be content playing his bass but oh no, after Chester and Liverpool, he’s dying to have his say on our website! So without further ado, I’ll hand you over. This is bass man Jones, telling it his way:

An Evening of Genesis Music with MamaHello everyone!

It’s been almost six months since I joined the band and I have had such a fantastic time. From my first gig in Blackburn I have been knocked out by the reaction from the audience to our performances. This, combined with selling out our first two shows of 2015, shows that there is a huge desire out there for quality live music and there is no doubt that the music of Genesis is of the very highest quality.

I am often asked which is my favourite piece to play live? The honest answer is that it changes with every gig. From the Morse code-like bass line of Land of Confusion to the hypnotic riff of Carpet Crawlers, from the complex intricate patterns of In The Cage to the laid back groove of Misunderstanding – it’s all good stuff!

Other questions I have been asked include….

Why do you play the bass with your thumb? Over the years I have used a plectrum, I have used my fingers and more recently my thumb, like Sting who favoured that technique. I tend to vary the way I play depending on which Genesis song it is and how bad the blister is on my thumb!

Which strings do you use? Roundwound Rotosound longscale steel bass strings – worth every penny.

Four string or five string? I have a five string bass but tend not to use it. I can get all the sounds I need with the four string combined with the bass pedals. But I am on the lookout for a double neck!

Favourite bass players? Too many to list but any list would include Mike Rutherford (obviously!), Chris Squire, Paul McCartney, Geddy Lee, Jaco Pastorius, Scott LaFaro, Stanley Clarke, Carol Kaye, Geezer Butler and James Jamerson.

The band was ecstatic after our Cavern Club gig and now we are looking forward to a trip to The Brookside Theatre, Romford in Essex on Saturday, 21st February. A week later and we are in Bolton at the Roundhouse where we are hoping to introduce even more ‘new’ pieces into our set. If you have been to our Facebook page you will have seen mobile phone footage of our recent rehearsals so you’ll know which songs I am referring to!

Prefer to watch this video on YouTube? Go HERE.

We think our show is of great quality and if the feedback on our Facebook page is anything to go by, so do you! However to make it work, we have to sell as many tickets as possible. This means we need to spread the word as far and as fast as possible, to all Genesis and live music fans. Can I urge you to get in touch if you can help promote the band’s gigs?

I’m really looking forward to all our concerts in 2015 and if you come along to watch please have a word after the show. We enjoying discussing all things Genesis with you. We are fans of the music just as you are and our aim is to keep this music alive.

Best wishes
Dave – the new boy!

That just about wraps up our latest news. We’ve still got some more video to post from our Chester show. Just haven’t yet had chance to sift through it all to look for the best bits. Maybe tomorrow eh? In the meantime, head over to The Brookside Theatre website and grab your tickets for an evening of Genesis music on Saturday 21st February. We’ll do our very best to make it worth your while. :-)

An Evening of Genesis Music with Mama

Buy tickets to see Mama perform An Evening of Genesis Music at The Forum Theatre, ChesterAn Evening of Genesis Music at The Forum Theatre in Chester and The Cavern in Liverpool coming right up!

Hello everyone and first of all, a very happy new year!

Now that the Christmas fairy dust has settled and you’ve all had time to recover, we thought we’d update our website with news of the next two shows coming your way. That is, if you’re currently in the north west.

Chester Zoo, Romans & Genesis!

The first is at a venue we have not visited before namely, The Forum Theatre in Chester on Saturday 24th January. This is a small theatre and most of the tickets have been sold but if you are quick there is still a chance to catch us at our first 2015 show. You can book tickets online on the venue website here or by clicking the lovely ad on the right hand side. No seriously, click it now! It works. Honest!

Liverpool at the World Famous Cavern Club!

Our second show of 2015 is a welcome return to the The Cavern in Liverpool on Friday 30th January. We always do very well at this venue and again tickets are flying out of the box office. To get yours, head over to The Cavern website. You will also be able to buy tickets for the show on the night, assuming there are some left.

Mama at The Cavern, Liverpool. Friday 30th January 2015

The Set List Doth Morph

In other news, we’ve been busy in the rehearsal room changing and adding to our set list for 2015 with some Genesis classics making a first appearance for us. If you follow us on Twitter (see the box to the right), you may have seen some photos we posted a couple of weeks ago from rehearsals and on our Facebook page, we may even have posted a couple of videos. Work has also restarted on the rest of the Duke Suite, which we hope to bring you very soon. The band have been working very hard on these ‘new’ songs and we really hope you like them when they get their 2015 airing.

We really hope to catch you at one of the two shows above (or both if you’re feeling saucy?) and please do come up and say hello won’t you?

Buy tickets to see Mama at The Trades, Rotherham. Saturday 6th December 2014!Mama, the UK’s all era Genesis tribute band will be performing their final show of 2014 at The Trades in Rotherham!

Seems we managed to con JW into writing us a new website update because it’s been so long since we last updated it! Take it away JW!

The final show of 2014 is upon us. Thanks to all who came to The Met in Bury for making that a truly memorable night for the band. This weekend we are at The Trades in Rotherham. Tickets are selling well and the venue have advised us that they do tend to get a lot of people wishing to pay on the door on the night of the show so please get there early if you are thinking of attending. Better still, book your tickets in advance right now! You can book tickets on the WeGotTickets website.

Roll on 2015!

Looking forward to 2015, it looks like a great year for Genesis fans with Mike & The Mechanics touring and now Steve Hackett has announced his 2015 tour. Full details of these tours can be found on the Mike & The Mechanics website along with the Steve Hackett website. For our part, 2014 has been a great year for the band and 2015 looks like being an even better one with return shows booked at The Citadel (St. Helens), The Met (Bury), Theatre On The Steps (Bridgnorth), The Cavern (Liverpool) and many more venues. Also we are spreading our wings with some shows in Essex, Sussex, Scotland and a new Newcastle venture. We have some new Genesis songs in the pipeline which we know you are going to love so keep an eye on the site. A live CD and our long awaited DVD / Blu-ray Disc will be released next year too.

Delving into the video archive, here’s Mama performing Duchess at Thornton Little Theatre, 2014:

New guitarist? Old guitarist?

Some news we can announce is that Mark has decided he loves playing Genesis music so much he is unable to tear himself away from the band so he will be staying with us for 2015. We are thrilled at this news.

We know that the reason you guys enjoy what we do is that you are Genesis fans first and foremost and that always helps when the hours are long and we get home at 4:00am after a show. We are fans playing for fans and the response you all give us, not just by coming to the shows but by the many messages on our Facebook page and support in Genesis forums makes it all worth while. Thanks to you guys for allowing us to continue.

A very Perry thank you!

Last but not least we wanted to say another thank you to our ex-bassist Dave Perry for all that he did for us during his time with the band. Thanks matey!

Happy Christmas and all the very best for 2015 from all of us here at Mama HQ!

John W, John C, James, Marko, Dave, Andrew, Jan, Jules

Tickets for The Met at Bury

Mama, Genesis Tribute Band. The Met, Bury, 15th November!Mama, the UK’s all era Genesis tribute band today releases three new videos from Blackburn 2014

It’s time for some more live videos people! But first, we need to tell you about our next two shows.

The first is on Saturday 15th November 2014 at The Met in Bury. This show has been on sale for a while now and already we’ve sold around two thirds of the tickets (actually, that figure is three days old). So, if you’d like to see Mama perform one last time in the North West before we head to Yorkshire for our final show of the year, this is the one to go to. Buy your tickets on The Met website now.

Last show of 2014

We haven’t much covered Yorkshire in the past, largely because it’s hard to find good venues when we are not familiar with the area. However, we think we’ve found one in The Trades, Rotherham. On Saturday 6th December 2014, we will be performing our final 2014 tour show at this venue and that’s it until late January, where we will likely have a different show or at least a hugely revised set list. Want tickets? Head over to The Trades website and purchase them.

Videos come in threes, it would appear?

Continuing our effort to release all the tracks from our recent Blackburn show on video, we’ve decided on tracks four, five and six. First up is Selling England, which leads into Carpet Crawl (so it’s actually two tracks I suppose):
 

 

No Son Of Ours

No Son Of Mine is next up. Again, recorded at Blackburn.
 

 

So it’s FIVE tracks really?

Well, I guess you could say we are actually releasing five tracks today. Bringing us to a close is our version of Many Too Many which leads right into Musical Box. These two tracks always go down very well, we presume because Many Too Many was never performed live by Genesis themselves and Musical Box is, well, it’s Musical Box init?
 

 

Let us send you emails from time to time

As you may know, the show that Mama puts on is quite expensive for us. We have to pay out for venue hire and all our advertising and promotion. Sometimes we also have to pay for hotels for the entire band and crew. A show like our recent road trip to Islington can often cost us way over £1,000.00 even before we’ve sold a single ticket (which is why we find it hard to cover far away places with shows).

Mama at The Met, Bury

We think our show is great quality for the price of the tickets but to make it work, we have to sell as many tickets as possible. This means we need to spread the word as far and as fast as possible, to all Genesis and live music fans. Our email newsletter is one of the only free methods we have for promoting our shows to our audience. The more people we can reach, the more will come to our shows. The more tickets we sell, the more likely it is that we can put the show into places we have not yet visited. You can sign up for our email newsletter below, simply by putting your first name and email address into the boxes, clicking Subscribe and then clicking the link in the confirmation email we send you:

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We hope to see some of you in Bury and Rotherham before 2014 is all but over.