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Mama, live in Lowton!Mama, the UK’s all era Genesis tribute band release two new tracks recorded live from the sound desk at O2 Academy Islington


Thanks to everyone who came to see our show at O2 Academy Islington. We had a great night despite the rush to get out at the end so that we could be out of the local emissions zone before our pass ran out. Luckily, we made it! Our next show is in Lowton at The Rose Centre (formerly Lowton Civic Hall) on Saturday 12th July 2014. Tickets are now on sale for this show, priced £15.00 plus the booking fee. Tickets will also be on sale on the night priced £17.00. You can buy tickets online from the EventBrite box office.

Free tracks to download

This week, we’ve got two tracks to share with you. Both of these tracks were recorded straight from our sound desk at London’s O2 Academy Islington. First up, we have Fading Lights:

The next track we’re going to share is our version of Carpet Crawl, which we normally tag Selling England By The Pound to the front of. We’ve included both for your pleasure:

A new bass player

In other news, we will shortly be closing our recruitment process for the bass player position within Mama. We’ve had lots of interest from all over the North West and so if you’re interested in the gig, get your application in fast! Really fast! You can apply by contacting us through our Contact page on this very website, telling us a bit about yourself and sending us some links to online audio and video of yourself in action.

Buy tickets for Mama at Lowton Civic Hall!

Other shows coming up

Don’t forget, we have other shows coming up in the near future. If you’re not able to get to Lowton to see the band in a couple of weeks, you can also catch the band in Thornton-Cleveleys and Warrington. For a full list of our shows, please check our gig page.

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Band Lineup Change

Dave - Bass for MamaMama, the UK’s all era Genesis tribute band is today seeking a new member!

It is with great sadness that Mama wish to announce that our bassist Dave Perry will be leaving the band in September. Since joining the band, Dave’s business has taken off and the demands on his time have become too great for him to continue in his role as bass player. We will all miss him and we would like to thank Dave for all his hard work not only learning and playing the songs, but the hours and hours he spent improving the lights for the band. We have had some great times together and there is no animosity whatsoever in this decision. It is not impossible that you will see him on stage with Mama again after his departure, should we need a dep for a show.

Want to wish Dave well? Leave him a comment below.

The official call to arms

Mama the Genesis tribute band require a bassist as their current bassist is leaving the band in September. Full details for the band can be found here on the Mama website:

A list of all the shows as well as video footage which shows the standard required are all here. We currently play between 2 to 3 shows a month in venues such as O2 Newcastle / Islington, The Citadel in St Helens as well as two of the largest tribute band festivals in the UK.

We will be starting auditions for the position in early July. The band have the following requirements:

  • You must be familiar with all aspects of Genesis music. Ideally a Genesis fan of all era’s with a knowledge of songs and tours.
  • You must live in the North West of England as this is where the band are based.
  • You must have your own transport.
  • You will also need bass pedals or a bass pedal MIDI unit and associated synth module (may be available to buy from Dave).

Buy tickets for Mama at Islington O2 Academy

Contact us

If you are interested in the position, please apply in writing through the contact page of our website. Please include some information about you, your musical influences and links to any online audio or video featuring your work. You can also ask any questions you like using the same method. We’re pretty quick replying to emails.

The audition

The audition will revolve around the following Genesis tracks:

  • Behind The Lines
  • Land Of Confusion
  • In The Cage (1981 medley version)

Please apply though the website contact page.

Next Show – LONDON!

Buy tickets for Mama at O2 Academy, Islington!Mama, the UK’s all era Genesis Tribute Band to perform their 2014 tour show at O2 Academy, Islington

Just over three weeks to go to our much anticipated return to the London area with our show at O2 Academy in Islington. The show is on Saturday 21st June 2014 and you can get tickets from the O2 Academy website. Tickets are priced at £18.00. They’ve been on sale now for quite a while and a fair few have gone, so if you’re thinking of coming down, buy your tickets now.

Scotland tour

Those of you following our recent travels will know that we performed two shows in Scotland over the weekend. The first was at The Ferry on the Friday night. This was the first show we’ve performed at this venue and indeed for a Glasgow audience. The band went down very well we think, with several people commenting after the gig how much they enjoyed it.

The second show was performed the very next night at The Green Hotel in Kinross. We had an even better response to our previous show at this venue and our full light show managed to fit into the venue, which is always a plus!

We had lots of good food, good drink and laughed a lot catching up with some old and new friends, so speciall thanks to everyone who came to see the band on either or both nights. Much appreciated.

Audio recordings from Glasgow and Kinross!

We’ve got some audio clips recorded straight from our mixing desk at both The Ferry and The Green Hotel. You can also download them for free to listen to on your iPod or other device.

Here’s the beginning of the show at Glasgow, presented as it happened. First up, Behind The Lines:

Followed by Duchess:

Guide Vocal followed Duchess:

And here is Los Endos, recorded the next night in Kinross:

Don’t forget, tickets are selling fast for our Islington show so get them now. Also, please consider joining our email newsletter on the right hand side and giving us a mention on your Facebook wall using the sharing buttons below.

See you in London!

PS, if you’re in the North West, tickets are now on sale for our upcoming shows at Lowton, Warrington, St Helens and Thornton.

Mama live at The Ferry, GlasgowMama, the UK’s all era Genesis tribute band would like to invite everyone for a holiday in Scotland!

Okay, it’s probably not a holiday if you already live in sunny Scotland, but it’s a great way to spend the weekend away with friends, soaking up the sights and partying to Genesis in the evenings.

So we have two shows for you. First, it’s The Ferry in Glasgow on Friday 23rd May 2014. The band has never played this venue before, so we are hoping for a great turnout. Our friends StillMarillion have been helping out with promotion and they tell us they’re pretty gutted they can’t come to see us because they’re out doing a show of their own. You can buy tickets for The Ferry from TicketSoup (search for “MAMA – A Tribute to Genesis”) or by calling the box office direct on 01698 360 085.

Mama, live at The Green Hotel, Kinross

The second show we have for you is the very next night, hence this weekend will now be known as “The Mama World Tour Of Scotland In Two Days!” The band played The Green Hotel in Kinross last year and had a great time. We did the show with a massively cut down lighting rig due to a misunderstanding with the venue on the use of smoke and their smoke detectors. This year, we’re planning on putting the whole light show into the venue for maximum Genesis revellery! You can buy tickets for this show from WeGotTickets (looks like there are 12 left at this time) or calling the box office on 01577 863 467.

Last Show KeyboardCam

Were you at our last show at Theatre On The Steps, Bridgnorth? Did you help us carry gear into and out of the venue? If not, why not? We only just recovered! Regardless of whether you assisted with the get in or just came to see the show, here’s some video from our “KeyboardCam” which we attached to the top of one of the keyboards to show our very own JC playing a section from In The Cage Medley. We hope you enjoy it.

ITC Medley (Bridgnorth) from Carillon Video on Vimeo.

You can also watch this video on YouTube.

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JC - Keyboards for MamaMama, the UK’s all era Genesis tribute band interviews John C about the intricacies of reproducing those Genesis keyboards

This weekend, the band will be performing their annual show at Theatre On The Steps in Bridgnorth. This theatre is most unusual in that it’s half way up a huge staircase, hence the name. We had a great time here last time we performed and tickets are selling very well so far, without any real promotion from us. In fact, this website update and the ensuing email newsletter represent the first time that we have promoted the show directly. So if you’re thinking of coming down, buy your tickets pronto because a bunch will sell in the next few hours (I think at last count there were less than thirty left!).

You can buy tickets for Theatre On The Steps from their website or by calling into the box office (The Tic, Bridgnorth Library, Listley Street – open 9.30am to 5.00pm Monday to Saturday). You can also phone the venue on 01746 763 257.

JC does smile from time to time!The Interview

It’s time for another interview with the band. This time we collared John C, our expert keyboard player, and got all geeky with him. Well, he got all geeky with us to be fair! Here’s the interview along with a new promo clip from our upcoming live video:

Mama Website: Hi JC and thanks for agreeing to share your technical secrets with us!

John C: Cheers n tha.

MW: After the whole PG / PC thing, Genesis music is known for it’s reliance on keyboard sounds. How do you approach getting the sounds of Tony Banks for Mama?

JC: Well there are really two ways you can go. With the early stuff it’s really just a couple of organ sounds through a chorus and / or phaser, an RMI style piano, sawtooth based mono synth (preferably an ARP) and of course some Mellotron sounds. Post 1982 it gets a little more tricky – early wavetable and sample based keyboards weren’t great by modern standards but had some unique sounds that aren’t that easy to emulate accurately unless you can get hold of the kit, or samples of it.

MW: Do you have all the sounds used by Tony Banks?

JC: No. That’s not the way I do it. I am pretty good at working out the type of synth sound I am listening to and then I go to my workstation library to find something similar. That works probably eighty percent of the time. If I don’t have something I am happy with, I start looking for instrument samples.

MW: Isn’t the object of a tribute to use the original instruments and the same sounds as Tony Banks?

JC: I know a lot of the other Genesis tributes try to do that and with the early stuff it’s true that you need to get that “70’s Sound,” but I doubt that Tony would be using those sounds if Genesis went on tour this year and they probably wouldn’t be using the the sounds from 2007 either. He would probably try to capture the spirit of the original with new technology, which is really the approach I use.



MW: So how does that work with a signature sound, like the Mellotron choir in Afterglow? View full article »