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Mama at Holmfirth PicturedromeHolmfirth show approaches!

It’s four days to our show at The Picturedrome in Holmfirth (Friday 29th September 2017). If you’ve not already got your tickets, grab them now. It’s going to be a rip-roaring return to the stage for Mama!

Click here for tickets: www.picturedrome.net

If you were wondering what was going on at Mama HQ, we understand. We were too! We decided to collar John W and ask him for the lowdown. It turned into a bit of an interview, so we thought we’d publish the whole thing here. Enjoy!

MW: Hi John! How’s things?

JW: Good thanks! Glad to be back in rehearsals after our break.

MW: Yes that was because John Comish‘s son was injured in Australia?

JW: Yes he suffered a life threatening injury a week before our planned shows in Holland. John was told to get himself and his family over there as soon as possible and of course that always comes before anything else. John was out there for three months and thankfully his son survived, which of course was a huge relief to us all. The venues were superb and as they were the first shows we had cancelled with them they fully understood the reasons why. View full article »

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. View full article »

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. View full article »

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!” View full article »