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Mama at The Cavern, LiverpoolMama, the UK’s all era Genesis tribute band today interviews Andrew, their sound engineer

Today we thought we’d depart from our usual trick of interviewing musicians and instead focus on some of the more technical aspects of our show. To this end, we consulted with our sound engineer who also doubles as our in-house technical guy for the website, marketing, promotion and many other aspects of running the band.

Andrew is a professional videographer and sound engineer in the real world. He also runs a small business doing marketing consulting for other small businesses. You can find out more about him on his website: www.carillonvideo.co.uk

But first, the news….

But before we get to the interview, we thought we’d share a few snippets of news that you might be interested in. First up, The Cavern (Liverpool) looms large in our diary. This Friday which is the 29th January, we will be live in front of one of the biggest crowds we have played, if you don’t count the festival type shows we have done in the past. So, if you want tickets there are still a few left and they’re available direct from the Cavern website.

Following on from The Cavern, we have two shows at The Lion Quays, Shropshire. Friday 19th Feb will be a Genesis only set. Saturday 20th Feb will be a hits set (featuring Genesis, Mike & The Mechanics, Gabriel and Collins solo stuff). You can get tickets from the Mundell Music website.

Special guest star

Coming up later in the year, we have something a little different for you. Mama will be performing at The Slade Rooms (Wolverhampton) on Saturday 2nd April and we will have a special support act. The John Hackett Band will with us for a truly memorable event. You can buy tickets for this show on the Wolverhampton Civic website.

And now, here’s the interview in full:

Mama: Hi Andrew! How’s it going?
Andrew: It’s going well, if a little busy! I’m not exactly used to being interviewed though, so you’ll have to bear with me! :-)
Mama: Okay, well let’s start with something easy then. How did you get into all this technical stuff?
Andrew: Well, when I was a child, I always wanted to be an airline pilot. I am not sure why, even now, but it might have been something to do with all those dials, buttons and switches. I think I just like complicated things. Due to the fact that I was born with a significant hearing loss, I couldn’t do that, so I ended up falling in love with doing sound for live bands. Ironic, I know. Fortunately for me, my dad was always involved with a band and I spent my entire youth traipsing around the North West, visiting theatres and all manner of venues, putting in sound systems. It’s probably fair to say I have personally been in virtually every theatre in the area at one time or another. When I hit adulthood, I went to university to study pro audio and video for four years and after that, I started my own business doing pro audio. Nowadays, I also do pro video.

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Genesis Crossword Puzzle

Mama, the UK Genesis tribute band got bored waiting for their first show of 2016 in Chester, so decided to create a crossword puzzle!

It’s just a bit of fun, but we’ve been keeping ourselves entertained by creating Genesis themed crossword puzzles and then testing each other. So far, no fights have broken among the ranks, but it can’t be far off!

Would you like to try our first attempt? This one was created by Davey Jones, our resident mathematical genius and bass player. Here it is:

Genesis themed Crossword from Mama

The Clues

Across:

1. You can keep your notes in this receptacle
3. The Silent Drummer
5. French Avenue
7. French Avenue
9. Whose special way?
10. French Avenue
14. They exit before each round
16. Phil didn’t need one
19. They exit before each round
22. Pre-Genesis
23. The Silent Drummer

Down:

2. Not under my scapula
4. Gabriel’s animal taken by surprise
6. Farm animal takes a rest on broadway
8. Initials of Phil’s last Genesis album
11. More than enough
12. Bowie was a thin white one
13. You’ll find the Willow here
15. Bubbly Pennsylvania Mythical Creature
17. More than enough
18. Double Steve H
20. More than Enough
21. Whose special way?

Got all the answers? Send them in via our contact page and maybe we’ll pick a winner out of our hat and think of a prize to give away? No promises though. :-)

If you get stuck, maybe post below asking for additional clues?

Videos From Recent Solihull Show

Mama at The Met, BuryMama, the UK Genesis tribute show, today publishes four new videos taken from their recent Solihull Arts Centre show!

We started writing some huge, long winded website update to publish today, but after numerous edits, re-writes and deletions, we decided that the content actually speaks for itself. So we are going to let it do just that!

Before we get started, we’d just like to mention our next two shows:

Friday 27th November 2015: The Station Tavern, Lytham (This is a free show, meaning no tickets! Just turn up, buy ale, sit back, enjoy! It will feature our new “hits” set list).

Saturday 28th November 2015: The Met, Bury (Back to reality, this is a ticketed show. Get your tickets from The Met website).

Solihull Arts Centre Videos

And now, onto the main content we have for you today. We had a single camera running at Solihull Arts Centre, along with our usual desk and ambience audio recorders. The result is, rather better than we can normally get using this method, so we thought we’d share. No words… just video! Enjoy.  :-)

Don’t forget to crank it up to full HD if you have a fast internet connection!

Don’t forget to leave us a comment below!  :-)

Mama at The Met, Bury

Interview with JW about recent shows

An Evening of Genesis with Mama - The Cluny, NewcastleThe Cluny at Newcastle is gearing up for an evening of Genesis music, naturally supplied by Mama.

Our next two shows take place at The Cluny in Newcastle followed by The Ferry Hotel in Eastham (on The Wirral). The first show is a Genesis show and the second is a free show we are using to showcase our new “hits” set list. So if you’re in the North East, grab your tickets for our Newcastle show over on our EventBrite page. If you’re in the North West, put the 31st in your diary, get making your costume and join us By The Sea for some ghoulish entertainment.

Interview with JW

We think it’s time for another chat with John W, so we collared him at the last Mama show (The Railway in Bromley Cross). You can read the full interview below:

Webmaster: Hi John! How’s it going?

JW: Great! Well, apart from Marko having an illness that affects his balance and hearing.

Webmaster: Oh no. How does that affect him then?

JW: Well when it was really bad, at Kinross actually, he could not hear anything and was feeling sick all the time. We did think about cancelling those two shows but so many people had booked that we felt it was best to carry on with them. Fortunately Marko got through both nights and didn’t fall off the stage (laughing). He’s much better now.

Webmaster: Glad to hear that. So he’s alright now then?

JW: Yeah he’s back to his usual self. Mad as that is (laughing).

Webmaster: So how did Kinross go? That was the venue where you played the “hits set” for the first time wasn’t it?

JW: Yeah, the first night Marko was poorly and we had to drop a couple of songs we were going to play as he really didn’t feel up to it. The second night, he felt better and so we did the full hits show. It went down really really well. Much better than I expected in fact and we all really enjoyed the challenge and the novelty of playing these new songs for us. View full article »

New Mama Trailer / Promo Video

Mama Genesis Tribute Show at The Green Hotel, KinrossMama, the UK’s all era Genesis tribute band today releases a new promo video, soundcheck recorded track and radio interview. Busy day!

We’ve got a fair bit of news and content in today’s news post!

First up, we’ve been playing around with the video footage we shot a while back at our Bacup show. As you may recall, we shot this show on four HD cameras with the intention of creating a saleable DVD and Blu-ray Disc. We’re not quite there yet with the final product, but we have got a sneak preview which we created to promote our next two shows.

You can also watch this video on YouTube.

Kinross 2015

Speaking of which, you can catch the band in a Mama first on the weekend of the 25th & 26th September 2015. It’s a first because we will be performing two shows back to back. It’s also unique because one of those shows will be dedicated to the hits and other great songs that were produced not just by Genesis, but also by Phil Collins, Peter Gabriel, Steve Hackett and Mike & The Mechanics.

Mama Genesis Tribute Show at The Green Hotel, Kinross

Rain Down

As if that wasn’t enough news for you, we’re going to throw in a new track you can listen to below. This track was recorded during the sound check at our last show in Thornton. It’ll no doubt feature on the Saturday night in Kinross.

Now you’re thinking, that’s everything right? Wrong. Shortly before our Hull show (North Ferriby), JW was asked for an interview by Andy Fea (a presenter on Beverly FM). If you’ve been following Mama for a long time, you may recall Andy interviewing JW at Tribfest one year (listen to it here). We got hold of a copy of this new interview and of course, you can stream it from our website to listen to it.

Local to Kinross or Scotland?

That’s pretty much it for this news post. If you’re in the Kinross area and you fancy coming down to see the band perform on one night, the other night or both nights, we’d love to see you there. You can get tickets from the Mundell Music website.

If you are NOT in the Kinross area or even in Scotland, might we suggest a weekend away? The Green Hotel is a great place to stay, central for golfers, serves stunning food and has Mama on all weekend to keep everyone entertained. Not to mention, we’ll be staying over ourselves, so you can help us keep the Genesis spirit going through the early hours by joining us in the bar!

Mama Genesis Tribute Show at The Green Hotel, Kinross

So, if you haven’t already signed up for our email newsletter (so we can send you information like you’re reading here) then do so on our Newsletter page. Feel free to leave your comments below, telling us what you thought of the new promo video (it’s a work in progress, so we are looking for cool suggestions). That’s all for now. We hope to see some of you in Kinross.