Archive for June, 2012

Playhouse 2, Shaw, OldhamMama, the UKs ‘all era’ Genesis tribute band announces a new show at the Playhouse 2 Theatre in Shaw, Oldham. Saturday 27th October 2012!

The home of amateur theatre company ‘Crompton Stage Society’ since 1966, Playhouse 2 provides a wide variety of entertainment each year. It features a unique open thrust stage, providing a perfect view from any angle! The theatre is solely owned and operated by the Society’s membership with no regular external funding.

Crompton Stage Society was formed in 1934 and used the top floor premises of the Oddfellows Hall on Farrow Street, Shaw, for it’s first ever production : The Broad Highway. The Society acquired in 1938, a disused Methodist chapel in Gordon Street, Shaw. During the 2nd World War, the Society kept it’s doors open despite many restrictions. In the post war era the Society gained strength and as a local paper observed in their 21st year (1955), ‘Crompton Stage Society’ sets the standard for drama in the area’.

In the early 1960s however, disaster struck when the theatre was gutted by a mystery fire. A grant of £2,000.00 together with many donations and tremendous hard work saw the Society back in business within 3 years.

A former cinema ‘The Princes’ was restored and converted to the first amateur theatre with a open thrust stage in the North West, re-opening it’s doors as Playhouse 2 in December 1966.

Sounds like the perfect venue to see Mama perform their 2012 show! 🙂


Saturday 27th October 2012
Ticket price: £12.00 (TBC)
Box Office: 01706 840 400
Interiors, 37 Market Street, Shaw, Oldham, OL2 8NX

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New Video Releases – Mama at The Diamond!

Mama – the UKs ‘all era’ Genesis tribute band recently performed at The Diamond, Sutton-in-Ashfield.

Here are a couple of videos from The Diamond, Nottinghamshire’s premier live music venue. So if you weren’t there, now you can see what you missed! These videos are password protected. To get the password, please join our email newsletter on the right hand side of this website. We will send you a quick email containing a link to confirm your subscription. We use this ‘double opt-in’ method so that other people cannot sign you up to email lists.

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Here’s video number one:

And now, video number two for people that prefer some of the older Genesis material:

Don’t forget to check out our exclusive deal for Tribfest 2012 tickets. You cannot buy VIP tickets to see Mama on the Tribfest website cheaper, so if you’re thinking of going you need to book with us and save yourself a small fortune. Tribfest is the worlds biggest tribute band music festival, so you don’t want to miss it!

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One Night In Crewe – Review by Rachel Powell

Mama - UK 'all era' Genesis tribute bandA special ‘thank you’ to Rachel for writing this amazing review of the Mama show at The Box in Crewe. Photos by Julie Thompson.  🙂

One Night In Crewe – Mama – 19th May 2012. Review by Rachel Powell.

Go back in time to December 2011 at The Box in Crewe. Here we said goodbye to Face Value, a regular on the Genesis tribute band scene. Just three months later, Face Value re-emerged at the Pacific Road in Birkenhead with a new drummer and for the first time…a bassist! All of this under a new name – Mama.

So here we are, 19th May 2012 back at The Box. Only this time, the original guitarist Chris O’Connell had another gig to perform so we had the keyboardist’s brother, Mark Comish to stand in for the night. More about that later.

We kicked off proceedings with Duke’s Medley, the old favourite opening number from the Face Value days, and it was clear from the outset that the sound was much improved now with Mark Conroy on bass and James Cooper featuring a ‘proper’ drum kit. The introduction from Behind The Lines had the original strength that I felt was missing before. We’re back in business! View full article »

TWR Online Reviews Mama Launch Show!

TWR Online logoThis review of the Mama launch show appeared in issue #79 of The Waiting Room Online yesterday. Many Too Many thanks to TWR Online and to Alan Hewitt for allowing us to reproduce it here, in full. When you’ve read it, head over to TWR Online to see the pictures. There’s a fair few!

TWR Online is the definitive Genesis web-fanzine featuring all the news, reviews, interviews and more concerning Genesis and related projects.

“Genesis Reinvented” – The debut gig by Mama at the Pacific Road Arts Centre Birkenhead 23rd March 2012. Review and photographs by Alan Hewitt.

Many of our readers were probably like me, mourning the loss of Face Value who called it a day at the end of last year. Fortunately, a new band, phoenix-like has arisen from the ashes of that band and I had the pleasure of taking in their last day of rehearsal and very first gig at the soon to be closing, Pacific Road Arts Centre one of the North West’s finest concert venues.

The rehearsal gave me every confidence that here was another band which the fans would love and one which was prepared to expand the envelope in some surprising ways! Arriving at the venue in time to catch the tail end of the sound check, the band sounded remarkably composed although they admitted in the intervening time before the show commenced to some understandable first night nerves.

These didn’t show as the band took to the stage and opened the show with the medley of or as Phil used to introduce it “pieces from our album called Duke” which incorporated Duke’s Travels/Duke’s End leading into a thunderous version of Turn It On Again, which got the crowd suitably warmed up. One thing was noticeable from the get go, the addition of new boy Mark “The Beast Of Bengal” Conroy on bass and the phenomenal drumming of James Cooper whom some of you may remember from the short-lived Moonlit Nite band, has turned an already remarkable musical unit into a fully fledged band. View full article »

New Gigs Added To The Gig Page!

Mama at The Box, CreweMama, the UKs ‘all era’ Genesis tribute band has added gigs to the gigs page.

Find the gigs page on the menu above or click here. We’ve added gigs at Tribfest 2012. You can see the original post for this show and our exclusive ticket deal on the website here.

Also note that we added gigs at The Moses Gate, Farnworth and two more London dates. You can see the original post for the first series of London shows here. The venues are the same.

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