Mama chalks ups 100 shows this weekend at The Cavern in Liverpool!
Someone once said, “Time flies when you are having fun,” and for the members of Mama, never a truer word was spoken.
Formed in late 2011, Mama announced their arrival with a website headline, The World is about to be rocked again by the music of Genesis. Rehearsals started in January 2012 and over the past five years the band has worked hard to perform the music of Genesis live in theatres all over the UK.
A first time for everyone
The first show was at the Pacific Road Arts Centre in Birkenhead on Friday 23rd March 2012 and by sheer coincidence the band are back on the Wirral to celebrate their five year anniversary in March 2017. Two performances are lined up at the Floral Hall in New Brighton on Friday 3rd and Saturday 4th March.
That big number…. 100!
A five year anniversary is one thing but chalking up 100 shows is something else. This Friday (27th Jan) the band will be back in Liverpool at one of their all time favourite venues, The Cavern, and this concert will be Mama’s 100th show! Being the first tribute band to sell out The Cavern is something special so returning there to celebrate 100 gigs is perfect timing.
The line-up may have evolved since that first gig in Birkenhead but for John W, John C and James, this really is 100 shows. Another evolution is round the corner as James is soon stepping down from the drum stool but he will be playing at the Cavern this Friday and returning for one of the two evenings in March. Plus, as if that wasn’t enough, the band will be playing overseas for the first time with two dates in Holland coming up in June. View full article »
Mama bass player Dave is dying to tell you about the new Nerve Toy Trio album, so we let him loose with a pen and paper and after he drew some weird musical symbols and bowed down before the spirit of Mr. C Squire a couple of times, this is what he penned….
As you know it can be a busy life if you love music. Take the five members of Mama for instance. We are all up to our top C’s in music at the moment!
I sympathize with Darren, who has spent the last few weeks getting up early before work to practice then going to work, coming home, spending time with his family then when they go to bed, it’s back to the guitar for a couple of hours – all to prepare for a Mama concert. But it paid off, because he was sensational when we played at Thornton recently. View full article »
Summer break is coming to a close and Mama has two upcoming shows, preceded by a lengthy interview with James, on the drums!
We’ve had a long Summer break – the longest break we’ve ever had in fact (I think). Okay, it’s killing us! We just can’t wait to get back on the road and play some more Genesis for you. But first, we will be holding a few rehearsals to polish the set list. In the meantime, we finally got chance to sit down with our drummer extraordinaire and quiz him about this whole Genesis / Mama thing he has going on. We swears he knows every note from every song on every tour that Genesis ever did, along with every Phil Collins interview, word for word!
Before we get to the interview, here’s the next two show dates for your diary:
- 25th June 2016 – Playhouse 2, Shaw (near Oldham)
- 8th July 2016 – The Brindley Arts Centre, Runcorn (not near Oldham)
And now, the interview….
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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:
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
23. The Silent Drummer
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?