Dave Mama Website BioHe knows at least one Budgie!

Dave has been playing the bass guitar for a long time! His first band played the music of The Shadows (including the steps) where he played alongside Peter Clarke, later to find fame as Budgie in Siouxsie & the Banshees. For his first gig aged 15 at Biddulph Band Club in Stoke on Trent, he played bass on an electric guitar having removed the top two strings! He then bought a Hofner bass as Paul McCartney had one, but it kept going out of tune so he switched to a Gibson SG because Andy Fraser out of Free had one. In the 1980’s he moved on to an Aria after watching Trevor Horn and then finally he decided it was time to try to be Chris Squire and got a Rickenbacker!

Strong Prog Influence

Over the years he has worked with many covers bands including Darker Than Amber and One Way Traffic, playing anything from blues, soul, pop & rock music and a Beatles tribute band – The Blue Cafe Beatles, whose performances included one at the Cavern Club. He has worked with a variety of original bands including A Better Mousetrap, Plenty with Tim Bowness of No-Man fame and for the last few years with guitarist Tony Harn in Nerve Toy Trio along with drummer Henry Rogers, performing original guitar-bass-drums instrumental rock music with a strong prog influence.

“I have a wide taste in music, liking everything from Abba to Zappa! I love prog rock especially Camel, Pink Floyd, Rush, Yes and of course Genesis!”

Shot, but still alive!

Dave first discovered Genesis when he heard the Selling England by the Pound album and fell in love with the music. He has seen Genesis live several times including the Seconds Out tour and the Six of the Best Milton Keynes reunion, which was the day his trench coat finally died (it rained from the start of the day to the end)! His main claim to fame is that he was in the second row to see Kate Bush on tour in 1979 at the Liverpool Empire and when she sang James and the Cold Gun, she shot him!

It’s all in the numbers

By day he is a maths teacher but outside of work his main focus is music. If he isn’t listening to music at home or attending concerts then he is writing, recording or performing.

“I have big shoes to fill as Dave Perry is an outstanding bass player with a fantastic understanding alongside James but I am looking forward to the challenge!”

Favourite Albums include: Abbey Road by The Beatles, Hounds of Love by Kate Bush, Nude by Camel, Second Album by Curved Air, A Trick of the Tail by Genesis, The Alchemist by Home, Discipline by King Crimson, Jaco Pastoriuos by Jaco Pastorious, Atom Heart Mother by Pink Floyd, Moving Pictures by Rush, V by Spock’s Beard, Crime of the Century by Supertramp, Sheet Music by 10cc, Argus by Wishbone Ash, Black Sea by XTC and Close to the Edge by Yes.

Favourite Genesis track: Impossible to choose but the list includes The Eleventh Earl of Mar, I know What I Like, Driving the Last Spike, Home by the Sea, Turn it on Again, Fountain of Salmacis, Ripples and of course Mama (no really, it is!).

Gear: Rickenbacker 4001 bass guitar, Aria Pro II bass guitar, Fender Jazz Fretless bass guitar, Aria Acoustic bass guitar, Kala U-Bass Ukulele, Warfdale amplification and speakers.