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The Return of Dave’s Tour Log!

Dave Jones (bass) at The Met in BuryAll the latest from Dave, our professor of bass!

Hurrah I hear you cry! It’s the return of the Mama Tour Log! Well there has been so much going on I (Dave) thought I would bring you up to date.

We started the year still searching for a replacement for James, on the face of it an impossible task – how do you replace someone who is irreplaceable? But we finally found our man and Tim Rothwell, former drummer with SeYeS, is the chosen one. Following that decision we started rehearsals to get Tim ready for his first concert which is going to be on 1st April – yes we have a sense of humour!

Meanwhile our 2017 ‘Tour’ kicked off with a return to one of our favourite venues, The Forum Theatre in Chester, which was sold out – a great start. Considering all five of us had not been together since November, we played some excellent stuff.

Next up we returned to The Cavern. This was a special show for the band because for John W, John C and James it was their 100th show as Mama. It was a great night with over 300 in the crowd and once again we played really well.

Rehearsals ongoing

Rehearsals with Tim continued and we played our third show at Oswestry, The Lion Quays. Another good show even though John W was struggling slightly with his voice. Yet again the feedback was very positive. View full article »

Mama at The Lion Quays Hotel

Mama Genesis at The Lion Quays Hotel OswestryMama to perform their 2017 tour show at The Lion Quays Hotel & Spa, Oswestry!

Well 2017 got off to a cracking start with two very well attended shows in Chester and Liverpool. We had a fantastic time performing for you at both The Forum Theatre and The Cavern and we are in the process of booking a show back in Chester for 2018. The Cavern has already booked us for 2018 and details are now on our shows page.

Thanks to everyone who made the trip out to see us both in Chester and Liverpool on what turned out to be very cold nights! We do appreciate it very much.

On with this weeks news….

Tim Rothwell drummer with Mama GenesisA New Drummer

We are thrilled to announce that we have found the replacement for James on the drum stool. Step forward Tim Rothwell (ex “SeYes” drummer). Tim really impressed us at auditions and we offered him the role almost at once. Thankfully he said yes and his first show is planned for the first night at New Brighton Floral Hall on Friday 3rd March 2017.

James will retake the drum stool for the “hits” set on Saturday 4th March 2017 however, which will be his final planned show with Mama. Of course it goes without saying that we wish James all the very best for the future. Mama wouldn’t have been the success it is without him. It is highly likely he may decide to join us for some double drum madness in the future….

The Lion Quays Return!

The next show for us is this Saturday (4th February 2017) at The Lion Quays Hotel & Spa complex in Oswestry. We hope you can join us there for what promises to be a fairly unique show. Why? Well, we plan on having a bit of an unplanned set list. Planning the unplanned, you might say. There’ll be chance for the audience to have their say with requests and we may or may not throw in some tracks we haven’t performed for a while. View full article »

Mama at Huntingdon HallToday, we are having our esteemed lead vocalist and expert on all things “chest infection” write us a website update!

Take it away JW….

Hope you all had a great Christmas and New Year! So what has been happening in Mama world lately?

Well the year started superbly with two sold out shows at The Forum Theatre in Chester and the Cavern Club in Liverpool. Both venues have already re-booked us for 2017 on the strength of this of course. We have been told by the chaps at The Cavern that we were the first tribute band ever to sell out the main backroom stage… and what a great night it was! The crowd sang every line and cheered till they were hoarse.

mama at Chester Forum TheatreWe also had a great time last weekend at The Lion Quays complex in Oswestry, though sadly I was suffering from the after effects of a chest infection. Again the audience helped us through and we will be returning in 2017. Thanks to David Mundell for his efforts to promote live music at this new venue and of course his other venue in Kinross.

The next show for the band is this Saturday at a haunt of a few Genesis tribute bands over the years, namely Huntington Hall in Worcester. This is a new venue for us and we hope to see a lot of folk there who have been requesting shows further South come and support us. Tickets are going well so please buy online to avoid missing out.

mama at Chester Forum Theatre

Sadly we had to cancel our appearance at the Legends of Rock festival on 12th March due to work commitments. The show after the next one is at Sale Waterside Arts Complex and again tickets are doing very well with nearly half the capacity sold.

We are currently in negotiations with a Dutch promoter for some shows in Holland in November this year, so more on that as soon as we have sorted the details out.

I’m currently listening to the re-mastered and expanded Phil Collins Face Value and Both Sides albums and loving them! The original songs seem much improved and the demo’s and extra live songs are a welcome addition for Phil fans. So if you’ve not bought it already, get out there and grab a copy.

mama at Chester Forum TheatreAs a side project myself, Mark and David have joined an original prog band called The Swan Chorus. We will be releasing an album later this year. A little taster by way of a demo will be on our Facebook page very soon and any good mixes we can get our hands on, we will no doubt showcase in the interval of our upcoming shows. So if you’re sat in your seat eating some ice cream and wondering what you’re listening to, it’s probably that!

Also we would like to announce that we have a very special guest for our show at The Slade Rooms on the 2nd April. The amazing John Hackett Band will open the show for us so we are all really thrilled to have him join us for this show. This will do very well and advance sales are good so again please book early!

Finally, if you’re not currently subscribed to our email newsletter, make sure you subscribe right now. You can put your email address and first name in the boxes in the top right hand corner of this web page and click Subscribe. Doing this allows us to inform you when we have shows in your area, so you don’t miss out on tickets. It also helps us to significantly reduce our advertising costs which in turn allows us to spend more money on our show.

Roll on Saturday 27th for Huntington Hall! Kind regards, JW.

Mama at Huntingdon Hall

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?

NEXT SHOW: Brookside Theatre, Romford

Dave Mama Website BioAn evening of Genesis music with Mama, comes to The Brookside Theatre, Romford!

Hello all! It’s Sunday night which means we’ve just about recovered from our show at The Cavern this weekend. What a show it was! We broke records with a sellout crowd which along with our first show of 2015 in Chester the week before, gives us a great start to 2015. Thanks to everyone who came to see us at these shows. Spending your hard earned money on our show is really appreciated and we hope you all enjoyed it as much as we did!

So what’s next for Mama? Well, we will be visiting Essex. Specifically, on Saturday 21st February, we’ll be at The Brookside Theatre in Romford. This is a first visit to the venue for us, so we are hoping to capitalise on our recent numbers and pull a good crowd, so that we can visit again in 2016. If you’re in the area, tell us you already got your tickets?

Quiet Man Dave Speaks Out!

We thought he would quietly sit back and be content playing his bass but oh no, after Chester and Liverpool, he’s dying to have his say on our website! So without further ado, I’ll hand you over. This is bass man Jones, telling it his way:

An Evening of Genesis Music with MamaHello everyone!

It’s been almost six months since I joined the band and I have had such a fantastic time. From my first gig in Blackburn I have been knocked out by the reaction from the audience to our performances. This, combined with selling out our first two shows of 2015, shows that there is a huge desire out there for quality live music and there is no doubt that the music of Genesis is of the very highest quality.

I am often asked which is my favourite piece to play live? The honest answer is that it changes with every gig. From the Morse code-like bass line of Land of Confusion to the hypnotic riff of Carpet Crawlers, from the complex intricate patterns of In The Cage to the laid back groove of Misunderstanding – it’s all good stuff!

Other questions I have been asked include….

Why do you play the bass with your thumb? Over the years I have used a plectrum, I have used my fingers and more recently my thumb, like Sting who favoured that technique. I tend to vary the way I play depending on which Genesis song it is and how bad the blister is on my thumb!

Which strings do you use? Roundwound Rotosound longscale steel bass strings – worth every penny.

Four string or five string? I have a five string bass but tend not to use it. I can get all the sounds I need with the four string combined with the bass pedals. But I am on the lookout for a double neck!

Favourite bass players? Too many to list but any list would include Mike Rutherford (obviously!), Chris Squire, Paul McCartney, Geddy Lee, Jaco Pastorius, Scott LaFaro, Stanley Clarke, Carol Kaye, Geezer Butler and James Jamerson.

The band was ecstatic after our Cavern Club gig and now we are looking forward to a trip to The Brookside Theatre, Romford in Essex on Saturday, 21st February. A week later and we are in Bolton at the Roundhouse where we are hoping to introduce even more ‘new’ pieces into our set. If you have been to our Facebook page you will have seen mobile phone footage of our recent rehearsals so you’ll know which songs I am referring to!

Prefer to watch this video on YouTube? Go HERE.

We think our show is of great quality and if the feedback on our Facebook page is anything to go by, so do you! However to make it work, we have to sell as many tickets as possible. This means we need to spread the word as far and as fast as possible, to all Genesis and live music fans. Can I urge you to get in touch if you can help promote the band’s gigs?

I’m really looking forward to all our concerts in 2015 and if you come along to watch please have a word after the show. We enjoying discussing all things Genesis with you. We are fans of the music just as you are and our aim is to keep this music alive.

Best wishes
Dave – the new boy!

That just about wraps up our latest news. We’ve still got some more video to post from our Chester show. Just haven’t yet had chance to sift through it all to look for the best bits. Maybe tomorrow eh? In the meantime, head over to The Brookside Theatre website and grab your tickets for an evening of Genesis music on Saturday 21st February. We’ll do our very best to make it worth your while. 🙂

An Evening of Genesis Music with Mama