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Hi folks!

On the back of our most recent show at Huntingdon Hall, Worcester, we were asked to do a radio interview back stage for a local radio station. The station kindly shared the audio with us, so we can present it here on our website. Hope you enjoy listening to it!

 

 

In other news, this weekend (Saturday 8th April 2017) we were asked by Bilton Working Mens Club to come and perform our show at their venue, so we decided that’s exactly what we are going to do. You can get tickets for the show, from the venue.

And finally, we have a survey for you. As you are probably aware, Mama is a group of like minded Genesis fans that want to celebrate the music of Genesis and we do this by putting shows together. We are having such a great time meeting people throughout the UK who are equally as into Genesis as we are, so it’s logical that we should “ask the audience” for their input into what is essentially, a Genesis party.

So this is your chance to have your say. The survey should only take you a couple of minutes, if that. Thanks for your support.

The survey is available here: www.surveymonkey.co.uk

The Roundhouse, Bolton. Sat 3rd Dec 2016!

Mama at The Roundhouse in Bolton Saturday 3rd December 2016OUR SHOW ON SATURDAY 3RD DEC 2016 (THE ROUNDHOUSE, BOLTON) HAS NOW BEEN MOVED TO FEB 2017 DUE TO CIRCUMSTANCES BEYOND OUR CONTROL. REFUNDS ARE AVAILABLE FROM THE VENUE. WE WOULD LIKE TO APOLOGISE TO EVERYONE WHO HAS TICKETS FOR THIS SHOW AND ALSO TO THE VENUE.

Mama to perform their official Christmas show at The Roundhouse in Bolton, Saturday 3rd December 2016. Tickets on sale now!

We come to the final show of 2016 and yes, it’s our official Christmas party! What’s not to like? Saturday 3rd December 2016 will see us performing at The Roundhouse in Bolton, probably wearing Santa hats. If you like your Genesis, there will be no better place to be on this night!

Want tickets? Call the Roundhouse box office right now on 01204 528 323. View full article »

Interview with James (drums)

Mama at Playhouse 2 ShawSummer 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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Buy tickets for Mama at Bolton RoundhouseMama will be performing their 2015 tour show (An Evening of Genesis Music) at The Roundhouse, Bolton. Saturday 28th Feb 2015.

Fresh from our trip to Romford (and what a great time we had performing at The Brookside Theatre!), we’re pleased to announce that our show at The Roundhouse in Bolton this Saturday coming is almost sold out. So, if you want tickets, we would suggest you book them pronto. Call Ron at the venue to book. His number is 01204 528 323. Alternatively, you can pop down to the venue to buy tickets. They’re priced £8.00 advance and £10.00 on the door we believe.

Romford Rocks!

Thanks to everyone who came to see our show over the weekend at The Brookside Theatre in Romford. Also, many thanks to Jai and the theatre staff (volunteers no less!) for the warm welcome and stunning light show. We are putting you on our official list of “venues we love to work with!”

If you’re local to this venue, please support them by attending shows. They have some great acts coming up and good venues like this one are hard to come by!

Interview with Dave (Bass)

We did have a full interview with Dave, our bass player, a couple of weeks ago. However, we only published a small part of it. Here it is in full for all the bass heads out there, featuring a free download of In The Cage Medley performed at The Brookside Theatre, Romford. The audio is taken straight from our desk.

Mama Website: Hello Dave! It’s been almost six months since you joined Mama. How has it been for you?

Dave Jones: I have had a great time. When I first heard that I had got the bass slot I was ecstatic and then it dawned on me that I had to actually learn 30 songs! I joined up with the band in Newcastle for Dave Perry’s final gig. I played a couple of songs at the sound check and then spent the next month learning the set. I practised along with the band’s DVD almost every day. It wasn’t the same as actually rehearsing with them but it was as close as I could get. My first gig at Blackburn is now immortalised on video and my main thought when I look at the clips from that night is how static I am. I was concentrating so much to make sure I did not make a mistake that I hardly moved. Over the next few concerts I slowly got used to the set so that now I feel relaxed on stage and am thoroughly enjoying playing with the band – they are all brilliant musicians and more importantly, great people to be with. So to summarise, it has been a wonderful time and I am really looking forward to the concerts this year.

MW: What was it like trying to learn 30 songs in such a short period of time?

DJ: The main advantage I had was that I have been a huge fan of Genesis since 1973. At that time I was in a cabaret band whose drummer was Peter Clarke, or Budgie, who went on to find fame with Siouxsie and the Banshees. He had a copy of “Selling England by the Pound” and I remember listening to it and being blown away. I bought a copy and then bought the back catalogue, so I have been listening to this music for over 40 years. In all that time I had never played in a band that attempted any Genesis songs but when it came to work out the music for Mama I knew how it went. All I had to do was actually work out the notes – a minor problem!

MW: What have you enjoyed the most about playing with the band?

DJ: First of all, their dedication to reproducing this music as accurately as possible and at the same time introducing fresh energy into each song. This combined with the work of the Road Crew who are dedicated to helping us produce a great sound and vision show, results in each Mama gig being an event, something that the audience will always remember.

MW: The members of Mama are known for meeting up with their audience after each show. What kind of questions have you been asked?

DJ: 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!

MW: What other questions have you been asked?

DJ: 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 on my thumb is!

MW: OK let’s get technical, which strings do you use?

DJ: Roundwound Rotosound longscale steel bass strings – worth every penny.

MW: Four string or Five string bass, which do you prefer?

DJ: 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!

MW: And who is your favourite bass player?

DJ: There are far too many to mention but any list would include Mike Rutherford (obviously!), Chris Squire, Paul McCartney, Geddy Lee, John Entwistle, Jaco Pastorius, Scott LaFaro, Stanley Clarke, Carol Kaye, Geezer Butler and James Jamerson.

MW: Back to Genesis, do you have a favourite Genesis album?

DJ: This is a very tricky question. From the Gabriel period it is “Selling England by the Pound.” For the four piece band it is “A Trick of the Tail” and for the three piece band it is “Duke.” But I like all the albums. They each have something about them that I can relate to.

MW: What is your favourite Genesis gig?

DJ: I have seen the band several times. The gig that stands out for me is the re-union concert at Milton Keynes. This was an all-day event and it rained the whole time! It was a monumental day for Genesis, getting back together and playing live to a huge audience. Despite the terrible weather it was a special day. It was also the day my beloved trench coat died. It was so wet that when I got back it actually stood up without me in it!

MW: Sounds like the day was a wash out!

DJ: Surprisingly the day was unforgettable and the fact that the band has not officially released any recordings of that concert has resulted in it being a special memory.

Mama at The Roundhouse, Bolton

MW: Talking of memories, which of your Mama gigs has been special for you?

DJ: My very first gig at Blackburn was exciting but since then each gig has been memorable in its own way. More recently the first two shows of 2015 have been really special. Both sell outs and both with brilliant audiences. In Chester we played in a theatre and the crowd gave us some wonderful feedback, then a week later we played the legendary Cavern Club – where they had to turn people away! From the get-go the audience were singing along and were into every song we did. I have never played a concert that had such a great reception and to date that gig is THE special one!

MW: What’s next then for Mama?

DJ: The band was ecstatic after our Cavern Club gig and now we are looking forward to a trip to 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!

MW: Which songs are they then?

DJ: So far we have brought in the Second’s Out medley of The Lamb and The Musical Box. Next we have been playing Home by the Sea and Second Home by the Sea. Finally we have brought back Misunderstanding, which the band have played in the past but is new to me. For Bolton we are hoping to premiere the remaining sections of the Duke’s Suite, namely Duke’s Travels and Duke’s End!

MW: Sounds challenging!

DJ: It is! These pieces are technically challenging and memory challenging!

MW: Future plans for the band?

DJ: It would be nice to sell out as many of the 2015 gigs as possible. Plus we want to finally release the live DVD and a live CD. In addition, we have had many requests to play in Europe, so one long term aim is to take our show across the Channel.

Selection Of Shows Genesis Alan HewittMW: Sounds like you will be busy?

DJ: We will but that is why we do this. We love this music and we want to keep it alive for other fans of Genesis.

MW: Going to leave it there so thanks for your time Dave.

DJ: My pleasure.

The New Alan Hewitt Book

Our last item of interest today is a new book written by our good friend Alan Hewitt and published by Wymer UK. It goes on sale on the 1st March 2015 and is priced at £19.99. The book features forewords by Phil Collins & Steve Hackett, so I guess that makes it fairly official?

To buy your own copy of A Selection of Shows Genesis (& Solo), simply follow this link or click on the book cover on the right hand side. No doubt if you bring your copy of the book to one of our shows that Alan is attending, he’ll sign it for you.  🙂

JC - Keyboards for MamaMama, the UK’s all era Genesis tribute band interviews John C about the intricacies of reproducing those Genesis keyboards

This weekend, the band will be performing their annual show at Theatre On The Steps in Bridgnorth. This theatre is most unusual in that it’s half way up a huge staircase, hence the name. We had a great time here last time we performed and tickets are selling very well so far, without any real promotion from us. In fact, this website update and the ensuing email newsletter represent the first time that we have promoted the show directly. So if you’re thinking of coming down, buy your tickets pronto because a bunch will sell in the next few hours (I think at last count there were less than thirty left!).

You can buy tickets for Theatre On The Steps from their website or by calling into the box office (The Tic, Bridgnorth Library, Listley Street – open 9.30am to 5.00pm Monday to Saturday). You can also phone the venue on 01746 763 257.

JC does smile from time to time!The Interview

It’s time for another interview with the band. This time we collared John C, our expert keyboard player, and got all geeky with him. Well, he got all geeky with us to be fair! Here’s the interview along with a new promo clip from our upcoming live video:

Mama Website: Hi JC and thanks for agreeing to share your technical secrets with us!

John C: Cheers n tha.

MW: After the whole PG / PC thing, Genesis music is known for it’s reliance on keyboard sounds. How do you approach getting the sounds of Tony Banks for Mama?

JC: Well there are really two ways you can go. With the early stuff it’s really just a couple of organ sounds through a chorus and / or phaser, an RMI style piano, sawtooth based mono synth (preferably an ARP) and of course some Mellotron sounds. Post 1982 it gets a little more tricky – early wavetable and sample based keyboards weren’t great by modern standards but had some unique sounds that aren’t that easy to emulate accurately unless you can get hold of the kit, or samples of it.

MW: Do you have all the sounds used by Tony Banks?

JC: No. That’s not the way I do it. I am pretty good at working out the type of synth sound I am listening to and then I go to my workstation library to find something similar. That works probably eighty percent of the time. If I don’t have something I am happy with, I start looking for instrument samples.

MW: Isn’t the object of a tribute to use the original instruments and the same sounds as Tony Banks?

JC: I know a lot of the other Genesis tributes try to do that and with the early stuff it’s true that you need to get that “70’s Sound,” but I doubt that Tony would be using those sounds if Genesis went on tour this year and they probably wouldn’t be using the the sounds from 2007 either. He would probably try to capture the spirit of the original with new technology, which is really the approach I use.

 

 

MW: So how does that work with a signature sound, like the Mellotron choir in Afterglow? View full article »