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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 Genesis at The Floral Pavilion New BrightonMama will be performing two nights at The Floral Pavilion this weekend – Friday 3rd & Saturday 4th March 2017!

The weekend draws near… Two shows beckon… A new venue for Mama… The start of the next five years of the bands history…

Then JW stepped in and wrote a new post for us to publish right here, right now. So all that deep and meaningful stuff we had lined up to publish got thrown out of the proverbial window and left in the slush that currently adorns the grass in the front garden. Ooops!

Take it away JW!

Five years. 1,825 days. 43,800 hours. 2,628,000 minutes. 31,536,000 seconds. In other words, a LONG time!

We started planning this band back in 2011 and our first show was on the Wirral at Pacific Road on 30th March 2012. Over 100 shows later we return to the Wirral for two nights of Genesis and solo songs at The Blue Room, Floral Pavilion, New Brighton this Friday and Saturday. The emphasis on Friday is on Genesis songs with the whole of the “Duke Suite” being performed. Saturday sees us concentrating on Genesis hits and solo hits from Phil Collins, Peter Gabriel and Mike & The Mechanics. View full article »

The Maltings, Farnham – Sat 12th Nov 2016

Mama at The Maltings, FarnhamMama to perform their 2016 tour show at The Maltings, Farnham. Plus, a lineup change and some new video from our recent show in Solihull!

Howdo fellow Genesis fanatics! We’ve got a lot to get through today, so let’s get straight in there…. First up, our next show!

You can catch the band a little more South than usual on Saturday 12th November 2016 at The Maltings in Farnham. This show has been on sale for quite a while and tickets are now starting to move quicker, so if you’re coming down, get them in advance.

You can buy tickets for the show from The Maltings website.

James calls time on his Mama duties

It’s sad we know, but James has taken the decision to spend more time with his family and working in his new job, so he’s informed us that he would like us to find a new drummer for the band. We’d like to thank James for his incredible commitment to the band, right from the word go (actually, he committed before Mama was even written down on paper in fact). James will continue to perform with the band until his final show in 2017 at The Cavern. We hope many of you will be joining us at this historic venue to say goodbye and wish him well for the future. View full article »

Busy, busy, busy…. Bring on Kinross!

Mama at The Green Hotel KinrossMama 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 »

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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