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Mama at Holmfirth PicturedromeRemember us?

Hi everyone! First of all many, many thanks for all the support you have given us during the past few difficult months. For the first time we had to postpone a series of shows due to John our keyboard wizard having to be at his son Dan’s bedside after Dan was critically injured in a motor cycle accident in Australia last June. It was touch and go for a long while but we are pleased to say that Dan is slowly recovering from this ordeal and John is back home.

Updated date sheet

The shows we postponed have been re-arranged as per the updated date sheet and we are still working hard to get the ones we have not been able to do this year sometime in 2018.

A new guitarist

We also have some news about our guitarist Darren. Sadly, Darren has chosen to leave the band sometime this year due to family and work commitments. We of course wish him the very best and it has been a pleasure to have him in Mama. Thanks for all your hard work matey and good luck from all of us.

His replacement was closer to hand than we thought. Step forward Eddie Devlin! Eddie is the guitarist in the original band The Swan Chorus that Dave and John W are members of. He jumped at the chance to join Mama and is working hard to make the transition seamless. We expecting his first show to be at The Old Courts in Wigan in October and he is chomping at the bit to show you what he can do. For those who want a taste of his ability, have a look at this video on YouTube:

We will be back in the rehearsal rooms soon and are looking at some new songs to freshen up our set list. Thanks again for sticking with us. We really so appreciate it.

Regards, JW.

Mama at Holmfirth Picturedrome

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.

On to Bury and our first show at the rejuvenated Met. Once again we had a big crowd with well over 250 in the audience as we rocked our way through the set. The comments after the show were really pleasing and this was backed up by posts on our Facebook page, along with the usual video clips of our performance.

The audience at The Met in Bury

Which brings us to this weekend and two shows at New Brighton Floral Pavilion. This was our first visit to this venue and these two evenings gave us an opportunity to play both the prog set on the Friday night and the hits set on the Saturday. In addition this was the band’s five year anniversary as back in 2012 Mama played their first show at Pacific Road and now we returned to the Wirral to celebrate (ironically, after Pacific Road was closed down, they moved the house PA system to The Floral Pavilion and this was the very PA system we used again! Fate or what?!).

On Friday, our set up was delayed as each one of us was hindered by considerable traffic problems. In my case it took over 30 minutes to cross the bridge and this was not due to an accident but simply the road works and sheer volume of traffic. Once at the venue we discussed how soon it will be that one accident somewhere will have a knock on effect that grinds to a halt the whole traffic system across the country – we were in a philosophical mood!

James at The Met in Bury

The Sound Check was good so we head off to the dressing room while the crew headed out to the local fish and chips emporium. They returned with stories of how big the fish were!

Burning on stage!

We took to the stage and to be blunt, we were on fire and the audience reaction drove us on. The second half run of Squonk, The Lamb, Musical Box, Home by the Sea, In The Cage and Los Endos had everyone standing on their feet shouting for more. We returned to the stage and the crowd sang a rousing chorus of I Know What I Like and that’s it. The feedback was exceptional as one person after another told us just how good we were. Comments on Facebook were really pleasing and we headed for home with smiles on our faces.

Saturday night and the return of the giant hits set!

And so to Saturday which saw the return of Mark on the guitar. Darren has started to learn the hits set. We have included In The Air Tonight with him at our recent shows but there are a few songs still to conquer and so Mark is back! His return brought the usual question – where is the nearest coffee machine? We sound checked with Don’t Lose My Number and Steam – all is well – it’s like he’s never been away.

The record books show that this line up of Mama – John W, John C, James, Mark and myself have played the majority of the bands shows together over the five years so it is fitting that we were together for this anniversary performance and for James’s last show. We were up for this one and we took to the stage and kicked into Land Of Confusion. The first half was a blur as we drove our way through Big Time, Turn It On Again, Silent Running and Follow You, Follow Me.

Side stage at The Met in Bury

Half time arrived and there is only one story; apparently Mark played the first half with his flies undone! In the dressing room we recounted stories of each member of the band in various incidents involving lack of clothing – I honestly cannot write these up!

Mark wants yet another cup of coffee!

The second half took off with John W and Mark playing a great acoustic version of Another Cup Of Coffee – it went down a storm. The band opened up with Colours and we motored through All I Need Is A Miracle, Easy Lover, Sledgehammer and Invisible Touch. The audience gave us a standing ovation and we returned for an emotional Take Me Home to bring the curtain down on what has been a great weekend. We will miss James but like Mark, he is ready to step in and help us out if we need him.

Our next show will be at Huntingdon Hall (Worcester), a converted church that is haunted – no really! The last time we played there JC’s keyboards packed in mid set, something that had never happened before and has never happened since. Plus we have been told similar things have happened to other bands that have played there. Yes, Tim is really looking forward to his debut. If you are thinking of going then maybe I will be playing my double neck guitar – fingers crossed it is ready to go.

Photo credits to Mark (the guitarist that is). You can find out more about his photo work (his real job) on his website here: www.mkcophotodesign.co.uk

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 JW about recent shows

An Evening of Genesis with Mama - The Cluny, NewcastleThe Cluny at Newcastle is gearing up for an evening of Genesis music, naturally supplied by Mama.

Our next two shows take place at The Cluny in Newcastle followed by The Ferry Hotel in Eastham (on The Wirral). The first show is a Genesis show and the second is a free show we are using to showcase our new “hits” set list. So if you’re in the North East, grab your tickets for our Newcastle show over on our EventBrite page. If you’re in the North West, put the 31st in your diary, get making your costume and join us By The Sea for some ghoulish entertainment.

Interview with JW

We think it’s time for another chat with John W, so we collared him at the last Mama show (The Railway in Bromley Cross). You can read the full interview below:

Webmaster: Hi John! How’s it going?

JW: Great! Well, apart from Marko having an illness that affects his balance and hearing.

Webmaster: Oh no. How does that affect him then?

JW: Well when it was really bad, at Kinross actually, he could not hear anything and was feeling sick all the time. We did think about cancelling those two shows but so many people had booked that we felt it was best to carry on with them. Fortunately Marko got through both nights and didn’t fall off the stage (laughing). He’s much better now.

Webmaster: Glad to hear that. So he’s alright now then?

JW: Yeah he’s back to his usual self. Mad as that is (laughing).

Webmaster: So how did Kinross go? That was the venue where you played the “hits set” for the first time wasn’t it?

JW: Yeah, the first night Marko was poorly and we had to drop a couple of songs we were going to play as he really didn’t feel up to it. The second night, he felt better and so we did the full hits show. It went down really really well. Much better than I expected in fact and we all really enjoyed the challenge and the novelty of playing these new songs for us. View full article »

Next Mama Show – Thwaites Empire Theatre, Blackburn

Thwaites Empire Theatre Box Office NumberMama, the UK’s all era Genesis Tribute Band set for Blackburn show!

It’s that time of year again where we visit one of the top small theatres in the country to perform our show. If you’ve not been to Thwaites Empire before, you’re missing a trick! This venue is one of our favourites because it boasts great views of the band from every seat and great acoustics, so you can be sure of a night to remember, listening to your favourite Genesis tracks.

Here’s what John W had to say about our recent jaunt over to Yorkshire for Tribfest 2013!

We were very happy to be asked to appear at the 2012 Tribfest in the VIP tent (Marquee if you want to get all technical on us) and we must have made a good impression as a week later we were asked to appear on the main stage at this years event. The festival itself is billed as the largest tribute band festival in Europe and has been going a good number of years now. Most of the top UK tribute bands have appeared there at some time or another with quite a lot (Simple Minds and The Cure tributes leap to mind) from abroad. Tribfest is a three day festival with various stages and tents and has expanded into original bands and a DJ tent if the whole “tribute thing” doesn’t float your boat. View full article »