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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

NEXT SHOW: The Musician, Leicester!

Mama at The Musician, LeicesterMama, to perform An Evening of Genesis Music at The Musician, Leicester!

Hello…. Remember us?

Well after quite a long break from shows we are back with a bang at a new venue for us, namely The Musician in Leicester. Tickets have already gone really well for this show and according to the promoter we have the best advance sales for May. We will be playing the famous “Duke Suite” at this and indeed our next show after The Musician, which is at our old haunt The Theatre On The Steps in Bridgnorth. That venue has also reported great advance ticket sales which are up on last time and don’t forget we sold that venue out last year. Great to see such interest in keeping Genesis music alive by the tribute bands who perform it. We just need a team of Sherpa’s to help us up the dreaded 120 steps at Bridgnorth… Any offers?

Legends of Rock 2016

We had a great time at 2015 Legends Of Rock Festival back in March and are proud to announce that due to the reaction of the crowd there we have once again been invited back for 2016. More details as soon as we have them.

You can also watch this video on YouTube if you prefer.

Genesis, ex members, hits & other ditties

We have started work on another element of our show to hopefully delight Genesis fans, which means Mama are currently learning some of the ex-Genesis members solo hits such as In The Air Tonight, Sledgehammer, All I Need Is A Miracle, The Living Years, Big Time and many others to create a “Genesis hits” set. We will premier this set at our second night in Kinross after we play a totally “Prog Genesis” set the night before. We are also learning a brand new song for this as well as re-introducing a couple of songs we have stopped playing, so lots of rehearsals at this moment in time. Lets us know what “hits” you think we could incorporate in the comments section below or on our Facebook page.

The DVD & Live CD

We keep getting asked about the CD and DVD release we promised last year. Work is still ongoing. We basically want to get it right for when you hand over your hard earned cash for it which hopefully explains the delay. Watch this space!

Hope to see you at a Mama show soon. 🙂

Mama at The Musician, Leicester

DAVE’S TOUR LOG: Legends of Rock

dave legends of rock 2015Dave’s Tour Log – Issue 1 – Legends of Rock weekend, March 7th 2015

It’s 8.00am and I am sitting in Betty, the name lovingly given to the Mama tour van. I’m with John W, James and Andrew as we set off on our epic trip from the North West to Great Yarmouth. The weather is gorgeous and we all have a spring in our step. The van is in good form and we head off on the open road (well, the M6 anyway) and the conversation varies from music to maths – yes maths.

It was going very nicely thank you, until a car pulled up in front of us and flashed FOLLOW ME through its back window. So we exited the motorway and found ourselves driving into a Police check area. Lots of questions flashed through our minds! Did we insure the van? YES. Is the MOT up to date? YES. Do the tyres have legal tread? YES. Should we ask the Policeman to amend his car sign to say FOLLOW YOU first? Er NO. JW is wearing his Mama T-shirt and one of the Policemen is a big Genesis fan. He approaches John and asks him a key question, “What era do you do?”

“All era’s matey!” That said we pass the test and drive back onto the motorway.

Sat Nav & Radio issues

We are using Andrew’s mobile phone sat nav as the one in the van isn’t very good. The last time we turned it on it simply said, “You are lost!” While Andrew is resting his eyes, we think about attaching his phone to the radio so that we can hear it advising us on which way to go. Unfortunately the van’s radio came free in a Christmas Cracker and as such does not appear to allow you to manually tune in to particular radio frequencies, so we need Andrew awake to tell us which way to go. This is the point where Andrew defines the term “normal” as meaning one who has a broken radio and will get it repaired. Clearly JW isn’t normal. View full article »

Duke Album GenesisGenesis tribute band Mama would like to wish everyone a Happy New Year!

First things first, a very happy new year to all the Mama faithful out there! We all hope you had a great holiday season and are raring to get back into the swing of things. Yeah right. 🙂

Now that we have finished our holiday break we are back in the rehearsal room this weekend to start work on two Genesis masterpieces. One you already know about, namely the final sections of the so called Duke Suite which encompasses songs we already play; Behind The Lines / Duchess / Guide Vocal / Turn It On Again, and songs we don’t; Duke’s Travels / Duke’s End. John C has been working hard on getting the correct keyboard sounds (as always) and the rest of the band are learning their bits with a real passion. John W is of course just singing the same words as he does in Guide Vocal….

Guess The Song?

The second “new song” has been played before. Well a part of it has, but we have never attempted the whole ten minute epic. Want to guess what it is? Drop a comment in the comments section below.

The next shows are in Aylesbury and Liverpool respectively so an “away” game followed by a “home” game. The Aylesbury show is exciting for us as we have never played that part of the world before and we are hoping that people hear about us and come to see the show. The Liverpool show is at the world famous Cavern Club and already tickets are selling very well. We had over 200 in last time we played that venue and they are confident we will do even better this time around. Full details are in the “gigs” section here. Get your tickets for both of these shows early, to avoid disappointment!

Legends of Rock

DVD, Blu-ray & Festivals!

As you already know we shot around three and a half hours of footage for our forthcoming DVD / Blu-ray release at The Hub in Bacup, back in December. Work has already started to edit this and sync the soundboard recording of the night to the video footage shot. It’s too early to say when this will be available for sale yet but if you subscribe to our newsletter (on the right hand side) then not only will we be able to tell you about this, we will also be able to ensure you never miss a show when we are in your area. The newsletter is free and we promise not to spam you about buying sheets of double glazing etc (Webmaster: Is that something to do with helping to minimise the cold?).

2014 is shaping up to be an exciting year for us as we have two major tribute band festivals to play (Legends of Rock and Tribfest) as well as returning to some old haunts such as O2 Newcastle / St. Helens / Warrington and The Green Hotel in Kinross, Scotland. We have shows booked in London / Sheffield / Kettering / Rugby / Glasgow / Bury and Solihull. Again keep your eye on this website for full details.

Hope to see you at a Mama show in 2014 and remember we are only able to bring this music to you due to your support, so thanks for attending our shows and helping us celebrate the music of our favourite band.