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100 Shows for Mama!

An evening of Genesis music The Cavern LiverpoolMama chalks ups 100 shows this weekend at The Cavern in Liverpool!

Someone once said, “Time flies when you are having fun,” and for the members of Mama, never a truer word was spoken.

Formed in late 2011, Mama announced their arrival with a website headline, The World is about to be rocked again by the music of Genesis. Rehearsals started in January 2012 and over the past five years the band has worked hard to perform the music of Genesis live in theatres all over the UK.

A first time for everyone

The first show was at the Pacific Road Arts Centre in Birkenhead on Friday 23rd March 2012 and by sheer coincidence the band are back on the Wirral to celebrate their five year anniversary in March 2017. Two performances are lined up at the Floral Hall in New Brighton on Friday 3rd and Saturday 4th March.

That big number…. 100!

A five year anniversary is one thing but chalking up 100 shows is something else. This Friday (27th Jan) the band will be back in Liverpool at one of their all time favourite venues, The Cavern, and this concert will be Mama’s 100th show! Being the first tribute band to sell out The Cavern is something special so returning there to celebrate 100 gigs is perfect timing.

An evening of Genesis music The Cavern Liverpool

The line-up may have evolved since that first gig in Birkenhead but for John W, John C and James, this really is 100 shows. Another evolution is round the corner as James is soon stepping down from the drum stool but he will be playing at the Cavern this Friday and returning for one of the two evenings in March. Plus, as if that wasn’t enough, the band will be playing overseas for the first time with two dates in Holland coming up in June. View full article »

Interview With A Sound Engineer

Mama at The Cavern, LiverpoolMama, the UK’s all era Genesis tribute band today interviews Andrew, their sound engineer

Today we thought we’d depart from our usual trick of interviewing musicians and instead focus on some of the more technical aspects of our show. To this end, we consulted with our sound engineer who also doubles as our in-house technical guy for the website, marketing, promotion and many other aspects of running the band.

Andrew is a professional videographer and sound engineer in the real world. He also runs a small business doing marketing consulting for other small businesses. You can find out more about him on his website: www.carillonvideo.co.uk

But first, the news….

But before we get to the interview, we thought we’d share a few snippets of news that you might be interested in. First up, The Cavern (Liverpool) looms large in our diary. This Friday which is the 29th January, we will be live in front of one of the biggest crowds we have played, if you don’t count the festival type shows we have done in the past. So, if you want tickets there are still a few left and they’re available direct from the Cavern website.

Following on from The Cavern, we have two shows at The Lion Quays, Shropshire. Friday 19th Feb will be a Genesis only set. Saturday 20th Feb will be a hits set (featuring Genesis, Mike & The Mechanics, Gabriel and Collins solo stuff). You can get tickets from the Mundell Music website.

Special guest star

Coming up later in the year, we have something a little different for you. Mama will be performing at The Slade Rooms (Wolverhampton) on Saturday 2nd April and we will have a special support act. The John Hackett Band will with us for a truly memorable event. You can buy tickets for this show on the Wolverhampton Civic website.

And now, here’s the interview in full:

Mama: Hi Andrew! How’s it going?
Andrew: It’s going well, if a little busy! I’m not exactly used to being interviewed though, so you’ll have to bear with me! 🙂
Mama: Okay, well let’s start with something easy then. How did you get into all this technical stuff?
Andrew: Well, when I was a child, I always wanted to be an airline pilot. I am not sure why, even now, but it might have been something to do with all those dials, buttons and switches. I think I just like complicated things. Due to the fact that I was born with a significant hearing loss, I couldn’t do that, so I ended up falling in love with doing sound for live bands. Ironic, I know. Fortunately for me, my dad was always involved with a band and I spent my entire youth traipsing around the North West, visiting theatres and all manner of venues, putting in sound systems. It’s probably fair to say I have personally been in virtually every theatre in the area at one time or another. When I hit adulthood, I went to university to study pro audio and video for four years and after that, I started my own business doing pro audio. Nowadays, I also do pro video.

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An Evening of Genesis Music, with MamaDave’s Tour Log – Issue 3 – Mama Mighty Heroes, May 9th 2015

It’s time for another rather unique rambling from our bass player Dave (or should we call him Red Lantern?). But before we get to that, we’d like to quickly mention our next show.

Saturday 20th June sees us perform at Trading Boundaries, which is somewhere down south (Sheffield Green). It’s the only show that’s anywhere near the south in fact, for the next few months. So if you’re in the area, you need to grab some tickets now. To book, hit the Trading Boundaries website. Tickets are priced at £15.00 & £45.00. Why the steep price you ask? Well we believe that there are two ticket prices – one for a sit down meal and the other just for the show. We know that lots of meal tickets have gone already. In fact, we’re not rightly sure if there are any left. But there are definitely some standing tickets up for sale, so don’t delay.

This is our first venture to this fine venue and we’re really hoping to make a big impact and have a great night with as many fellow Genesis fans as possible. Hope to see you there!

As always, you can find all our latest shows on our gig page. Don’t forget to join our email newsletter on the right hand side so we can let you know when we’re in your area.

Prologue

And so it was that as the sun rose in the eastern sky, to the west a huge symbol emblazoned the letter M onto a white cloud. The Mama signal was a call to arms to five musical super heroes and their side-kicks. Their leader, John W, awoke to the sound of the Mama alarm (clock) ringing in his ears. He picked up his com device (mobile phone) and sent the emergency code text to the members of the team. He had received a request for the team to make haste to Bridgnorth to help the locals in their fight against the forces of Muzak. It was decided that a scouting party would be sent in advance to make a reconnaissance of the area. View full article »

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.  🙂

The Garage – Swansea

The Garage Live Music Venue, SwanseaMama, the UK’s all era Genesis tribute band to play The Garage Live Music Venue in Swansea!

That’s right everyone. It’s time to get your tickets to see the next Mama show which is this Saturday coming, in Swansea. It’ll be our first time at The Garage Live Music Venue and we are really looking forward to it. Already we have had many emails from people in the area to tell us they’re really looking forward to the show, so if you want to ensure entry, buy your tickets up front from the venue priced £13.00. They’re £15.00 on the door and we reckon the £2.00 saving is valuable beer money!

Those of you who are subscribed to our email newsletter (subscribe right now on the right hand side!) will no doubt have heard about our two surveys for 2013. The idea is to collect some quality information about what you, the Genesis fans want from us, the Genesis tribute band. The survey came in two parts. First there was the general Mama Survey 2013 for those that could spare us a couple of minutes and then for the uber mad Genesis geeks that can’t get enough, there was the Big Song Poll Survey which is likely to take you several days to complete! Brave.

Our Survey Says?

Survey results? Well, they’re not quite ready to publish yet because we need to get some more input from other areas. But what we can tell you is early results indicate Los Endos is by far the most desired track at a Mama show! So we dug around in our digital archives and pulled out a relatively recent recording for you. We hope you enjoy it. Here’s Los Endos performed live at The Winding Wheel in Chesterfield, a couple of weeks ago:

If you’d like to have your say, we’d love to see you have a go at our Mama Survey 2013. We promise, it’ll only take three minutes tops! As previously mentioned, you can also have a go at the Big Song Poll Survey anytime you like, to register which Genesis tracks are your favourites. We’ll be consulting this survey when we add more tracks to our growing set list choices, so there’s all to play for (why do I feel like I’m hosting an 80’s TV game show?)!

So, what do you do now? If you’re in the Swansea area and you love Genesis (which you should if you are reading this) then book your tickets for The Garage now. Box office: 01792 475 147 or online here!