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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 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

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 »

Mama at The Lion Quays Hotel

Mama Genesis at The Lion Quays Hotel OswestryMama to perform their 2017 tour show at The Lion Quays Hotel & Spa, Oswestry!

Well 2017 got off to a cracking start with two very well attended shows in Chester and Liverpool. We had a fantastic time performing for you at both The Forum Theatre and The Cavern and we are in the process of booking a show back in Chester for 2018. The Cavern has already booked us for 2018 and details are now on our shows page.

Thanks to everyone who made the trip out to see us both in Chester and Liverpool on what turned out to be very cold nights! We do appreciate it very much.

On with this weeks news….

Tim Rothwell drummer with Mama GenesisA New Drummer

We are thrilled to announce that we have found the replacement for James on the drum stool. Step forward Tim Rothwell (ex “SeYes” drummer). Tim really impressed us at auditions and we offered him the role almost at once. Thankfully he said yes and his first show is planned for the first night at New Brighton Floral Hall on Friday 3rd March 2017.

James will retake the drum stool for the “hits” set on Saturday 4th March 2017 however, which will be his final planned show with Mama. Of course it goes without saying that we wish James all the very best for the future. Mama wouldn’t have been the success it is without him. It is highly likely he may decide to join us for some double drum madness in the future….

The Lion Quays Return!

The next show for us is this Saturday (4th February 2017) at The Lion Quays Hotel & Spa complex in Oswestry. We hope you can join us there for what promises to be a fairly unique show. Why? Well, we plan on having a bit of an unplanned set list. Planning the unplanned, you might say. There’ll be chance for the audience to have their say with requests and we may or may not throw in some tracks we haven’t performed for a while. View full article »

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 »