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Mama: The Genesis Tribute Band
Mama…. If you are a fan of Progressive Rock and Genesis in particular, then that title should send shivers up and down your spine. The track was a central part to the band’s 1983 self-titled album and is a consistently popular staple of rock radio to this day as well as being part of the live set of several of the tribute bands to Genesis that have sprung up around the UK and elsewhere over the last few years. Speaking of tribute bands, we now have a brand new one: Mama who have taken that song as their name. Combining the formidable talents of several musicians who are no strangers to the music of Genesis including vocalist John Wilkinson previously the front man of the extremely popular Face Value, guitarist Chris O’Connell who previously indulged his passion for Genesis’ music in both The Carpet Crawlers and latterly Face Value, Keyboardsman John Comish who also tried his hand in the last incarnation of Face Value. Bassist Mark Conroy meanwhile has credits in tributes to both Toto (Toto Recall) and Emmerson Lake & Palmer (Noddy’s Puncture) and Drummer James Cooper whose credits include stints with Moonlit Knight and Pink Floydish. However, there is more to Mama than a simple re-iteration of the classics from Genesis’ incredible back catalogue. The band have delved a little deeper and expanded the envelope to include in their already impressive armoury, several classic tracks by the solo members of Genesis including Spectral Mornings (Steve Hackett), Solsbury Hill (Peter Gabriel) and All I Need Is A Miracle (Mike & The Mechanics) ensuring that their appeal is much wider than your average tribute band. It is astonishing to think that the band have been together for barely six months and yet their level of musicianship is superbly high, as displayed by the reaction to the gigs which they have already played to enthusiastic audiences with their debut gig at the Pacific Road Arts Centre Birkenhead getting the following comments from the editor of TWR, the longest established Genesis fan magazine in the world… “this band have arisen from the ashes of one of the best loved tributes to Genesis and taken things to even greater heights. The performance at the Pacific Road Arts Centre in Birkenhead rates as one of the most impressive debuts I have ever seen. Musically spot on the money. Vocally, uncannily like Genesis and visually, convincing enough for me to suspend my disbelief. At times it was as if Genesis themselves were on stage. Either that or they had been cloned - impressive stuff!” One thing is for sure, the future looks bright for Mama and their bookings diary for the coming year looks likely to be filled very soon so if you are looking for a band that will pack ‘em in to the rafters, book them NOW!
Family Run Entertainet Agency, Established 1988
Leading providers of high quality entertainers (Vocalists, duos, groups, tribute acts, comedians) throughout the North West since 1988. Suppliers to Hotels, Restaurants, Bars, Pubs, Clubs, Holiday Parks, Care Homes, Weddings, Corporate & Private functions
James Norton swing singer
As one of the countries brightest new talents, James Norton amazes audiences with a superb combination of classic big band swing and modern contemporary Jazz. He is also known for being the No 1 Neil Diamond tribute in the UK. With a real passion for music and a unique talent for performing, James is the perfect choice to entertain your guests and make your occassion truly memorable. James will dazzle your guests when performing songs from the swing era including incredible renditions of hits from legends such as Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Tony Bennett and contemporary artists such as Michael Bublé. James’s set is thoroughly entertaining and is sure to include your guests' favourite tracks. With experience performing at private parties, weddings, corporate events and gala dinners he knows what is required to make each event outstanding, distinctive and totally unforgettable.
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We had the Photo pod for our little guys 3rd birthday and to say it was a hit is an absolute understatmement! From the initial booking, Mark went above and beyond to make sure our needs were met and we had the best option for us. I'd never heard of the Pod before so I didn't actually know how it worked but I was so pleasantly surprised with it. We had children ranging from newborn to 13 attending and with the older ones loving selfies and posing this was a massive hit to keep them entertained and to also capture the magical memories of our boys day. Mark suggested the pod as opposed to the booth due to the space we had at the venue and it was the best option for us . It was compact, took up minimal space yet looked really professional and came with a box of fun props we all found hilarious when dressed up. Mark was really friendly and polite when booking and nothing was too much trouble. He really went above and beyond and took so much of the stress away. It was all set up before the party started so the kids could use it right away - and they didn't stop getting photos for the whole 3 hours! An absolute hit with every guest and the personalised message on the screen was just the cherry on top. We chose the digital option to receive the photos so we can't wait to get an email with all the pictures attached so we can share them to all our family and friends . Thank you again Mark your Photo Pod is awesome and really topped off the Party. Love Gemma, Paul and Devon xxx
The distance are an energetic acoustic/party band specialising in weddings and corporate events throughout the UKReview by Melissa & Adam Bridge
Massive thank you Soph and Mat for your fab performance at our wedding last month! We wanted something a little different for our evening do and you guys were exactly what the doctor ordered! What you do is so unusual and we got so many compliments - you really did play something for everyone and got everyone up dancing! We loved that you were super flexible and versatile - even playing songs on request that we hadn't asked you to learn (and pulling them off brilliantly!). We absolutely loved our first dance that you learnt for us too, it was really special. Thank you so much again guys. Wish we could do it all again, we had so much fun! x
Diane Shaw is one of the most experienced Soul/Motown/Funk performers available in the UK. She has worked alongside Soul legends such as Tito Jackson, The Stylistics, Martha Reeves, Alexander O'Neal, and many more. Her backing singers and musicians help to keep the vibe soulful, fresh and funky with the dancefloor always full!!