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Paul Aitken

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Worcester
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Many styles but is known for an authentic sixties and seventies feel - Drums/vocs in The Retros but also performs solo with backing tracks

I have drummed and guitared my way through life - first paid session in 1970 ( with Simon Rattle !) - Drum lessons with John Marshall in the mid 1970's - Played with John Illsley and Mark Knopfler in 1976 - Got to no 26 in the charts with The Banned. Various Jingle sessions ( notably Gillette G2 with Tommy Docherty !) Wrote and recorded many tracks with David Owen Smith for Take Hart on the BBC -Still work with David as The Spacewalkers. In 2004 I appeared in the line-up on "Never Mind The Buzzcocks" I have been working with The Retros from 1985 to the present ..... we played the Liverpool arena in June 2017 to 4500 ladies. I M.C. our band gigs and organise, manage , and record The Retros. I also play guitar and sing live as a solo artist,using backing tracks and a wide range of material covering the decades from the 40's to contemporary pop.

Performance details
I can perform outdoors
I have a car I can use to travel to gigs
I require car parking close to venues
I can perform with backing tracks
I can perform while walking around a venue
My equipment is PAT tested
I own a PA system
Musicianship
Genres:
1940s era music, 1950s era music, 1960s era music, 1970s era music, 1980s era music, 1990s era music, Folk, Country, Folk rock, Blues, Cabaret, Swing, Easy listening, Light music, Originals, Pop, Acoustic, Ambient pop, Covers, Disco, Karaoke, Motown, R&B, Soul, Tribute, Vintage, Rock, Classic rock, Indie, Pop rock, Punk rock, Rock 'n' Roll, Ska, Skiffle, Reggae
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Instruments:
Drum kit, Guitar, Singer
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Event types:
Private event
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Other skills:
Arranger, Audio engineer, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Songwriter, Sound technician, Drum technician, Actor, Fluent improviser, MC, Instrumental teaching
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Song list

SAMPLE- NOT A FULL LIST !
1. P ONE MAN BAND
2. P BROWN EYED GIRL
3. P DANCE THE NIGHT AWAY
4. P SAD ABOUT US
5. P TAKE IT EASY
6. P VIVA LA VIDA
7. P AT LAST
8. P THE GIRL OF MY BEST FRIEND
9. P THE LETTER
10. P MOON RIVER
11. P CAN’T TAKE MY EYES OF YOU
12. P RUNAWAY
13. P TITANIUM
14. P KITES
15. P I’M A BELIEVER
16. P MAN WHO SOLD THE WORLD
17. P CHATANOOGA CHOOCHOO
18. P WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN
19. P I KNOW WHY
20. P I’M INTO SOMETHING GOOD
21. P DAKOTA
22. P YOUR SONG
23. P MY GIRL
24. P SOMEBODY THAT I USED TO KNOW
25. P RETURN TO SENDER
26. P I’M THE URBAN SPACEMAN
27. P TWIST AND SHOUT
28. P PRETTY WOMAN
29. P ITS NOW OR NEVER
30. P LOLA
31. P HO HEY
32. P FRIDAY ON MY MIND
33. P DAYS
34. P SEX ON FIRE
35. P PEGGY SUE
36. P CAN’T HELP FALLING IN LOVE
37. P TO MAKE YOU FEEL MY LOVE
38. P I LIKE IT
39. P LOVE IS ALL AROUND
ACT NATURALLY
ALL ALONG THE WATCHTOWER
ALL RIGHT NOW
ANOTHER SATURDAY NIGHT
AROUND AND AROUND
AS TEARS GO BY
BABY ITS YOU
BABY COME BACK
BAD TO ME
BADGE
BLACK MAGIC WOMAN
BIRTHDAY
BROWN EYED GIRL
BRASS IN POCKET
CAROLINE
CHAINS
CONCRETE AND CLAY
COCAINE
DAYS
DOCK OF THE BAY
DOO WAH DIDDY
DO YOU WANNA DANCE
EVERYDAY
EVERY BREATH YOU TAKE
GET BACK
GIMME SOME A LOVIN`
GREAT PRETENDER
HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE GW
HEARTBEAT
HERE COMES THE NIGHT
HEY JOE
HI HO SILVER LINING
HIPPY HIPPY SHAKE
HONKY TONK WOMEN
HOW LONG
I`LL BE THERE FOR YOU
I'M A BELIEVER
I SAW HER STANDING THERE
I SHOULDA KNOWN BETTER
ITS ALL OVER NOW
I WANNA HOLD YOUR HAND
JOHNNY B. GOODE
JUMPIN` JACK FLASH
KEEP ON RUNNIN
LA BAMBA
LETS TWIST AGAIN
LETS DANCE
LOVE GROWS WHERE MY ROSEMARY.
LOVE IS ALL AROUND
LOUIE LOUIE
MAN OF THE WORLD
MIDNIGHT HOUR
MISERY
MOVE IT
MY GIRL
NADINE
NEED YOUR LOVE SO BAD
OH CAROL
PAINT IT BLACK
PLEASE DONT TEASE
PEGGY SUE
PRICE OF LOVE
PRETTY WOMAN
PROBLEMS
PURPLE HAZE
ROUTE 66
RUNAWAY
SATISFACTION
SAVE THE LAST DANCE
SLOW DOWN
SHAKIN ALL OVER
SHE LOVES YOU
STAND BY ME
SUBSTITUTE
SUGAR SUGAR
SUMMERTIME
SUMMERTIME BLUES
SUNSHINE OF YOUR LOVE
THE LAST TIME
THAT'LL BE THE DAY
THIS BOY
TRACKS OF MY TEARS
TRUE LOVE WAYS
TWISTIN` THE NIGHT AWAY
UNDER THE BOARDWALK
WALKIN THE DOG
WALK IN THE ROOM
WALK DONT RUN
WHAT `D I SAY
WHEN WILL I BE LOVED
WHITE ROOM
WHITER SHADE OF PALE
WILD THING
WONDERFUL WORLD
WORDS OF LOVE
YES I WILL
YOU REALLY GOT ME
YOU SEND ME
ZIGGY STARDUST
AINT SHE SWEET
BLACKBIRD
CAN'T HELP LOVIN THAT GIRL
CHATTANOOGA CHOO CHOO
DREAM DREAM DREAM
GIRLS EYES
EVERYDAY
FALLIN'
GOOD LOVIN'
HERE COMES THE SUN
HIDE YOUR LOVE AWAY
IF I FELL
I'M LOOKING THROUGH YOU
KING OF THE SWINGERS
LOVE GROWS
LAZYBONES
NORWEGIAN WOOD
ONE MAN BAND
POUR YOUR LOVE
SOMETHING
SAN FRANCISCO BAY BLUES
THE GIRL OF MY BEST FRIEND
'TILL THERE WAS YOU
TRAVELLING LIGHT
WHISKEY IN THE JAR
WILD WORLD
WHEN WILL IT START
Customer questions

What if my timings change after I've booked you?

We always try our best to be flexible to help ensure your event runs as smoothly as possible. If timings change slightly in the run up to the event just let us know.”

Can you provide an iPod/DJ service before and between your sets?

Absolutely. This is a really popular request and we actually offer this service for free. If you'd like a DJ service via our PA after the final set until the venue closes, we provide this for an additional £100.”

How much time do you need to set up?

“We usually set up about 1 to 1.5 hours before the performance time. As soon as our PA is set up we can provide a free playlist service to help set the atmosphere and get your guests ready for our live performance!”

Can I pick the pieces you play from the set list?

“Our set lists are crafted from countless performances and learning what works best to ensure guests dance and have an amazing time. However, we're definitely happy to chat through and make sure we find what works for your event. ”

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

“Yes, absolutely! We bring our own instruments , have a great sounding PA and monitor system and a lighting rig.

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

“If a song isn't included in our song list there may still be a chance we already know it. If there is a special song you'd like us to learn we are happy to do this for you.

What do your clients love most about your performances?

We please the crowd and play like our lives depend on it ! Please take a look at our feedback.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

Liverpool Arena Chipping Norton Theatre Lechlade Festival Warwick Hall The Half Moon Putney The Swan Hotel Staines The Forum The Mean Fiddler Littlecote Manor The Casino Southampton Chipping Norton Festival Silverstone Twickenham Rugby Stadium The Metropole Birmingham Earls Court Exhibition Halls Queens House Greenwich Lady Margaret College Oxford Rycote

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

The Beatles The Kinks The Stones The Jam The Who The Grateful Dead Frank Sinatra Buddy Holly Otis Reading The Searchers XTC The Police Buddy Rich Led Zepplin Dire Straits The Shadows Buddy Rich Richard Harvey Ed Sheeran Thin Lizzie Phil Collins / Genesis Wilson Picket Little Richard Bob Marley Glen Miller Stevie Wonder Elton John Carol king The Miracles

What is the most high profile gig you've performed?

It's a toss up between Liverpool arena ( 4500) and The Conrad International in Hong Kong ( 500 very wealthy people)...... or maybe Top of the Pops ( 16 million viewers ?)..... it all depends on defining the term High Profile ......

Prices

Note: prices may vary based on travel distance. For an exact quote, click “Check availability”.

Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Short performance (up to 15 min)£100
Up to 1 hour£175
Up to 2 hours£200
Up to 3 hours£250

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Jay L, 11 months ago

Everything was very well communicated prior to event. Paul and he's team did a excellent job in entertaining our guests. Feedback from our guests is that they had a memorable night. Thanks again. Will use again in future. Jay

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Sam J, 1 year ago

Great band - very professional and fantastic covers of classic songs

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Gemma B, 6 months ago

Brilliant brilliant brilliant!!! Thank you all for an amazing set - the best birthday bash EVER!!!!!

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Vicky D, 6 months ago

Actually the truth is you guys MADE the party - absolutely smashed it ! - you're all fantastic and every single person thought you were incredible!

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