Singing guitarist

Rob Sowden

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Singing guitarist
Robert Sowden I'm a professional singer, musician, writer, producer and DJ. I perform solo, or with my band, Rob & The Retros

Robert Sowden I'm a professional singer, musician, writer, producer and DJ. I perform solo, or with my band, Rob & The Retros, my original songs and/or classics from the 60's, 70's, 80's and 90's. As DJ Retro Rob, Themed parties and events. Disco - Glam - Pin-Up - New Wave - New Romantic - Pop Two Tone - Rock - Funk - Americana - Goth - Punk I specialise in 70's and/or 80's parties and events with an option to have a live performance thrown in. If you want a special birthday or other celebration to be themed to either of these great musical eras, I'm your man. State of the art gear, P L Insurance, all the Hits and some of the misses. I've got Disco, Bubblegum, Pin-Up, Glam, Punk, Two Tone, Ska, New Wave, New Romantic, Rock, Americana, Funk, Soul, TV Themes, the lot. And if I haven't I'll download it straight away. As a Producer, I specialise in helping solo acts record and realise their materials potential. - I also promote in Reading and run a very successful regular Open Mic night called Bohemian Night. - In my history as a performer, I was the front man of successful prog' rock act Arena . - And of course I had my own band Solar as well as having many other creative projects, recording my own music and the music of others. - I have also performed music daycare for people with learning difficulties and disabilities for 20 years now.

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
My equipment is PAT tested
I own a PA system
1960s era music, 1970s era music, 1980s era music, 1990s era music, Country, Jazz, Easy listening, Light music, Originals, Pop, Acoustic, Americana, Covers, Disco, Funk, Motown, Vintage
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Event types:
Bar / Club / Venue event, Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Concert, Recording session, Theatre / Show, Cruise, Burns night, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Other skills:
Arranger, Audio engineer, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Songwriter, Sound technician, Drum technician, MC, Instrumental teaching
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Song list

Mr Blue Sky
Country Roads
Get Lucky
Sweet Caroline
This Guy's In Love
Can't Take My Eyes Off You
Love Is A Losing Game
Is She Really Going Out With Him
Come Up And See Me
Go Your Own Way
Rocket Man 
Star Man
Crazy Little Thing Called Love
Don’t Bring Me Down
20th Century Boy 
Immigrant Song
Rock n Roll
Jumping Jack Flash
Ziggy Stardust
Alright Now
Baker Street
Hanging On The Telephone
Stray Cat Strut
Man Eater
Take On Me
Tainted Love
Don’t You Want Me 
Heart Of Glass
Voulez Vous
Town Called Malice
The Air That I Breath
Dancing Queen
Night Fever
Staying Alive
Don’t Stop Believing
Living On A Prayer
Summer Of 69
Take It On The Run
Hi Ho Silver Lining
500 Miles
Can't Get You Out Of My Head
Uptown Girl
Rock Around The Clock
Peggy Sue
Wake Up Little Suzie
Barbara Ann
Other Side
Under The Bridge
There She Goes
Hey Now, Don't Dream It's Over
I'm Not In Love
Just The Way You Are
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. If you'd like a DJ service via our PA after the final set, we provide this for an additional £100 dependent on when the venue closes.

How much time do you need to set up?

Solo - it takes me less than half an hour. Full band - can take an hour to an hour and a half.

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

Solo - I have a huge repertoire and will take requests and can theme evenings to era's as requested. As A Band - We have crafted sets with a degree of variation available.

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

Full PA and Lighting, instrumentation and equipment available.

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 if it's possible and within reason.

What do your clients love most about your performances?

I interact well with audiences and create a fun vibe, as well as being able to play a great range of music.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

The Global, Smokin' Billy's, The Turks, The Horn, The Purple Turtle, The Town Hall, The 3B's, OLOP Social Club, Readipop Venue and Festival, CAMARA Beer Festival, The Queens Head - Reading. The Crowthorne Inn, The Prince, The Dog & Partridge, Jagz, The Bee, The Maiden's Head, The Thatched Cottage, The Angel Inn all around Berkshire and surrounding counties.

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

Bowie, Beatles, Blondie, Zep, Duran, Roxy and many more.

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

As lead singer with Arena I have performed at the Lorelei Fest in Germany as well as the Paradiso in Amsterdam, Z7 in Switzerland, Spirit of 66 in Belgium, Borderi in Holland, The Astoria and The World's End in London and the Colonial Theatre Penns USA (where they filmed the Blob).


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£160
Up to 2 hours£320
Up to 3 hours£480
Available services
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Dermot C, 1 year ago

Rob is great with audiences. Very interactive. Also, the selection of classic songs is very good. Always gets people dancing.

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Bill D, 1 year ago

Rob Sowden is a talented performer who engages the audience and creates a great party vibe. Highly recommended.