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Amazing acoustic duo from Manchester Appeared in a film with Michael Caine and Harvey Keitel, and have toured Europe with Simply Red
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The Retrosettes are a hugely successful band travelling all over the world, entertaining audiences on the most exclusive private yachts all the way to intimate performances to music loving crowds. Being part of a touring act playing on main stages at festivals all over the country these guys know how to put on a show.  If you’re looking for a ‘festival style’ band, you can’t get any more authentic than The Retrosettes!! With their acoustic duo option, they have a large and varied sound. This is achieved through a combination of musical elements including male and female vocals, piano, guitar and foot drums.  This versatile sound can be tailored to your requirements, from delicate and gentle ceremony accompaniment to foot tapping pre-evening drinks and receptions. For evening entertainment they add bass and drums with extra vocal harmonies to produce a sound of classic pop and rock which is often compared to Fleetwood Mac, (in fact many people compare lead singer Helen to Stevie Nicks!). The Retrosettes duo are not to be missed, turning their talents to songs often overlooked by other artists, offering a truly original and unforgettable musical experience. The finest act for true live music lovers. Playing songs by Billie Eilish, Fleetwood Mac, Carole King, The Kinks, David Bowie, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Johnny Cash, Arctic Monkeys, Neil Young, Bob Dylan and many more. The Rodeos have an eclectic repertoire which appeals to all ages and musical tastes.Singers Paul and Helen have toured Europe with Simply Red, released an album with Universal Germany and they have been booked from clients all over the world in places such as the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel in Mumbai, Red Square in Moscow, French Polynesia and all over Europe.The Retrosettes duo are equally comfortable playing at corporate events, as well as house parties! They are happy to have singers or musicians get up at an event and play or sing with them for a truly interactive musical experience.If you’re looking for a great musical act, with a love of music from across the decades and genres, then look no further than The Retrosettes duo.

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Andrew H
10 months ago
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5 out of 5

The Acoustic Duo were fantastic, both their music and their singing were absolutely amazing, so professional and first-rate. My guests commented that the Retrosettes were brilliant. The duo were so polite, friendly and helpful, I would recommend them to anyone who wants to hire a singing and music duo in the future.

Reply from The Retrosettes acoustic duo
10 months ago

Thanks Andrew! It was a lovely ceremony, we were really happy to be there. Congratulations to you both! Paul and Helen

From other customers:

1 year ago, for a Birthday party in Penny Ln
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5 out of 5

The Retrosettes really made my birthday, we had a fantastic evening, 10 out of 10 Everything you did for me, organisation etc, very professional, Thank You, Ruth

1 year ago, for a Wedding in Small Ln
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5 out of 5

Thanks very much for your brilliant sets on Saturday.  So many people have spoken to us since to say how much they enjoyed it. 

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The Retrosettes acoustic duo's Song list

Classic pop and rock
Africa - Toto
All The Young Dudes - Mott The Hoople
Bad Moon Rising - Creedence Clearwater Revival
Be My Baby -The Ronettes
Beautiful Boy - John Lennon
Blue Monday - Joy Division
Boys Don’t Cry - The Cure
Breakfast In America - Supertramp
Bring It On Home To Me - Sam Cooke
Brown Eyed Girl - Van Morrison
Burning Down The House - Talking Heads
California Dreaming - The Mamas And The Papas
California Soul - Marlena Shaw
Careless Whisper - George Michael
Can’t Help Falling In Love - Elvis Presley
Cats In The Cradle - Harry Chapin
The Chain - Fleetwood Mac
Crazy Little Thing Called Love - Queen
Cum On Feel The Noise - Slade
Dancing In The Dark - Bruce Springsteen
Don't Bring Me Down - ELO
Don’t Dream It’s Over - Crowded House
Don’t Stop Me Now - Queen
Don’t Worry, Be Happy - Bobby McFerrin
Don't You Forget About Me - Simple Minds
Down On The Corner - Creedence Clearwater Revival
Dream A Little Dream - Mama Cass
Dreams - Fleetwood Mac
Electric Dreams - Phil Oakley
Enjoy The Silence - Depeche Mode
Faith - George Michael
Father And Son - Cat Stevens
First Of The Gang - Morrissey
For What It's Worth - Buffalo Springfield
Friday I’m In Love - The Cure
Get It On - T-Rex
Girl, You'll Be A Woman Soon - Urge Overkill
Girls on Film - Duran Duran
Go Now - The Moody Blues
Go Your Own Way - Fleetwood Mac
Gold - Spandau Ballet
Golden Brown - The Stranglers
Have You Ever Seen The Rain - Creedence Clearwater Revival
Hazy Shade Of Winter - Simon And Garfunkel
Heard It Through The Grapevine - Marvin Gaye
Heart Of Glass - Blondie
Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now - The Smiths
Here Comes The Night - Them
Here Comes Your Man - Pixies
Heroes - David Bowie
Higher and Higher - Jackie Wilson
Highway To Hell - AC:DC
Highway Zone - Kenny Loggins
Hooked On A Feeling - Blue Swede
Hopelessly Devoted To You - Olivia Newton John
Hotel California - Eagles
I Can See Clearly Now - Johnny Nash
I Feel Good - James Brown
I Feel The Earth Move - Carole King
I Only Want To Be With You - Dusty Springfield
I Want To Know What Love Is - Foreigner
If It Makes You Happy - Sheryl Crow
I’m Not In Love - 10CC
Imagine - John Lennon
Is This Love - Bob Marley
Is This The Way To Amarillo - Tony Christie
It Must Be Love - Labi Siffre
The Joker - The Steve Miller Band
Jolene - Dolly Parton
Keep Feeling Fascination - The Human League
The Killing Moon - Echo & The Bunny Men
Knowing Me, Knowing You - ABBA
Kodachrome - Paul Simon
Lean On Me - Bill Withers
Let Your Love Flow - The Belamy Brothers
Life On Mars - David Bowie
Little Lies - Fleetwood Mac
Livin' On A Prayer - Bon Jovi
Living Thing - ELO
Love Will Tear Us Apart - Joy Division
Maggie May - Rod Stewart
Make It With You - Bread
The Man Who Sold The World - David Bowie
Manic Depression - Jimi Hendrix
Moonage Daydream - David Bowie
Mr Blue Sky - ELO
My Boy Lollipop - Millie Small
Never Tear Us Apart - INXS
Nights In White Satin - The Moody Blues
Nothing Lasts Forever - Echo & The Bunnymen
Oh You Pretty Things - David Bowie
Only You - Yazoo
Ooh La La - The Faces
Perfect Day - Lou Reed
Personal Jesus - Depeche Mode
Piano Man - Billy Joel
Please, Please, Please - The Smiths
Pressure Drop - Toots & The Maytals
Proud Mary - Creedence Clearwater Revival / Tina Turner
Psycho Killer - Talking Heads
Purple Rain - Prince
Rocket Man - Elton John
Running Up That Hill - Kate Bush
Sitting On The Dock Of The Bay - Otis Redding
Space Oddity - David Bowie
Spooky - Dusty Springfield
Starman - David Bowie
Strange Days - The Doors
Stuck In The Middle With You - Steelers Wheel
Sunday Girl - Blondie
Sweet Caroline - Neil Diamond
Sweet Dreams - The Eurythmics
Tainted Love - Gloria Jones/Softcell
Tears Of A Clown - Smokey Robinson
There Is A Light That Never Goes Out - The Smiths
There's Always Something There - Sandie Shaw
To Love Somebody - The Bee Gees
Try Me - James Brown
Venus - Shocking Blue
Video Killed The Radio Star - The Bugles
Waiting For A Star To Fall - Boy Meets Girl
Walk Like An Egyptian - The Bangles
Where Is My Mind - The Pixies
Whole Of The Moon - The Waterboys
Wicked Game - Chris Isaak
Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow - Carole King
Wonderful Life - Black
Wuthering Heights - Kate Bush
You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet - Bachman Turner Overdrive
You're All I Need To Get By - Marvin Gaye
You Really Got A Hold On Me - Smoky Robinson
You’ll Never Walk Alone - Gerry & The Pacemakers
The Young Ones - Cliff Richard
You’re So Vain - Carly Simon
You've Lost That Loving Feeling - The Righteous Brothers
Ziggy Stardust - Bowie
‘British Invasion’ and 60s rock
The Air That I Breathe - The Hollies
All You Need Is Love - The Beatles
And I Love Her - The Beatles
Baby's In Black - The Beatles
Bend Me Shape Me - The Amen Corner
Blackberry Way - The Move
Can’t Buy Me Love - The Beatles
Come Together - The Beatles
A Day In The Life - The Beatles
Daydream - The Lovin’ Spoonful
Dead End Street - The Kinks
Dedicated Follower Of Fashion - The Kinks
Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood - The Animals
Don't Let Me Down - The Beatles
Eight Days A Week - The Beatles
Get Back - The Beatles
Gimme Shelter - The Rolling Stones
Here Comes The Sun - The Beatles
Here There And Everywhere - The Beatles
Hey Jude - The Beatles
House Of The Rising Sun - The Animals
I Saw Her Standing There - The Beatles
I'm Looking Through You - The Beatles
In My Life - The Beatles
Itchycoo Park - The Small Faces
Let’s Spend The Night Together - The Rolling Stones
The Letter - The Box Tops
Lola - The Kinks
Love Grows - Edison Lighthouse
Lucy In The Sky - The Beatles
My Generation - The Who
Norwegian Wood - The Beatles
Nowhere Man - The Beatles
Obla-Di-Obla-Da - The Beatles
Please Please Me - The Beatles
Penny Lane - The Beatles
Ruby Tuesday - The Rolling Stones
She’s Not There - The Zombies
So Happy Together - The Turtles
Strawberry Fields Forever - The Beatles
Substitute - The Who
Summer In The City - The Lovin’ Spoonful
Sunny Afternoon - The Kinks
Time Of The Season - The Zombies
Two Of Us - The Beatles
Waterloo Sunset - The Kinks
We Gotta Get Out Of This Place - The Animals
When I'm 64 - The Beatles
You Never Give Me Your Money - The Beatles
You've Got To Hide Your Love Away - The Beatles
Folk and acoustic music
All I Want Is You – Barry Louis Polisar
Annie’s Song - John Denver
Beauty Mark - Rufus Wainwright
Big Yellow Taxi - Joni Mitchell
The Blower’s Daughter - Damien Rice
Blowin' In The Wind - Bob Dylan
Bridge Over Troubled Water - Simon & Garfunkel
Cecelia - Simon & Garfunkel
Heart Of Gold - Neil Young
Ho, Hey - The Lumineers
Home - Magnetic Zeros
I Will Wait - Mumford & Sons
It Ain't Me Babe - Bob Dylan
Just Like A Woman - Bob Dylan
Like A Rolling Stone - Bob Dylan
Little Talks - Of Monsters And Men
Make You Feel My Love - Bob Dylan/Adele
Mr Tambourine Man - Bob Dylan
Mrs Robinson - Simon & Garfunkel
Old Man - Neil Young
Our House - Crosby, Stills & Nash
The Sound Of Silence - Simon & Garfunkel
Stubborn Love - The Lumineers
The Times They Are A Changin’ - Bob Dylan
Top Of The World - The Carpenters
Weather With You - Crowded House
Wild Rover - Irish Folk Song
Wild World - Cat Stevens
90s to modern, pop and indie
Bad Guy - Billie Eilish
Believer - Imagine Dragons
Black Hole Sun - Soundgarden
Blinding Lights - The Weeknd
Brighter Than Sunshine - Aqualung
Can’t Get You Out Of My Head - Kylie Minogue
Coffee & TV - Blur
Come As You Are - Nirvana
Country House - Blur
Creep - Radiohead
The Day We Caught The Train - OCS
Do I Wanna Know - Arctic Monkeys
Don’t Look Back In Anger - Oasis
Electric Feel - MGMT
End Of A Century - Blur
Erase and rewind - The Cardigans
Everybody's Gotta Learn Sometimes - Beck
Everything I Wanted - Billie Eilish
Exs and Ohs - Elle King
Fever - The Black Keys
Fill My Little World - The Feeling
Glory Box - Portishead
Going For Gold - Shed 7
Good Riddance - Green Day
Heartbeats - Jose Gonzales
Heaven - Bryan Adams
Hey Soul Sister - Train
High And Dry - Radiohead
Human - Rag n Bone man
I'm Yours - Jason Mraz
The Importance of Being Idle - Oasis
In The Waiting Line - Zero 7
Just - Radiohea
Let There Be Love - Oasis
Linger - The Cranberries
Love Me Like You - The Magic Numbers
Missing You - Everything But The Girl
No-one knows - QOTSA
One Day Like This - Elbow
One Hand In My Pocket - Alanis Morrisette
Only Love - Ben Howard
Pretender - The Foo Fighters
Riptide - Vance Joy
Shallow - Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper
She Moves In Her Own Way - The Kooks
Shiny Happy People - REM
Sit Down - James
Someone You Loved - Lewis Capaldi
Something Changed - Pulp
Sonnet - The Verve
Strange And Beautiful - Aqualung
Tender - Blur
Tonight Tonight - The Smashing Pumpkin
Valerie - The Zutons / Amy Winehouse
Waterfall - Stone Roses
Weak - Skunk Anansie
What You Know - Two Door Cinema Club
What You Waiting For - George Ezra
What’s Up - 4 Non Blondes
The You And Me Song - The Wannadies
50s rock n roll, jazz and blue
All I Want To Do Is Dream - The Everly Brothers
Always Look On The Brightside Of Life - Eric Idle
Always On My Mind - Elvis Presley
At Last - Etta James
Beyond The Sea - Bobby Darin
Blue Suede Shoes - Elvis Presley
Bye Bye Love - The Everley Brothers
Dearest - Buddy Holly
Folsom Prison Blues - Johnny Cash
Hello Mary Lou - Ricky Nelson
I Walk The Line - Johnny Cash
Jackson - Cash and Carter
La Vie En Rose - Edith Piaf
Life Is But A Dream - The Moonglows
Pretty Woman - Roy Orbison
Return To Sender - Elvis Presley
Ring Of Fire - Johnny Cash
Runaway - Del Shannon
Stardust - Hoagy Carmichael
Take Good Care Of My Baby - Bobby Vee
That'll Be The Day - Buddy Holly
True Love Ways - Buddy Holly
Wake Up Little Suzie - The Everley Brothers
When You’re Smiling - Louis Prima
Yakety Yak - The Coasters
You Got It - Roy Orbison

The Retrosettes acoustic duo's Prices

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Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Up to 1 hour£580
Up to 2 hours£670
Up to 3 hours£850
Wedding ceremony2 musicians
This includes music before the service begins, music during the signing of the register, and music as guests leave.
Wedding ceremony + Drinks reception + Dinner2 musicians
- Music before the service begins, music during the signing of the register, and music as guests leave. - 2 x 45 min performances at the drinks reception. - 2 x 45 min performances as dinner is being served.
Customer questions

What do your clients love most about your performances?

Our performances are authentic, and sound like real versions of the original songs, done in our unique style. Helen sounds a bit like Stevie Knicks, Paul sounds a bit Johnny Cash. This really is a band for music lovers!

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

Arenas and stadiums all over Europe! As well as wedding venues all over the UK, festivals, music venues and theatres.

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

Fleetwood Mac, Johnny Cash, David Bowie, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Kinks,

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

It's a tie between a 15k audience supporting Simply Red in Germany, and a sell out theatre in Paris with a 100 piece orchestra accompanying us!

Do you have different line-up options?

Yes! For daytimes we offer female vocals/piano and male vocals/guitar/bass drum. For evening events we offer female vocals/piano, male vocals/guitar, bass and drums

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

We'll only book one gig a day, so we can be pretty flexible on times. just give us an email and we'll sort something out that works for you.

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

Absolutely. We can decide on all the songs to go on this playlist before the event, so you have complete control of what songs are played.

How much time do you need to set up?

Usually 40 minutes for the duo, 60 minutes for the full band.

Can you roam around while you perform?

No, we can't move around whilst performing.

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

We usually ask for your favourites, but not the whole set list. A lot of the songs we play are a little different from the originals, so we usually know what songs will work well together from experience. We can definitely chat through the list though and get the right feel for your event.

Is all of the equipment (e.g. PA & lighting) included in your quote?

All equipment is included. A small PA for daytime gigs, and a larger PA for evenings with simple lighting.

Can you learn song requests before the event?

We include 1 extra song as part of our quote. Beyond this, there may be a small charge of £20 per song.
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