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The Retros

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Function band
Hounslow
Public liability insurance of £10 million
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The band's passion and obvious joy in the music is clear in their live act and their recordings - probably the best party band in the world

The band's passion and obvious joy in the music is clear in their live act and their recordings. In addition, all of the band members are lead vocalists, enabling them to offer a range and depth of material that few other bands possess. In recent years, Go Go dancers have joined the band on stage, giving an exciting reminder of why the music of the 50’s , 60s , and 70s provided so many people with so much pleasure! In order to please wedding and corporate audiences the band has added some favourites from later decades including ..... (Titanium , Hey-Ho , MrBrightside, Somebody That I Used To Know , Viva la Vida, I Will Wait and Dakota as examples of more recent tracks.) The current line up is: Paul Aitken (drums and vocals) Ben Grove (rhythm guitar and vocals) Steve Morley (bass guitar and vocals) Gordon Sellar (lead guitar and vocals) In the Beginning...The Retros started officially in 1985 but have roots going back to Precious Little in 1975 and The Banned in 1977 ( TOTP + The Charts). Paul Aitken, the drummer/vocalist in these bands, started a new band from scratch, inspired by the material he had known and loved when he was a kid. As interest in the band quickly grew, the band became THE RETROS and the line up changed to: Paul Aitken (drums) and Peter Pontzen (keyboards), joined by two chums from the days of Precious Little: Ben Grove (rhythm guitar) and Graeme Taylor (lead guitar) plus Steve Morley (bass guitar). Life for this line-up began in 1986 at a recording session, which was also videoed, in a rehearsal studio near Blackfriars. The sound of the new band was very authentic with a fresh and exciting delivery. . The Retros proved very successful, playing for large parties and corporate events being booked by Gordon Poole , Mecca and JLA.This success led to the recording of their first album called ' Strings and Skins' and a single ' Pour Your Love' at the end of 1992. By this time Peter had left the line up and Graeme Taylor also left to return to his folk roots in The Albion Band. As luck would have it, Grahame White (Capability Brown.) was available to take over the lead guitar. An excellent vocalist, Grahame added a new dimension to the band - his guitar technique and vocal strengths further added to the the ability of the band to respond to unrehearsed requests! The band released a live album “Undercover” in 2003 and also had a couple of single releases with all the recordings to date being put on itunes by Cherry Red Records. Grahame tragically died in 2010 and his role was taken over by Gordon Sellar –(Beggars Opera , Alex Harvey Band and Freddie Starr’s Band) Gordon had been depping in The Retros for ten years so was a perfect fit.

Performance details
We can perform outdoors
We have vehicles we can use to travel to gigs
We require car parking close to venues
We can perform with backing tracks
Our equipment is PAT tested
We own a PA system
Musicianship
Genres:
1940s era music, 1950s era music, 1960s era music, 1970s era music, Blues, Swing, Easy listening, Originals, Pop, Acoustic, Ambient pop, Covers, Disco, Karaoke, Motown, R&B, Soul, Tribute, Vintage, Rock, Britpop, Classic rock, Hard rock, Indie, Pop rock, Punk rock, Rock 'n' Roll, Power rock, Ska, Reggae, Skiffle, Top 40
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Event types:
Private event, Wedding, Wedding proposal, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Corporate event, Concert, Recording session, Theatre / Show, Cruise, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Song list

SONG LIST 2019
Beatles, Kinks , Stones, Spencer Davis, Soul, Motown, Blues
Van Morrison, Ed Sheeran ,George Ezra etc
Acoustic or Electric
ACT NATURALLY
A HARD DAYS NIGHT
ALL OR NOTHING
ALL RIGHT NOW
ANOTHER SATURDAY NIGHT
APACHE
AS TEARS GO BY
BABY ITS YOU
BABY COME BACK
BAD TO ME
BLACK NIGHT
BLACK MAGIC WOMAN
BOBBY MCGEE
BORN TO BE WILD
BIRTHDAY
BRING IT ON HOME TO ME
BROWN EYED GIRL
BROWN SUGAR
CANT EXPLAIN
CANT GET ENOUGH
CAROLINE
CHAINS
CISSY STRUT
CONCRETE AND CLAY
C'MON EVERYBODY
DANCE THE NIGHT AWAY
DAYS
DOCK OF THE BAY
DOO WAH DIDDY
DO YOU WANNA DANCE
ELENORE
EVERYDAY
EVERY BREATH YOU TAKE
F.B.I
FIRE BRIGADE
GET BACK
GET READY
GIMME SOME A LOVIN`
GREAT PRETENDER
HAPPY TOGETHER
HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE
HEARTBEAT
HELP
HEY HO
HEY JOE
HERE COMES THE SUN
HI HO SILVER LINING
HIPPY HIPPY SHAKE
HIS LATEST FLAME
HONKY TONK WOMEN
IF I FELL
I'M A BELIEVER
I'M INTO SOMETHING GOOD
I SAW HER STANDING THERE
I SHOULDA KNOWN BETTER
I WILL WAIT
ITS ALL OVER NOW
IT’S NOW OR NEVER
ITCHYCOO PARK
I WANNA HOLD YOUR HAND
JUST ONE LOOK
JOHNNY B. GOODE
JUMPIN` JACK FLASH
KEEP ON RUNNG
KITES
LA BAMBA
LAST TRAIN TO CLARKESVILLE
LETTER, THE
LETS TWIST AGAIN
LETS DANCE
LITTLE SISTER
LISTEN TO THE MUSIC
LOLA
LOVE GROWS WHERE ROSEMARY
LOVE IS ALL AROUND
LOUIE LOUIE
MERRY CHRISTMAS
MIDNIGHT HOUR
MISERY
MR TAMBOURINE MAN
MONEY
MOANY MOANY
MOVE IT
MR BRIGHTSIDE
MUSTANG SALLY
MY GIRL
NADINE
NEEDLES AND PINS
NEED YOUR LOVE SO BAD
NO MATTER WHAT
NOT FADE AWAY
NOWHERE MAN
OH CAROL
PAINT IT BLACK
PEGGY SUE
PEGGY SUE GOT MARRIED
PLAY THAT FUNKY MUSIC
PLEASE DONT TEASE
PRETTY FLAMINGO
PRETTY WOMAN
PROBLEMS
PURPLE HAZE
RIP IT UP
ROUTE 66
RUNAROUND SUE
RUNAWAY
SATISFACTION
SAVE THE LAST DANCE
SEA CRUISE
SLOW DOWN
SHAKIN ALL OVER
SHE LOVES YOU
SHOORA SHOORA
SOMEBODY THAT I USED TO KNOW
SOMEBODY HELP ME
SO SAD 'BOUT US
SONG 2
STAND BY ME
STAY
SUBSTITUTE
SUFFRAGETTE CITY
SUMMER IN THE CITY
SUMMERTIME
SUMMERTIME BLUES
SUNSHINE OF YOUR LOVE
SUSPICIOUS MINDS
SWEET HOME ALABAMA
TAKE IT EASY
THE LAST TIME
THE WEIGHT
THAT'LL BE THE DAY
THIS BOY
TITANIUM
TO MAKE YOU FEEL MY LOVE
TRACKS OF MY TEARS
TRUE LOVE WAYS
TWIST AND SHOUT
TWISTIN` THE NIGHT AWAY
UNDER THE BOARDWALK
VENUS
VIVA LA VIDA
YOUR SONG
WALK IN THE ROOM
WALK DONT RUN
WATERLOO SUNSET
WE WISH YOU A MERRY XMAS
WHAT `D I SAY
WHEN WILL I BE LOVED
WILD THING
WIPEOUT
WHITE ROOM
WONDERFUL WORLD
WONDERFUL TONIGHT
WORDS OF LOVE
YES I WILL
YOU AIN'T SEEN NOTHING YET
YOU CAN’T DO THAT
YOU’D BETTER MOVE ON
YOU REALLY GOT ME
YOUR SONG
YOU SEND ME
Customer questions

Will the singer be the same as who I see in the videos?

“We strive to make sure the line-up you see is what you get on the night. We do have pre-audititioned 'dep' musicians available in case a band member falls ill or is unavailable. As a professional band our reputation means everything so you can be confident that all of our players are of a very high level.”

Do you have different line-up options?

“Our line-up is as follows: Vocals, Guitars, and, Drums. We also have a 5 piece option that includes Keyboard , and also a 7 piece option with Gogo Dancers”

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 £150.”

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 songs 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. ”

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

“Our PA and lighting system is included in your quote. We usually require a minimum of 4m by 3 space to perform, but we have been known to squeeze into smaller spaces !!”

Can you learn song requests 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
Up to 1 hour£850
Up to 2 hours£975
Up to 3 hours£1100

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Jay L, 1 year 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, 2 years ago

Great band - very professional and fantastic covers of classic songs

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Gemma B, 10 months ago

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

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Vicky D, 10 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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