Playing the hits of the 50s, 60s & 70s
Guitar & vocals
Paul is a founder member of The Retrobeats and has many years experience in various bands - favourite artistes include Elvis, Eddie Cochran, Gene Vincent, Whirlwind, Darrel Higham, Roy Orbison and pretty much anything on the legendary Sun record label.
Vocals & tambourine
Karen handles the songs traditionally associated with female lead vocals as well as providing backing and harmonies on other songs. Karen has a wide variety of musical influences and has a lively on-stage presence. Also the band's head of catering (i.e. tea and sausage rolls!)
Phil joined The Retrobeats in 2017 and is an experienced and versatile bass player with the ability to play many styles.
Les joined The Retrobeats in June 2018 and brings vast experience and real musical craftsmanship to the band.
Q. How much space do The Retrobeats need?
A. The ideal size is 6m by 4m or larger but we can fit into a smaller space if required.
Q. What power requirements do you need ?
A. One plug socket on the stage or performance area. If the nearest power supply is more than 5m away, please let us know in advance so we can bring suitable extension leads and safety equipment. We draw about 10 amps which is well within the capacity of a standard power supply. All our equipment is safety checked with the appropriate Portable Appliance Test (PAT) certificates and we use an RCCB safety trip device to prevent overloads.
Q. Can you provide recorded music when you are not playing?
A. The Retrobeats can provide a full night's entertainment with music from our extensive collection of tracks or MP3s/CDs supplied by you. We provide background music for the early evening and during breaks/buffet as well as rounding off the evening with all your disco favourites. If you want any particular tracks or type of music we can usually provide it with at least a week’s notice. Our charge for this service is very low and so makes it a very cost effective way for you to have the whole evening’s entertainment taken care of .
Q. Some venues require public liability insurance and a PAT certificate - are The Retrobeats covered?
A. The Retrobeats have public liability insurance and PAT certificates for our equipment. We have hard copies and electronic copies ready to send to your venue.
Q. How will I know the venue is suitable ?
A. The Retrobeats are very flexible. We have played in a wide range of venues from very small to very large, indoors and outdoors. We can always make it work! We can make arrangements to visit the venue if you are in any doubt. If the venue has a volume monitor or limiter please let us know in advance. We are not a loud band but we like to be prepared for these restrictions.
Q . Do you require a changing room?
A . Ideally but its not essential - we can work around whatever facilities are available. We take a pride in our appearance and wear themed stage clothes. If there is an area or a reserved table for us to reside at when we're not on stage it is always appreciated but again its not essential.
Q. How far do you travel?
A. We are based in Warrington and we generally play in Cheshire, Lancashire, Greater Manchester, Merseyside, Yorkshire, North Midlands and North Wales. However we do travel further afield so just ask, as nowhere is out of the question.
Q. How much do you charge?
A. There is no set rate. The price is based on, amongst other things, the distance we travel and the time we will be at the venue. Please contact us for a quote - you may be pleasantly surprised as we feel that we are very competitively priced against comparable bands of our high quality.
Q. Can we use a microphone for announcements, speeches, thanking people etc.
A. Yes, we have radio microphones for you to use which will allow you to make announcements some distance from the stage area if required.
Q. How much time do you need to set up?
A. We need a minimum of 1 hour to set up, and to do a sound check. If it is convenient we often arrive earlier in case of any last minute hitches. This will be done at a time to suit you and your venue. We need around 30 minutes at the end of the night to dismantle our equipment and clear away.
Q. How long do you play for?
A. Most people usually ask us to play 2 X 45 minute sets but we have enough material for much longer if required. If there is a buffet we usually play one set before and one set after it has been served. However, this is not a hard and fast rule and we will adhere to whatever arrangement you prefer. If you have other entertainment arranged we are happy to work around this and any other arrangements you may want to make.
Q. Do you have reliable professional quality equipment?
A. Yes. We have an Alto Professional series 1.6Kw system with both Boss and Alesis effects processors. On stage we have Thomann Box powered monitors. Our backline amplifiers are professional standard Fender and MarkBass. Our guitars include a range of Fender, Rickenbakker and Peavey guitars. We use Shure SM58 microphones for the vocals as well as a Sennhsisser e845 as backup, plus radio microphones for audience use, where relevant. We have invested in an In Ear Monitoring System which all but eradicates feedback and keeps the front stage area clear. Although we have powerful amplifiers and PA we will perform at a comfortable volume for the venue. Audio quality is much more important to us than sheer volume. We can also augment our system with facilities already in place in larger venues.
Q. At a wedding or special occasion, would you play our first dance?
A. Yes. If not in our normal repertoire we could play it live (if it is suitable for our style) with about 4 weeks notice. If not, we can play it from a recording.
Q. Can we come and see you play prior to booking you?
A. Of course. Our engagements are listed on this website but please bear in mind that many of our bookings are private functions. It may be possible to arrange for you to come along to see us, but we cannot guarantee it. There are plenty of videos and recordings of our performances on YouTube
Q. How do you like to be paid?
A. Cash on the night on arrival is the best arrangement. We cannot accept cheques on the night.
Q: Is there a booking contract?
A: A written contract /schedule between The Retrobeats and the client is available if required for peace of mind.
If you have any other questions, please do not hesitate to ask