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The Retrophones



  • Full on funk band
  • Excellent repertoire of classics from the likes of KC and the Sunshine Band, Diana Ross, James Brown and Chic
  • Perform as a male and female fronted nine piece band with horn section


The band are based in Edinburgh and will travel for events.

Standard Set Times

  • three 45 minute sets with 15 minute breaks.

About this Act

The Retrophones are a full on funk band, specialising in 1970's classics. They formed in 2011 when they played at the Rowchester Music Festival and they play to enthusiastic audiences at clubs and private parties in and around Edinburgh and the Borders and, more recently in 2015 and 2016, at the Belladrum Tartan Heart Music Festival and they have been honoured to have been joined on occasion by two of Scotland's top jazz artists.

They play as a top end nine piece act and have in their arsenal a superb array of classics of the genre from such musical funk luminaries as Chic, KC and the Sunshine, James Brown and the Commodores and even play their own funky versions of songs such as Happy and Get Lucky. The band can alternate between disco diva dance of Chic and Sister Sledge though impact set piece James Brown numbers and heavy duty funk as played by Kool and the Gang and the Commodores. The band showcases each band member with jazzy improvised trumpet, sax, trombone and other solos and the singer Sarah Barron trained at the Royal Conservatoire in Glasgow.


Set List

Le Freak - Chic
My Forbidden Lover - Chic
Everybody Dance - Chic
We Are Family - Sister Sledge
Upside Down - Diana Ross
That's The Way - KC and the Sunshine Band
Get Down Tonight - KC and the Sunshine Band
Shake Your Body Down to the Ground - Jacksons
Dancin' Machine - Jacksons
I Feel Good I Got You - James Brown
Papas Got a Brand New Bag - James Brown
Soul Power - James Brown
Brick House - The Commodores
Jungle Boogie - Kool and the Gang
Open Sesame - Kool and the Gang
Ladies Night - Kool and the Gang
Let's Groove - Earth Wind and Fire
September - Earth Wind and Fire
Pick up the Pieces - Average White Band
2001/ Sprach Zarathustra - Deodata/ Richard Strauss
Pass the Peas - Maceo Parker
Pull up to the Bumper - Grace Jones
Play that Funky Music - Wild Cherry
Uptown Funk - Mark Ronson
Happy - Pharrell Williams
Get Lucky - Daft Punk
Move on Up - Curtis Mayfield


  • 9 piece band consisting of female and male vocals, guitar, keys, bass, drums/percussion and horn section


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