With a stylish set of shimmering Soul grooves, Sassy Swing-dancing jives and a touch of early Blues/NOLA-style earlyJazz, featuring many original tunes – Runaway Retros are going places!
The Cork-based, five-piece group consists of a vocalist, drummer, guitarist, saxophonist and guitarist.
Colette Forde, a charismatic singer/actress/playwright/dancer/songwriter, fronts the band on vocals (Colette’s one woman play “Innit” was a hit show off-broadway in New York two years ago, she’s now working on writing/acting for film and writes many of the original songs in the band’s set) Colette previously performed as part of the “Pixie and The King” duo.
Dave Barry – versatile electric and upright bass player (who’s toured abroad widely as part of “Two-Time Polka” – Cork’s famed roots/cajun band and more recently, with “Cookie And The Vaudevilles” )
John McGrath -noted Cork jazz/blues guitarist has worked in many Cork Opera House shows under David Hayes, Cork Everyman Palace Theatre shows under Cathal McCabe, toured extensively with legendary Irish folk-rock group “Loudest Whisper” and was a founder member and songwriter of the, now defunct, “Cookie And The Vaudevilles”)
Karl Downes, West-Cork based drummer’s who’s stints include “Radio Bigsby” and “The Hoots”Dan Corbett, well-known Cobh based, jazz saxophonist from “The Dan Clan” and many Irish touring circuit luminaries.RUNAWAY RETROS deliver original songs and also interprets old soul classics – (Sugar-Pie DeSanto, Solomon Burke, Jean Knight) some even older swing and early blues tunes, (Wynonie Harris, Julia Lee) plus some contemporary icons, (Tom Waits, Laura Pergolizzi, Carsie Blanton and Madeleine Peyroux)