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About Solid Steel (Steel Drummers & Band)

SOLID STEEL - The 1st name in Steel Band Entertainment! From solo to full band performances for all weddings and other events.
Steel drums band
London
Public liability insurance of £10 million

We are Solid Steel, a band with professional musicians for hire – so welcome to… the reliable sound of sunshine! Please explore the exceptional work we do at events nationwide which include weddings, corporate & other events and music workshops. We are a steel band and company of steel pan (steel drum) playing musicians available for hire to perform live or virtually at events held in London, the UK and internationally. We’re also a family band with a history that can be traced back to the Windrush generation of steel band players that first introduced the new, exciting sound of the steel pan to London. Consequently, our band’s mission is to entertain and also transport the imagination of our audience equally to the beauty of a Caribbean beach and the excitement of a Caribbean carnival! Why choose Solid Steel's musicians ahead of those from other steel bands? 1) The band is a long-established professional band that is professional in its organisation. Founded by the half/Trinidadian/half-British Paul Cherrie in 1986, the band’s origins are very authentic- and naming this band ‘Solid Steel’ was a real statement of professional intent. 2) The band runs an office. Professionally. Phone calls between real humans are encouraged and emails and messages of all kinds are handled promptly and efficiently. You will receive a simple contract from us that will leave you in no doubt that the bespoke services you wanted to book and what we are providing are one and the same. 3) Musically we excel with a long reputation for only hiring the very best professional steel pan musicians to perform for you. We are not an amateur community band of players who are only really capable of sounding good playing in a band of 50 and who will turn up late at your event wearing their own branded t-shirts. 4) Entertainment is our business. We don’t only play well, but we sing well too- if required. For 99% of steel bands this is not an option. But also we smile, we laugh, we wear good costumes, we interact with the audience- and we enjoy ourselves! In our experience this is the best way- if needed- to encourage an audience to enjoy itself too! 5) Our prices are competitive. Despite this being our full-time job, we are not necessarily more expensive than other bands and will generally be able to match their quotes if fairly challenged to do so. We offer a wide variety of steel band services to the TV & Film industries, the corporate world and, of course, private individuals who require our steel band for their private party and wedding celebrations.

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Musicianship
Genres:
Caribbean music, Covers, Pop, Acoustic, Top 40, Calypso, World music, Reggae, Ska
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Event types:
Wedding, Virtual event, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Concert, Recording session, Theatre / Show, Cruise, Burns night, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Song list

SOLID STEEL PLAYLIST EXAMPLES
21st Century Pop Covers:-
All About That Bass – Megan Trainor
Bacchanalist - Kerwin Du Bois
Beautiful Girls - Sean Kingston
Break Your Heart - Taio Cruz
Budapest – George Ezra
Despacito – Justin Bieber ft. Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee
Don't Know Why - Norah Jones
Fix You - Coldplay
Get Lucky - Daft Punk
Happy – Pharell Williams
Hey Ya OutKast
Human – Rag’n’Bone Man
I’m Yours - Jason Mraz
If I Ain't Got You - Alicia Keys
Let Me Love You – DJ Snake and J. Bieber
Levitating - Dua Lipa
Like Glue - Sean Paul
Make You Feel My Love - Adele/Bob Dylan
New Rules - Dua Lipa
Our Day Will Come - Amy Winehouse/Standard
PIMP – 50 Cent
Price Tag - Jessie J
Rather Be – Clean Bandit
Rolling In The Deep - Adele
Rude – Magic!
Sexual – Neiked
Shake It Off – Taylor Swift
Shape of You – Ed Sheerhan
Smile - Lily Allen
Somebody That I Used To Know - Gotye
Someone Like You - Adele
Somewhere Only We Know – Keane
Sorry – Justin Bieber
Stay With Me – Sam Smith
Thinkin’ Out Loud – Ed Sheerhan
Turn Me On - Kevin Lyttle
Umbrella – Rihanna
Valerie - Amy Winehouse
Calypso, Soca & Island Songs:-
Ambakaila - Traditional
Bahia Girl – David Rudder
Ban Moin En Ti Bo – Traditional
Brown Girl In The Ring – Traditional/Boney M
Brown Skin Gal – Traditional
Dollar Whine – Colin Lucas
Don’t Stop The Carnival – Alan Price
Hammer, The - David Rudder
Hot, Hot, Hot – Arrow
Island In The Sun – Harry Belafonte/Traditional
Jamaica Farewell – Harry Belafonte/Traditional
Linstead Market – Traditional
Long Time Gal - Traditional
Mango Walk – Traditional
Obeah Wedding – Mighty Sparrow
Old Lady Walk A Mile And A Half – Lord Kitchener
Sloop John B – Traditional/The Beach Boys
Sly Mongoose – Traditional
St. Thomas – Sonny Rollins
Sugar Bum Bum – Lord Kitchener
Under The Sea – Disney
Who Let the Dogs Out – Anslem Douglas
Yellow Bird – Harry Belafonte/Traditional
Reggae & Ska:-
Three Little Birds – Bob Marley & The Wailers
Help Me Make It Through The Night – Gladys Knight/John Holt
One Love – Bob Marley & The Wailers
Red Red Wine – UB40
I Can See Clearly Now – Johnny Nash
I Shot The Sheriff – Bob Marley & The Wailers
Israelites – Desmond Dekker
Jammin’ – Bob Marley & The Wailers
Johnny Too Bad – Jimmy Cliff
Kingston Town – UB40
Monkey Man – Toots & The Maytals
Montego Bay – Freddie Notes & The Rudies
Mysterious Girl – Peter Andre
No Woman No Cry – Bob Marley & The Wailers
Rivers of Babylon – Boney M
Stir It Up – Bob Marley & The Wailers
Sweat (A La La La La Long) – Inner Circle
Tide Is High, The – Blondie
Waiting ln Vain – Bob Marley & The Wailers
Classic Pop & Soul:-
Ain’t No Sunshine – Bill Withers/Michael Jackson
And I Love Her – The Beatles
Breezin’ – George Benson
Dancing Queen – Abba
Englishman In New York – Sting
Fields Of Gold – Sting/Eva Cassidy
Here, There And Everywhere – The Beatles
Imagine – John Lennon
Killing Me Softly – Roberta Flack/Fugees
Lately – Stevie Wonder
Let It Be – The Beatles
Lovely Day – Bill Withers
My Girl – The Temptations
Spanish Harlem – The Drifters/Aretha Franklin
Sunny – Bobby Hebb
The Sound of Silence – Simon & Garfunkel
What’s Goin’ On – Marvin Gaye
Walking On The Moon – The Police
Yesterday – The Beatles
You Are The Sunshine Of My Life – Stevie Wonder
You Can Call Me Al – Paul Simon
Cuban & Brazilian Styles:-
Blue Bossa - Kenny Dorham
Brazil (Aquarela do Brasil) - Ary Barroso
Cachita - Rafael Hernández
Chan Chan - Buena Vista Social Club
Girl From Ipanema - Astrud Gilberto
Guantanamera - José Fernández
La Bamba - Ritchie Valens/Los Lobos
Lambada - Kaoma
Meditation - Antonio Carlos Jobim
Moliendo Café - Hugo Blanco
Never On Sunday - Melina Mercouri/Nana Mouskouri
Oye Como Va - Tito Puente/Santana
Peanut Vendor (El Manisero) - Moises Simons
Piel Canela - Bobby Capó
Quizás, Quizás, Quizás - Osvaldo Farrés
Samba De Orfeu - Luiz Bonfá
Sunny - Bobby Hebb
Sway - Dean Martin
Sweet And Gentle - Alan Dale
Tristeza - Astrud Gilberto
Wedding Ceremony Tunes
Tunes for Bridal, processional entrance:-
“Bridal Chorus” from the opera Lohengrin, by Richard Wagner
“Pachelbel’s Canon in D Major
“The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba”, by George F. Handel
“You’re So Cool” from the film ‘True Romance’, by Hans Zimmer
Tunes for triumphal wedding couple exits:-
“Wedding March from a Midsummer Night’s Dream” — Mendelssohn
“Ode to Joy” – Beethoven
“One Love” – Bob Marley & The Wailers
“Signed, Sealed, Delivered”, by Stevie Wonder
Customer questions

What do your clients love most about your performances?

Most traditional steel bands principally play ‘Caribbean Folk’ music consisting of calypso and Harry Belafonte ‘island music’- along with some old Latin-American ‘standards’. We really enjoy playing these wonderful melodies but also meet the modern demand by playing pop and reggae, including professional-standard vocals.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

In alphabetical order and to name just the first few!: Anugraha Hotel, Egham Birmingham NEC Arena Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire Brocket Hall, Hertfordshire Cafe Royal, London Celtic Manor, Wales Chelsea Physic Garden, London Chester Race Course, Cheshire Claridge’s, London Clearwell Castle, Gloucestershire Coq d’Argent, London Cowley Manor, Gloucestershire

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

Lord Kitchener The Mighty Sparrow Stevie Wonder Toots Hibbert Miles Davis Antonio Carlos Jobim The Beatles Al Jarreau Sergio Mendes Kurt Elling Ed Sheeran The Cherry Pickers Bob Marley Harry Belafonte UB40 Michael Jackson Sonny Rollins George Benson Eva Cassidy Paul McCartney John Lennon Roberta Flack Bill Withers Aretha Franklin Marvin Gaye Sting Paul Simon

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

Most recently, in 2020 & 2021 we do have a couple of tv and film appearances that feature our steel band. One is a movie called ‘Mangrove’ directed by Sir Steve McQueen and the other is a Warner Brothers half-animation, half-live action movie involving iconic cat and mouse characters who have historically been involved in lots of chase scenes. :)

Do you have different line-up options?

Here are a few of our line-up options all of which may include vocals on request prior to booking:- Steel pan/drum soloist. Steel pan/drum soloist with backing tracks. Steel pan/drum duo. Steel pan/drum duo with backing tracks Steel band (3-8 piece). A 20-piece steel band.

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

We will always try to be as flexible as possible with our clients.

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

Yes

How much time do you need to set up?

30 minutes is normally sufficient time.

Can you roam around while you perform?

Yes, we can be a Pan Roun’ Neck steel band. Very few steel bands offer this roaming or strolling steel band format, but we do!

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

We can provide bespoke playlists, if required, but please bear in mind that we normally only get to play 25-30 songs and are really experienced in determining the music best suited for a particular audience.

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

Yes

Can you learn song requests before the event?

We can learn requests and even provide bespoke playlists, if required, but please bear in mind that we normally only get to play 25-30 songs and are really experienced in determining the music best suited for a particular audience.

Prices

Note: prices may vary based on travel distance. For an exact quote, click “Check availability”.

Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Up to 1 hour£500
Up to 2 hours£750
Up to 3 hours£1000
Packages
Vocals included3 musicians
Vocals can be included when we bring our PA box with us. We can then also supply recorded music in our breaks.
£50
Drinks reception3 musicians
Two performances of up to 45 mins each during your drinks reception
£600
Wedding ceremony3 musicians
This includes music before the service begins, music during the signing of the register, and music as guests leave.
£600

Add-ons

PA Box
+£50
Gazebo
+£50
Song Request recording
+£175
Video of live performance at your event
+£250
Song recording from band
+£500
DJ
+£750

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Chloe A, 6 months ago

We booked the Solid Steel Band as an end of term celebration for the children at the school. In such strange times it was fantastic to have them in school performing and giving children of all ages an opportunity to play the drums - all done safely and with much enjoyment! They were friendly, flexible and easy to work with. Thank you!

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Elaine W, 9 months ago

Cisco recently had it's first 'Virtual Carnival' and as part of that event we had the magnificent Mark Cherrie on his Steel Pans (drums), he was amazing, gave a real vibe and feel of carnival. We also had a DJ (7oel) and a word artist called Desree. Mark's playing bought a real authentic Caribbean touch to the event and we'll definitely be booking him next year, he's also lovely to work with...!

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