Cherry Ripe Management
Services From Cherry Ripe Management in London
Amazing 'Solid Steel' Pan Virtuoso
Solid Steel's classic trio- the full-sounding taste of Caribbean spice!
Solid Steel Duo for a chilled reception with some Caribbean heat!
Cherry Ripe Management - The 1st name in World Music & Jazz!
Our company is run by the husband and wife team of Paul & Helen Cherrie.
Paul has been performing with his steel band Solid Steel for over 30 years now and has represented other World Music & Jazz acts throughout his career.
His roots lie in Trinidad- the beautiful Caribbean island that is the home of steel pans, calypso and Carnival- and the artists he represents reflect the music and cultural diversity of that island!
So the identity of Cherry Ripe Management is truly authentic- but it is also professional. We run a full-time office so calls, emails and messages of all kinds are handled promptly and efficiently and clients are issued proper formal Booking Confirmations- a 'must have' for all Poptop clients!
We provide a wide range of performance and workshop options from a variety of our musical projects to better suit the size and nature of our clients’ events and play a wide variety of music from all different genres according to your tastes.
Our reviews on Poptop are excellent because we are committed to excellent service- and always with a smile!
Lauren Mackey• July 23, 2022
The band were great and really added to the atmosphere of our wedding reception. They played contemporary music and it sounded great; everyone loved them. Initially our music requests were denied but we were happily surprised to hear it played which meant a lot. The lads that came were not the band shown in the photo but it wasn’t a problem for us. They were very professional. I would recommend, thank you 🙏🏻
mike Carter• July 9, 2022
Top Top Band - Lovely people , Lovely sounds.. the only party we’ve had when the neighbours have asked us to keep the noise levels up !!
Terry Blake• March 26, 2022
Solid Steele turned up in plenty of time to start when I’d asked them to. Everyone was extremely friendly and accommodating .The music was fantastic and my whole party of about 100 who had come to celebrate the life of my darling wife Pauline of nearly 50 years of marriage,and whom had died exactly 2 years to the day, really enjoyed it and saying what a great idea to have such music. It was my wife’s wish to have a steel band at her funeral if she went first,but we couldn’t have a wake afterwards because of Covid restrictions,so this was my first opportunity to put it right. Well done Solid Steele ,you were brilliant.
Rosie• Oct. 8, 2021
The band were amazing, they looked the part and the music sounded incredible. Thank you Paul & crew, we thoroughly enjoyed listening to the beautiful steel drum music!
John cope• Sept. 19, 2021
Exactly what we were after very pleasant background music reminding us of great holidays in the Caribbean. Got the wife hooked , think she would quite like to get a melody drum and practise, really happy thanks
Cheryl Groves• Sept. 5, 2021
I hired these guys to play for my mum’s 80th birthday and we were all over the moon with them! They were helpful, friendly and professional. I highly recommend them. 😊
Please, describe your act or business in on sentence:
I'm a professional singer and steel pan/drum player with over 30 years of experience in performing- mostly as bandleader of the UK's leading professional steel band 'Solid Steel'- and managing other Caribbean, African and Latin American acts. :)
What are the highlights of your career?
Playing on stage with the Rolling Stones at 19. Being the first steel band to play on TV's 'The Generation Game'- if you're old enough to remember that show. :) Playing at private parties for Paul McCartney & the Beckhams. Recording & miming 'Under The Sea' in 2017 for a production at the eye-wateringly expensive wedding of Shipping heir Filippos Lemos attended by royal figures from across Europe and the Middle East (2 kings, 4 queens, 6 crown princes and princesses, lol) Numerous appearances on daytime tv- if you check my Youtube channel by searching 'Cherry Ripe Management' 2019 highlights include playing for a scene in Sir Steve McQueen's forthcoming BBC production, 'Small Axe'- and then being invited to play for his 50th birthday party & performing in a scene filmed at Warner Brothers for their upcoming live action 'Tom & Jerry' movie.
What is your competitive advantage (special features)?
My 'musicality' is such that I always work with excellent musicians who like me really can play the music the client is expecting and who are also super-relaxed personalities that just happen to be very organised and super-reliable too!
What kind of events do you usually serve?
In the main, private functions of which the majority are wedding receptions and corporate events.
Who are your previous clients?
Princes and paupers And a lot of high-end corporate clients. :) In the last 3 years I've played for events at Twitter, Google and Amazon.
How can event planners pay for your services?
In advance with VAT added or in cash to the bandleader on the day of the event.
How long do you play for?
For as long as you’d like us- or at least for as long as your budget will allow. ;)
Do you have your own PA and lighting?
Yes- when called upon. Which is rare where lighting is concerned.
Do you have Public Liability Insurance and PAT tested equipment?
How much space do you require?
A minimum of 1m2 per musician.
My favourite tune is not on your list. Will you be able to play it?
Probably! We always like to learn new songs that we’d like to include in our repertoire in the future.
How many breaks do you take? How long are they?
Very flexible on this- according to our clients’ requirements.
Genres (in alphabetical order only):
Pop (Chart & standards)
Soul & R&B