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Solid Steel - Steel Band

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We’re Solid Steel and we’re a modern professional UK-based steel band or ‘steel drum band’ as our American cousins mistakenly call it! We’re available for hire with musicians based mainly in London, but with contacts to associate steel pan players throughout the country.

Our Gallery shows that beyond the Solid Steel core we are a small family of musicians that spans 3 generations. We regard ourselves as good musicians above all else and most of us have a second instrument we also play at a professional level.

What also distinguishes us from other steel bands is that we can offer vocals and other instrumentation to play the diverse repertoire that you can see here in our playlist.

My father's band

Our steel band was founded by myself, Paul Cherrie, in 1986, after an ‘apprenticeship’ served with my father Max’s band, ‘The Cherry Pickers’, which is now based in Manchester and which I now also manage.

Max was one of the first of his generation to play pan professionally in this country. I think I may be the first second generation British-born musician to run a professional steel band, but please don’t sue me if you know differently!

The band’s personnel has changed in subtle ways over the years with musicians taking time off for reasons as diverse as recording commitments, tours with pop bands, and parenthood! Through all this time, it has always been my policy to employ the best musicians.

The best musicians

Miguel Barradas, Mark Cherrie, Michael Bailey, Francis Hylton, David Morris, Dennis Davis and Tom Alleyne have all played extensively with the band over the years and they all share very important qualities for me. They’re musicians first and pan players second. They all play other instruments as well as pan and they all understand that to be a good musician is as much about listening as it is about playing!

Playing in a small steel band like Solid Steel is a great outlet for people with this level of ability. It’s not something I particularly regret but I never had any experience of playing in a steel ‘orchestra’. It always seemed to me that with the big bands you get to play the arranger’s music, but with the small band you get to express yourself more and improvise.

Solid Steel's founder - Paul Cherrie
Larger steel bands - or combos

Now whereas the Cherry Pickers was- and fundamentally still is- a fully acoustic steel trio Solid Steel's musicians do like to show off their other instruments if it's appropriate. As much as I love the acoustic steel trio line-up, it's not always suitable. There are several steel bands advertised for hire in London and throughout the UK, but no other steel band and only a few function bands and a handful of wedding bands would offer greater flexibility in terms of size and format that Solid Steel offers. We try and give our clients the Caribbean steel band that they want and freely advise them of the best options to take based on our vast experience in the business.

Dancing

Sometimes we are booked to play sessions for dancing. There have been many times in the past when we've played as a steel trio, especially with vocals, when our audiences have danced to us. However, this is far from guaranteed and younger audiences especially find steel band trios too 'light' rhythmically and often prefer us to work with a bass guitar and a drummer in a bigger steel band (if 'steel band' is still the right name for you- we prefer 'steel combo'!) with a heavier rhythm. We would always advise our clients to take this option if their budget is suited to it. Then we're sure to pack the dance floor!

Solid Steel
Requests & vocals

We also play requests and are particularly suited to this because we are one of very few steel bands that offer professional standard vocals as well. Of course, this is far more doable if we have prior knowledge of your requests before your event. Unless we don't know your tune and don't consider it suitable to play on future engagements, we will freely add it to our already extensive repertoire. You can see just how extensive that is on our Song Playlist page . What we play best from this playlist is somewhat reliant on the line-up you book. However, there is one thing you can be sure of. We'll always try to play the right material for you at the right volume whether there are 3 or 12 members in the band at your event.

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21st Century Pop Covers

Beautiful Girls

Sean Kingston

Break Your Heart

Taio Cruz

Don't Know Why

Norah Jones

Fix You

Coldplay

Get Lucky

Daft Punk

Hey Ya*

OutKast

I’m Yours

Jason Mraz

If I Ain't Got You

Alicia Keys

Like Glue*

Sean Paul

Make You Feel My Love

Adele/Bob Dylan

Our Day Will Come

AmyWinehouse/Standard

Price Tag

Jessie J

Rolling In The Deep*

Adele

Smile

Lily Allen

Somebody That I Used To ...

Gotye

Someone Like You

Adele

Somewhere Only We Know

Keane

Turn Me On

Kevin Lyttle

Umbrella*

Rihanna

Valerie

Amy Winehouse

Listen to us

Calypso, Soca & Island Songs

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

Hot, Hot, Hot

Arrow

Island In The Sun

Harry Belafonte/Traditional

Jamaica Farewell

Harry Belafonte/Traditional

Linstead Market

Traditional

Mango Walk

Traditional

Obeah Wedding

Mighty Sparrow

Old Lady Walk A Mile ...

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

Englishman In New York

Sting

Help Me Make It Through...

Gladys Knight/John Holt

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

One Love

Bob Marley & The Wailers

Red Red Wine

UB40

Rivers of Babylon

Boney M

Stir It Up

Bob Marley & The Wailers

Sweat (A La La La La Long)

Inner Circle

Three Little Birds

Bob Marley & The Wailers

Tide Is High, The

Blondie

Waiting ln Vain

Bob Marley & The Wailers

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 Mou...

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

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3 Reviews:

Verified review

, June 6, 2017

"Not sure how the ranking numbers work but Elliott and his uncle from Solid Steel were excellent and I would thoroughly recommend them to anyone - they were so polite and made our party - so thank you so much Jackie"


Verified review

, March 30, 2017

"Fantastic experience dealing with Solid Steel. They created a wonderful atmosphere at 100th birthday party. They were easy to deal with. Professional and personable. Great Music."


Verified review

, June 5, 2016

"Lovely people and great musicians. Arrived just on schedule."


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