Solid Steel - Steel Band

From: £250
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We’re Solid Steel and we’re a modern professional UK-based steel band- or ‘steel pan band’ or even 'steel drum band' by those who don't know any better!). Whether playing modern pop or traditional Caribbean music, the steel pan evokes sunshine and happiness.
Our players originate from Trinidad, home of the steel band, so that’s the spirit we bring to all of our professional performances.
We’re available for hire with musicians based in both London & Manchester, 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.


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.

18 Reviews
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Laura Goedhuis

July 7, 2019

They were fantastic great music, very smiley and set up quickly with no problems
Definitely recommend!

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Richard Taylor

July 6, 2019

The band was great all music was good .
Would use again I don’t know where time went
Great night

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Frank Mincher

June 22, 2019

No problems whatsoever. Although only 2 turned up, music was great. Thank you for your help

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June 19, 2019

Very professional, great music giving our event a fantastic atmosphere!

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Jacob Cooper

May 25, 2019

Really great job, set up quickly and played a lovely set!

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May 11, 2019

They were absolutely brilliant in the freezing cold and never complained, and loved the music and they were absolutely charming . Thank you very much b. All the best the Cavendish family

Services From Solid Steel - Steel Band


Steel Pan Duo - 1.5 Hours

A dynamic duo (move over Batman & Robin!) playing some of your favourite music on the steel pans for 90 minutes in total over a maximum 3 hour booking window. Not so loud that you can't still chat among yourselves whilst you enjoy our lively sunshine Caribbean vibe! Other packages are available if you have an alternative budget. Just please message us and let us know!
From: £491.33 per event

Solid Steel Pan Trio - 2 Hours

Our quote is for our top class, fully acoustic modern steel trio to play 4 x 30 minute sets for you. We’re Solid Steel and we’re a modern professional UK-based steel band. Whether playing modern pop or traditional Caribbean music, the steel pan evokes sunshine and happiness. Our band is authentic and the players' cultural heritage is from Trinidad, home of the steel band, so that’s the spirit we bring to all of our professional performances.
From: £764.20 per event

Solo Pan virtuoso - 1.5 Hours

Our quote is for one of our incredibly skilled, steel pan soloists available with their own backing tracks to play 2 x 45 minute sets or 1 x 90 minute set for you. Ideal fun reception music for small audiences! Other packages are available if you have an alternative budget. Just please message us and let us know!
From: £382.14 per event

Cherry Pickers Steel Band - 2 Hours

The Cherry Pickers Steel Band is one of the longest running steel bands in the UK. It's longest standing member, Max Cherrie, is a steel pan icon and an absolute treasure within the steel pan community. This quote is for 4 x 30 minute sets from this wonderful band playing as a trio. Other packages are available with different band sizes and playing times if you have an alternative budget in mind.
From: £475.00 per event
  • Please, describe your act or business in on sentence:
    Cutting edge market-leading steel band. Famous as well. At least in my head! :)
  • What are the highlights of your career?
    Playing on stage with the Rolling Stones.
  • What is your competitive advantage (special features)?
    High quality musicianship, super-relaxed personalities allied with ultra reliability.
  • 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
  • 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.

Set List/Services

21st Century Pop Covers

Beautiful Girls

Sean Kingston

Break Your Heart

Taio Cruz

Don't Know Why

Norah Jones

Fix You


Get Lucky

Daft Punk

Hey Ya*


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


Price Tag

Jessie J

Rolling In The Deep*



Lily Allen

Somebody That I Used To ...


Someone Like You


Somewhere Only We Know


Turn Me On

Kevin Lyttle




Amy Winehouse

Listen to us

Calypso, Soca & Island Songs

Bahia Girl

David Rudder

Ban Moin En Ti Bo


Brown Girl In The Ring

Traditional/Boney M

Brown Skin Gal


Dollar Whine

Colin Lucas

Don’t Stop The Carnival

Alan Price

Hot, Hot, Hot


Island In The Sun

Harry Belafonte/Traditional

Jamaica Farewell

Harry Belafonte/Traditional

Linstead Market


Mango Walk


Obeah Wedding

Mighty Sparrow

Old Lady Walk A Mile ...

Lord Kitchener

Sloop John B

Traditional/The Beach Boys

Sly Mongoose


St. Thomas*

Sonny Rollins

Sugar Bum Bum

Lord Kitchener

Under The Sea


Who Let the Dogs Out?

Anslem Douglas

Yellow Bird

Harry Belafonte/Traditional

Reggae & Ska

Englishman In New York


Help Me Make It Through...

Gladys Knight/John Holt

I Can See Clearly Now

Johnny Nash

I Shot The Sheriff

Bob Marley & The Wailers


Desmond Dekker


Bob Marley & The Wailers

Johnny Too Bad

Jimmy Cliff

Kingston Town


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


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


Waiting ln Vain

Bob Marley & The Wailers

Cuban & Brazilian Styles

Blue Bossa

Kenny Dorham

Brazil (Aquarela do Brasil)

Ary Barroso


Rafael Hernández

Chan Chan

Buena Vista Social Club

Girl From Ipanema

Astrud Gilberto


José Fernández

La Bamba

Ritchie Valens/Los Lobos




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


Bobby Hebb


Dean Martin

Sweet And Gentle

Alan Dale


Astrud Gilberto

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