SOLID STEEL - The 1st name in Steel Band Entertainment!
IMPORTANT NOTICE: OUR COVID-19 POLICY IS CLIENT-FRIENDLY!
I sincerely wish that you are safe and well during this pandemic. Our policy is to prioritise the health concerns of clients, audiences and performers alike and strictly follow government directives. Upon booking, we will issue you a clear plan of how we can perform at your outside venue, socially-distanced and under a photogenic cover that we will provide ourselves. Additionally, in these uncertain times, our clients have enhanced licence to cancel without financial jeopardy to encourage them to plan ahead.
So why- even outside the pandemic- do people choose Solid Steel ahead of 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. Here are a few of those services with the starting price for each package:-
Steel pan/drum soloist for a 30 minute performance - £150
Steel pan/drum soloist with backing tracks for a 30 minute performance - £175
Steel pan/drum duo for a 30 minute performance - £250
Steel pan/drum duo with backing tracks for a 30 minute performance - £300
Steel pan/drum duo with backing tracks & vocals for a 30 minute performance - £350
Steel band (3-piece) for a 30 minute performance (all live & including a bass pan player) WARNING! A steel band without a bass instrument is not a proper band! - £450
Steel band (3-piece) with vocals for a 30 minute performance - £550
Steel band (4-piece) for a 30 minute performance - £550
Steel band (4-piece) with vocals for a 30 minute performance - £650
Steel band (5-piece) for a 30 minute performance - £650
Steel band (5-piece) with vocals for a 30 minute performance - £750
Steel band (6-piece) for a 30 minute performance - £750
Steel band (6-piece) with vocals for a 30 minute performance - £850
Steel band (7-piece) for a 30 minute performance - £850
Steel band (7-piece) with vocals for a 30 minute performance - £950
Steel band (8-piece) for a 30 minute performance - £950
Steel band (8-piece) with vocals for a 30 minute performance - £1,050
A 20-piece steel band for a 30 minute performance - £2,500
Additional services that are available with the majority of these packages include:
Additional time: POA but a maximum of 50% of the rate of the first 30 minutes on each additional 30 minutes of playing time
Additional players: POA
Workshops (where the audience can receive some basic instruction and learn to play something simple on the steel pans): £150 for each 30 minutes
Gazebo (2m x 2m to weatherproof any Solid Steel performance): Freely provided during the pandemic
Parasols (to sun-proof any Solid Steel performance): Freely provided during the pandemic
Sneeze guard for vocal performances: Freely provided during the pandemic
Bose S1 Pro Wireless PA Speaker (for when vocals aren't required but in Solid Steel's breaks the great playlist on your phone is!): £50
Caribbean Party DJ (fully self-contained with PA & Lights): £750
Solid Steel Soloist cover version of your favourite song played, recorded & produced at Solid Steel's own studio: £175
Solid Steel 3-piece band cover of your favourite song played, recorded & produced at Solid Steel's own studio: £500
Solid Steel video of 30 minutes of the performance at your event: £250CARIBBEAN CALYPSO AND MORE
We play the most beautifully tuned steel band instruments to the professional level required of full-time musicians on any instrument. Most often we play as a trio, instrumentally and ‘unplugged’, and go for tunes that are strong melodically. Our band has the history and passion to play traditional Caribbean songs authentically, and the progressive approach that embraces all genres of popular music where great melodies can be found.
All of our musicians play a second instrument at a professional level. This enables us to deliver varying formats offering vocals and other instrumentation.
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.
When required to be fully-instrumental and unplugged, the melodies we play are long and strong and our traditional Caribbean music fits the bill perfectly.
Solid Steel has performed around 200 different songs over the years, but below is a list of the ones most recently played.
Please feel free to make a few requests before your event.
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.
SOLID STEEL PLAYLIST EXAMPLES
21st Century Pop Covers:-
Despacito – Justin Bieber ft. Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee
Shape of You – Ed Sheerhan
Budapest – George Ezra
Human – Rag’n’Bone Man
Let Me Love You – DJ Snake and J. Bieber
Sexual – Neiked
Happy – Pharell Williams
Sorry – Justin Bieber
Thinkin’ Out Loud – Ed Sheerhan
Rude – Magic!
Shake It Off – Taylor Swift
Stay With Me – Sam Smith
Get Lucky – Daft Punk
All About That Bass – Megan Trainor
Rather Be – Clean Bandit
PIMP – 50 Cent
If I Ain’t Got You – Alicia Keys
Like Glue – Sean Paul
Make You Feel My Love – Adele/Bob Dylan
Hey Ya – OutKast
Price Tag – Jessie J
Rolling In The Deep – Adele
Smile – Lily Allen
I’m Yours – Jason Mraz
Someone Like You – Adele
Somewhere Only We Know – Keane
Turn Me On – Kevin Lyttle
Umbrella – Rihanna
Valerie – Amy Winehouse
Somebody That I Used To Know – Gotye
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 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
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
Denis Young• Aug. 29, 2020
A very professional act & we enjoyed them immensely
mark richard llewellyn• July 25, 2020
Outstanding! Great vibe with a great pan player. Wish Id had the budget to book Mark all night!! Booking Solid steel again very soon
Laura Goedhuis• July 7, 2019
They were fantastic great music, very smiley and set up quickly with no problems
Richard Taylor• July 6, 2019
The band was great all music was good .
Would use again I don’t know where time went
Frank Mincher• June 22, 2019
No problems whatsoever. Although only 2 turned up, music was great. Thank you for your help
sarah• June 19, 2019
Very professional, great music giving our event a fantastic atmosphere!
Services From Solid Steel (Steel Band)
Solo Caribbean Solid Steel Pan/Drum Player for 30 minutes
Super Steel Band (3-piece) for a 1 hour performance - £450
Care Home Steel Pan Duo Including Vocals for 30 Minutes - £150
Super Solid Steel Pan/Drum Band for 30 minute set
Super Solid Steel Pan/Drum Duo for 30 minute reception
Solo Caribbean Solid Steel Pan/Drum Player
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