Solid Steel - Steel Band Hire, London
Who We Are
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.
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Where We Play
We travel all over the country and abroad, playing fully live to audiences at private and public events with (but mostly without!) a tropical theme like Caribbean nights, birthday parties, weddings, corporate events, product launches, and- because of the greater mobility we offer than most steel bands- big sporting events and carnival parades.
We perform in prestigious and not-so-prestigious venues as diverse as hotels, festivals, schools, tv and radio studios, village halls, shopping centres, pubs and restaurants.
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Where We Teach
In recent years demand has grown for our steel pan musicians to teach our instrument to individuals or facilitate the learning of basic steel band skills to groups of both children and adults.
As a fully qualified secondary school teacher myself, I'm fully committed to ensuring the highest teaching standards are maintained whether we're being hired to run our popular steel band workshops in schools or contracted to manage steel band teambuilding activities for our corporate clients.
Why Hire a Steel Band?
We're in high demand as an acoustic (unplugged!) steel band and particularly as a trio. Why so popular? Well one reason is that the format itself is so very natural, organic and beautifully undated. It has a timeless quality only other acoustic groups like string quartets can aspire to. With sensitive musicianship, the best musicians playing the highest quality of steel band instruments made by the best tuners are capable of making an amazingly beautiful sound.
Why Hire Caribbean entertainment?
Solid Steel is led by me, Paul Cherrie, as the flagship act of my management company, 'Tropical Entertainments', so all manner of similarly themed artistes may be booked through me to complement your event. The most popular fun choice of these is a limbo dancer and it never fails to be a huge hit with UK audiences.
Please take a look at my site for Tropical and Caribbean entertainment to hire and if it's great limbo specifically that you're looking for, take a look at Kaniki here - Limbo dancers for hire
We're very experienced in all things Caribbean, naturally, and will always want to help you. We can even advise you on theming and catering if we're asked!
We've been keeping the customer satisfied for over 25 years now on literally thousands of engagements. Here is some of our most recent unsolicited feedback.
"Solid Steel played at our wedding in London. They created a great party atmosphere with wonderful music and big smiles! Lots of our guests commented on how much they had enjoyed their performance. I would definitely use Solid Steel again."
Rachel Bliss, London
"Solid Steel Band played at our 'Grey Matter Day' agency evening event. We had a Caribbean themed evening and the music was thoroughly enjoyed by everyone. The music was very uplifting and got everyone in the mood for dancing!"
Chelsea Parsons, Hatton Garden, London
Here is what we've provided to some great venues in the last couple of years:
- A 3-piece acoustic steel band for a wedding in Stoke, Staffordshire
- A 3-piece acoustic steel band for a University staff barbecue in Cambridge, Cambs
- Four 3-piece acoustic steel bands for race meetings at Sandown Park racecourse in Esher, Surrey
- A 3-drum steel band for a multi-cultural awareness event in Milton Keynes, Bucks
- A 3-piece steel band with vocals for a wedding in Loughton, Essex
- A 4-piece funky steel band with vocals for a birthday party in Derby, Derbyshire A 3-piece traditional steel band for a wedding in Hasemere, Surrey
- A 3-piece acoustic steel band for a wedding in Didsbury, Manchester, Lancs
- A 3-piece acoustic steel band for a wedding in Maidstone, Kent
- A 3-drum band for a Bar Mitzvah in St Albans, Herts
- A 3-drum traditional steel band for wedding receptions in Chelsea, London
- A 3-piece acoustic steel band for a corporate fun day in Cardiff, Wales
- A 4-piece acoustic steel band for a company barbecue in Mayfair, London
- A 3-pan unplugged steel band for a wedding in Oxted, Surrey
- A 3-piece unplugged steel band for London Zoo, Regents Park, London
- A 3-piece acoustic steel band for a champagne reception in Notting Hill, London
- A 3-drum steel band for a pub in Harrow, Middlesex
- A 3-piece acoustic steel band for a charity event in Chester, Cheshire
- A 3 steel pan traditional steel band for a Thames Cruise from Windsor, Berks
- A 3-piece acoustic steel band for a Caribbean Association in Milton Keynes, Bucks
- Two steel band workshops for schools in Brent, London
- A 3-drum traditional steel band for Lord’s Cricket Ground in London
- A 3-piece steel band with vocals for a 21st birthday party in Alderley Edge, Cheshire
- A 4-pan acoustic steel band for a corporate awards event in Brentwood, Essex
- A 3-piece acoustic steel band for a pub barbecue in Winchester, Hampshire
- A 3-piece acoustic steel band for the Church of Scientology in Tunbridge Wells, Kent
- A 3-piece acoustic steel band for a wedding for Exeter in Devon
- A 7-piece steel combo with vocals for a barbecue at an army barracks in Camberley, Surrey
- A 5-drum acoustic steel band for a wedding in Bristol, Avon
- A 3-piece steel band with vocals for a 40th birthday party in Sandbanks, Dorset
- A 7-piece steel combo with vocals for the Horniman festival in London
- A 3-piece acoustic steel band for a wedding in St Ives, Cornwall
- A 4-piece acoustic steel band for a Government Office in Southampton, Hampshire
- A 3-drum steel band for a wedding in Crosby, Liverpool, Lancs
- A 6-piece acoustic steel band for a company barbecue in London, Middx
- A 3-piece acoustic steel band for a wedding in Henley-On-Thames, Oxford
- A 3-piece acoustic steel band for a wedding in Ascot, Berkshire
- A 5-drum acoustic steel band for a wedding in Leeds, Yorkshire
- A 3-piece acoustic steel band for a civil partnership in Wilmslow, Manchester, Lancs
- A 3-piece acoustic steel band for a wedding in Gerrards Cross, Bucks
- A 2-facilitator steel band team building exercise in Egham, Surrey
Of course, if we take it back far enough we have already performed extensively throughout the UK. In London we've played in just about every borough including Barnet, Bexley, Brent, Camden, Greenwich, Hackney, Hammersmith , Fulham, Islington ,Kensington and Chelsea, Lambeth, Lewisham, Southwark, Tower Hamlets, Wandsworth, Westminster, Greater London, Barking and Dagenham, Bromley, Croydon, Ealing, Enfield, Haringey, Harrow, Havering, Hillingdon, Hounslow, Kingston upon Thames, Merton, Newham, Redbridge, Richmond upon Thames, Sutton and Waltham Forest.
We've played in other cities and towns such as Aberdeen, Aldershot, Andover, Ascot, Aylesbury, Banbury, Barnstable, Bath, Basingstoke, Bedford, Birmingham, Bodmin, Bournemouth, Bracknell, Bradford, Bray, Brecon, Bridgwater, Brighton, Bristol, Burton-Upon-Trent, Cambridge, Cardiff, Carmarthen, Cheltenham, Chester, Chichester, Cork, Coventry, Crawley, Crowthorne Derby, Dorchester, Dublin, Eastbourne, Edinburgh, Eton, Exeter, Farnborough, Farnham, Glasgow, Gloucester, Gosport, Guildford, Harlow, Havant, Hemel Hempstead, Henley on Thames, High Wycombe, Hungerford, Kidderminster, Leamington Spa, Leeds, Leicester, Lichfield, Lincoln, Liverpool, London, Luton, Maidenhead, Maidstone, Manchester, Milton Keynes, Newark, Newbury, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Northampton, Nottingham, Nuneaton, Oxford, Plymouth, Portsmouth, Reading, Redditch, Redruth, Reigate, Rugby, Salisbury, Sandhurst, Shrewsbury, Slough, Southampton, St Albans, Stafford, Stevenage, Stoke-On-Trent, Sheffield, Sunderland, Sunningdale, Sunninghill, Swansea, Swindon, Tamworth, Taunton, Telford, Thame, Thatcham, Truro, Tunbridge Wells, Wantage, Watford, Winchester, Windsor, Wolverhampton, Yeovil, Glasgow and Edinburgh.
We've performed in every county including Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Cambridgeshire, Cornwall, Cheshire, Cumbria, Derbyshire, Devon, Dorset, East Anglia, Essex, Gloucestershire, Hampshire, Herefordshire, Hertfordshire, Lancashire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Kent, Monmouthshire, Middlesex, Norfolk, Northumberlandshire, Oxfordshire, Somerset, Suffolk, Surrey, Sussex, Warwickshire, Worcestershire, Wiltshire and Yorkshire, throughout England, Wales, Scotland & Ireland.