Our Music

We play the most beautifully tuned steel band instruments and we play them to the professional level required of full-time musicians on any other instrument. Most often we’re required to play just instrumentally as an entirely ‘unplugged’ acoustic steel trio- a unique steel band format that the Cherrie family helped forge in London in those post-war years,  so we mostly play ‘cover’ tunes that are very strong melodically whether they’ve originated from the Caribbean or not and irrespective of how ‘traditional’ or ‘modern’ they are.  Our band has the history and passion to play the traditional Caribbean songs authentically and the progressive approach that embraces all genres of popular music where great melodies can be found.

Much of what distinguishes us from other steel bands musically is that most of our musicians also have a second instrument we play at a professional level. This enables us to better serve more bespoke demands to play in other sized formats offering vocals and other instrumentation. Evidence of this can be found on our videos, our latest CD which you can buy here and our playlists should you read on.

Most traditional steel bands, especially first generation Caribbean ones like The Cherry Pickers will principally play ‘Caribbean Folk’ music consisting of calypso (the national folk music of Trinidad & Tobago) and Harry Belafonte-styled ‘island music’- along with some old Latin-American ‘standards’. We still love these songs and when hired as a fully-instrumental and unplugged acoustic steel band really enjoy playing these wonderful melodies. But, we also meet the modern demand for our steel band to play the pop and reggae that is familiar to younger audiences and is the most requested these days. Because we offer vocals within the band itself, we’re more suited as a steel band to meet the demand for modern pop covers that might be unrecognisable if played just instrumentally on steel drums.

When we are required as a fully-instrumental and unplugged acoustic steel band the melodies that we play need to be long and strong and our own traditional Caribbean music- in particular calypso- fits the bill perfectly.

Of course, we play other melodic music which we also love, particularly Pop and Latin American standards, but there’s a lot of great songs that don’t have particularly strong melodies yet have catchy ‘hooks’ and are very strong rhythmically. We like to play this music too, but preferably with vocals!

During the band’s history, Solid Steel must have performed around 200 different songs but here’s a more concise list of the ones most recently played organized in playlists that are either generic or specialist. Please feel free to make a few requests before your event. We can provide bespoke playlists, if required. Please bear in mind that on the average gig we may only get to play 25-30 songs and that the style of song we choose at any given time is a result of what we perceive to best suited for the audience at that time- given our considerable experience. We advise you to take full advantage of that experience and not to attempt writing a whole set for us!

Solid Steel Playlists

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

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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 Mouskouri
  • Oye Como Va – Tito Puente/Santana
  • Peanut Vendor (El Manisero) – Moises Simons
  • Piel Canela – Bobby Capó
  • Quizás, Quizás, Quizás – Osvaldo Farré
  • Samba De Orfeu – Luiz Bonfá
  • Sunny – Bobby Hebb
  • Sway – Dean Martin
  • Sweet And Gentle – Alan Dale
  • Tristeza – Astrud Gilberto

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

Bollywood

  • Jai Ho – A.R. Rahman
  • Humki Humise Chura Lo – Mohabbatein
  • Bheegi Si Bhaagi Si – Rajneeti
  • Kal Ho Naa Ho
  • Bole Chudiyan – Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham
  • Hum Tum
  • Tujh Mein Rab Dikhta Hai – Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi
  • Na Na Na Na Re – Daler Mehndi
  • Zindagi Do Pal Ki – Kites
  • Kal Ho Naa Ho – Shahrukh Khan
  • Ishq Sufiana – ‘The Dirty Picture’
  • Tere Mast Mast Do Nain – Dabangg
  • Sau Saal Pehle – Jab Pyar Kisise Hota Hai

Disney

  • Bare Necessities, The (Jungle Book)
  • Beauty And The Beast
  • Can You Feel The Love Tonight (The Lion King)
  • Everybody Wants To Be A Cat (The Aristocats)
  • I Wan’na Be Like You (Jungle Book)
  • I’ve Got No Strings (Pinocchio)
  • Kiss The Girl (Little Mermaid)
  • Let It Go (Frozen)
  • Once Upon A Dream (Sleeping Beauty)
  • Under The Sea (Little Mermaid)
  • When You Wish Upon A Star (Fantasia)
  • Whistle While You Work (Snow White)
  • Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah (Song of the South)

Wedding Ceremony Tunes

Tunes for Bridal, processional entrance

  1. “Bridal Chorus” from the opera Lohengrin, by Richard Wagner
  2. “Pachelbel’s Canon in D Major
  3. “The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba”, by George F. Handel
  4. “You’re So Cool” from the film ‘True Romance’, by Hans Zimmer

Tunes for triumphal wedding couple exits

  1. “Wedding March from a Midsummer Night’s Dream” — Mendelssohn
  2. “Ode to Joy” – Beethoven
  3. “One Love” – Bob Marley & The Wailers
  4. “Signed, Sealed, Delivered”, by Stevie Wonder