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!
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.
We’ve always been committed to providing our very best no matter the size of the venue, audience or paycheck. We also like to travel and although we do like to have our travelling expenses covered, we don’t really charge our clients too much more for the extra time spent away from home.
We’re passionate about our music and our culture so when we conduct workshops for children and adults alike we show a commitment to that by teaching our audience something about the history of the steel pan’s development to foster the understanding and respect due most modern of instruments.
Videos and CD
This flexibility and the variety we offer, we could argue, gives us the edge over other steel bands. But then we’d be lying. It’s the music. Just click the ‘Videos‘ button, and view ‘live’ performances of our particular brand of steel band music. You will hopefully (!) be sufficiently impressed to click on the ‘Shop‘ button with a view to purchasing our latest CD, ‘Three’.
Cherry Ripe Management
Solid Steel is not just a steel band, we’re a family (in some cases, quite literally!) of hot shot steel band musicians. So, as well as being a steel band, we’re a steel band company and the company itself is being regenerated with the involvement of younger Cherries, Tania and Elliot as the flagship act of my management company, ‘Cherry Ripe Management’.
Please take a look at my online brochure for all manner of tropically-themed live entertainment to hire to complement Solid Steel’s performance. The most popular fun choice of these is a limbo dancer and which never fails to be a huge hit with UK audiences. So, if it’s a great limbo act specifically that you’re after, take a look 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!