About a third of our band’s bookings are for steel band wedding music. Steel bands have been playing live as wedding bands in the UK since the Fifties when Trinidadians like Max and Ralph Cherrie played in steel trios featuring these novel new instruments that had only been ‘invented’ less than 20 years earlier in Trinidad.
There was no such thing as an all-acoustic 3-piece steel band even in Trinidad back then (with each band member exclusively playing a steel drum) and it hasn’t emerged anywhere else other than in London since either.
So, steel bands playing live wedding music all-acoustically and ‘unplugged’ is a uniquely British phenomenon and, due to their Caribbean identity, have always been considered a ‘cool’ alternative to the more predictable wedding music of other live acoustic wedding bands such as string quartets and trad jazz bands. We take playing for weddings very seriously indeed as you will discover should you read…
Back in those early days only the British aristocracy booked live steel bands for their weddings and for many years it was seen as being quite a ‘posh’ thing to do. These Trinidadian musicians (many of whom played other ‘first’ instruments) took their steel drums or ‘pans’ to wedding receptions and played mostly songs that Harry Belafonte had made popular.
Whilst very capable of playing ‘traditional’ Caribbean and calypso music associated with steel bands many clients now demand that a steel band be equally as competent playing contemporary music and in particular pop and reggae hits.
Solid Steel’s repertoire is the most extensive in the business and can be found here.
We actively encourage our clients to browse our playlist and offer us direction on what they would like us to play.
If special requests are made that aren’t in our playlist we offer consultation after which we can create bespoke performances that can include them.
So whether you require a traditional or more modern steel band, we guarantee not to disappoint.
Live Wedding Reception Band
Whilst steel band wedding music may be hired as wedding music bands for wedding receptions within their own Caribbean community or for a couple that has one partner with Caribbean roots , it is just as likely that they may be hired for an Indian wedding or a Jewish wedding or indeed an entirely English wedding!
Another very recent trend is to choose a steel band as the live wedding band for post-wedding receptions. Many couples now go abroad to marry in romantic Caribbean beach settings and want to give their wedding guests back home in the UK a taste of Caribbean musical sunshine at their receptions. What better way to do this than to hire a live steel band?!