January to March
In the early months when there are fewer events, we spend our time recording in our studio. We either do that or teach the steel drums in school workshops in the UK. Historically, our steel band has been lucky enough to have clients hire us to tour and perform abroad, also. Over the years the band has played extensively in Europe, Africa, Asia and the Middle East. Consequently, we have travelled to diverse destinations including Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Belgium, Capri, Djibouti, Dubai, France, Germany, Gran Canaria, Hong Kong, India, Italy, Monaco, Poland, Qatar, Russia, Spain, Syria, Tenerife and Tunisia. We love travelling and so we will always discount our regular domestic rates to compensate for foreign clients’ expenses.
April to September
In the Spring and Summer months we’re kept busy with mostly outdoor events in the UK playing our all-acoustic steel drums, because the ‘reliable sound of sunshine’ of our steel band has long been considered as almost mandatory by UK bookers such as wedding planners, corporate entertainment organisers and sporting event organisers to supply beautiful Caribbean music for weddings, company barbecues and corporate fun days for the staff and their families.
October to December
As summer turns to Autumn we also get a lot of interest in our steel band performing. Particularly in the Black History month of October. Performances then are often accompanied by workshops and often take place in schools, colleges and other educational establishments.
In early November during the Halloween / Guy Fawkes Bonfire / Diwali season we perform outside in cold weather. It’s good to show that we can raise people’s spirits even when the sun’s not shining! These sets may be shorter and we will most certainly ‘wrap up’ costume wise. However, we don’t flinch at braving the elements!
Then, of course, in December we’re very busy with Christmas parties and Christmas Carol concerts.
Most companies organise a Christmas party for their staff and Christmas in the Caribbean is a popular theme. We’re proud to say we received invitations to play at a carol concert for twelve consecutive years. This was flattering as it was at the famous St Martin-in-the-Fields church in Trafalgar Square. You can find some video clips of our steel band playing Christmas carols and songs there.