The London Steel Band
Steel Band
London & UK-wide
Calypso, Soca & Island Songs, Pop, Cuban, Brazilian, Reggae, Ska, Steel Pan
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About The London Steel Band – professional steel band for hire in the UK
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The London Steel Band prides itself on being the most modern and versatile professional steel band in the UK.

We offer various booking packages that include different band sizes and options for all-instrumental performances or those that include both male and female vocals.

So if you're looking to hire the finest Caribbean steel pan band London has to offer for your wedding or event, get in touch with us!

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More information about The London Steel Band

We’re The London Steel Band 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.

Beyond The London Steel Band 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.

The best musicians

Miguel Barradas, Mark Cherrie, Michael Bailey, Francis Hylton, David Morris, Dennis Davis and Tom Alleyne have all played extensively with the band over the years and they all share very important qualities for me. They’re musicians first and pan players second.

They all play other instruments as well as pan and they all understand that to be a good musician is as much about listening as it is about playing!

Playing in a small steel band like The London Steel Band is a great outlet for people with this level of ability. It’s not something I particularly regret but I never had any experience of playing in a steel ‘orchestra’.

It always seemed to me that with the big bands you get to play the arranger’s music, but with the small band you get to express yourself more and improvise.

Traditional steel band

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 fits the bill.

We like to include a lot of traditional Caribbean material, much of it 'calypso' which is the national folk music of Trinidad & Tobago, some (but not all!) of which will be familiar to the average UK audience.

So, in this mode we are an outstanding Caribbean Folk band. As such we fit in perfectly with any venue or event that’s broadly themed 'World Music'.

Modern steel band

Our musicians are modern and progressive and listen to all styles of music. We like to cover some modern 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 we prefer to play it as a steel combo with a bass guitar and a drummer and with vocals included.

So we can sing, we can perform in various sizes and guises, organise steel band workshops and generally on request mould performances that expand upon the traditional calypso and Latin styles of music that form the core of a traditional steel band music repertoire.

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. 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.


3 verified reviews

“Absolutely EXCELLENT! - thank you so much guys for making our day even better than it already was, you were brilliant and everyone loved the music. Keep up the good work!”
– Rob & Jen Brindley, 18 November 2019, corporate event in London
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“From beginning to end dealing with The London Steel Band was an absolute pleasure. The booking was very straight forward and they made our wedding even more special. Everyone loved them! Can't wait for another opportunity to book them again!!!!”
– Val & Craig Gutteridge, 12 August 2019, wedding in Berkshire
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“The London Steel Band played our big gay wedding (ok, technically our 'Civil Partnership celebration!) at The Cavendish in Eastcote, Middlesex. The guys were fab! Hugely well-received by our guests, they struck just the right chord (pun intended!) for pre-disco musical ambience. They were well-liked by adults and kids alike! Refreshingly easy to book and deal with, having them there added a unique and stress-free dimension to our wonderful day. The London Steel Band made our special day that much more special, and our straight/gay audience loved them in equal measure. Highly recommended! Thanks guys! xxx.”
– Vik & Miranda Jones, 1 August 2019, wedding in Greater London
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Somewhere Only We Know
The Way You Look Tonight
Happy
Obeah Wedding
Rude
Set List
Modern Pop Covers

Pharell Williams Happy

Magic! Rude

Taylor Swift Shake It Off

Sam Smith Stay With Me

Daft Punk Get Lucky

Megan Trainor All About That Bass

Clean Bandit Rather Be

Alicia Keys If I Ain't Got You

Sean Paul Like Glue

Adele / Bob Dylan Make You Feel My Love

Outkast Hey Ya

Jessie J Price Tag

Adele Rolling In The Deep

Lily Allen Smile

Jason Mraz I'm Yours

Adele Someone Like You

Keane Somewhere Only We Know

Kevin Lyttle Turn Me On

Rihanna Umbrella

Amy Winehouse Valerie

Pop & Soul Covers

Bill Withers Ain't No Sunshine

The Beatles And I Love Her

George Benson Breezin’

Abba Dancing Queen

Sting Englishman In New York

Sting / Eva Cassidy Fields Of Gold

The Beatles Here, There And Everywhere

John Lennon Imagine

Roberta Flack / Fugees Killing Me Softly

Stevie Wonder Lately

The Beatles Let It Be

Bill Withers Lovely Day

The Temptations My Girl

The Drifters / Aretha Franklin Spanish Harlem

Bobby Hebb Sunny

Simon & Garfunkel The Sound Of Silence

Marvin Gaye What's Goin' On

The Beatles Yesterday

Stevie Wonder You Are The Sunshine Of My Life

Paul Simon You Can Call Me Al

Calypso, Soca & Island Songs

David Rudder Bahia Girl

Traditional Ban Moin En Ti Bo

Traditional/boney M Brown Girl In The Ring

Traditional Brown Skin Gal

Colin Lucas Dollar Whine

Alan Price Don’t Stop The Carnival

Arrow Hot, Hot, Hot

Harry Belafonte / Traditional Island In The Sun

Harry Belafonte / Traditional Jamaica Farewell

Traditional Linstead Market

Traditional Mango Walk

Mighty Sparrow Obeah Wedding

Lord Kitchener Old Lady Walk A Mile

Traditional / The Beach Boys Sloop John B

Traditional Sly Mongoose

Sonny Rollins St. Thomas

Lord Kitchener Sugar Bum Bum

Disney Under The Sea

Anslem Douglas Who Let The Dogs Out?

Harry Belafonte / Traditional Yellow Bird

Cuban & Brazilian Styles

Kenny Dorham Blue Bossa

Ary Barroso Brazil, Aquarela Do Brasil

Rafael Hernández Cachita

Buena Vista Social Club Chan Chan

Astrud Gilberto Girl From Ipanema

José Fernández Guantanamera

Ritchie Valens / Los Lobos La Bamba

Kaoma Lambada

Antonio Carlos Jobim Meditation

Hugo Blanco Moliendo Café

Melina Mercouri Never On Sunday

Tito Puente / Santana Oye Como Va

Moises Simons Peanut Vendor / El Manisero

Bobby Capó Piel Canela

Osvaldo Farrés Quizás, Quizás, Quizás

Luiz Bonfá Samba De Orfeu

Bobby Hebb Sunny

Dean Martin Sway

Alan Dale Sweet And Gentle

Astrud Gilberto Tristeza

Reggae & Ska

Sting Englishman In New York

Gladys Knight / John Holt Help Me Make It Through The Night

Johnny Nash I Can See Clearly Now

Bob Marley & The Wailers I Shot The Sheriff

Desmond Dekker Israelites

Bob Marley & The Wailers Jammin'

Jimmy Cliff Johnny Too Bad

Ub40 Kingston Town

Toots & The Maytals Monkey Man

Freddie Notes & The Rudies Montego Bay

Peter Andre Mysterious Girl

Bob Marley & The Wailers No Woman No Cry

Bob Marley & The Wailers One Love

Ub40 Red Red Wine

Boney M Rivers Of Babylon

Bob Marley & The Wailers Stir It Up

Inner Circle Sweat (a La La La La Long)

Bob Marley & The Wailers Three Little Birds

Blondie Tide Is High

Bob Marley & The Wailers Waiting Ln Vain

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