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So Steel

So Steel

So Steel are a modern professional UK-based steel band or ‘steel drum band’ as our American cousins sometimes call it! At the core they are a small family of musicians that spans 3 generations. What distinguishes them from other steel bands is that they can offer vocals and other instrumentation to play their diverse repertoire.

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So Steel are a modern professional UK-based steel band or ‘steel drum band’ as our American cousins sometimes call it! At the core they are a small family of musicians that spans 3 generations. What distinguishes them from other steel bands is that they can offer vocals and other instrumentation to play their diverse repertoire.

Steel bands have been a popular choice for corporate events organisers for a long time now. Often the planners opt for the ‘unplugged’, acoustic variety of steel band the likes of which So Steel excel in providing. Most companies organise a Christmas party for their staff and many organise a fun day for the staff and their families. Others use a steel drum band to literally drum up support at their stores and campaigns.

They can also operate workshops for both adults and children at these events and their teambuilding and workshop experience all adds to the entertainment they can offer.

For many people steel bands are best enjoyed as part of a carnival parade. ‘Steel band’ and ‘carnival’ are inseparable concepts for them. A musical performance delivered by a band that’s mobile has potentially more impact and So Steel are in high demand as a steel band who can be the surprise element at conferences, town parades, sporting events and the like.

Although they can play statically on a moving float they are more often requested to play with the steel drums or ‘pans’ (the authentic Trinidadian term!) hanging around their necks – playing and strolling through an enthralled crowd.  When they entertain in this way, the cameras come out and there’s a smile on everyone’s face! So Steel will always be a band that welcomes being hired as a mobile steel band that can parade in short sets and as such complement or make an excellent alternative to a New Orleans styled trad jazz band.

The band is also a great option for those considering a strolling band similar to a Mexican Mariachi band. When they stroll with the pans around their necks they offer great versatility. They can weave their way through crowds and audiences providing the close-up experience that only mix and mingle entertainers can match whist creating a carnival atmosphere.

Yet they can also deliver a much quieter performance serenading people dining- moving from table to table playing and singing lilting Caribbean ballads such as ‘Yellow Bird’ and ‘Island In The Sun’.

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Repertoire

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

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

Tunes for triumphal wedding couple exits
“Wedding March from a Midsummer Night’s Dream” — Mendelssohn
“Ode to Joy” – Beethoven
“One Love” – Bob Marley & The Wailers
“Signed, Sealed, Delivered”, by Stevie Wonder

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Previous Clients

1st Royal Anglian
4 Com Ltd
Allen & Overy
Allied Domecq
American Express
Anglia Co-op
ANSA Elevators
Apex Conference & Events
Aramark Caterers
ASDA
Atkinson Bolton
Axell Wireless
Babcock & Brown
Bank of England
Barclays Global Investments
BBC Worldwide
Boon Edam
British Red Cross
Broadgate Estates
BSKYB
Butterfield Bank
Cadbury UK
Canary Wharf Management
Canon
Capita
Carphone Warehouse
Center Parcs
Charles Kendall Group
Charles Russell LLP
Charles Wells Ltd
City Airport
Condé Nast Publications
Credit Suisse
Cushman & Wakefield
Daiwa Securities
David Lloyd Leisure
Ernst & Young
Eurotunnel
Farrer & Co
Five Ten Group
GlaxoSmithKline
Grey Advertising Group
Guinness
Institute Of Actuaries
Investec
ITE Group
LDA Communications
LGN Wellbeing
Lloyds TSB
Mazda Motors UK
Mercedes- Benz UK
Merlin Entertainments
Merrill Lynch
Metro Bank
Microsoft
MITIEG Group
Ogilvy & Mather
Pfizers
Pheonix Partners
Phoenix Equity Partners
Phyllis Court
Reuters
Royal Bank of Scotland
Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines
Royal Thames Yacht Club
Saatchi & Saatchi
Schroders
Serco
Sheffield Haworth
Spirax-Sarco Ltd
Strutt & Parker
Toyota
Unison
Virgin
Warner Bros

Solid Steel band’s corporate venues:

Anugraha Hotel, Egham
Birmingham NEC Arena
Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire
Brocket Hall, Hertfordshire
Cafe Royal, London
Celtic Manor, Wales
Chelsea Physic Garden, London
Chester Race Course, Cheshire
Claridge’s, London
Clearwell Castle, Gloucestershire
Coq d’Argent, London
Cowley Manor, Gloucestershire
Down Hall, Essex
Earls Court Arena, London
Gibson Hall, London
HAC, London
Highchere Castle, Berkshire
Kensington Palace, London
Kensington Roof Gardens, London
Kew Gardens, London
Knebworth House, Herts
Leeds Castle, Kent
London Zoo
Loseley Park, Surrey
Lowry Hotel, Manchester
Luton Hoo, Bedfordshire
Madame Tussaud’s, London
Millennium Dome, London
Natural History Museum, London
Northbrook Park, Surrey
Orsett Hall, Essex
Painshill Park, Surrey
Queens Eyot, Windsor
Rhinefield House, Hants
Sea Life Aquarium, London
Sheraton Hotel, Damascus, Syria
Sheraton Skyline, Heathrow
Sporting Club, Monte Carlo
Stockbrook Manor, Essex
Stoke Park Club, Berkshire
Syon Park, Middlesex
The Brewery, London
The Dorchester, London
The Elvetham, Hampshire
The Mall of The Emirates, Dubai
Tythe Barn, Oxfordshire

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