Sounds Of Steel

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Steel Pan music originally emanates from the streets of Trinidad. As an attempt to emulate the western popular music to be heard on the radio, home-made tunable percussion instruments were fashioned out of anything from biscuit tins to empty oil-drums salvaged from the naval bases.

“Sounds Of Steel instantly conjure up the happy-go-lucky spirit of the Caribbean – exuberant rhythms to evoke carnival vibes and set the party mood…”

Exotic, magical rhythms with their distinctive chiming, bell-like textures took London by storm when a steel pan ensemble from the island was invited over to the UK to perform at the Festival of Britain in 1951. This jaunty, happy-go-lucky, toe-tapping concoction proved so infectious that everybody wanted to be a part of it. As a direct result, since then a great many excellent Caribbean steel pan bands have developed in the UK.

Based around Portsmouth, Sounds Of Steel is one of this growing number of such ensembles. They present an exciting and captivating blend of traditional Caribbean folk-music, calypso, ska, soca and reggae with some clever arrangements of well-known modern popular songs and tunes.

Ranging from a five-piece to a ten-piece, Sounds Of Steel can readily tailor their line-up to suit the size and style of the event. If the weather is kind, the musicians will be more than happy to perform outdoors, presenting a splendid accompaniment to a wedding reception or garden party.

Sounds Of Steel will drum up a storm of tropical rhythm with style and panache, generating the perfect atmosphere for a successful celebration.

  • Carefree, sunshine sounds with a holiday, carnival feel
  • Flexible line-up from a five-piece to a ten-piece orchestra
  • No amplification needed – perfect for an outdoor event!




Sounds Of Steel play traditional Caribbean Calypso, Ska and Reggae, together with instrumental arrangements of well-known popular tunes.


  1. Amy May’s Wedding

    So exciting and colourful! Thank you so much for playing at our wedding, you were perfect!

  2. Carleen

    I’d seen a couple of steel pan bands before, but these are my favourite. Looking to book them for a Caribbean themed event in October.