The Merry-Makers Electric Band

from£795

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The perfect party line-up, The Merry-Makers play a cool mix of dancehall soca (the carnival party vibe) and ole tyme "saucy" calypsos; some Latin (rumba, samba, meringue, tango); Zouk (French Caribbean) and some funky reggae (Bob Marley, Eddie Grant, UB40, Desmond Dekker etc) plus your traditional Caribbean standards.

The band is made up of drums, bass, guitar, vocals, percussion and of course steel pans. This array of instruments helps to bring about the full, broad sounds and rhythms of the band's repertoire: the Latin vibes, the dancehall carnival music, funky reggae, the hypnotic and the percussive limbo dancing beats. All guaranteed to take you across the Caribbean and back in one night! Great fun and a totally tropical ambience!

We were extremely satisfied – we really appreciate that they played through to the end and they brought a vibrant feel to our parade! Reece, Parade, Central London

The audience is encouraged to get involved in some "suggestive and slinky" Caribbean party dances and finish off with the limbo poles for an interactive session – guaranteed to get both the timid and the bold on to the dance floor! As an optional extra, the Merry-Makers can provide their very own limbo dancer, a lithe male or female limbo dancer from St Lucia, to demonstrate the limbo and encourage audience participation.

For cool background music only during receptions, garden parties, dinners and ceremonies, the band have several smaller, acoustic steel pan line-ups available. See The Merry-Makers Acoustic Steel Band for more details.

Performance info

Line-up Steel pans; guitar; bass; percussion/keyboards; vocals
Performance duration 2 x 60 minute or 3 x 40 minute sets
Interval music Yes (included in price)
Lighting Yes

Booking options

Add backing vocals and percussion
Add £185
Add male or female limbo dancer
Add £185 to either electric line-up

Full song list

Soca/Calypso/Traditional

A Little More Oil
Archie
Bam Bam Ballam Bam
Banana Boat Song
Bang Bang Lulu
Barbados
Bass Man
Brown Girl In The Ring
Brown Skin Girl
De Fey
Doctor Cassandra
Drunk And Disorderly
Feeling Hot Hot Hot
Gaza Strip
Hello Afrika
High Time
I Don’t Mind
Island In The Sun
Jamaica Farewell
Jean And Dinah
Josephine
Linstead Market
Long Time
Matilda
Nani Wine
Ole Lady
Pump Me Up
Shame And Scandal
Sly Mongoose
Somebody
Soul Limbo (The Cricket Song)
St Thomas
Stone Cold Dead (In The Market)
Sugar Bum Bum
Sweet Island Girl
Tiny Winey
Who Let The Dogs Out
Yellow Bird
Zouk La

Ska

54 46 Was My Number
Long Shot (Kick The Bucket)
Message To Rudie
Monkey Man
My Boy Lollipop
Ob La Di
Oh Oh Seven
Pass The Duchie
Rivers Of Babylon
The Liquidator
The President

Reggae

Ain’t No Sunshine
All About The Bass
All Of Me (Loves All Of You)
All That She Wants (Is Another Baby)
Buffalo Soldier
Can’t Help Falling In Love With You
Don’t Turn Around
Don’t Worry Be Happy
Electric Avenue
Get Up Stand Up
Happy
Help Me Make It Through The Night
I Can See Clearly Now
I Rebel Music
I Shot The Sheriff
In A Little Cottage In Negril
Kingston Town
Knocking On Heaven’s Door
La La Long
Living For The Love
Mr Bojangles
My Boy Lollipop
Mysterious Girl
Night Nurse
No Woman No Cry
Now That We’ve Found Love
One Love
Ooh Baby I Love Your Way
Play I Some Music
Re Red Wine
Redemption Song
Shine
Stir It Up
Take Five
Three Little Birds
Waiting In Vain
We Jamming
You Sexy Thing

Latin

A Day In The Life
A Tropical Moon
Anna
Aye Cosita Linda Mama
Bahia Samba
Begin The Beguine
Brazil
Cest Ci Bon
Chongolo
Destafinado
El Cubanchero
Girl From Ipanema
Guantanamera
La Bamba
La Mer
Mambo Jambo
Mas Que Nada
Never On Sunday
Oye Como Va
Perdido
Quando Quando
Skokian
Spanish Eyes
Spanish Harlem
Spanish Hustle
Suku Suku
Summertime
Take Me To Sorrento
Tico Tico

Caribbean-Style Jazz/Ballads/Pop

Ain’t Nobody Here But Us Chickens
And I Love Her
Cest Ci Bon
Cry Me A River
Danny Boy
Going To Kansas City
Happy
Hello
Human Nature
I’m Your Puppet
Imagine
La Vie En Rose
Lately
Light My Fire
Love Me As If There Were No Tomorrow
Loving You
Lullaby Of Birdland
Misty
My Way
Smooth Operator
So Amazing
Somewhere Over The Rainbow
Stardust
The Irish Washerwoman
The Rose Of Tralee
There’s Nothing Like This
Walking My Baby Back Home
What A Wonderful World

Book with confidence! After events, we ask our clients what they thought of our acts. We publish what they say here, so you can read genuine, unbiased feedback before booking.

10

“Absolutely amazing!”

10

“May I say a big thank you for all your support on the occasion of our party, it was truly a wonderful evening, everyone said it was the best party they had been to. The music was brilliant the atmosphere equally great, your steel band is the best I've heard. Thank you for also arranging the DJ and the fire-eater/limbo dancer. Again a brilliant evening! I would gladly pass your details on to any one wanting a truly wonderful evening.”

10

“We were extremely satisfied! We really appreciate that they played through to the end and they brought a vibrant feel to our parade!”

10

“Excellent. Arrived and set up well ahead of time. They were very friendly and co-operative. It was great music and they were very generous with their time. I would strongly recommend them!”

10

“The Merry Makers were excellent. Arrived on time and set up quickly. There were four of them in the band, not the two that we booked which just added to the fun! The band played at just the right level of decibels for all to enjoy (100 of us). They were charming and interacted with the guests very well. As a result their performance, The Merry Makers have been booked (via Function Central) for a friends 70th party next month.”

10

“Fantastic act!! They're a really good gang, great fun!!!”

10

“The Merry-Makers were a fantastic addition to our Summer of Love party. They provided just the right, easy going and relaxed atmosphere that we were looking for and we received many positive comments about how brilliant they were! Booking was a piece of cake and even though we required the band at short notice, Function Central were more than happy to quickly arrange and facilitate the booking and sort out the financial arrangements! We would like to thank both you and the Merry Makers for a fantastic time, everybody really enjoyed themselves and the guys were great (really polite and accommodating when we asked if we could borrow their PA!!)”

10

“Everybody adored the band on Saturday night. The weather was not perfect which scuppered things logistically but a great time was had by all. The guys looked great in all their gear and had everyone dancing despite the fact that we did not have a dance floor.”

10

“Thank you Merry-Makers for providing us with the best entertainment and atmosphere we could have wished for, for our Calypso May Ball. The music was truly excellent. Would highly recommend booking this band for a great Calypso night! Function Central are a great team to work with, they listen to what you think you may need and then come up with great suggestions. Thanks Function Central!”

10

“I am afraid that I have been a bit slow in writing to you for which I apologise. On the 5th December this year we hired the Merry-Makers Quintet for a Jamaican themed birthday party held at our house in West Sussex. I would like to thank you for arranging this booking and let you know that the band was absolutely superb. We have had countless comments about how good they were. It was a brilliant party, and they can take a fair bit of the credit for that, there were times when they had almost everybody there on the dance floor. A very friendly bunch of musicians whom I would not hesitate to book again if the situation arose. Please pass on our thanks to the band. Also they left one of their equipment trolleys at our house, and they are, of course, welcome to drop in and pick it up if any of the band are passing. Once again many thanks.”

10

“Please can you pass on our thanks to the band for a great night, everyone thoroughly enjoyed them and the music. Will recommend to anyone.”

10

“The Merry-Makers were absolutely brilliant at my husband's surprise party. What lovely guys. All the arrangements made by your company were very clear and were carried out to the letter. All feedback is positive - great music - all 80 guests commented on how good the musicians were and how friendly despite the appalling weather on the evening. It must have been the worst rain in the whole of July!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And yet the guys kept smiling! I would certainly have no hesitation on recommending both The Merry-Makers and your company. Thanks again.”

10

“The Merry-Makers Electric Steel Band proved to be a great success at our Caribbean Night function at Royal Epping Forest Golf Club. They produced a great sound and soon had people on the dance floor. The limbo dancing competition was also highly enjoyable (although one dancer had to be disqualified after breaking the pole!) I would recommend this group to any organization planning a similar event and we may well book them again in the future.”

10

“Thank you Function Central for another superb artist! The Merry-Makers were fabulous, they made the party, we almost thought we were in the Caribbean!! Extremely talented and professional.”

10

“I chose The Merry-Makers for my Husband's Caribbean themed 50th birthday party. The band were brilliant, their music really got the party going with a swing and the great singing got everyone up on the dance floor. The Limbo dancing is a must, it created a great atmosphere and it really gave everyone a laugh. The band looked and sounded really authentic it was a great night, I would recommend them to anyone. Mike at Function Central was really helpful when I made my initial enquiry about the band and was really prompt with responding to my various requests for different band combinations. Everything went to plan and I was really pleased with the service.”

10

“Dear Mike, please pass on a very big THANK YOU to the band for a wonderful sound and atmosphere. They helped make my party a big success. With best wishes and much appreciation.”

10

“Just wanted say how fantastic you all were on Sunday. The feed-back we have received has been outstanding with many people saying it was the best event they have been to for years! The committee have asked me to say a huge thank you to the Merry-Makers for making the party such a success, you really made the day - even the caterers said it was a great event and they really enjoyed working that day. Here's to the next time. With best wishes.”

10

“We used the band 'The Merry-Makers' during freshers' week at Wolverhampton University Students Union. We were very impressed by them and they provided great music and were very entertaining. I would have no hesitation in using them at another event or recommending them to others.”

10

“We were extremely pleased with the Merry-Makers - they gave us a really fun evening and did manage to get everyone up and dancing! Just the perfect combination of music and vocals I was looking for, which made my 50th an evening to remember. Your service was professional, friendly and efficient and everything worked very smoothly. I could not ask for more. Once again many thanks for helping to make my birthday a very special occasion and I would certainly contact you again in the future and recommend you to anyone planning a celebration.”


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