The Merry-Makers Steel Band

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The Merry-Makers acoustic band play soothing Caribbean steel pan music guaranteed to transport you to the most idyllic tropical beach scenario!

The band have a collection of songs that blend soca, calypso, Latin, Zouk and reggae (Bob Marley, Eddie Grant, UB40, Desmond Dekker etc) plus a large selection of Caribbean standards.

They play non-intrusive background music, perfect for afternoon or early evening receptions where music is required to provide atmosphere without drowning out conversations.

The event was extremely successful, and that was due to people such as yourselves running such brilliant sessions. The Princess Margaret Countess of Snowdon, Charity event, London

The Merry-Makers have played for a variety of events at many prestigious venues, one of the most notable of these being The Bahamian High Commission.

The acoustic line-ups are available as either a duo or a trio, but both line-ups can be supplemented with either male vocals and/or a drum machine for an extra charge.

For evening events involving dancing, singing and limbo is a must, the band can expand to incorporate other instruments including bass, drums and vocals. See The Merry-Makers Electric Steel Band for more details.

Workshops

The band also run workshops in varying line-ups and for all age groups, and sessions can include:

Steelpan - learning and playing.

Evolution of the steel drum - discussions on the origins of this highly unique instrument, its role in carnival and its position as a catalyst for social change.

Films of Trinidad carnival plus discussions on its origins and development Discussions on the origins of the Rastafari movement, and its position in Caribbean music and culture.

Rastafari drumming is one of the most captivating and exotic percussive styles in the Caribbean.

Live Music with Trinidadian Calypsonians, Jamaican Folk singers, Jing Ping music from Dominica, plus Indo-Caribbean music from Trinidad and Tobago and Guyana (see and hear the rich variety of cultural styles in the Caribbean).

Performance info

Line-up Duo or trio
Performance duration 2 x 60 minute or 3 x 40 minute sets
Interval music Not without PA add-on
Lighting No

Booking options

Trio
Add £185
Add PA (for drum track and/or vocals and/or recorded music between sets)
Add £60

Full song list

A Day In The Life
A Little More Oil (In My Light)
A Message To Rudie
A Tropical Moon
Ain’t No Sunshine
And I Love Her
Ay Cosita Linda Mama
Banana Boat Song
Bang Bang Lulu
Barbados (We Going To)
Bass Man
Begin The Beguine
Bend Down Low
Brazil
Brown Girl In The Ring
Brown Skin Gyal
Calender Song
Can’t Help Falling In Love
Ces Ci Bon
Chattanooga Choo Choo
Chongolo
Congratulations
Danny Boy
Destafinado
Don’t Worry Be Happy
Dr Cassandra
Drunk And Disorderly
El Cumbanchero
Feeling Hot Hot Hot
Fly Me To The Moon
Get Up Stand Up
Girl From Ipanema
Guantanamera
Happy Birthday
Hello
Hello Dolly
Help Me Make It Through The Night
I Don’t Mind
I Rebel Music
I Shot The Sherriff
I’m Your Puppet
If I Was A Rich Man
Imagine
Island Girl
Island In The Sun
Jam It (Would You Like To!)
Jamaica Farewell
Jamming
La Bamba
La Vie En Rose
Lately
Light My Fire
Linstead Market
Living For The Love
Long Shot (Kick The Bucket)
Love Me As Though There Were No Tomorrow
Love Story
Loving You
Lullaby Of Birdland
Mac The Knife
Mamba Jambo
Mas Que Nada
Matilda
Misty
Monkey Man
Moon River
Mr Bojangles
My Boy Lollipop
My Way
Mysterious Girl
Nanny Wine
Never On Sunday
Night Nurse
No Woman No Cry
Now That We’ve Found Love
Oh Oh Seven
Old Lady Walk A Mile
One Love
Oye Como Va
Pass The Duchy
Perdido
Quando Quando
Red Red Wine
Redemption Song
Rivers Of Babylon
She’s Royal
Skokian
Sly Mongoose
So Amazing
Soca Music
Somebody
Somewhere Over The Rainbow
Soul Limbo (The Cricket Song)
Spanish Eyes
Spanish Hustle
St Thomas
Stardust
Stir It Up
Stormy Weather
Sugar Bum
Summertime
Take Five
Take Me To Sorrento
Tenderness
The La La Song
The Look Of Love
The Prezident (Yeah Yeah!)
The Rose Of Tralee
Tico Tico
Tiny Winey
Walking My Baby Back Home
Yellow Bird

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

“The guys put on a fantastic show which all of the guests loved. They were patient and friendly despite the fact there were periodic rain showers and we had to move in and outside a number of times. Thanks for a great performance.”

10

“The act were great, they came early, were really cheerful and friendly and added something extra special to the party.”

10

“Geddes and Vanessa are wonderful musicians and were extremely professional. All our 60 guests loved them and wished they could have played for longer. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend them, they are also lovely people.”

10

“Great band. They created the perfect atmosphere for our wedding reception. Great repertoire. Relaxed easy going but professional people. Thank you!”

10

“The act was great - exactly what I wanted. Made contact beforehand, made some very helpful suggestions, pleasant and friendly to deal with and interacted well with my guests. Everything absolutely spot on and very much appreciated by all who were there.”

10

“The band had an amazing sound, great songs, amazing atmosphere. The agent had very straight forward booking and ongoing contact excellent service.”

10

“What can I say other than the band made my day really special. Their sound was excellent the were very accommodating and friendly. Everyone at my party said they were really good. It was only a two piece I hired for the day and they sounded great, so what would their full band sound I would say absolutely fantastic.”

10

“Good communication with Function Central, prompt replies to questions. The act was entertaining and ideal for the event.”

10

“Really good music as a support to the disco, loved that they sang too - a great night!”

10

“I was extremely satisfied with the band at our 25th anniversary! The contact before the event was great and they were very punctual. Everyone at the party loved them! A great band, and so friendly.”

10

“I found Function Central really friendly and professional. They sorted out a date change quickly and with ease. The Merrymakers were fantastic - great attitudes and the music was fantastic! Really, really great!”

10

“The act we're fantastic from start to finish. They inspire happiness to all and made the event such a fantastic one. 10 out of 10!”

10

“Well organised, easy to book and contact. Geddes was friendly and was perfect for the wedding. The guests loved The Merry Makers and sang along to their music even getting up and dancing along during the lunch! A fabulous day, loved it. Thank you!”

10

“Excellent music, really lovely friendly band, perfect summer party music!”

10

“Absolutely amazing band and Geddes had a great voice. Really added that tropical vibe we wanted to the party - thank you!”

10

“The act were very professional, liaised with us on our requirements and performed brilliantly on the day. In fact, they made a formal event into a party event! Great act!”

10

“I just want to thank you for yesterday, Nat, myself and all our wedding guests loved the music, you guys set such a good vibe. With the weather, the good sounds and the food, who would have known we were in England! Nat works in events and will be recommending you to clients.”

10

“Smooth booking, great communications from the agency and the band right up to the day of the function. The Merry-Makers (trio) were truly excellent, perfect for our lunch party playing amongst the vines. The volume was spot on and they understood their audience very well! Lots of positive comments from our guests. Thank you, we highly recommended them.”

10

“We loved your performance THANK YOU! Lots of lovely comments on how perfect you were for the venue, just the right volume and we appreciated you played on a bit longer due to my poor time judgement on feeding everyone! We might just have to book you again for Dad's 80th birthday next year (June 21st... today in fact, but next year!) Thank you, perfect. All the best.”

10

“The Merry Makers were absolutely fantastic and went above and beyond for our special day. They brought a great vibe to our wedding and we loved it.”

10

“We were extremely happy with them. They played fantastically and really made for a great atmosphere during out wedding reception. I would definitely recommend them!”

10

“We were thrilled with The Merry Makers. They arrived early for setup and played music that everyone SO enjoyed, young, 4years and old, 80+. Everyone loved their performance. They were friendly and helpful. Just wish I could have them every year.”

10

“The Merry Makers were great, perfect for our summer BBQ and very nice guys too!”

10

“Extremely satisfied, the contact before the event was great, they were very punctual, set up exactly as they had said. Everyone at the party loved them! Great band and SO FRIENDLY!!”

10

“Charming people who produced the perfect note that made the before lunch drinks go so well. Score 100/100!”

10

“The guys were FANTASTIC. We had a wedding reception on the beach in Whitstable. They arrived early, set up outside and were amazing. They really enhanced the atmosphere of the afternoon and were genuine lovely guys too. Would book again, and highly recommend them.”

10

“They were excellent. They arrived on time and set up without fuss. They were extremely pleasant and had a good and varied repertoire.”

10

“The band was a great addition to my birthday party and outdoor barbecue. Nice guys, great music and very professional. Definitely would recommend them.”

10

“Thank you for your visit to our school on Wednesday - the children all loved it and the staff were so impressed with you and your relationship with the children. Perhaps we will have some budding pan players here in north Devon! All the staff have asked me to pass on their thanks to you for a wonderful time.”

10

“The Merry Makers were WONDERFUL!! They made a great contribution to my party. Arrived early, generous with their time, fun and loved by all my guests. Brilliant!!”

10

“The Merry Makers did very well indeed. Arrived in plenty of time, played long, set up and packed up unobtrusively. They were very nice and in particular quite (absolutely) charming. We got what we wanted, our guests enjoyed them and I hope the band enjoyed themselves too and felt they had been properly looked after.”

10

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

10

“The act was terrific. The music was just right and gave everyone the calypso feeling without being intrusive. They arrived in plenty of time and were very polite and pleasant. They communicated with me in advance so I didn't need to chase them.”

10

“They were brilliant, they set a really relaxed and chilled atmosphere, and made the day that bit more special which was exactly what we wanted. I would definitely recommend The Merry-Makers!”

10

“We were delighted with them. We texted a week before and we had quite a banter going on before we even met them. They really helped make the atmosphere and considering we booked them from a demo on the internet, we were really delighted. They were great with our grandchildren as well and in fact think my 7 yr old grandson thinks that's what he wants to do when he's older.”

10

“They were amazing!! They played fantastically. All the right music was played and they created the best atmosphere. They were flexible with the music and they took requests. All in all they were really great to work with!”

10

“Everyone at my event had a wonderful time, thanks to the band for adding that extra bit to make the whole thing memorable.”

10

“I would like to say how fantastic The Merry-Makers were at our Jubilee party last Sunday. I made the booking purely from the internet so had no idea what we would get. They arrived on time and played requests and were simply brilliant. I would not hesitate to book them again.”

10

“Thank you again for last night, everyone enjoyed themselves greatly. It really helped bring the theme together for the night. Everyone can't stop talking about it. Many thanks again for an amazing night.”

10

“The band were superb my husband and I had a fantastic day and the music played was exactly what we wanted which made it very special to us. The band were reliable, polite and extremely professional no job too big or small the communication was 100%, cannot fault them. As our guests did not know my husband and I had booked the band they were most surprised and the feedback from our guests was remarkable especially with it being a summer wedding and the band dressed in costume. Words cannot describe how this band helped make our day so special and credit where credit is due they were outstanding. So I would like to take this opportunity in thanking yourself and everyone at Function Central and the band for your expert skills on our special day. As you can see one of the guest has sent us over a couple of pictures which I have attached.”

10

“They great vibe for our wedding setting a warn sunny tone for the rest of the day. The band were friendly and helped make some very special memories for us.”

10

“Just to let you know how pleased we all were with the duo that entertained our guests on Saturday. They were great and everyone commented on how good they were! Please give them our thanks.”

10

“I just want to say how pleased we were with The Merry Makers at my son's wedding. The duo were very well received and all age groups enjoyed their music. A fantastic part of a wonderful day, thank you very much !!!!!”

10

“We had a great evening on Saturday night. The Merry-Makers went down really well and everyone enjoyed the Caribbean sounds. They were very friendly and professional. Thanks again!”

10

“I thought they were tremendous and far exceeded expectations. Everyone had a truly enjoyable evening and the dancing was taken to a level never before seen at the golf club. Your agency responded courteously and promptly to every request and I would have no hesitation in recommending your services.”

10

“I just wanted to say how great the Merry Makers were on Sunday at our party. It really started the party off fantastically well, and the band were all really lovely and friendly and the music was great. Thanks again.”

10

“I thought I would let you know that they were brilliant! Best party I have ever been to, and I have been to many! We have photos and video clips that decade happy to share if you want them. I have passed on your details to others who are interested in booking them for future events.”

10

“The Merry-Makers Trio were the perfect addition to our wedding. They added a touch of the exotic and kept our guests well entertained whilst the groom and I were having photos taken. Everyone spoke so highly of them; I had to pull them away from the music in the end before our meal got cold! Using Function Central was very easy - everything went like clockwork and it was good to know that we would be getting a quality band that had been vetted by professionals. Great peace of mind.”

10

“The Merry-Maker saw, played and conquered! Once the music began their tropical flare illuminated the guests and lit up the rooms throughout the Saatchi Gallery. A stunning group - many thanks!”

10

“I would like to say a huge thank you to you for entertaining our guests at the Goedhuis Summer Rose Wine Experience. The music was fantastic and suited the mood of the event perfectly. We are absolutely thrilled with the success of the evening and really hope that you were pleased the level of interest in your music. As you know, Starlight grants wishes of a lifetime for seriously and terminally ill children and entertains over 500,000 children in hospitals and hospices throughout the UK. Events such as the Summer Rose Wine Experience are a crucial part of our annual fundraising efforts so we are really grateful for your help in making this event happen. We still have a little counting to do but we anticipate that the wine evening raised over 30,000 for Starlight so we are absolutely delighted and cannot thank you enough. Best wishes.”

10

“Thank you so much, The Merry Makers Duo were a great success at the party. They arrived early to set up and played great music for our guests. I think the boys enjoyed the party and kept everyone entertained.”

10

“It is with pleasure that I write the following testimonial regarding the wonderful music played at my Parents Anniversary Party. A good time was had by all. The trio was wonderful, the music was great, he was an all round entertainer and was very good with the children, who were fascinated with the Steel pans which some had never heard before close up, they and the adults thought it was just great! I would highly recommend him to complement any event he was both professional and 'fun' just what any good party needs, and the music was first class, Highly recommended. Your agency was excellent, efficient and friendly and I would also recommend Function Central to other people and have already done so with pleasure.”

10

“Hell Runner is one of the UK's most distinctive off-road running events and as the organiser I was seeking to add a little something extra in terms of the whole atmosphere and experience. The Merry-Makers Trio were absolutely perfect! Embracing their most unusual outdoor setting for a performance (deep in the forest) they provided a compelling and 'cool' sound that put smiles on the runners' and spectators faces alike. Trail running won't be the same again thanks to The Merry-Makers Trio.”

10

“Dear Mike and Alastair, Thank you so much for sorting The Merry-Makers Steel Band for my party. They were fantastic and their music was much admired. Created a fantastic atmosphere and were so friendly. Really pleased that they were part of my celebration.”

10

“We absolutely LOVED The Merry-Makers, they set such a wonderful mood for our wedding day! It was great to arrive at the marquee on a blustery, chilly autumn day and for it to be filled with such a beautiful sound and energy. All of our guests commented that they were charming, talented and wonderful and added a perfect twist to the otherwise traditional countryside wedding, (even my normally rather serious grandfather raised a smile!) We would definitely hire them again and every time I hear steel pan music now it takes me back to the day. Thank you so much.”

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

“They were just the most perfect sound to have playing live on a Balmy Summer's evening at our Shopping Centre by the Sea. Hopefully we will be in touch again next summer.”

10

“We booked The Merry-Makers Steel Band Duo for our wedding day and they were amazing! The music was superb and they completely set the mood on our big day! Function Central were efficient and helpful every step of the way with the booking and I can highly recommend them.”

10

“The The Merry-Makers Steel Band duo played for us at our Caribbean themed event this summer (2009). The music really lifted the spirits of everyone there and so many people commented on what a great idea having a steel band was. The band created a happy, lively, carnival atmosphere that had people getting up to dance. Everyone enjoyed the music, it was so good we even had a few people wander off the street just to listen! They were really helpful before hand and everything went perfectly on the day. Thank you!”

10

“I have no hesitation in recommending the The Merry-Makers Steel Band Solo Pannist who played at a party I gave in June 2009. All the guests were delighted with the music and being lovely weather, it was the perfect accompaniment. I have already recommended him to a friend locally who used him for a lunch party, which I gather was also a success. One person said if they had not known it was Hampshire they would have thought they were in the Caribbean! As I only decided to do something at the last moment I was very pleased with the way Function Central processed the assignment so quickly.”

10

“This is on behalf of all my colleagues, a massive thanks for coming and performing at our Health and Lifestyle Event yesterday. Every bit of feedback we have had so far has been positive and your performance especially, has created lasting memories for our staff. We'll definitely be in touch with you again for any future events, as we want to hear more of your fabulous sounds. Thanks again.”

10

“Thank you so much guys. You all were dread and shoulders above the rest!”

10

“The Merry-Makers Steel Band played the opener to a music filled extravaganza and went down a storm! You really managed to get everyone in the Caribbean mood and got the party off to a great start. I got the guys to play quite a laid back set as it was a lunchtime gig - was very relaxed and informal and all the guests loved it. I can only imagine what great fun these guys are when they are the headliners of a more 'up-tempo' performance. Will definitely hire again and highly recommend. Many thanks.”

10

“Mike I just had to email you and let you know what a great time the youngsters had with The Merry-Makers Steel Band and they had the children inspired I would like to send him a dvd of the concert we did on the Sat 11th August can you tell me where to send it and thank the boys again I will want to book them for one of my other schools too.”

10

“The event was extremely successful, and that was due to people such as yourselves running such brilliant sessions.”


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