The Merry-Makers Steel Band

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

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

The band's most popular line-up is a duo or trio. This line-up performs non-intrusive background music perfect for garden parties and afternoon receptions, where music required to provide atmosphere without drowning out conversations.

For evening events where dancing is a must, the band can expand to include 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.

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

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.

The band are 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!

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 band are guaranteed to take you across the Caribbean and back in one night! Great fun and a totally tropical ambience!

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 to Quintet
Performance duration 2 x 60 minute or 3 x 40 minute sets
Interval music Not without PA add-on
Lighting No

Booking options

Add extra musician
Add £185
Bass, guitar, backing vocals, percussion, drums
Add PA
Add £60
Recommended for drum track and/or vocals and/or recorded music between sets
Add limbo dancer
Add £185
The ultimate party starter!

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.

“Excellent”

Gordon, Private Event, London, August 2019

“Agency was very professional & replied to emails quickly. Merry Makers were excellent. Beautiful background music as I had requested so guests could mingle and hear themselves speak.”

Julie, Summer Garden Party, Warlingham in Surrey, July 2019

“They were absolutely fabulous and a great addition on the night. So flexible, friendly and talented. We were very pleased.”

QVC, Corporate Event, London, July 2019

“The Merry Makers are fantastic, a must have at any wedding, everybody complemented them.”

Matthew & Verena, Wedding, Farleigh Golf Course in Surrey, June 2019

“The band were great fun and perfect for the celebration drinks after the run.”

James, Public Event, London, June 2019

“I am over the moon with the act we booked - The Merry Makers. They were very efficient, on time, quick to set up etc. They were brilliant at what they do, our residents loved them and made their day even better.”

Sophie, Private Event, Heathfield Court Care Home in Kent, June 2019

“The band were so relaxed and easy to work with. The music at our drinks reception was really fun and totally made it feel like we were in Jamaica. Our guests loved it. Thank you so much Merry Makers!”

Charlotte, Wedding, Voco Oxford Thames Hotel, May 2019

“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.”

Tania, 50th Birthday Party, April 2019

“The Merry Makers were fantastic entertainers. There where extras I wasn't even expecting such as the limbo dancing. Everyone loved the songs and the whole atmosphere. I will highly recommend.”

Sophia, 50th Birthday Party, Oxfordshire, March 2019

“Wanted you to know how great you were and everyone loved you, thanks. The band were amazing & gave such a chilled vibrant vibe to the wedding. Brilliant choice & real easy to work with the band & Function Central.”

Sarah & Ben, Wedding, Little Wymondley Priory, March 2019

“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.”

Richard, Wolverhampton Uni, September 2018

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

Francesca, Private Party in Surrey, September 2018

“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.”

Amber, Birthday Party, Southwark Sports Club in London, August 2018

“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.”

Ally, Birthday Party in Kent, August 2018

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

Katie & Chris, Wedding, Essex, July 2018

“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.”

Lisa, 60th Birthday Party, Esher in Surrey, July 2018

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

Victoria, 40th Birthday Party, Hampshire, June 2018

“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.”

Michael, 60th Birthday Garden Party in Surrey, June 2018

“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.”

Wedding By Design in Kent, June 2018

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

Robert, 60th Birthday Party at The Copleston Centre in London, December 2017

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