The steel Invaders have played on the gig circuit for
many years and have performed with the likes of THE REAL
THING & SHOWADDY WADDY, as well as many other modern up
and coming groups. We have a wealth of experience and
are flexible in our approach to your individual
entertainment needs. We cater for most occasions and
can play indoors or out, depending on your
requirements. Our speciality is traditional Caribbean
music but are adaptable to modern titles.
The Steel Invaders band are based in Cambridge and play
with between 5 & 8 members depending on the size of the
function and the clients requirement..
Brief History of the Steel
The steelpan or
steel drum originated on the island of Trinidad in the
1930’s, it is the only acoustic musical instrument
invented in the 20th Century. It is difficult to say
exactly when the steelpan was invented as there are
several versions of the history. There is some general
agreement that the instrument emerged in an organised
form for the first time during the second half of the
1930s. The steel orchestra is composed of instruments
covering the full range of the conventional orchestra.
There are tenors, double seconds, guitars, cellos,
quadros and bass, plus a percussion/rhythm section.
These instruments traditionally are made from used oil
drums, although some tuners now use new ones or even
specially made ones.
steelpan capabilities far exceed the realms of Caribbean
music and Carnival. It is capable of playing jazz, pop,
classical, reggae or hip hop, you name it and the
steelpan can play it. People from John Lennon in the
early 80’s to 50 Cent in 2003 are always using the
unique sound of the steelpan in their music. Steelpan
music is infectious and uninhibited. It makes people
want to dance and move around. The Steelpan
movement exploded at the end of World War Two when the
abundance of oil drums left behind by American air bases
were put to good use. Steelpan music in the UK began
with a visit to London in 1951 by T.A.S.P.O (Trinidad
all Steel Percussion Orchestra) to celebrate the
Festival of Britain. Steelpan is now a part of British
culture. Carnivals with live steel band music are now
sprouting up all over America and Europe.
"Hi Steve, By popular
demand, we would like to book you for next year on
the above date, we are going for a week later than
normal. A little late in the day but thank you all
very much for the 5th July, we were so
lucky with the weather! I look forward to your
confirmation. Kind regards"
They all really enjoyed last night, as I’ve been
receiving rave reviews this morning. We’d
defiantly like to have you all back in the
summer for a Fete. Thanks again"
"Hi Steve, Many thanks
for playing for us! I'm likely to be involved in the organization of
the event next year so shall be contact with you again no doubt! Best wishes"
Thanks so much for your message. We really
enjoyed the evening and loved your music. Thank
you so much for coming and staying so late! You
were fantastic and everybody has said how much
they enjoyed dancing! A few people have asked me
about you so I'm sure they may ask you to play
for them. Hope to see you again sometime!