Entertainment Niteblues Original Steel Band
Niteblues Original Steel Band
  • Versatile traditional steelpan ensemble
  • From compact duo to full-on 8-piece band
  • Authentic Caribbean musicians and music
  • Soca...Calypso...Ska...Reggae...Salsa...
  • Latin-American Rhythms...Bolero...Pop
  • Don't need amplification - play anywhere
  • Can come dressed in a Caribbean theme
  • Perfect to evoke sunny carnival ambience
  • Ideal to liven up quiet times of the day
  • Willing to travel, perform right across UK

The renowned Niteblues Original Steel Band are one of the UK's very first steelpan ensembles. Fronted by the enthusiastic and professional musical entrepreneur Harry Hughes, and joined by a select number of highly experienced steelpan exponents, this happy-go-lucky and sunny troupe of entertainers play a mellow mix of calypso, ska, reggae and more at weddings all year round.

The band doesn't need an electrical power source, and can perform unamplified anywhere with shade - as much to maintain the accurate tuning of the pans as for the comfort of the musicians! Typically playing as a quartet, the flexible ensemble can also turn out as a compact duo or trio - or even a large orchestra of up to eight performers who reproduce the true sounds of the carnival.

About

Reaching back a couple of generations, band founder Irvin Hughes has a direct link to the origins of the musical phenomenon, as his grandfather was among the first to develop the steelpan as an instrument in its own right in Antigua - at this point just making the drums out of simple biscuit tins and other bits of scrap metal. It was the arrival of WWII in the Caribbean which brought plenty of used oil drums to many islands in the Lesser Antilles, and thus the subsequent perfection of this fascinating instrument began.

Today the Niteblues Original Steel Band is organised and fronted by Harry Hughes, Irvin's direct descendant. His select group of professional steelpan exponents are invited to entertain at parties, social events and weddings, across the nation, all year round.

Repertoire

The Niteblues Original Steel Band perform a fantastically sunny mix of Soca, Calypso, Ska, Reggae, Salsa, Latin Rhythms and Bolero tunes, plus a whole range of modern popular hits (rock and pop) to boot! Too many to mention - get in touch for details.

Performance And Audio

Niteblues Original Steel Band are perfect for playing background music during quieter moments of your wedding day. When you are hosting your drinks reception, ideally outdoors, the band can set up in an appropriate space (they need some form of shelter or a position in the shade to protect their pans from the sun) and their mellifluous melodies will drift gently across all your guests.

Smartly but appropriately turned out in beach-style multi-coloured Caribbean shirts over dark trousers, they will completely look the part too if you are planning a themed wedding celebration. Alternatively, they can dress formally in suits if such is requested.

Listen to some typical audio samples below:-

Beach Sounds

Caribbean Calypso

Golden Sounds

Latino Flavour

Nite-Time Rhythms

Yellow Bird

Get in touch with Niteblues Original Steel Band via the contact details below to find out more and get a free quotation.

Reviews

  • Mrs Easter

    Everything was perfect, the band was absolutely wonderful and the bandleader Irvin is a charming, lovely guy. They added a real Caribbean feel to our drinks reception with their lovely, gentle background music. Thanks!

  • Sally Jewson

    Please thank the Niteblues Band for us. They created a lovely happy atmosphere and the bride and groom loved the music at their wedding on 13th August. The surprise was a great success! There was lots of foot-tapping going on, and my Dad particularly enjoyed it!

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