Rachel Hayward - Steel Pan Player
"World Class Steel Pan Artistry...Top Drawer" (Musician magazine)
With over twenty-five years experience, Rachel Hayward delights audiences throughout Britain and Europe with her eclectic mix of calypso, pop, reggae and jazz performed on the only new acoustic instrument of the twentieth century - the steel drum.
A multi-award-winning soloist, Rachel plays at events large and small: from the Opening Ceremony of the 2012 London Olympic Games to intimate dinner parties, weddings, country fairs, Tropical-themed events and beach parties of all types, even wakes and pirate ships!
Rachel performs with her own pre-recorded backing tracks, which are carefully produced and multi-tracked with kit, keyboard and bass, together with live pans and Afro-Caribbean percussion, which gives a lively and authentic full band sound. This versatile artiste can tailor her sound to add subtle, intimate exoticism to smaller venues or the pan can be miked up and amplified to bring a vibrant Caribbean flavour to large-scale and outdoor events.