Web Posted - Wednesday March 3, 2021
When Steel Talks - Reboot

Clive Bradley - Memories and Current Thoughts Related to Women in the Steelpan World

Clive Bradley with Women of Pantonic Steel Orchestra

New York, USA - “The first time that I remember seeing women play Steelpan was around 1968, somewhere around there - when three women joined Desperadoes; one of them was Ursula, on the tenor pan, and she still plays with the band today. The other, Carol, played tenor pan too, and the third, whose name I can't recall right now, played the Bass. It was a sort of status symbol for those guys because there were not too many bands with women playing. They were good players. As a matter of fact, I believe that Scrunter (Owen Reyes Johnson) wrote Woman On the Bass for particularly that girl.” --- Clive Bradley