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There are few people as synonymous with their instrument as Johnny Kalsi is with the Punjabi double-sided barrel drum, the dhol, the instrument that lends bhangra music its distinctive sound. Born in Leeds and raised in London as a Sikh, songs and music were part of Johnny’s daily life. At seven he started to learn the tabla, progressing at fourteen to the dhol and joining a local bhangra band, Alaap. In the 1990s he was part of Fun-Da-Mental and Transglobal Underground before going on to work with Afro Celt Sound System and The Imagined Village. Kalsi created The Dhol Foundation in 1990 as both a school for children to learn the instrument and as a touring and recording band an ever-fluctuating group featuring 30 drummers creating a wall of drumming noise. Their TradFest performance will be a great opportunity showcase material from new release ‘Basant’.


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Whelan’s Indie Club w/ Late Bar from 10:30pm or check out the bands playing The Midnight Hour in the upstairs venue – Free Entry via front door until 10:30pm | Drinks Promos