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THE DHOL FOUNDATION

DISCOGRAPHY

Established in 1990 The Dhol Foundation began as a weekly workshop founded by Master Drummer Johnny Kalsi teaching the art of playing the North Indian Dhol Drum to students. A Dhol Drum is a traditional Indian percussion instrument, double sided with a strap and beaten with two sticks.

350 Student at it's peak with 8 classes in UK and 2 in Canada.

In 1997 Johnny Kalsi produced a debut album “Big Drum Small World” that was released in 2001. One track made the Hollywood Scorsase’s film, Gangs of New York.

3 Years later they released another album “Drum-Believable”.

Along the career, they have produced for many major Bhangra artists and done session work for Peter Gabriel, in 1997 with Led Zeppelin and even joined them on tour.

“Drums & Roses” was released in 2007 and the more recent “Drum-Struck” in 2011 has proved to be a huge crowd pleaser.

End of 2011 TDF Opened the Royal Variety alongside Stomp & the Japanese Drumming outfit Kodo.

In 2012 David Arnold asked Johnny Kalsi & The Dhol Foundation to perform for the Olympic Closing Ceremony in a stand alone performance. Mid Year they were on Channel 4 for Stand up to Cancer with Alan Carr & Davina McCall & helped raise over £8M. In July 2013 Johnny Kalsi & The Dhol Foundation will be opening the Queen’s Coronation 60 Year Celebration in the grounds of Buckingham Palace for 3 nights.

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We specialise in these genres:

  • Indian
  • Bhangra
  • Dance
  • Irish
  • Live dhol drumming
  • World music
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We play these instruments:

  • Harp
  • Dholak
  • Dhol drums
  • Percussion
  • Fiddle
  • Bass
  • Drums
  • Tabla
  • Guitar
  • Vocals
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We are happy to perform at these events:

  • Birthday Party
  • Wedding
  • VIP Event
  • Festival
  • Company Party
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We are based in London, United Kingdom.

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PERFORMANCE OPTIONS

  • Price from £5625
    The Dhol Foundation
    Band

    Includes:
    • Public Liability Insurance (PLI)

    Additional Info:

    5-6 Dhol Drummer/s in the Local area of London or Midlands

    The Band Cost will vary depending on Type of Client Performance Requirements & No. of Performers.

    UK Price Only! Outside UK Price will have additional charges.

    Hotels/Flights/All Ground Transfers will be by the Booker/Client

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  • Price from £750
    Dhol Foundation Workshop
    Trio

    Includes:
    • Public Liability Insurance (PLI)

    Additional Info:

    The workshops consist of

    Explanation of Drums

    History

    Basics

    Dhol Rhythms

    Hands On

    Demonstration

    Price is for Local Schools Only

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  • Price from £3125
    Dhol Foundation DJ Set
    DJ

    Includes:
    • Public Liability Insurance (PLI)

    Additional Info:

    Our DJ set that includes Some Live Musicians. Additional ones on request and reflect on costs.

    We can also do Workshop Demonstrations & Clinics.

    Price Base Cost is within the M25 in UK only

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