THE DHOL FOUNDATION
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.