The Queen’s favourite bhangra band to play in Lyme Regis

THEY have played at the Olympics Closing Ceremony in 2012, the Royal Variety Performance and for the Queen at her Diamond Jubilee celebrations. Now the Dhol Foundation, the UK’s best known bhangra band, has announced a concert in Lyme Regis.

The band was founded by Johnny Kalsi, well-known for his work with Afro Celt Sound System as a core member.

Kalsi has also played with The Imagined Village and numerous solo artists (Peter Gabriel, Khaled, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Avril Lavigne to name a few) but it is with his band The Dhol Foundation that he lets loose his creative side.

This could be called Kalsi’s solo work but ‘Basant’ is full of collaborations and the result is glorious and uplifting. ​

The band ha​s​ featured in the music of Hollywood films ‘Gangs of New York’ and ‘The Incredible Hulk’. They have also worked with Peter Gabriel on the soundtrack for films including ‘Rabbit Proof Fence’ and ‘The Last Temptation of Christ’.​ ​

The Dhol Foundation performed as the opening act with STOMP at the Royal Variety Performance, which was screened on ITV1 in December 2011. Comedian Peter Kay hosted the star-studded event, which also featured Tony Bennett, Barry Manilow, Cee Lo Green, Nicole Scherzinger and Pixie Lott.

The show was staged at The Lowry on Salford Quays and also on the bill were comedians Jason Manford, Greg Davies and Tim Minchin.​​

The Dohl Foundation’s full stage show features energetic dhols up, bass, drums, guitar, dholak and  bhangra dancers.​ This event also includes a bhangra dance demonstration by support act The Bollywoodettes, with an option to take part.

“Johnny Kalsi is one of the most reliable journeymen of British world music, his thunderous double-headed dhol drumming bringing a syncopated swing to everyone from Transglobal Underground to the Afro-Celt Sound System.” — Financial Times

The concert will be held at the Marine Theatre in Lyme Regis on Saturday, July 6 with the bar opening at 7pm for an 8pm start.

Tickets cost £16 in advance or £18.50 on the door. To book, call 01297 442138 or visit

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