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Red Hot Chilli Pipers and The Dhol Foundation

Dhol meets Pipes: A special collaboration

In Glasgow Mela 2014 two of the most popular performances came from ​The Dhol Foundation, crowd-pleasing veterans of the Mela circuit, and bagpipe rockers Red Hot Chilli Pipers, who last year made their Glasgow Mela debut.

This year, to mark the 25th anniversary of Glasgow Mela, we've asked these two fantastic groups to share the stage for a special one-off performance.


This completely unique collaboration will close the Maharaja Stage, in the festival's headline spot.

About the bands

The Dhol Foundation have a mission: to bring the indigenous sounds of the Dhol drum to the masses! Under the direction of Johnny Kalsi - Master Dhol drummer and producer - they have performed worldwide, bringing the Dhol sound to a clutch of major events including WOMAD and WOMAD International, the F1 Singapore Grand Prix, the Queen's Diamond Coronation bash, and the London 2012 Olympics Closing Ceremony. Their on-stage energy, passion and dynamism wins them legion fans wherever they perform, and if you fall for the Dhol they've got four albums to collect!
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The Red Hot Chilli Pipers are the most famous bagpipe band on the planet - ever! Their infectious style of feel-good music, a groundbreaking fusion of traditional Scottish music and rock/pop anthems, is hugely in demand across the world. Bagpipes with attitude, drums with a Scottish accent: there's never been anything like it before! the band proudly call it 'Bagrock' and it you haven't heard it too, now's the time!
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