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Welcoming Johnny Kalsi as Wickham Festival Patron

We’re delighted to say that the wonderful Johnny Kalsi of The Dhol Foundation and The Afro Celt Sound System has agreed to be our first-ever Festival Patron. Johnny has performed at Wickham in several guises over the years and says he loves our Festival.

Johnny Kalsi of The Dhol Foundation @ Wickham Festival 2017

Johnny commented:
After being associated with Wickham Festival for many years, it’s an honour to become the first Patron/Ambassador of this Incredible family festival that has been voted the best Family Festival in the UK. I feel proud to wave the Wickham Festival Flag and I sincerely hope to uphold the reputation of the festival as the “Face of Wickham Festival”.

In his role as Festival Patron Johnny will not only be performing with The Dhol Foundation as our Friday night Village Stage headliners in 2020 but will also be arranging a special Dhol Foundation DJ Set on the Saturday plus an afternoon Bhangra Dance workshop.

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    Lovely video. Kinda appropriate right now. Great music brings people together, bridging what divides us and inspiring us through dark times. www.youtube.com/watch?v=4xjPODksI08 ... See MoreSee Less

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    Two artists we've tried to book over the years, so far without success, are Joan Baez & John Prine. John is critically ill on a ventilator thanks to Covid-19. Here's Joan signing his song Hello In There. Get well soon John. ❀️

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    Many years ago I gate crashed John Prine's 50th birthday party, I was hitch hiking down through the American south back in 1996... Got to Nashville, walked into a bar and there he was celebrating in the back room with a whole load of his musician friends, including Nanci Griffith if I remember rightly.. Good times... long ago... Get well soon buddy!

    Oh nooooo, John! Bad news, that. He cancelled his gig at Bridgewater Hall about a month ago. Would have loved to see him. Thanks for sharing this Janey, will have a listen now xxx

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