Delhi 2 Dublin live at the Commodore Ballroom March 8, 2014

photo credit: MykroFilm

Delhi 2 Dublin was a happy accident born out of Vancouver’s Celtic Fest in 2006. Their sound started as an electronic fusion between bhangra beats and Celtic fiddle and has since grown into anything from dub reggae to breakbeats to just straight up happy dance music. File under… best.

Founded by Tarun Nayar (of Beats Without Borders cred), Sanjay Seran (at the time hailing from live bhangra act Signia), and Ravi Binning (a professionally trained bhangra dancer and dhol player), it was obvious D2D had something people wanted. Word spread about their ridiculously energetic live show, and tours grew from regular jaunts across the country and down through the States, to include festival performances in Europe, Asia and Australia. The band has kept up with the pace, producing a new album bi-annually since their inception. Last year saw D2D release their first LIVE album, recorded at the iconic Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver on the eve of their 8th birthday.

The band’s forthcoming studio album looks to be their strongest yet. Eschewing the sterility of writing songs in the studio, and embracing the musicianship of new members James Wallace (guitar) and Serena Eades (fiddle), the band has based their new material entirely on jam sessions in their rehearsal space. Heavily influenced by their favourite Bollywood records from the 70s, their love for funk music, and produced by Nick Middleton (of The Funk Hunters), the album is a paean to better times best remembered through rose coloured shades on a sunny summer afternoon.

Described by one magazine as the “United Nations of rock ‘n’ roll”, the last 9 years of incessant touring have seen Delhi 2 Dublin become one of Canada’s most buzzed-about bands – and this was not just a happy accident.

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Discography:

  • 2008 – Delhi 2 Dublin
  • 2009 – Remixed
  • 2010 – Planet Electric
  • 2011 – Planet: Electrified
  • 2011 – Delhi 2 Dubland
  • 2012 – Turn Up The Stereo
  • 2014 – Turn Up The Stereo: Remixed
  • 2014 – Delhi 2 Dublin: LIVE
  • 2015 – TBA

The band:

Official members:

  • Tarun Nayar – tabla, electronics
  • Sanjay Seran – vox
  • Ravi Binning – dhol, dholak

Live performers:

  • Serena Eades – violin
  • James Hussain – guitar
  • Jaron Freeman-Fox – violin, guitar