Ryan is a second generation born and raised Scottish Sikh. At 8 years old he began playing tabla and dholak alongside his father at the Mili Gurdwara. Ryan’s uncles from Manchester also played dhol and taught at music workshops at the Gurdwara.

At the age of 12 during school holidays, Ryan organized his own music workshops for young musicians at the Gurdwara. A group was formed from members of his workshops calling themselves the ‘Dhole Crusaders’. They were asked to perform at the opening of the Scottish Parliament in 1999. The group was dressed to suit the occasion, wearing kilts designed by Ryan’s father made from the first Sikh tartan using colors from India and Khalsa. Renamed The Tartan Dholes, their look reflected the cultural diversity of Scotland and the integration of a new generation of British Asians.

In early 2006, aged 21, Ryan Singh released a bhangra album, “Dholicious”, playing percussion on all the tracks.

Tracks and remixes are available on his MySpace page

Edited by lixer on 17 Apr 2010, 16:14

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