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World On Your Street: The Global Music Challenge
Dave Woodhead
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Describe the atmosphere and live music at a local pub, restaurant, festival, church or temple, club night.... inspire other people to check it out!


Musician: Dave Woodhead

Location: London

Instruments: penny-whistle / trumpet / coronet

Music: South African / kwela

HOW I CAME TO THIS MUSIC          WHERE I PLAY          A FAVOURITE SONG Click here for Hande Domac's storyClick here for Mosi Conde's storyClick here for Rachel McLeod's story


Andy Kershaw In Session
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Dave Woodhead and The
Positively Testcard

Listen  Listen (2'49) to ‘47 Zone 4’, performed by Dave Woodhead and The Positively Testcard, from the album, The Indestructible Beat of South Norwood, (House of Kwela, 1996)

Listen  Listen (3'12) to ‘Lemmy Be the One’, performed by Dave Woodhead and The Positively Testcard in session for the Andy Kershaw programme on BBC Radio 3, with Dave on penny-whistle, Adam Keelan on guitar, Chris Morgan on string bass and Mario Rey on drums.

Listen  Listen (2'40) to Dave Woodhead talk about his music

Where I Play:

We play wherever we can get a gig. The pub circuit is not as healthy as it used to be for live music so while we get the occasional gig, we also play in the foyers of South East England including the National Theatre, the Royal Festival Hall and the Barbican. Local Authority festivals through out the Summer are also good.

It’s a real thrill when a bunch of South Africans come in off the street to the pub where we’re playing, intrigued and thrilled to be hearing this old 50’s music from their home land. The South African interest has given us the chance to support the Mahotella Queens at London’s 100 Club and play at the South African High Commission on Freedom Day.

A real joy is playing at Mwalimu Express, a weekly Sunday afternoon club at the Bread and Roses pub in Clapham, London. It’s run by Rita Ray and Max Reinhardt, inspiring patron saints of world music in my book. They don’t have a music licence so only two acts can peform but it’s always great fun. Then after a set, we usually run a Kwela workshop downstairs for anyone interested. We get the complete novices alongside those that might have learned the Irish tin whistle and are curious to give it a whirl. Then for the closing set, all the workshop participants join us on stage. It’s a wonderful feeling to generate such excitement among whistlers of all ages.

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