A musical fusion of Scottish and Indian songs will be performed in the north-east this weekend as part of the acclaimed Sound festival.
Internationally-renowned tabla player Kuljit Bhamra will hold two free drumming workshops today and tomorrow, followed by an unusual performance.
Mr Bhamra said yesterday he hoped the sessions, which are open to all ages and abilities, would give participants a good introduction to rhythm.
He added: “The tabla is basically an Indian bongo drum, and because Indian music is quite rhythmic I can share and show people something a bit new.
“People can bring their own percussion or drums and explore different rhythms while discovering a bit more about music and India.
“These sessions are extremely popular – it just opens up a new world of drumming.”
After the workshops in Tarland and Portsoy, Mr Bhamra will join forces with piper Fraser Fifield and the Red Note Ensemble to perform a mix of Scottish music with an Indian twist.
Mr Bhamra said he was looking forward to heading out on the road to give people the chance to take part in an event they may not otherwise go along to.
He added: “It’s a fusion of sound. We’ve done these sessions before, and made a CD. It really works, people will be surprised and wonder why they’ve not heard it before.”
Today’s workshop will be held at Migvie Church, Tarland at 1.30pm, followed by the performance with the Red Note Ensemble at 3pm.
Tomorrow, the group will move to the Salmon Bothy at Portsoy. Again, the drumming workshop will begin at 1.30pm, followed by a 3pm performance.
The event is suitable for all the family. Tickets for the concerts are £8 for adults, £6 for concessions and £3 for students.