"Celtic Connections moves to the beat of many different drums.
Several sit ready on the stage before 2011’s opening concert at Glasgow Royal Concert Hall on Thursday but, surprising perhaps for those who consider this purely a “folk” festival, only one of them is a bodhran.
Instead, the centre spot is given over to the tabla of Zakir Hussain. To stage right rests the dholak, a larger traditional Indian drum. Well, if chicken tikka masala is our other national dish, why shouldn’t a fusion of Indian and Celtic sounds tingle our musical tastebuds?"