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Qristina & Quinn Bachand
Hometown: Victoria, B.C.
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This young brother and sister duo from Victoria, BC, Canada are quickly carving out a name for themselves in the world of Celtic music. At 18, Qristina Bachand has developed into an expressive fiddler, with a unique personal style that is both edgy and smooth. At the age of seven, she began her musical journey with classical violin lessons through the Suzuki Violin Method then took an interest in folk fiddle. Though strongly rooted in the Celtic tradition, her versatility and interests also include Old-Time, Appalachian, Swing and contemporary folk music. Thirteen-year old, Quinn Bachand, is a gifted guitar player and sought after accompanist. Blessed with an acute ear and an innate sense of rhythm, he continues to astonish fans with his diversity and skill, not just on guitar but also on fiddle and banjo.

Together, Qristina & Quinn Bachand create music that is challenging yet energetic, refreshing and fun. For their debut CD, “Relative Minors”, released in July 2008, they chose to focus on Celtic styles – Irish, Scottish, French, Canadian and Cape Breton. “Relative Minors” is a nod to the rich canon of music that has influenced their young careers” (Penguin Eggs) with tunes chosen from the repertoires of Glenn Graham & Andrea Beaton (Cape Breton), Frank Ferrell & Liz Carroll (USA), Tony Sullivan & Donald Shaw (UK), Jean Blanchard & Gilles Chabenat (France) and more. The CD is rounded out by traditional fiddle tunes and several originals written by Qristina and Quinn. “Relative Minors” is traditional music for the 21st century, always mindful of its origins but fresh and exciting in its ambition and delivery. The album was recorded in their home studio (built by their father), with Aaron Scoones engineering, Adrian Dolan mixing & mastering and guests dropping in to add Uillean pipes, flute, whistles, bass and percussion on several tracks.

Qristina & Quinn Bachand have opened and played with many well-known musicians including Ashley MacIsaac, Battlefield Band, Lau, Lunasa, Liz Carroll & John Doyle, Buddy McMaster, Tiller’s Folly, Daniel Lapp, Tony McManus, Hugh Healy & Robin Nolan. Media coverage includes CBC Radio, CFUV Radio, Village 900 & Clare.FM (Ireland), Qristina and Quinn have received rave reviews in articles printed in Penguin Eggs magazine, Focus magazine, Monday Magazine and Victoria’s Times Colonist newspaper. They have performed on national and international television including CHEK TV, ‘A’ TV, CTV, Global Maritimes & Art-TV (Germany).

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Qristina & Quinn Bachand
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