Qristina & Quinn Bachand have proven to be quintessential to Canada’s contribution to the world stage, garnering a mantle-packing collection of awards and recognition that thrust them to the top of the international Celtic music world. They’ve won two Irish Music Awards, 2010 Top Traditional Group and 2011 Top Duo. Since 2009 Qristina & Quinn have also received a combined total of 16 nominations at the Canadian Folk Music Awards, the Western Canadian Music Awards and the Vancouver Island Music Awards.
Born on Canada’s West Coast, with its signature embrace of experimentation and improvisation, Qristina & Quinn have developed their own ‘voice’, exploring various musical traditions, fusing styles such as Old-Time, Celtic, Folk and Jazz to create their own distinctive sound. Their music features a hint of grunge, a dash of noir, a healthy sprinkling of Celtic and a dollop of rootsy goodness, engaging contemporary listeners with jaw-dropping effect. While their performances speak to the heart of traditional roots music, they successfully introduce their own fresh new approach. They artfully meld heart-swelling, stomp and clap Celtic Roots with progressive Indie Folk, with results that are arresting, provocative, stimulating and thoroughly intoxicating.
Undoubtedly two of the most outstanding young musicians to emerge from Canada's West Coast, Qristina and Quinn Bachand have a musical bond that only siblings can share. With a musical connection reminiscent of other Canadian family groups such as Leahy, The Barra MacNeils and The Rankins, audiences everywhere are quickly falling in love with Qristina & Quinn.
Versatile and sublimely gifted at creating music that is fresh, exciting and fun, they can make a simple tune take on new dimensions. This spirit and skill is showcased perfectly in their two critically acclaimed albums, "Relative Minors" (2008) and "Family" (2011). Their much anticipated new album "Little Hinges", was released in 2015, ranking high on folk music charts nationally and internationally.
Qristina and Quinn performed at major Folk and Celtic festivals across Canada, the United States and Europe, and have been featured on national and international print, radio and television media.
A classically-trained violinist, her fiddle skills shine with beautiful tone and passionate delivery. Over the years, Qristina has received numerous regional and national awards, trophies and scholarships for her fiddling, including full scholarships to study Irish fiddle at Ceili Camp (Harrison Hot Springs) and Cape Breton fiddle at the Gaelic College (Cape Breton). She has also immersed herself in the Scottish and Irish fiddle traditions while touring and performing in those countries.
Qristina is also a popular and sought-after fiddle teacher, having taught privately as well as at workshops, music camps, festivals, schools and universities in Canada, the United States and Europe. A few highlights include week-long instructional camps such as Goderich Celtic Roots College and the Leahy Music Camp (Ontario, Canada) and workshops with Bachelors and Masters students at the Irish World Academy (University of Limerick, Ireland) For information regarding lessons (in person or via Skype), please email qristinabrooke.com
Don't let his age fool you, Quinn already has many impressive accomplishments to his credit. As a proficient multi instrumentalist, he is equally at ease playing Irish tenor banjo, claw hammer banjo, bouzouki, bodhran and fiddle and has done extensive recording for the popular software program "Band in a Box" (www.pgmusic.com). Many of his fans are unaware that Quinn is also a classically trained violinist, having achieved the Royal Conservatory of Music Grade 10 violin level. A respected music instructor, Quinn has taught privately and at workshops, music camps and festivals, including Goderich Celtic Roots College, Pierre Schryer's Canadian Celtic Celebration, as well as master classes at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay.
Quinn is also the frontman of gypsy jazz band Brishen, singing and playing lead guitar, violin and tenor banjo. Check out Quinn Bachand's Brishen at their official website
Western Canadian Music Awards' "Roots Duo/Group Recording of the Year (Nominee)
Canadian Folk Music Awards' "New/Emerging Artist of the Year" (Nominee)*
Canadian Folk Music Awards' "Young Performer of the Year" (Nominee)*
Canadian Folk Music Awards' "Ensemble of the Year" (Nominee)*
Canadian Folk Music Awards' "Instrumental Album of the Year" (Nominee)*
Canadian Folk Music Awards' "World Group of the Year" (Nominee)*
Western Canadian Music Awards' "Instrumental Album of the Year" (Nominee)*
Vancouver Island Music Awards' "Island Artist of the Year" (Nominee)
Vancouver Island Music Awards' "Roots Recording of the Year" (Nominee)
Vancouver Island Music Awards' "Music Video of the Year" (Nominee)
Canadian Folk Music Awards' "Instrumental Group of the Year" (Nominee)
Canadian Folk Music Awards' "Young Performer of the Year" (Nominee)
Irish Music Awards' "Best New Irish Music Artist" (Nominee)