Qristina & Quinn Bachand

Qristina & Quinn Bachand

Victoria, British Columbia, CAN

Award winning Celtic Roots Duo has been described as "nothing short of amazing!" - The Living Tradition (UK) and "the best act to come along In the world of Celtic music!" - Penguin Eggs (CA)



Qristina & Quinn Bachand, "two of the most important young musicians in the international Celtic music world" (Alex Monaghan, Folkworld Magazine), have quickly emerged at the top of the international music scene, winning  2010 Top Traditional Group and 2011 Top Duo at the Irish Music Awards.  Since 2009 the duo has also received three Canadian Folk Music Award nominations, including Instrumental Album of the Year and Young Performer of the Year,  a Western Canadian Music Award nomination for World Recording of the Year and five Vancouver Island Music Award nominations in 2013, winning Young Artist of the Year.

Born and raised on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, this powerhouse duo has a musical bond that only siblings can share. With a musical connection reminiscent of other Canadian family groups such as Leahy, The Barra MacNeils or The Rankins, audiences everywhere are quickly falling in love with Qristina & Quinn.  The BC-bred siblings are proud of their Asturian and Breton roots, but feel most at home on Canada's West Coast, which has a longstanding, yet mostly underestimated, fiddle tradition.  They have grown accustomed to the West Coasts tolerance for experimentation and improvisation within traditional fiddle tunes.  As West Coasters they've been encouraged to find their own voice, explore all kinds of other traditions and borrow bits of different styles to come up with their own distinctive sound.

Known for her expressive and passionate fiddling style, Qristina is a consummate and engaging performer. Clearly at ease on stage, she captivates audiences with a spirited performance that showcases her fiddling and vocal talents, as well as her energy and love of Celtic Roots music.  As a vocalist, Qristina enjoys performing a repertoire of original, traditional and contemporary folk songs that bring out deep emotions with which people can easily relate. 

  With diverse musical talents and a bottomless pool of creativity, Quinn is recognized as the "Young Lion" of the Celtic guitar (Daniel Lapp) and "Canada's top Celtic guitarist" (Ashley MacIsaac).  A gifted multi-instrumentalist and a creative player, Quinn adds a contemporary edge to traditional Celtic music; his unique harmonies, hard-driving strumming, inventive chord voicing and powerful rhythmic effects make even the most well-worn tunes seem new and exciting.  An in-demand sideman, Quinn has also toured nationally and internationally, performing with Canadian fiddling icons Ashley MacIsaac and Natalie MacMaster.

Qristina & Quinn Bachand have already released two critically-acclaimed full-length studio albums, "Relative Minors" (2008) and "Family" (2011).   They have performed at major Folk and Celtic festivals across Canada, the U.S. and Europe, and have been featured on national and international print, radio and television programs.



Red Rocking Chair

Written By: Traditional

I ain't got no use, ain't got no use for that red rocking chair
got no sugar baby now
ain't got no sugar honey baby now

I laid her down in the shade, laid her down in the shade
gave her every dime I made
What else could a poor boy do?
What else could a poor boy do?

Some rounder come along, rounder come along
with a mouth full of gold
Rounder's got my greenback roll , and I ain't got no sugar baby now

Who'll call me honey, who'll call me honey
And who'll sing this song
Who'll rock the cradle when you're gone?
Who'll rock the cradle when you're gone?
Oh, I'll rock the cradle, I'll rock the cradle and I'll sing that song
I'll rock the cradle when you're gone
I'll rock the cradle when you're gone


Relative Minors (2008)

Family (2011)

New album in the works, to be released in May 2014

Set List

We have enough material to perform up to 3+ hours.  Most festival sets consist of 45 to 60 minutes.  Concerts are usually two 45 minute sets.

We perform traditional and original material, either as a duo or with our band (as a trio or quartet).